The venerable music venue, House of Blues in West Hollywood, is scheduling its final shows at the Sunset Boulevard location after it was announced it is closing Aug. 7 to make way for a mixed-use development.
After 21 years, House of Blues informed its nearly 200 employees that they will all be laid off starting July 31. Most of the employees are finding other positions within the company, according to House of Blues spokesperson Jim Yeager.
The House of Blues is looking for a new location in the area, and the goal is to open as soon as possible.
“We are exploring a variety of potential sites,” Yeager said. “Our plan is to open an even more spectacular venue.”
In 2010, the West Hollywood City Council approved plans for a development at the site called Sunset Time.
The project is expected to bring between $1.7 and $2.2 million in tax revenues for the city.
The House of Blues continued to operate until the developers, Combined Properties, were ready to begin construction for Sunset Time. There is no set timetable for demolition of the building.
One of the farewell events is a benefit concert, “A Night of ONENESS”, on July 12, for the Full-Circle Learning Preschool. A silent auction will be held with music memorabilia from Michael Jackson, Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana and others. Musical performers include Bambaata Marley, Allison Iraheta, Halo Circus, KC Porter and Heliotrope.
The final shows also include Steel Panther, DJ Quik, Soul Asylum and Bobby V.
In October 2014, an application for approval of changes to the original plans for Sunset Time was submitted to West Hollywood City Manager Paul Arevalo. The changes included height and square-footage adjustments of 10 percent or less, moving all hotel units to a building facing Sunset, and all residences into a building facing Olive Drive, as well as changes to architectural design. Arevalo deemed all changes to be minor and approved them last Friday.
The project planned at 8418 to 8432 Sunset Blvd. includes a 149-room hotel, 40 condominiums, five affordable housing units and approximately 35,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space. The total area will be approximately 288,000 square feet.
There will also be a 3,031-square foot nightclub and 5,956 square feet of digital billboards.
Architect Stephen Kanner, who died in 2013, designed the original project.
Isaac Tigrett and business partner Dan Akyroyd opened the multi-staged House of Blues music venue on the Sunset Strip in 1994. The venue has hosted music legends such as Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jay Z, Aerosmith and Justin Timberlake. Tupac Shakur gave his last-ever recorded performance there in 1996.
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