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...


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Flogging Molly Brings Their Monthlong Saint Patrick’s Party to House of Blues Saturday 2.16.13

Published February 14, 2013 by Caitlin Clark

Who: Flogging Molly  

When: Saturday, Februay 16 @ 8 p.m.

Where: House of Blues, 2200 N Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202

Tickets: $33-$40.50

Flogging Molly is Irish. Like really, really Irish. They’re so Irish in fact, that they’re 9th annual Green 17 tour is basically just a month-long Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. But for the fans who have followed this eclectic mix of punk rock and traditional Celtic music, they don’t just want Flogging Molly to...


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Erykah Badu Lit Up the Stage at the House of Blues Foundation’s Annual Dr. King Celebration

Published January 22, 2013 by Caitlin Clark

The Internation House of Blues Foundation’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration was full of life, incredible talent, and inspiring thoughts. Four-time Grammy award winning singer/songwriter and Dallas’ own Erykah Badu kicked off the event by addressing the packed main theater.

Erykah Badu

 

“Fear can no longer be a part of the way we operate,” said Badu.

Her talent for singing translated beautifully to her speaking voice. She was lovely, eloquent,...


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International House of Blues Foundation Puts the Spotlight Young Local Musicians

Published November 13, 2012 by Caitlin Clark

The International House of Blues Foundation hosted their annual Action for the Arts Bringin’ Down the House competition last night. Eleven promising high school bands took over House of Blues’ largest stage to compete for a $500 Guitar Center gift card, 10 hours of studio time at Crystal Clear Studios, and some serious street cred. Dallas producer Picnictyme played MC for the evening, introducing the acts and judges like Marjorie Owens of Pours le Corps...


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Backstage with Bean at House of Blues

Published July 18, 2012 by Caitlin Clark

“I am so excited. I don’t know why I get to play here,” said Bean in the Green Room of House of Blues. Her hair is being styled into Shirley Temple-like curls while she listens and hums along to some of her favorite songs. “My show isn’t until 8,” said Bean. “That’s why they’re curling my hair like this. It has to last.”

20-year-old Noelle Bean has undergone a lot of changes since YouPlus last saw hersixth months...

Bean at House of Blues
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The Charming Bean Comes to House of Blues Thursday (6/21/12)

Published July 18, 2012 by Caitlin Clark

Little ray of sunshine, Noelle Bean, sounds like a cross between Colbie Caillat andZooey Deschanel with bubbly vocals and an indie vibe. The 20-year-old Nashville native got her start after putting some videos on YouTube last year. The encouraging responses were enough to make her decide to make a career out of it. Her beautiful and soulful songwriting marks her as a truly talented star on the rise.

As Bean is new to the music industry, her first REAL concert  in...


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Bean Performs Live at House of Blues

Published July 18, 2012 by Caitlin Clark

Big sounds and big, blonde hair surrounded Bean as she lit up the stage at Dallas’ House of Blues. The only thing betraying the fact that this was the charismatic pop star's first real performance was her utter shock at the audience’s newfound devotion to her.

She took a moment to take everything in. Just last year she had come to the House of Blues to see one of her favorite performers, and now it was her turn. After that moment passed, she assumed her pop star persona,...

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Concert Review: Ximena Sariñana at House of Blues Dallas

Published December 12, 2011 by Laura S

People love things that are cute. That’s an obvious statement; yes, which is why YouTube is filled with enough home videos of puppies and kittens to keep the masses entertained for years, or at least until a different ‘cute fad’ takes its place.

Ximena Sariñana (pronounced: hi-MEN-a sari-nyanah), one of Mexico’s most talented exports, is freakin’ adorable. Like, surprised kitty status adorable. This weekend, in the House of Blues Cambridge Room, Sariñana...

