The Five Best Features of O.C.’s New House of Blues

After receiving a hard-hat tour of the new venue at Anaheim GardenWalk, we found there’s much to look forward to.
3-D rendering of the new venue's exterior. Image courtesy of House of Blues
Signature House of Blues water tower is hoisted atop the new Anaheim GardenWalk facility during first media preview. Photo by Michelle Pagaran

With a 2,200-seat concert hall and three additional entertainment spaces, the new House of Blues venue will be capable of accommodating a range of performances and events. They have already booked a diverse lineup for the first year with artists ranging from Common to Santana. Here are our favorite aspects about the spacious 44,000-square foot venue, which is set to open with the Fullerton-based band Social Distortion on Feb. 28.


1It will have four distinct performance stages.
In addition to the main concert hall stage and a stage in the restaurant, there is one in The Parish Room and one in the Foundation Room. The Parish Room, which holds 400, is perfect for intimate performances and special events. The exclusive Foundation Room, directly connected to the main hall’s mezzanine floor, can entertain up to 175 guests.

2The House of Blues Restaurant & Bar will have a Southern-inspired menu of both new items and old favorites.
Under the helm of executive chefs Robert Sarstedt and Mark Hagopit, the menu of elevated soulful cuisine includes sautéed “voodoo” shrimp with jalapeño-cheese cornbread ($12.50) and house-smoked St. Louis ribs ($17 to $24). Guests dining in the restaurant for dinner will be treated to live nightly entertainment.

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The concert hall will have a multiple-level floor plan.
On the ground floor, there will be a general admission standing area and raised seating. Upstairs, the mezzanine has VIP boxes and a fixed row of seating. This floor plan will create multiple sightlines for concertgoers, placing them closer to their favorite artists while creating an intimate and comfortable atmosphere.

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Visual artists from Southern California will be showcased.
The venue is working closely with Los Angeles artists Audrey Kawasaki and Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez to create artwork that will complement the existing collection of American folk art.

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It will have the latest in light and sound technology.
The venue was constructed with soundproof walls and each entertainment space will have state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology.

 

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