House of Blues executives, art curators, culinary directors and one stressed out crane operator came together on Wednesday for the first major preview of the new Southern California flagship House of Blues Anaheim.


To kick off festivities, a massive four-ton iconic steel water tower was hoisted above the Anaheim skyline by a specially outfitted 10-story crane and guided into its new home atop the new House of Blues Anaheim.

Once the water tower had been secured into place, the preview event moved into the new House of Blues Anaheim for a hard-hat tour of the 44,000 square foot facility, which is more than twice the size of the former Anaheim venue and will feature live music in four unique entertainment spaces all under one roof.

The guided tour included the main concert hall which holds 2,200 concert goers while maintaining the intimacy House Of Blues is known for, The Parish with a 400 capacity, the signature Restaurant & Bar, and legendary Foundation Room and VIP club. The new venue is the most advanced House of Blues built to date, the first new House of Blues built in a decade, and the only venue of its kind on the west coast.

“With House of Blues Entertainment celebrating its milestone 25-year anniversary, the new House of Blues Anaheim will be the flagship venue for our storied group of music halls,” said Ron Bension, president of House of Blues Entertainment. “This new venue marks the debut of what we believe will be the most beautiful music hall and dining experience in the country,” Bension said.


The House of Blues Restaurant & Bar team presented a sampling from the new menu of made-from-scratch Southern-inspired cooking that draws its inspiration from across the South.  “It’s food that feeds the soul,” said House of Blues General Manager Tim Jorgensen. “The menu includes our iconic dishes like New Orleans Jambalaya and Gumbo and signature Southern-inspired recipes including the Voodoo Shrimp and the Nashville HOT fried chicken salad, and BBQ smoked on-site,” said Jorgensen.

The House of Blues beverage program was also showcased with a selection of signature cocktails and local craft beer that will be featured throughout the entire location.


As House of Blues is home to one of the largest American Folk and Outsider Art collections in the world, the House of Blues team of art curators were on hand to speak to the artifacts, original sculptures and legendary American Folk Art pieces that were on display and will be exhibited at the new venue. Also on hand were local Southern California artists Audrey Kawasaki and Johnny Rodriguez, who have been commissioned to paint two large-format murals specifically for the new facility.


The new House of Blues Anaheim will open with Social Distortion performing to a sold out crowd on February 28, 2017, followed by an unprecedented opening line-up of concert events celebrating Southern California’s new ultimate entertainment experience.


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