House of Blues New Orleans Restaurant, Bar and Foundation Room now open. Music Hall to open in Late December with shows by New Orleans' own Cowboy Mouth, Dr. John and a two-night New Year's Eve Celebration with Better Than Ezra.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - December 12, 2005: House of Blues is celebrating the partial reopening of its New Orleans venue, located in the city's famous French Quarter, by serving complimentary lunches to the local police precinct and fire stations. House of Blues New Orleans, which suffered damage due to Hurricane Katrina, is opening its doors for business today on a limited basis in a demonstration of the company's commitment to the revitalization of New Orleans.

The Southern-inspired Restaurant and Bar has begun serving lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Preceding the restaurant opening was the resumption of limited operations at the private membership Foundation Room on Thursday, December 8. Later in the month, House of Blues New Orleans will present the following shows in the Music Hall and will resume its role of showcasing the best in local and national artists:

Wednesday, December 28, 7 p.m. -- Cowboy Mouth with Bonerama and The Zion Harmonizers.

Thursday, December 29, 7 p.m. --- A very special homecoming concert with Dr. John plus Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen.

Friday, December 30, 7 p.m. --- Better Than Ezra plus Supagroup.

Saturday, December 31 --- A New Year's Eve Celebration with Better Than Ezra. Doors at 8:30 p.m.; Show begins at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and available via, or by calling (504) 522-5555. For more venue information, please call (504) 310-4999.

As previously stated, House of Blues intends to serve as a catalyst for the economic redevelopment of the New Orleans entertainment & tourism industry. "House of Blues has called the French Quarter and New Orleans home for twelve years and we're excited to be part of the renewal of spirit and soul that makes our city unique," says Jim Sugarman, General Manager of House of Blues New Orleans. He adds, "As we head into a brighter new year, House of Blues hopes to be at the forefront of the New Orleans music scene and to play a central role in the revitalization of our great city."

The partial reopening of the New Orleans venue will serve as a bridge for nationally touring artists to return to the city and provide local musicians with a pipeline of employment and an opportunity to showcase their incredible talent. "We are proud to showcase several of New Orleans homegrown artists to help us ring in the New Year," says Sonny Schneidau, Talent Buyer for House of Blues New Orleans.

Following the impact of Hurricane Katrina, House of Blues has taken part in a number of fund-raising efforts designed to assist those affected by the devastation, including a Pearl Jam / Robert Plant benefit concert at House of Blues Chicago which raised more than $1 million for American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Jazz Foundation of America and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic. Net proceeds from “Second Line on Sunset: A Celebration of New Orleans Music To Benefit The Musicians of Louisiana” went to the MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund and was sponsored by House of Blues, Michael Murphy Productions, Gibson Guitar, MSN® and Putumayo World Music. House of Blues also implemented a fund to assist displaced team members and retail t-shirt sales benefited local New Orleans organizations such as Tipitina's Foundation, Preservation Hall's New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund, New Orleans Musicians Clinic, Habitat for Humanity.

[Published on: 12/12/05]

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