After the Cambridge club opened, Tigrett began launching much larger facilities around the country, beginning in 1994 in New Orleans. (Lyons was an original investor and director. He helped Tigrett raise $32 million to build the chain, and left in 1995.)
"Even before Live Nation took over, House of Blues was extremely successful," says Pollstar's Bongiovanni. "We rank the top 100 club venues in the world according to ticket sales. The 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, is number one, then the House of Blues clubs: Dallas is number two, Chicago is number four, Anaheim is number six, Buena Vista is number 11, Los Angeles is number 13, Las Vegas is number 14. Boston is a great music city. And the House of Blues model has worked. Watch Boston be number one."
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