I hadn't been to a House of Blues in several years, and my last visit was the one in Anaheim, which - for all intents and purposes - feels more like a Disney attraction rather than a music venue. Consequently, I didn't have the most favorable opinion of the HOB (and this is coming from a Disney fan!). However, I can definitely say that the HOB Hollywood is a much more atmospheric venue than the HOB Anaheim. I recently saw Starkid, and everything went smoothly. Me and my friend did the jump the line option and, for $15 extra, got a meal (convenient, as there was nothing particularly appetizing within walking distance) and got in a hair bit earlier than the rest of the crowd (though not MUCH earlier). The staff seemed fine. Had no problems. Everything else - the crowds, the exhaustion, the dehydration, all of that - came with being at the House of Blues or any standing room only venue, and I wouldn't expected anything else. Overall, I'd definitely visit here again and recommend it to friends and family.
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