Franklin lends name, influence to House of Blues Gospel Brunch


ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Gospel Brunch, a mainstay of the House of Blues venues across the country, will unveil its revamped program on Mother's Day after partnering with Christian music icon Kirk Franklin.

The reinvented program comes as the intimate music venue celebrates its 20th anniversary. With Franklin's influence, the show is said to be "infused with the same kind of contemporary energy that made Franklin the biggest selling Gospel Music artist in the world."

"For two decades House of Blues has been a special place for fans and performers to share musical moments, memories and meals unlike any other place in the world," said its president, Ron Bension. "As we head in to our next 20 years we wanted to make this Sunday tradition even better by showcasing the greatest gospel music of yesterday, today and tomorrow with someone amazing like Kirk Franklin."

According to Bension, Franklin has spent the past few months heavily engaged in creating the new Gospel Brunch experience, visiting many of the House of Blues clubs in person while tailoring each show to fit the club's individual market. In recreating the brunch, Franklin sought to present a show where guests would be treated to an uplifting live music and dining spectacle designed to "bring them to their feet, have them clapping, singing and creating unforgettable memories."

"House of Blues' Gospel Brunch is an American institution, so I am honored to be working hand-in-hand with them to revitalize the experience for music fans of all ages," Franklin said. "This has really been a labor of love for me, and I'm excited for everyone to see what we've created when we kick things off on Mother's Day."

The all-you-can-eat Gospel Brunch is a non-denominational, participative celebration of gospel music created as a way to help patrons wipe away the week's troubles and inspire the week ahead. Its trademark buffet features southern specialties and morning feast favorites such as cornbread muffins and maple butter, Creole chicken and shrimp jambalaya, chicken and waffles and carving stations.

House of Blues was founded in 1992 and now has locations across the country, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Chicago, Cleveland, Myrtle Beach and Orlando. Each features current sound and lighting technology in custom designed environments that bring fans as close as possible to the artists. Every location's restaurant is adorned with signature original folk art—part of the world's largest collection.

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