Photography by Tiberon Maduro
The House of Blues Sunset Strip is one of my favorite venues in L.A.. I have only seen a handful of shows on the main stage. I most often spend my time in the Foundation Room, a sometimes public/sometimes private lounge located upstairs from the main stage area – where legendary spur of the moment jams by PRINCE have occurred. I have frequented this place since I was about 17 years old. We used to work our way with the door guy (being under age). The Foundation Room was originally a members only bar/lounge, now, there are many nights that are open to the public where some amazing up and coming musicians perform. I had the great opportunity to perform there a few years back. An experience I will carry throughout my life.
Above are a few of the pictures I took the night I went to see my cousins band Magnolia Fire play. They rocked the main stage, and seriously (without bias) had the best sound of the night. Check them out here. Before the show started, we went out to the “Front Porch” on Sunset Blvd, and the green room back stage to take a few pictures. I didn’t have the opportunity to photograph the interior as much as I would I have liked, a major regret, considering I had a press pass and could photo whatever I wanted. The decor has so much humor and vibrance, the art is fun, feels authentic, and seems that only original pieces are displayed. I love lounging in the overstuffed red velvet arm chairs and couches, and watching all the interesting people engaging in music culture.
I am truly saddened by the news that the House of Blues on The Sunset Strip will be closing sometime in the (undermined) near future. Apparently they don’t own the land, and a shopping mall will eventually replace this Rock and Roll gem. The rumor is that they are looking for a new home in Downtown L.A.. I can only hope that they can replicate a small piece of the warmth and authenticity of the original location. Although, they can never replicate the memories of wild times I have lived there. I love you House of Blues!