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House of Blues Gospel Brunch -Twenty Years and Still Rockin’

By Deborah Lathan-Hayter

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The House of the Blues, located in downtown San Diego was the setting for the launch of Grammy Award winning artist Kirk Franklin’s newly created gospel show.  Now in its 20th year, the House of Blues has continually provided uplifting entertainment at their non-denominational Gospel Brunch.  NuViZion, a southern California gospel group kicked off the show with a rousing applause. The members of the group were hand-picked by Franklin.  They performed traditional gospel favorites such as “I’ll Take You There”, “Why I Sing”, “Oh Happy Day” and other gospel favorites that that have been passed down from generation to generation.


The high energy, foot stomping, hand clapping group's lead vocalist and director, Elvert Waltower, Jr.,and the members of the group gave the audience what they came for, a great show and good food. There were a few guests celebrating milestones and the quite colorful leader, Elvert made sure they were recognized.  Audience participation was encouraged and the group  invited everyone to sing along. It was an appropriate gesture for those who felt the need to dance off the sumptuous “Kirk Franklin’s Chicken and Waffles.”  Nu ViZion’s vocals and attire created an enjoyable palate of color onstage.

Members of NuviZion

The House of Blues has continuously provided great entertainment, remaining consistent with the goals of the founders.  That is, to create enjoyable music and to maintain the tradition of offering Southern Style American Food prepared by San Diego’s House of Blues Chef, Aaron Sanchez. There are no “bad” seats in the House of Blues.  The staff are friendly and welcoming and seem to enjoy their work, filling guests’ glasses and offering assistance to those who needed direction. 

Sunday brunch guests entered into a spacious unencumbered, colorfully folk art decorated room to fill their plates with a smorgasbord of delectable edibles such cornbread muffins, steamed shrimp,  jambalaya, fresh fruit, baked or grilled chicken, roast turkey, ham and the popular “make your own omelet station.

House of Blues Brunch

“I started coming to the House of Blues 20 years ago, said Ramon Garcia,” further commenting, “I was engaged then, and now my friends and family of 6 regularly attend the gospel brunch, it has become a tradition for the Garcia family.”

For information on the House of Blues shows and to make a reservation go to: houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/sandiego or call: 619-299-2583

The House of Blues remains one of the most recognized eateries and entertainment venues in the world and continues to provide a platform for emerging artists and musicians.

Published on May 16, 2013

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