A new list of the top 25 most popular music clubs in the U.S. from Billboard shows Live Nation's House of Blues chain dominating the small venue market nationally. In the top ten, only IMP's 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. has a place among the House of Blues outlets featured on the list. This is perhaps unsurprising, as Live Nation's House of Blues organization boasts approximately 80 venues across the country.
Billboard compiled the list based on Billboard Boxscore reporting from May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014):
"Four years ago, Live Nation created this organization and put all the clubs and theaters under one roof, and they committed to it," House of Blues CEO Ron Bension told Billboard. "We've doubled our portfolio in the last three years of venues we operate or exclusively book into. But, more importantly, we've made a huge commitment to artist development. We're starting to help [developing acts], and we're seeing evidence of that as we see bands work with us from 300-capacity rooms to 3,000-seat theaters."
For the full list, check out the Billboard article here. -