Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the House of Blues is an institution in music history. Since opening its doors in 1992 in a converted historical house in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it has been home to live music, original folk art, and delta-inspired cuisine. The concert and restaurant chain grew out of a founding ideal to introduce the world to the music of the rural south, including the blues, rhythm and blues, gospel, jazz, and roots-based rock and roll. Today, House of Blues boasts thirteen unique venues across the country. Countless famous musicians have performed on those stages, from the Blues Brothers, Bootsy Collins, Al Green, and Eric Clapton, to Lenny Kravitz, 50 Cent, and Sop Dogg. Concertgoers, music fans, and pop culture junkies alike will dig this illustrated account of the story behind the music. Chapters explore the venues, musicians, performances, and food, providing readers with a backstage pass to everything House of Blues. Personal interviews with company founders and famous musicians tell the story, revealing behind-the-scenes details and outrageous party anecdotes. Vivid photography showcases iconic performers on stage as well as in private moments in dressing rooms. Tucked among the pages are concert memorabilia, including special reproductions of tickets, posters, and menus.
Daniel Siwek loves the House of Blues--from his first time there in 1995 as a Bootsy Collins fanatic to covering shows for outlets like Music Connection and the Village Voice Media. Music journalism is only his excuse to get on the list; once inside, he's