Feel the Blues in Texas, Feel the Heat in California. (House of Blues)
The very first House of Blues in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts opened its doors on Thanksgiving Day 1992 and was financed by Dan Aykroyd, Aerosmith, Paul Shaffer, River Phoenix and Jim Belushi among others. Soon after, the narrow second-floor club became the smallest venue in the ever-expanding company’s chain — not to mention the only House of Blues that actually specialized in blues and roots music. It was shuttered in the fall of 2003 (although the original hands-in-concrete driveway still remains on the property). Liam Thornton, formerly of Disney and Universal was brought on in 2001 to oversee new expansion. Liam promptly recruited Aidan Scully, an original Senior Ops Executive with the Brand, and twenty-five year industry veteran, to utilize his expertise to oversee design and construction on the ground of new venues. Aidan Scully now heads up Brand development under LiveNation.
On July 5, 2006, House of Blues was purchased by Live Nation, the world's largest live entertainment company. In November, 2006, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut announced that their Project Horizon expansion would include a hotel expansion featuring 300 House of Blues themed hotel rooms, as well as a House of Blues music venue with seating for 1,500 people. The project was expected to be completed in 2010, but is now on hold.
For the ones that feel the blues, the chain has two locations in Texas & two in California.
House of Blues Houston opened in October of 2008 and is located in downtown Houston. The only House of Blues to be designed in a vertical format, this massive venue is the anchor for the Houston Pavilions outdoor shopping and entertainment complex. The Bronze Peacock Room pays tribute to Houston's first blues club where Big Momma Thornton and Lightnin' Hopkins played. The giant hand–painted mural in the restaurant portrays these legends, along with hometown heroes Albert Collins Johnny "Guitar" Watson. In keeping with tradition, the House of Blues Houston displays the "Crazy Quilt" and keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi underneath its stage.
House of Blues Dallas opened in 2007 in the historic White Swan Building at the crossroads of Dallas' West End and the newly established Victory Park development. The building dates back to the 1920's when it housed a White Swan Coffee processing plant. Home to unique pieces of art such as Alan Sainte James Boudrot's "A Dream Come True" and S. Guion's painting of Robert Johnson, this unique and history–rich building continues to celebrate and showcase art and music. In keeping with tradition, the House of Blues Dallas displays the "Crazy Quilt" and keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi underneath its stage.
House of Blues Anaheim opened in 2001 and is located in Downtown Disney. Home to the unique Quilts of Gees Bend, some of the pieces displayed date back to the early 1900's and been featured as US postage stamps. Photos of the women who created their original quilts are displayed next to their work. The exterior features it’s one of a kind Rose Terrace and flanked by French doors from New Orleans painted to reflect Heaven, Earth, and Temptation/The Crossroads. In keeping with tradition, the House of Blues Anaheim displays the "Crazy Quilt" and keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi underneath its stage.
House of Blues Sunset Strip, one of the original, oldest locations, opened in 1994 and sits the heart of West Hollywood. This location is home to unique pieces of art and architecture, such as work by Alan Sainte James Boudrot and Jake and Elwood movable bars. The Sunset Strip venue is covered in tin from a gin mill that was just 500 feet away from the Delta crossroads — the mystical field where Robert Johnson created his famous partnership with the Devil for his soul. Notable acts that have played House of Blues Sunset Strip include the last live performance by Tupac Shakur and Prince with Maceo Parker. In keeping with tradition, the House of Blues Sunset Strip displays the "Crazy Quilt" and keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi underneath its stage.
Other HOB locations :Atlantic City, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, Orlando, San Diego.
For the tickets and schedule go to : http://www.houseofblues.com/