House of Blues

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House of Blues Entertainment, LLC.
  • Live music
  • dining
FoundedNovember 26, 1992; 30 years ago (1992-11-26) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Number of locations
ParentLive Nation Entertainment

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.[1] The first location opened at Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts on November 26, 1992 (Thanksgiving Day).[2] The chain has been a division of Live Nation Entertainment since July 2006,[3] and there are 11 locations throughout the United States as of July 2020.


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.[4] The company was originally financed by Dan Aykroyd, Aerosmith, Paul Shaffer, River Phoenix, Jim Belushi, and Harvard University, among others.[5] This original location closed in 2003 as the company sought a larger Boston location.[6] However, the hands-in-concrete driveway where members of the Blues Brothers and others left their mark, still remains. Aykroyd remains associated with the brand and is present for most openings, attending and performing as one half of The Blues Brothers.[7]

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.[8] Also in 1993, the syndicated program The House of Blues Radio Hour launched in partnership with CBS Radio Hour. The show is hosted by Aykroyd, in character as Elwood Blues, and focuses on the history of blues music and the contemporary artists honoring the art form. Its final episode aired in July 2017.[9]

In 1999, House of Blues acquired Universal Concerts from Seagram.[10] On July 5, 2006, Live Nation acquired House of Blues Entertainment and created the Live Nation Club and Theater Division.[11] As a division of Live Nation, the company currently operates 11 clubs throughout North America.



Metro vicinity Venue location Address Opened Capacity
Greater New Orleans French Quarter 225 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130
1994 1,000
Chicago metropolitan area Marina City 329 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60654
1996 1,400
Myrtle Beach Metro Area Barefoot Landing 4640 Hwy 17 S
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
1997 2,100
Greater Orlando Disney Springs 1490 E Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
1997 2,600
Las Vegas Valley Las Vegas Strip
(inside Mandalay Bay)
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
1999 2,000
Greater Cleveland Downtown Cleveland 308 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44114
2004 1,300
Greater San Diego Downtown San Diego 1055 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
2005 1,500
Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex Victory Park 2200 N Lamar St
Dallas, TX 75202
2007 1,750
Greater Houston Downtown Houston 1204 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77002
2008 1,800
Greater Boston Kenmore Square 15 Lansdowne St
Boston, MA 02215
2009 2,600
Greater Los Angeles Anaheim GardenWalk 400 West Disney Way #337
Anaheim, CA 92802
2017 2,200


Metro vicinity Venue location Address Opened Closed Notes Capacity
Greater Boston Harvard Square 96 Winthrop St
Cambridge, MA 02138
1992 2003 Replaced by Kenmore Square location in 2009. 180
Hollywood, Los Angeles / Orange County Sunset Strip 8430 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
1994 2015 1,100
Downtown Disney 1530 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
2001 2016 Relocated to nearby Anaheim GardenWalk in 2017. 1,100
Metro Atlanta Downtown Atlanta 152 Luckie St NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
1996 1997 re-branded as The Tabernacle in 1997. 2,000
Atlantic City Atlantic City Boardwalk
(inside Showboat Atlantic City)
801 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
2005 2014 2,380

List of affiliated Live Nation venues[edit]

The following is a list of venues operated by Live Nation:[12]

Country State City Venue Seating capacity
Canada British Columbia[a] Vancouver Commodore Ballroom 995
United States Arizona Phoenix Arizona Federal Theater 4,904
The Van Buren 1,700
California Anaheim The Parish 325
Los Angeles Hollywood Palladium 3,700
Wiltern Theater 2,300
Echoplex 700
Echo 350
The Regent 900
The Belasco 1,300
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
Kentucky Louisville The Louisville Palace 2,700
Mercury Ballroom 900
Louisiana New Orleans The Parish 370
Maryland Silver Spring The Fillmore Silver Spring 2,000
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 The Fillmore Minneapolis 1,850
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
Theatre of Living Arts 1,000
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. Warner Theater 1,847

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Province of Canada


  1. ^ Hyman, Dan (2012-12-04). "Dan Aykroyd Reconvenes Blues Brothers for House of Blues' 20th Anniversary". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-12-28.
  2. ^ "About | House of Blues". Retrieved 2020-12-28.
  3. ^ Duhigg, Charles (2006-07-06). "House of Blues Sold to Live Nation". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-07-11.
  4. ^ "Cambridge has a new House of Blues in Harvard Sq". The Tech.
  5. ^ "Joey Kramer Gets Rockin' & Roastin' with the House of Blues®". Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  6. ^ "News / Boston Globe / Living / Arts / House of Blues in Cambridge to close; begins seeking new site". 2003-08-30. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  7. ^ "Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi christen new House of Blues Anaheim". March 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "About Us -". House of Blues Music Forward Foundation.
  9. ^ "About Us | TheBluesMobile". 5 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Seagram Plans to Sell Its Concerts Unit". Los Angeles Times. 27 July 1999.
  11. ^ "House of Blues Sold to Live Nation". Los Angeles Times. 6 July 2006.
  12. ^ "LN Clubs and Theaters".

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