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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.

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
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.



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.



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
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 VenuesEdit

Metro vicinity[9] Venue Name Capacity
Anaheim The Parish 325
Atlanta Buckhead Theatre 1,450
Atlanta The Roxy 3,792
Atlanta The Tabernacle 2,562
Boston Brighton Music Hall 500
Boston Paradise Rock Club 933
Boston Orpheum Boston 2,762
Charlotte The Fillmore, Charlotte 1,900
Charlotte Underground 800
Chicago Aragon Theater 4,500
Cincinnati Bogart’s 1,450
Cleveland Cambridge Room 300
Dallas Cambridge Room 400
Denver The Fillmore Denver 3,600
Denver Marquis Theater 450
Denver Moon Room 300
Denver Summit 1,311
Detroit St. Andrews Hall 1,000
Detroit The Fillmore Detroit 2,749
Detroit The Shelter 400
Grand Rapids 20 Monroe Live 2,540
Houston Revention Music Center 3,464
Houston Bronze Peacock 300
Indianapolis Murat Theater 2,500
Los Angeles Hollywood Palladium 3,700
Los Angeles Wiltern Theater 2,300
Louisville The Louisville Palace 2,700
Louisville Mercury Ballroom 900
Madison The Orpheum Theater 2,000
Miami The Fillmore Miami Beach 2,713
Minneapolis Varsity Theater 950
New Orleans The Parish 370
New York City Gramercy Theater 650
New York City Irving Plaza 1,080
New York City Theatre at Westbury 2,800
Philadelphia Punch Line, Philadelphia 300
Philadelphia The Fillmore Philadelphia 2,600
Philadelphia Tower Theater 3,000
Phoenix Comerica Theater 4,904
Phoenix The Van Buren 1,700
Raleigh The Ritz 1,974
Riverside Fox Performing Arts Center 1,500
Riverside Riverside Municipal Auditorium 1,900
Salt Lake City The Depot 1,200
San Antonio Ace of Spades 1,000
Sacramento Punch Line Sacramento 300
San Antonio Aztec Theater 1,645
San Diego Voodoo Room 250
San Francisco Cobb’s Comedy Club 300
San Francisco Punch Line San Francisco 300
San Francisco Fillmore West 1,200
San Francisco The Masonic 3,300
Vancouver Commodore Ballroom 995
Wallingford The Dome 2,000
Wallingford Toyota Oakdale Theatre 4,560
Washington DC The Fillmore Silver Spring 2,000
Washington DC Warner Theatre 1,847
Wilmington, Delaware The Queen Theater 950

See alsoEdit



  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
  10. ^ Live Nation Venues

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