The House of Blues celebrates 20 years in New Orleans

It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long, but the national chain set up shop on Decatur Street in the French Quarter in January 1994. It was Superbowl weekend too!

Yesterday was the anniversary of the actual grand opening to the public, but for a full week prior the club held private parties for nearly every segment of the tourism community. There was a special night for musicians; there was a hospitality night, and even a night for taxi drivers.

I was fortunate to have attended most of these events in my capacity as the music writer for the Louisiana Weekly.

The shows, which featured local and national luminaries, are detailed in my book.

Saturday night, February 1, the club is opening its doors for free. Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers and Colin Lake will perform along with special guests.

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