House of Blues Looks Forward to a “More Vibrant” Future

Published February 22, 2013 by Caitlin Clark

Since the first House of Blues location opened its doors in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1992, the popular music venue has been a hub of truly exceptional blues, jazz, gospel, and roots-based rock and roll. It was founded by Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi (wife of the late John), and Hard Rock Café co-founder Isaac Tigrett to be just that, as well as a home for original folk art and a source for quality, southern-inspired cuisine.

HOB experienced financial success until the economic downturn caused by 9/11. Live Nation acquired the venue in 2006, keeping it from going bankrupt and saving 2,000-plus jobs.

Many a great name has graced one of the 13 House of Blues stages across the country, including Jay Z, Pitbull, Aerosmith, Tupac Shakur, Kanye West, and more. Dallas’ House of Blues opened its downtown doors in 2007 and has featured established artists like Colbie CaillatJoshua RadinTaking Back SundayAugustanaMy Chemical Romance as well as up-and-coming local talent Bean. The venue recently held the 2012 Dallas Observer Music Awards Ceremony, celebrating the best in local music.

Akroyd as Elwood Blues

It has been Dallas’ good fortune to be home to one of the 13 House of Blues locations and most recently, one of several stops made by Aykroyd on the months-long celebration of House of Blues’ 20th anniversary. Aykroyd, along with Jim Belushi, inhabited his iconic alter ego Elwood Blues of the 1980 comedy, kicked off the night. Their cross-country trip is not just a celebration of all that House of Blues has accomplished; it marks the beginning of a planned overhaul of the legendary venues.

Aykroyd told Rolling Stone, "House of Blues is going to be more vibrant than it has been in the last 10 years. We're moving on from the stage of complacency after survival. That's over now. The survival has been established."

After all the great nights we’ve had at House of Blues, it’s hard to imagine anything more vibrant gracing the iconic stage, but if Elwood Blues approves, I’m confident we will too.