With the closure of House of Blues on the Sunset Strip, the new and highly anticipated House of Blues at the Anaheim Gardenwalk is making it’s debut as the first House of Blues to be built in over a decade. Set to open this February 28th, the new venue spans over 44,000 square feet to accommodate up to 2,200 guests. (Twice as much as the previous Downtown Disney location.) Guests will enjoy live music in four unique settings including the main concert hall, the Parish, the lavish Foundation Room, and the Restaurant/Bar area. What guests will find when they arrive will be the combination of Food, Art, Music, and Excitement at this music hall. (F.A.M.E.)
Food: According to David Fortin, Senior VP of Markting and Promotions, an inviting open indoor/outdoor patio area can be seen from outside and there will be rail seating with 325 seating capacity. Executive Chef Mark Hagopit brings his talent to showcase House of Blues Southern inspired menu. Items including the Voodoo Shrimp, Nashville Hot Fried Chicken, and New Orlean Jambalaya and signature cocktails
Art: Two Southern California artists, Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez and Audrey Kawasaki will have commissioned pieces inside House of Blues that will add life and energy to the place. Johnny Rodriguez, a self taught painter, has an impressive portfolio of “artisitic and technological accomplishments in the graphic design and new media” Look for Johnny’s 30-foot mural by the entrance of the venue. House of Blues is known to adorn the whole area with a collection of signature-folk art. And this location is no exception with a “Flora and Fauna style” style 20-foot wide painting by Audrey Kawasaki visible in the dining area.
In addition to the art throughout the venue, look for massive ceiling with touches of wood and exposure corrugated metal throughout to tie it all in.
There are 4 rooms to House of Blues: The Concert Hall, The Restaurant/Bar, The Parish, and the Foundation Room. Every room has a stage, so four live bands playing at one time is definitely a possibility. What is for sure according to House of Blues, do expect at least one live band playing every night! Some of the unique qualities of each room are listed below:
For the Parish and that small unique feel, this room will be mostly used for special events and ticketed shows for smaller bands.
The Restaurant/Bar area will have garage doors to change the look an feel for separation.
To enter into the Foundation Room or VIP boxes, you’ll need to take the elevator to the 2nd level. For the concert area in the mezzanine area, it will be U-shaped with 2 fixed row of seats that holds 2-8 people and waitress service included.
With Social Distortion set to play on opening day of February 28th, it definitely will bring much added foot traffic to Anaheim Garden Walk. Below are the schedule for upcoming shows.
2/28/17 – Social Distortion
3/1/17 – Social Distortion
3/2/17 – Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
3/3/17 – Chase Rice
3/5/17 – Korn
3/6/17 – Korn
3/7/17 – Thrice & Manchester Orchestra
3/8/17 – George Thorogood & The Destroyers
3/9/17 – Café Tacvba
3/10/17 – Café Tacvba
3/11/17 – Daya
3/11/17 – Adventure Club
3/13/17 – Billy Idol
3/14/17 – The Growlers
3/15/17 – Jason Isbell
3/16/17 – Julieta Venegas
3/17/17 – Wu Tang Clan – Return To The 36 Chambers
3/18/17 – 311
3/19/17 – Death Cab For Cutie
3/2017 – The Kills
3/23/17 – Common
3/25/17 – Yellowcard – The Final Show
3/26/17 – Save Ferris
4/5/17 – Frankie Ballard
4/8/17 – The Damned – 40th Anniversary U.S. Tour
4/14/17 – Ramon Ayala
4/15/17 – Ramon Ayala
4/23/17 – The Pixies
4/28/17 – Sammy Johnson
5/24/17 – Catfish & The Bottlemen
9/11/17 – Santana
Excitement: With this New House of Blues built, this location will be the newest one in over a decade. Currently there are 11 House of Blues across the country and each of them are equipped with the most technological equipment to indulge in live music. House of Blues in Cambridge was opened 25 years ago in Massachusetts and was partly financed by the Blues Brothers, Aerosmith, Harvard University, and among others. With the City of Anaheim being a popular travel destination, it is without a doubt there people will be flocking here to see their favorite artists.
HOB Anaheim-February 28th, 2017