House of Blues’ Scene Stage a home for music lovers

Anne Nickoloff, Staff Reporter

A few people see the vertical “House of Blues” sign right on the side of Euclid and mistakenly believe the concert venue is a host solely for the blues genre.

Usually, most people understand that this is not the case, but upon walking in, you wouldn’t really be able to tell.

The front lobby conjures up a feel reminiscent of the 1940’s and gypsy robes. The warm lights and dark cream patterns on the walls make the room feel homey; at one end is the ticket booth and at the other end is an entrance to the Scene Stage. Nothing in here points to one kind of musical genre or another; there are no band stickers, posters or signs (except for the merch table) that would give away anything. It’s just a nice, welcoming room.

Then, you enter the dark Scene Stage.

Inside the actual performance area, the small stage is prefaced by a midsized audience area sunk several steps below the rest of the room. A bar reaches across the right half and a small countertop-styled table outlines the general admission area, with barstools for people to snack and drink at the show while watching the rest of the audience dance in front of the stage.

Above the stage, different religious symbols are painted, including the Jewish star, the crescent moon and star and the hamsa (a hand with an eye in the middle of it). The hamsa, a symbol of protection, is the largest picture in the row of symbols above the stage, directly above the center of the stage.

There are plenty of hallways and nooks to get away from the sound if you need a break. A trip to the bathrooms before the shows is a high-class experience, complete with a plethora of hand soaps and lotions to use at the sinks and a worker handing out towels.

Upstairs on the balcony, rows of plush velvet seats are available with a great view of any performing band. Next to these rows of comfy seats are two wings that offer a bit of floor space for dancing or standing with a group.

Bartenders line free cups of water along the bar for anyone to take. Local artwork covers what would otherwise be bare walls, showing images of equality, creativity and diversity even in the darker corners. A particularly noticeable sign says “If you’re not nice get out.”

This sign says it all: Unlike other concert venues, the House of Blues is very clean and very accommodating and will not stand for intolerance or disrespect. Just like the different religious symbols, the different ways to view the concert and the different kinds of people that show up to the shows here, the House of Blues is the place for anyone to come and enjoy music in any way they like.