24. House of Blues-New Orleans
City: New Orleans
Address: 225 Decatur St.
Coolest Feature: Home to the largest collection of folk art in the country
New Orleans is a musical city. That assessment isn't based on viewings of Treme, it's due to the city's rich musical history, which is echoed through its House of Blues. Located in the N.O.'s historic French Quarters section, the venue opened in 1994, quickly becoming an elite live music destination for tourists and locals alike. It also features a restaurant that's decorated with art courtesy of self-taught folk artists. There are nearly 300 pieces covering the restaurant and concert hall walls, making it the largest collection of folk art in the country.
It features top notch acoustics, the type of equipment that would literally make the saxophone on Curren$y's "Famous" come to life—and that actually happened. The music didn't really come to life, but Spitta has rocked several shows at the New Orleans House of Blues, including a 4/20 performance that was the opening date on his Stoned Immaculate tour last year. How fitting. He also celebrated his 32nd birthday here last month and was surprised with a Chevy Camaro and a Ferrari cake. We've never seen a pothead so happy to be gifted with something other than weed.
There's something special about New Orleans' House of Blues. Maybe it's the "Crazy Quilt," or it could be that the closer you get to the Delta, the stronger the magic is. Blame it on that special box under the stage.