House of Blues
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House of Blues
House of Blues Entertainment, LLC.
Industry Live Music
Founded November 26, 1992 (25 years ago) (1992-11-26) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Founders Isaac Tigrett
Dan Aykroyd
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States[1]
Number of locations
Parent Live Nation Entertainment
San Diego House of Blues in San Diego, California near Petco Park, the Gaslamp Quarter and the ocean.
House of Blues across the street from Fenway Park in Boston
House of Blues Sunset in West Hollywood.
Former location at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California.
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 is a chain of live music concert halls and restaurants in major markets throughout the United States. House of Blues' first location, in Cambridge, Massachusetts' 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, as a live music concert hall and restaurant.[3] The company was originally financed by Dan Aykroyd, Aerosmith, Paul Shaffer, River Phoenix, James Belushi, and Harvard University, among others.[4] This original location closed in 2003 as the company sought a larger Boston location.[5] 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.[6]

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 dollars of support for these programs over its 20+ year existence.[7] Also in 1993, The syndicated program The House of Blues Radio Hour, hosted by Dan Ackroyd 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.[8]

In 1999, House of Blues acquired Universal Concerts from Seagram.[9] On July 5, 2006, Live Nation acquired House of Blues Entertainment and created the Live Nation Club and Theater Division.[10] As a division of Live Nation, the company currently operates 12 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 1,800
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 3,000
Las Vegas Valley Las Vegas Strip
(inside Mandalay Bay)
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
1999 2,500
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 2,500
Greater Boston Kenmore Square 15 Lansdowne St
Boston, MA 02215
2009 2,600
Metropolitan 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
Metropolitan Los Angeles 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 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

Affiliated Venues

See also



  1. ^ "Live Nation: About Us". Retrieved .
  2. ^ "About House of Blues". Archived from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Cambridge has a new House of Blues in Harvard Sq". The Tech.
  4. ^ "Joey Kramer Gets Rockin' & Roastin' with the House of Blues®". Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "News / Boston Globe / Living / Arts / House of Blues in Cambridge to close; begins seeking new site". 2003-08-30. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi christen new House of Blues Anaheim". Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Music Forward Foundation
  8. ^ The Bluesmobile
  9. ^ "Seagram Plans to Sell Its Concerts Unit". latimes.
  10. ^ "House of Blues Sold to Live Nation". latimes.
  11. ^ Live Nation Venues
  12. ^ Live Nation Venues

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