House of Blues

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House of Blues Entertainment LLC
Industry Live music, original folk art, and southern-inspired cuisine
Founded November 26, 1992, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States[1]
Key people
Isaac Tigrett John Candy and Dan Aykroyd - founders
Parent Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
House of Blues across the street from Fenway Park in Boston
House of Blues Sunset, in West Hollywood
House of Blues in Myrtle Beach
House of Blues at Disney Springs in Florida
House of Blues at Disney Springs in Florida

House of Blues Entertainment LLC is a chain of 13 live music concert halls and restaurants in major markets throughout the United States. House of Blues' first location, in Cambridge's Harvard Square, was opened in 1992 by Isaac Tigrett, co-founder of Hard Rock Cafe, and Dan Aykroyd, co-star of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.


The first House of Blues opened on November 26, 1992, in the Harvard Square commercial district and retail area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company was originally financed by Dan Aykroyd, Aerosmith, Paul Shaffer, River Phoenix, James Belushi, and Harvard University, among others.[citation needed] This original location has since closed.[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 at the opening celebrations of both the Houston and the Boston House of Blues locations. In 1999, House of Blues acquired Universal Concerts from Seagram.[4] On July 5, 2006, Live Nation acquired House of Blues. As a division of Live Nation, the company currently operates 12 clubs throughout North America, with its location in Atlantic City (closed August 2013 along with Showboat Atlantic City) being franchised. Nine of these locations also feature the VIP membership club, Foundation Room.


Current locations include:

Metro vicinity Venue location Address Opened Capacity
Greater Boston Kenmore Square 15 Lansdowne St
Boston, MA 02215
2009 2,425
Metropolitan Los Angeles Downtown Disney 1530 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
(relocating to Anaheim GardenWalk in 2016)[5]
2001 1,100
Greater New Orleans French Quarter 225 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130
1994 843
Chicago metropolitan area Marina City 329 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60654
1996 1,300
Myrtle Beach Metro Area Barefoot Landing 4640 Hwy 17 S
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
1997 2,000
Greater Orlando Disney Springs 1490 E Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
1997 2,100
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 1,200
Greater San Diego Downtown San Diego 1055 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
2005 1,100
Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex Victory Park 2200 N Lamar St
Dallas, TX 75202
2007 1,650
Greater Houston Downtown Houston 1204 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77002
2008 1,500

A location across from Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta also was put together in time for the 1996 Summer Olympics. It closed soon after and became The Tabernacle in 1998, in reference to its original use as a Baptist tabernacle. In August of 2014, the House of Blues located in the Showboat Atlantic City closed along with the Showboat Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. House of Blues Sunset Strip closed in August 2015, with plans to reopen in an as-yet-unnamed location elsewhere in Los Angeles. House of Blues Anaheim, currently located at Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort, plans to move into a much larger space at the nearby Anaheim GardenWalk center a block to the east of Disneyland in 2016.[6]

See also



  1. "Live Nation: About Us". Retrieved 2012-10-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "About House of Blues". Retrieved 2012-10-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "News / Boston Globe / Living / Arts / House of Blues in Cambridge to close; begins seeking new site". 2003-08-30. Retrieved 2012-10-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Seagram Plans to Sell Its Concerts Unit". latimes.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Siepel, Brooke (2015-08-11). "Anaheim House of Blues wants to leave Downtown Disney for bigger venue at GardenWalk mall". OC Register. Orange County, California. Retrieved 2015-08-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Seipel, Brooke (11 August 2015). "Anaheim House of Blues wants to leave Downtown Disney for bigger venue at GardenWalk mall". The Orange County Register. The Orange County Register. Retrieved 11 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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