Live Nation, the world's largest live music company, opened the doors on its 11th House of Blues(R) branded venue on May 8 in Dallas, Texas. The new venue, which includes a 1,625 capacity music hall, a 400 seat restaurant, special events facilities, a company store and a Foundation Room consisting of a private lounge and fine dining area for members, establishes an important small size music venue in Dallas, the number six Designated Market Area, or DMA(R), as defined by Nielsen Media Research. The new facility is located in the historic White Swan Building in the heart of downtown Dallas and is an important anchor to the ambitious Victory Park redevelopment project underway in the city. Live Nation also operates and exclusively books the 20,000 capacity Smirnoff Music Centre in Dallas.
Doors opened on the new club this Wednesday, May 8th with an inaugural performance by Dallas-native Erykah Badu. Then on Saturday, May 12th, House of Blues founder and original Blues Brothers member Dan Aykroyd will preside over the club's official grand opening with a special performance by the Blues Brothers Formal Classic Review, with his partner Jim Belushi. Mr. Aykroyd (a.k.a. Brother Elwood) and Mr. Belushi (a.k.a. Blood-brother Zee) will headline an evening that includes performances by Matt Guitar Murphy, Northwestern Guitar Slinger Paul Allen and The Wanda King Blues Band who is led by the daughter of the legendary Texas bluesman Freddie King. Besides an evening of great music, Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi will launch the opening festivities with a motorcycle ride including a contingent of riders in the hundreds. Beginning at the Harley Davidson dealership in Garland (1334 W. Centerville Rd.) and cruising to the new venue (2200 N Lamar St in Victory Park), the ride will raise money for needy children in the Dallas area.
This is the 11th House of Blues club in the United States. Other cities with established House of Blues clubs and restaurants include Atlantic City, Anaheim, Chicago, Cleveland, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Diego. Construction is underway on a brand new HOB club in Houston, Texas, the number 10 DMA in the U.S.
Founded in 1992, this dynamic company with soul, spirit and vision was acquired by Live Nation in November of 2006. With 11 branded clubs, including Atlantic City, Anaheim, Chicago, Cleveland, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Diego and Dallas, each House of Blues club features live music, Southern-inspired cuisine in an eclectic environment celebrating the African American cultural contributions of blues music and folk art.