Saturday, August 23, 2014


This week's Billboard featured their list of the 25 hottest clubs (their words, not mine) in North America.

Let's just dive in and take a look at their list....

I've got three words to, type.

What a crock!

First off, the fact that several clubs in Los Angeles are not on this list seems criminal to me (The Troubadour, The Whiskey a Go Go, The Roxy).

But even before we go there...House Of Blues makes this list twelve times. And the franchised Fillmore (the original deserves to be here) is on here four times.

So sixteen of the "hottest" clubs are chains?

I left a comment on Arlee Bird's Tossing It Out blog that I will paraphrase here-if the best of anything in your opinion is a chain, you probably need to get out more. 

And if the best of anything in your city is a chain, you probably need to move.

Reading Billboard's small print, their list is based on attendance.

So this is not about the hottest clubs at all, because attendance is more a function of what acts were booked there than the club itself.

Would anyone go to a House Of Blues to see an unknown band?

I doubt it.

In Phoenix, the clubs that need to be on such a list-The Cresecent Ballroom, The Marquee Theater, The Rhythm Room-are the clubs that feature the music that is the future.

Philadelphia is not represented at all. And San Diego's Croce's is not there (along with the rest of the Gaslamp District).

I would also point out that I find it hard to believe that New York and Chicago have only one club each on the list, while Columbus Ohio is on there.

Nothing against Columbus, but I find it hard to believe that anything in Columbus Ohio is better than Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago.

And the Columbus Ohio venue (which at least does not appear to be a chain) ranked above Stubbs Bar-B-Q in Austin, TX.

Anyone who has been to Stubbs would have to agree that it friggin' ROCKS!.

And if you haven't been there, go! Austin is one cool city. And Stubbs deserves to be at the top of this list-no House Of Blues that I have been to can touch it!

In fact, most of the clubs on Sixth Street in Austin are far hotter than any House Of Blues.

Come on, Billboard-get a clue!