Ximena Sariñana, House of Blues Dallas
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Interview with American Idol Alum and Singer-Songwriter Tim Halperin

Published September 26, 2011 by Laura S

Tim Halperin is startling. The YouPlusDallas team is standing in line for our press passes at the House of Blues box office, when Halperin unexpectedly descends a staircase near our position in line; a bold move for any artist, especially skyrocketed-to-fame American Idol alums. He could potentially encounter a teenage screaming mob at any point in the open. When he catches the eyes of a girl with long blonde hair, she immediately runs up to him upon recognition, freaking out on...


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Taking Back Sunday at House of Blues

Published July 14, 2011 by Laura S

If years were auditory, my 2004 would sound like Taking Back Sunday’s second studio album Where You Want to Be. I guess my ‘listening genre’ could pretty much be classified as ‘singer-songwriter’ heavy, but I have to throw a little rebellious hell in there every once in a while to keep it interesting. This is one of those fires.

Last week, the Long Island-based band, together on and off since 1999, performed at House of Blues Dallas following the release of their...


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The Maine Rallies to Teenage Screams at House of Blues

Published May 31, 2011 by Laura S

All right, I have to admit it. I had never heard of The Maine before seeing the name attached to the likes of Augustana on the poster for the “Boston” band’s summer tour. A fan of Augustana’s since 2005’s Stars and Boulevards, I wrote The Maine off as just some other act that was touring with a band that I was compelled to see in concert. Cool, I thought. If they’re opening for Augustana, they must be good. After ample research, I found that The Maine is a)...


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My Chemical Romance at House of Blues: Still Waiting for The Black Parade

Published May 25, 2011 by Laura S

I'm certain that Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge didn't leave my Toyota Highlander's 6-CD changer for the entirety of my sophomore year of high school. This was probably before I owned an iPod, or had a subscription to Rolling Stone; but I knew my Converse sneakers, inked with sharpie-drawn checkerboard patterns, reflected the type of music found on the 2004 album that drove around with me every place frequented by sixteen year-olds on Wednesday afternoons. (Like, student government meetings.)...


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Augustana at House of Blues

Published May 19, 2011 by Laura S

Similar to: A drive down PCH at 7:30pm, the sun setting through your wayfarers, the wind ruffling your perfectly coiffed hair.

Last week, Southern California-based band Augustana kicked off their summer tour in Dallas, co-headlining with The Maine (who, fun fact, are actually from Arizona). YouPlusDallas met with Augustana backstage for an on-camera interview, where guitarist Chris Sachtleben asked us what it’s like to work Downtown (awesome) and said the band...


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Falling in love with Guster in the backseat of a car

Published April 11, 2011 by Laura S

“Who is this?” I asked, as “Amsterdam” was heard overhead. It was 2006, and I was crammed in the back of a five-seater with nine other college freshmen.

“This is Guster – how do you not know that?” My friend answered me from the front of the car. She was sitting on someone’s lap, ducking unsuccessfully, as police cars passed the overloaded Jetta. I made a mental note as our designated driver shuttled us from fraternity row to whichever...


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Rebelution grows a forest at House of Blues

Published March 28, 2011 by Laura S

It appears as though the House of Blues has figured out how to sprout seedlings and grow into a forest overnight. For the amount of fake plants on stage, it looks like a silk factory spun out of control and wove its way around Rebelution’s instruments.

There’s no other way to go about it: this concert smells like a marijuana factory went up in flames and someone unsuccessfully tried to put out the fire with a double dose of Dimetapp. The California band opens with “Green...


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Band of Brothers, and not the Miniseries

Published February 24, 2011 by Laura S

Former US Presidents having nothing on Boyce Avenue. They (the band, not the Presidents) are playing a sold out show on Monday, President’s Day, which means audience members have ditched their history papers and Excel spreadsheets in favor of a placid concert more relaxing than a night spent on the couch, waiting for Tuesday's obligations to swarm their minds and hinder healthy sleeping patterns. You can hear the voices of fans at the box office range in pitch from excitement to...


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The Land Before Facebook

Published February 16, 2011 by Laura S

Although Mark Zuckerberg will probably disagree with me, there was once a time when Facebook didn't exist and Myspace was the dominant social network. Teenagers invented self-absorbed usernames, boasted their star sign, and listed their “Top Friends” in order for all to see. The Myspace profile was never fully completed until you chose a song to be docked in the upper left hand corner of your page. This song accurately described your entire life story in three minutes and thirty-five...


