The 25 most popular music clubs in the United States


“Four years ago Live Nation started this organization and put all the clubs and theaters under one roof, and they made a commitment to that,” Bension said. “We have doubled our portfolio over the past three years of venues that we operate or exclusively book into. But, more importantly, we’ve been very committed to artist development. We’re starting to help. [developing acts], and we see proof of that as we see groups working with us, from 300-seat theaters to 3,000-seat theaters. “

Here is the list of the 25 most popular clubs in the United States (according to club reports to the Billboard Boxscore, May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014):

1.) House of Blues, Orlando Florida: 339,470 (participation)
House of Blues Entertainment CEO Ron Bension remembers moving 7,000 attendees to this 2,200-seat venue for five different events in less than 24 hours: Guns’ N Roses at midnight, two gospel brunches, a local show in evening and a sold-out concert by Dropkick Murphys. .

8.) Tabernacle, Atlanta: 185,769 (participation)
Originally a Baptist church, this Live Nation venue is a 104-year-old historic building that destroyed most of the surrounding buildings. It still retains its full pipe organ – which is 50 feet high and 32 feet wide – and has modernized other quirky touches, like the cladding of the VIP lounge with the gymnasium floor.

9.) House of Blues, Los Angeles: 172,005 (participation)
10.) House of Blues, San Diego: 155,938 (participation)
11.) House of Blues, Cleveland: 155,566 (participation)

12.) The Fillmore, Silver Spring, Maryland: 152,332 (participation)
The Fillmore opened in 2010 as part of Live Nation’s campaign to expand the San Francisco Fillmore Auditorium’s brand across the country. Once a story, the embodiment of Silver Spring was one of the first concert halls to be LEED certified. “We literally have a green roof,” says Bension.

13.) The Fillmore, Denver: 151,387 (participation)
14.) Palladium, Hollywood: 148,555 (participation)
15.) House of Blues, New Orleans: 145,077 (participation)
16.) The Fillmore, San Francisco: 140,100 (participation)
17.) Irving Plaza, New York: 135,398 (participation)
18.) The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC: 133,212 (attending)
19.) House of Blues, Las Vegas: 131,208 (participation)
20.) House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC: 129,528 (participation)
21.) The Fillmore, Detroit: 129,199 (participation)

22.) Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio: 128,975 (participation)
Dubbed “the LC,” the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion is both indoor and outdoor. It is also part of the city’s Arena district, a sprawl of residences, restaurants, and event spaces that was once the state penitentiary. Next to it is the basement, a former shipping and receiving area, where smaller numbers occur. “It’s one of the oldest buildings here,” says Marketing Director Marissa Luther. “They say it’s haunted.”

23.) The Paramount, Huntington, NY: 127,730 (participation)
24.) AE Internship, Pittsburgh: 124,013 (participation)

25.) Stubb’s Bar-BQ, Austin: 116,582 (participation)
In the famous Stubb’s restaurant and concert hall, nothing brings people together like a good barbecue – or like the newly renovated Airstream trailer in the back. “It’s been gutted and lined with wood panels and decorated to be sleek and stylish, but it still has that age-old, outdoor music vibe,” says talented buyer Margaret Galton. “It has become a cool place for groups to meet or chat or jam together.”

A version of this story appeared in the August 23 issue of Billboard.


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