Sharing my work, v. 5–The House of Blues

HoB-foot
I probably should have worn my Doc Martens.

Last week, I took a tour of The House of Blues in Cleveland, and even stood on the stage–which, little did I know, approximates hallowed ground, since each HoB stage has beneath it a metal box of mud from the Mississippi Delta, so that each musician onstage “has the roots and the spirit of the South planted beneath their feet” (HoB page). HoB also houses the largest collection of “outsider art,” and founder Isaac Tigrett has an affinity for India, too, and it’s on full display in the Founders Room.

Strangely, I found a lack of blues cadence in the prose at http://www.houseofblues.com/about. The whole page could use some work, but I’ve included my hot take below on section included below. (I hope this image appears cleanly on your screen.)

HoB My take:

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The House of Blues grew out of founder Isaac Tigrett’s love for the quintessentially American art form known as the blues.  Weaned on the blues during his childhood in Jackson, Tennessee, Tigrett has dedicated his life to spreading “the gospel” about the music of the rural South, including the blues, jazz, gospel (of course), rhythm and blues, and rocknroll.

The first House of Blues opened its doors in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1992, and our 11 houses now showcase original folk art and serve up healthy portions of live music and Delta-inspired cuisine.

Our mission: sustain a profitable, principled global entertainment company, in order to celebrate the diversity and brotherhood of world culture, and to promote racial and spiritual harmony through love, peace, truth, righteousness, and nonviolence, three chords at a time.

History and Community

The House of Blues celebrates the legacy of African-American contributions to music and art.

Our “crazy-quilt” stage curtains pay respect to runaway slaves who used the Underground Railroad as a passage to freedom.These curtains cover the stages stage at all of our venues and took over one thousand hours of craft labor to complete. The walls of every House of Blues display canvasses of “visual blues”: namely, folk and outsider art. The House of Blues currently holds the largest collection of outsider art in the world.
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Concluding the mission with “three chords at a time” may be slightly precious, but c’mon: you gotta mention music in the mission, right?

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