House of Blues

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House of Blues Entertainment, LLC.
  • Live music
  • dining
FoundedNovember 26, 1992; 26 years ago (1992-11-26) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
Number of locations
ParentLive Nation Entertainment

The House of Blues is an American chain of live music concert halls and restaurants. It was founded by Isaac Tigrett, the co-founder of Hard Rock Cafe, and Dan Aykroyd, co-star of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. The first location opened at Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1992. The chain has been a division of Live Nation Entertainment since July 2006, and there are 11 locations throughout the United States as of August 2019.


The first House of Blues opened on November 26, 1992, in the Harvard Square commercial district and retail area of Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a live music concert hall and restaurant.[1] The company was originally financed by Dan Aykroyd, Aerosmith, Paul Shaffer, River Phoenix, James Belushi, and Harvard University, among others.[2] This original location closed in 2003 as the company sought a larger Boston location.[3] However, the hands-in-concrete driveway where members of the Blues Brothers and others left their mark, still remains. Aykroyd and Belushi remain associated with the brand and are present for most openings, attending and performing as The Blues Brothers.[4]

In 1993 House of Blues launched a 501(c)(3) non-profit called International House of Blues Foundation which provided arts programs, resources and musical instruments for youths. The Music Forward Foundation continues to provide services for youth and has generated more than $20 million of support for these programs over its 20+ year existence.[5] Also in 1993, The syndicated program The House of Blues Radio Hour, hosted by Dan Aykroyd as Elwood Blues, launched in partnership with CBS Radio Hour. This hour-long program focuses on the history of blues music and the contemporary artists honoring the art form. The program ended in July, 2017.[6]

In 1999, House of Blues acquired Universal Concerts from Seagram.[7] On July 5, 2006, Live Nation acquired House of Blues Entertainment and created the Live Nation Club and Theater Division.[8] As a division of Live Nation, the company currently operates 12 clubs throughout North America.

List of locations[edit]


State City Entertainment complex Year opened Seating capacity
California Anaheim Anaheim GardenWalk 2017 2,200
San Diego N/A 2005 1,500
Florida Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs 1997 2,600
Illinois Chicago N/A 1996 1,400
Louisiana New Orleans N/A 1994 1,000
Massachusetts Boston N/A 2009 2,600
Nevada Las Vegas Mandalay Bay 1999 2,000
Ohio Cleveland N/A 2004 1,300
Texas Dallas N/A 2007 1,750
Houston N/A 2008 1,800
South Carolina North Myrtle Beach N/A 1997 2,100


State City Entertainment complex Year opened Year closed Seating capacity Notes
California Anaheim Downtown Disney 2001 2016 1,100 Replaced by Anaheim GardenWalk location in 2017
West Hollywood N/A 1994 2015 1,000
Georgia Atlanta N/A 1996 N/A 2,000 Rebranded as The Tabernacle in 1997
Massachusetts Cambridge N/A 1992 2003 180 Replaced by Boston location in 2009
New Jersey Atlantic City Showboat Atlantic City 2005 2014 2,380

List of affiliated Live Nation venues[edit]

The following is a list of venues owned and operated by Live Nation:[9]

Country State Metro area Venue Seating capacity
Canada British Columbia[a] Vancouver Commodore Ballroom 995
United States Arizona Phoenix Comerica Theater 4,904
The Van Buren 1,700
California Anaheim The Parish 325
Los Angeles Hollywood Palladium 3,700
Wiltern Theater 2,300
Riverside Fox Performing Arts Center 1,500
Riverside Municipal Auditorium 1,900
Sacramento Ace of Spades 1,000
Punch Line Sacramento 300
San Diego Voodoo Room 250
San Francisco Cobb's Comedy Club 300
Punch Line San Francisco 300
Fillmore West 1,200
The Masonic 3,300
Colorado Denver The Fillmore Denver 3,600
Marquis Theater 450
Moon Room 300
Summit 1,311
Connecticut Wallingford The Dome 2,000
Toyota Oakdale Theatre 4,560
Delaware Wilmington The Queen Theater 950
Florida Miami The Fillmore Miami Beach 2,713
Georgia Atlanta Buckhead Theatre 1,450
The Roxy 3,792
The Tabernacle 2,562
Illinois Chicago Aragon Theater 4,500
Indiana Indianapolis Murat Theater 2,500
Louisiana New Orleans The Parish 370
Kentucky Louisville The Louisville Palace 2,700
Mercury Ballroom 900
Massachusetts Boston Brighton Music Hall 500
Orpheum Boston 2,762
Paradise Rock Club 933
Michigan Detroit St. Andrews Hall 1,000
The Fillmore Detroit 2,749
The Shelter 400
Grand Rapids 20 Monroe Live 2,540
Minnesota Minneapolis Varsity Theater 950
New York New York City Gramercy Theater 650
Irving Plaza 1,080
Theatre at Westbury 2,800
North Carolina Charlotte The Fillmore, Charlotte 1,900
Underground 800
Raleigh The Ritz 1,974
Ohio Cincinnati Bogart's 1,450
Cleveland Cambridge Room 300
Pennsylvania Philadelphia Punch Line, Philadelphia 300
The Fillmore Philadelphia 2,600
Tower Theater 3,000
Texas Dallas Cambridge Room 400
Houston Revention Music Center 3,464
Bronze Peacock 300
San Antonio Aztec Theater 1,645
Utah Salt Lake City The Depot 1,200
Wisconsin Madison The Orpheum Theater 2,000
N/A Washington, D.C. The Fillmore Silver Spring 2,000
Warner Theatre 1,847

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Province of Canada


  1. ^ "Cambridge has a new House of Blues in Harvard Sq". The Tech.
  2. ^ "Joey Kramer Gets Rockin' & Roastin' with the House of Blues®". Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  3. ^ "News / Boston Globe / Living / Arts / House of Blues in Cambridge to close; begins seeking new site". 2003-08-30. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  4. ^ "Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi christen new House of Blues Anaheim". Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Music Forward Foundation
  6. ^ The Bluesmobile
  7. ^ "Seagram Plans to Sell Its Concerts Unit". latimes.
  8. ^ "House of Blues Sold to Live Nation". latimes.
  9. ^ Live Nation Venues

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