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Alternative playlist generation

Published February 15, 2011 by Laura S

 

It is not because I become unnecessarily giddy when Hillshire Farms commercials appear on the box in my living room, or because AdAge andAdFreak are part of my Twitter community, do I advocate the art of Advertising.  It is because only when brands like Nivea and Zales find the right tune to back their message is a spot elevated to the next level – the Google level, if you will. At the Google level, crazed Gen-Y-ers frantically type in as many search...


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Graduation

Published December 3, 2010 by Laura S

I first fell in love with Needtobreathe at a good friend's party where The Heat was blaring from the speakers. I spent a good portion of the evening texting the lyrics to myself as each song shuffled to the next, promising that I would Google said lyrics upon my return home. They’ve been an iPod staple ever since.

House of Blues Dallas frequenters, this year Needtobreathe graduated from the Cambridge Room and moved on up to the Music Hall where they sang “Let...


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Someone please inform me if I'm trapped in 1950

Published December 1, 2010 by Laura S

"Are you taking notes?” A handsome guy asks me of my incessant documentation. “Yep, it’s my job,” I reply, “who are you?” “I work with Matt.” Alright, you have my attention. 

I’m talking to Danny GarciaMatt Costa’s guitar player, stage left in the Cambridge Room as Everest wraps up their set. “We’re dangerous together,” he says of his friendship with Costa. I believe him.

Matt...


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If you like good music, then you own a plaid shirt.

Published November 29, 2010 by Laura S

I’ve never been a stud at science, but my time spent at House of Blues proves my “if, then” statement true. The venue is packed for main stage act K-Ci and JoJo, but I skip the line and head to the Cambridge Room where Matt Costa will be playing, and a much more intimate audience has gathered to hear the sounds of opening act Everest (the band, not the mountain). I have never heard of them before. But if I could rewind my life 4 years and add them to my iTunes repertoire,...


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House of Blues Dallas creates an intimate setting with artist Joshua Radin

Published November 17, 2010 by Laura S

If you’re a super introspective person who watches Scrubs and Grey’s Anatomy with the Shazaam app open and your thumb on the “refresh” button, you’ve probably captured a tune or two of Joshua Radin’s via the tube. His soothing, calm, melodious voice makes girls swoon and long for the romanticism of centuries past. This is precisely why I’ve been waiting all season to see his name appear on the Live Nation line up. His third studio album, The Rock and...


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Escape route

Published November 17, 2010 by Laura S

Turn off KISS FM. It is not making you any happier. The cookie-cutter pop music infiltrating your eardrums is a kitschy by-product of the Man, and the Man is trapping you in a vortex of auto-tune hell. But there’s an escape exit, and it’s labeled “Nelo”.

The first time I saw Nelo, I was mildly intoxicated. It was my sophomore year of college, and I spent most of my Saturdays at Homebar (known to everyone aside from SMU students as “The Green Elephant”)...


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In the Cambridge Room

Published November 16, 2010 by Laura S

Kina Grannis is not wearing shoes. As soon as the singer-songwriter approaches the stage in the House of Blues Cambridge Room, she removes her black ballet flats and places her set list at the base of her microphone. Comfortable in her skin, she makes her fans feel like they are attending a concert in their own living room. “Oh my gosh, this is ridiculous,” excited fans clamor at their proximity to the stage while others yell out, “I love you. I love you more...


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15 minutes with Nelo

Published November 16, 2010 by Laura S

Nelo is currently on tour promoting their new album,Ordinary Scene, and we caught up with songwriter and guitarist Matt Ragland, to ask a few questions.

I’ve seen you guys play at the Green Elephant. Tell me, what is the difference between playing at a big name venue like House of Blues versus playing in SMU’s backyard?

It’s an exciting event for us to play at House of Blues, the sound there is really good, and there’s a feeling of importance to the show that I think...


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