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House of Blues (HOB) is a chain of music halls and restaurants founded in 1992 by Isaac Tigrett, co-founder of Hard Rock, and Dan Aykroyd. House of Blues is a venue for live music and southern-inspired cuisine that emphasizes "inspiration of music for the soul".


The first HOB opened its doors on November 26, 1992 at Harvard Squaremarker in Cambridgemarker, Massachusettsmarker. The club was financed by Dan Aykroyd, Aerosmith, Paul Shaffer, River Phoenix, Jim Belushi and Harvard Universitymarker among others. This venue has since closed however, the original hands-in-concrete driveway still remains.

Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi remain closely associated with the brand and are present for most openings, most recently they attended in Houston and Boston.

HOB currently owns and operates 12 clubs throughout North America with its location in Atlantic Citymarker being franchised.

On July 5, 2006, Live Nation, the largest live entertainment company, acquired House of Blues.


Current locations include Lake Buena Vistamarker, Floridamarker; Clevelandmarker; Myrtle Beachmarker; Chicagomarker; New Orleansmarker; Minneapolismarker; West Hollywoodmarker; Anaheimmarker; San Diegomarker; Dallasmarker; and Houstonmarker.

House of Blues also operates in Mandalay Baymarker on the Las Vegas Stripmarker in Paradisemarker, Nevadamarker and the Showboatmarker in Atlantic Citymarker, New Jerseymarker.

On January 29, 2008, The Boston Globe reported that while in the midst of a multi-million dollar renovation of his Lansdowne Street clubs behind Fenway Parkmarker, Nightlife Impresario Patrick T. Lyons sold them to the House of Blues. The new Boston House of Blues, which includes the company's signature southern-inspired restaurant and Members-Only Foundation Room, is about , three levels, a fully seated balcony, and VIP boxes.

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