The distinctive North Strand music and dining venue, the House of Blues, is back for a spring, summer and fall of local tunes and touring indie bands, all performing at the re-imagined outdoor space, known simply as The Deck.
While The Deck plays host to a handful of special holiday events and the occasional corporate buyouts, for the most part every Thursday night April through October is Bike Night, geared toward biker-friendly crowds, rock ‘n’ roll bands, and a worthwhile charity as the beneficiary.
“This will be our third year,” said Dawn Temples, marketing and promotions manager for the House of Blues. “We decided to keep it going because of the tremendous response. We got great turnouts and raised a lot of money for very worthwhile charities.”
In the first two years, HOB raised some $10,000 for Operation Welcome Home, an organization dedicated to making sure every veteran receives the welcome home he or she deserves. “This year our charity will be the CVMA, the Combat Veteran’s Motorcycle Association,” said Temples. “It’s a national non-profit organization with a local chapter.” According to the group’s literature they are “an association of Veterans from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces who ride motorcycles as a hobby. Its current mission is to support and defend those who have defended their country by helping veteran care facilities, and veteran charities.”
So who will rock the veterans and the crowds? The House of Blues website has many of the acts listed, but here are few coming up. All shows are free-to-attend, all ages, and start at 6 p.m.
Bangarang kicked off the Bike Night event last Thursday. The Necessary Band performs April 14, Cornbread April 21, Bethany & Southside Boys April 28, Backfire May 5, Crashbox May 12, Sic Stooges w/ Low Life May 19, Backfire June 2, Your Girlfriend June 9.
While Bike Night continues through Oct. 20, the summer months will see the return of touring cover bands who will perform six-night runs Monday – Saturday. Your Girlfriend, the first of these acts is a Georgia/Alabama-based act that plays throughout the Southeast.
“At the end of the year we present a check to the charity, give away a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a brand new golf cart,” said Temples. “plus lots of swag. It’s big fun and supports worthy causes.”
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