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House of Blues Anaheim

1530 S. Disneyland Drive Anaheim, CA 92802 | Anaheim | 714-778-2583

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Arguably one of Orange County's best music venues, this House of Blues location is right in the middle of Downtown Disney. Though it's surrounded by toy stores, themed restaurants and other tourist traps, the bands that grace the stage here represent the top names in punk, metal and hardcore—as well as country, blues and pop. Aside from its superb sound system, House of Blues is also known for mixing up strong drinks from its full bar, which houses top-shelf labels such as Maker's Mark and Ketel One. If beer is better suited to your tastes, they have a nice selection of drafts, and their canned brews, which include PBR and Budweiser, come in the tall variety. The second floor balcony features seats and bar stools sometimes free for the sittin' (for popular shows, you'll have to be VIP, though, sorry). Unfortunately you have to pay for parking and tickets, unlike the dive bar down the street, but it's a well-kept venue and you wont find entertainment like this at your local hole in the wall.


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  • Cuisine(s): American, Soul Food, Southern
  • Hours: Daily 11am-1:30am
  • Price: $$
  • Serving: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Snack Food
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Parking: Free, Lot Available, Validation Available
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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    Once in a while, a musician comes along who's perfectly in tune with his comedic spirit. Richard Cheese is one of those guys. Rocking swinging versions of popular alternative songs, this guy...
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    The One Man Legend calls for a little backup this week, as Phil Shane plays a rare performance with his Hot Damn Band at the House of Blues. Shane—well-chronicled for his one-man...
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    * This article was altered on Feb. 28, 2011. Sitting in Omaha's studio in Vernon during a practice session, surrounded by decorated lights and high-end speakers, was like attending a...
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    The Supervillains' sound isn't one that will shake the foundations of ska, reggae or punk, but the Orlando-based band draw from those genres vibrantly and competently enough to produce...
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    * This article was altered on Feb. 22, 2011.Three distinct waves of rock bands have copied Gang of Four's sound, almost all of them lifting Andy Gill's slicing guitar riffs like generations...
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    Plain White T’s embody a couple of interesting music trends that happen every now and then: a song becoming famous years after it was released, and a band becoming well-known for a hit...
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    Let's hope the rainy weather continues, so we can break out our dark raincoats and forget about tanning for a while. Liverpudlian post-punk legends Echo and the Bunnymen are touring...
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    You might know this ex-alternative rock singer for her former musical project Tijuana No! Or maybe from her fans’ favorite songs, such as “De Mis Pasos” or “Amores Perros...
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    Signed to jazz-heavy Blue Note records, former elementary-school teacher Amos Lee is the Norah Jones of the folk world. And instead of rocking the piano-heavy torch songs, he falls back on...
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    Who says nothing good comes out of the Inland Empire. Third-wave ska band Voodoo Glow Skulls hail from one of the world's most prolific meth-production centers, and they're still rocking...
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    Here's your chance to see an Orange County institution—again. Seal Beach's Rx Bandits have been touring since 2009 in support of their seventh LP, Mandala. Though the third-wave ska...
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    To all you hard-drinking, hard-partying survivors of hard rock's golden age: Congratulations on still being alive. Your bodies are worn, your brain cells fried and livers hardened. After all...
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    Motörhead, as the story goes, came to be as the result of a drug bust. Before that, there were the Beatles. As those lovable mop tops were invading America in 1964, Ian Kilmister,...
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    Click here to see the slideshow!Willie NelsonJan. 19, 2011House of Blues, AnaheimWillie Nelson is a living legend. Hailed as a country outlaw, Nelson made headlines late last year for being...
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    No matter what year we’re in now, Willie Nelson is still one of America’s greats, country or otherwise—even cartoon characters such as Hank Hill vie for his favor, and when...
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    Even if you're an abject satanist, you've got to hand it to Stryper for being one of the world's few Christian glam bands to find mainstream success. What's more, listening to their music,...
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    He is who you think he is. Beyond the hardcore/teen-idol exterior, Chris Carrabba—the brains and brawn behind Dashboard Confessional—really is the semi-sensitive sensation he...
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    Click here to see the slideshow!Social DistortionJan. 12, 2011House of Blues, AnaheimCelebrating its 10-year anniversary, Anaheim's House of Blues smartly booked Social Distortion for a...
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    This is the big one. The hometown show. Local boy Mike Ness and company will be hitting the stage at the House of Blues for the 70th time. It makes perfect sense that these boys out of...
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    Tonight is New Year's Eve--we know what you'll be doing, and we know what we hope we'll be doing, at least. So out of the eight million options available, we want you to start out with...
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    All right, Van Halen fans, it's time to declare whether you're on Team Sammy or Team Dave. If it's the former, read no further. But if it's the wacky, split-kicking, Spandexed jester of rock...
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    * This story was modified on Dec. 31, 2010. Southern California white-guy reggae act Rebelution have a tough row to hoe, but they work their sunny little patch as best they can. Lacking ...
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    Click here to see the slideshow!The VandalsDecember 18th, 2010House of Blues AnaheimOnly a band as beloved and stellar as The Vandals can throw an annual Christmas formal in support of their...
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    This holiday season, as with every before it, you’re faced with the same choice of holiday shows such as the Nutcracker or perhaps Santa on Ice. But we can think of few better ways to...
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    To be fair, it was mere hours after Exene Cervenka appeared at a benefit show in Idaho. And during the phone chat, it became clear she gets no kick out of looking back, even though her job...
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    Thirty-one years have passed since the original release of Pink Floyd’s The Wall, yet the iconic album continues to rock generations with its timeless messages of political turmoil,...
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    Contemporary jazz musician Keiko Matsui did right by giving her fans at least one album nearly every year since 1987. Though gaining chart-topping success, that kind of full-speed-ahead...
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    Sure they sing about digging up corpses, and they're classified as a post-hardcore band, but Senses Fail have a lot going for them as far as pop savvy goes. Ditching the pterodactyl...
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    When Circa Survive describe their sound as “wet with a little bit of sharp,” perhaps you’d expect something mellow peppered with a few epic crescendos to break up the...
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    If ever you were looking for a concert featuring a master of the turntables, you would need look no further than DJ Shadow. One of the more influential platter spinners to mix and mash...
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    Humanity should count its blessings. Of the two Coreys, the one who survived his brush with child stardom is the one with the talent. Following his stint with addiction, C. Feldman picked up...
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    When Tosin Abasi was 12 and wanted to play an instrument, the guitar wasn’t his first choice. That probably means nothing to you if you don’t know Abasi or his prog-metal band,...
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    When asked how he’s doing these days, “Master of Disaster” Duane Peters answers with a dry rasp, “I’m alive. I’m breathing. Let’s go with...
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    When Portugal. The Man first arrived in the lower 48—they’re from the same town in Alaska that delivered to the world Sarah Palin, a place singer/guitarist John Gourley...
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    Music helped save lives Friday night at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana, with a host of local bands brought together by non-profit Turkey and Friends raising more than $2,000 for the National...
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    Thirty years is a long time to be anything organized, let alone a band, never mind a punk band, but faster than you can say Clash Chuck Taylors, Bad Religion are celebrating three decades as...
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    It’s a rite of passage for young rockers but rarely applies to virtuoso instrumentalists in a newly formed jazz trio: Get in the van and go. But that’s the path keyboardist John...
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    Motion City Soundtrack have a confession to make. “We’re just a bunch of nerdy kids who are old,” says lead guitarist/co-founder Joshua Cain. He and longtime friend and...
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    For all you fans stoked about seminal Orange County alt-pop act Something Corporate reuniting for the first time in five years to headline the second day of Bamboozle on March 28, we have...
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    The Past and the PendingCan’t accept a handsome movie star leading legendary punk band the Germs? Get over it As a teenage punk, I would have laughed at the thought of the Germs...
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    Sonic for the Troops Local punk heroes the Vandals rock soldiers in Iraq and other hot spots Punk rock was founded on badditude, but Huntington Beach punk heroes the Vandals are all about...
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    Manic Hispanic Covers Americans recording Mexican songs: The bueno, the bad  and the muy ugly Mexican artists have recorded English-language songs for decades, but the opposite is rare....
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    The Jamaican mythos is an impossibly potent one. A country tightly associated with "good times," "one love" and "excellent ganja," and also "rife with violent crime" and "extraordinary...
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    There was once a rapper named Ice Cube, who got together with a man known as Dr. Dre and put out a mix tape: My Posse. Soon after, Cube was introduced to some guy named Eazy-E. He had...
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    Contrary to popular misconception, Buddy Guy's career didn't commence in 1991 with his Damn Right, I've Got the Blues album, and he needn't work with big-name bores like Eric Clapton and...
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    So two headbanded strangers storm into a house, grab a tennis racket and golf club, and begin breaking lamps and turntables, then proceed to tear the clothes off the women. When all is said...
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    It's been a little over a year since I saw the Mexican quintet Kinky warm up a chilly November night at the Coach House, yet I relive the show every time I think about the pleasure,...
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    MANIC HISPANIC MIJO GOES TO JR. COLLEGE BYO RECORDS On their latest release, Mijo Goes to Jr. College, OC punk veterans Manic Hispanic continue their Huggy Boy-meets-Duane Peters shtick that...
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    Lady P. and Don Verde were despondent a year ago. Products of broken homes, each had also recently endured the breakups of their respective bands—Lady P.'s Pescadores Pescadores and...
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    Photo by OCW Staff ANDRÉS CABAS/ELEFANTES HOUSE OF BLUES, ANAHEIM FRIDAY, NOV. 1 Depending on whether you're an alcoholic or a Latin-alternative junkie, Friday night's Solo por...
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    Andrea Echeverri has the Voice. Not the voice of the First World—neither suburban Gwen Stefani nor urban Madonna—but the voice of the urban Third World, an instrument of goodwill...
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