THE FOUNDATION ROOMat House of BluesLocation: 329 N. Dearborn St. (Inside House of Blues)Price: $$$$Genre(s): Various/ElectronicBest For: Rich Yuppies / Expense Accounts / Elbow RubbersStaff Rating: 3/10Sound System Rating: 3/10Decor & Atmosphere Rating: 9/10Overall Rating: 6/10THE STAFFThe  Foundation Room has been fairly understaffed from my  experience, with  only one or two bartenders and the occasional cocktail  waitress, which  leads to long waits for drinks and generally mediocre  service. At these  types of clubs one can generally expect to wait a  while on busy nights  for drinks but when there are only 5 guests at the  bar and you still  end up waiting 20 minutes for a $10 vodka + soda it  can get pretty  annoying.THE SOUNDThere are many strong points of The  House of Blues Foundation room, and the sound is not one of them. The  main venue at the HOB has a massive, properly-tuned live sound system,  but The Foundation Room’s setup consists of two small PA speakers on  hand-mounted stands and no subwoofer, which makes playing any sort of  electronic music sound weak and tiny. The rating of the sound would’ve  been a two, but one of the cooler things about the club is the  implementation of a networked series of speakers in each subsequent  room. This gives an additional point to the rating but the fact that  none of the speakers are of any quality and the volume is not directly  accessible from the rooms detracts from the experience immensely. OVERALLThe  House of Blues itself is a phenomenal venue with great sound, a great  stage setup and a labyrinthian set of corridors, opera boxes and green  rooms. Somewhere in the middle of all this madness lies The Foundation  Room, a room you may not even have known existed having been to the HOB  before. The concept itself is very cool, the décor of the HOB is amazing  and creates a great atmosphere which The Foundation Room thrives on.  Doors and hallways lead to exclusive rooms and secretive feeling  locations which really gives The Foundation Room a feeling of being  hidden and secluded as if this would be the type of place you would  attend a secret society meeting. Unfortunately, unless the drink prices  change or the sound system gets upgraded, these secret meeting will have  to be attended by those with trust funds or expense accounts who care  less about music and more about climbing the social ladder and rubbing  elbows with wealthy folks. It’s a shame, because with different  management, The Foundation Room could easily become a favorite hangout  of mine and attract a much wider audience.

THE FOUNDATION ROOM
at House of Blues


Location:
329 N. Dearborn St. (Inside House of Blues)
Price: $$$$
Genre(s): Various/Electronic
Best For: Rich Yuppies / Expense Accounts / Elbow Rubbers
Staff Rating:
3/10
Sound System Rating: 3/10
Decor & Atmosphere Rating:
9/10
Overall Rating:
6/10

THE STAFF
The Foundation Room has been fairly understaffed from my experience, with only one or two bartenders and the occasional cocktail waitress, which leads to long waits for drinks and generally mediocre service. At these types of clubs one can generally expect to wait a while on busy nights for drinks but when there are only 5 guests at the bar and you still end up waiting 20 minutes for a $10 vodka + soda it can get pretty annoying.

THE SOUND

There are many strong points of The House of Blues Foundation room, and the sound is not one of them. The main venue at the HOB has a massive, properly-tuned live sound system, but The Foundation Room’s setup consists of two small PA speakers on hand-mounted stands and no subwoofer, which makes playing any sort of electronic music sound weak and tiny. The rating of the sound would’ve been a two, but one of the cooler things about the club is the implementation of a networked series of speakers in each subsequent room. This gives an additional point to the rating but the fact that none of the speakers are of any quality and the volume is not directly accessible from the rooms detracts from the experience immensely.

OVERALL
The House of Blues itself is a phenomenal venue with great sound, a great stage setup and a labyrinthian set of corridors, opera boxes and green rooms. Somewhere in the middle of all this madness lies The Foundation Room, a room you may not even have known existed having been to the HOB before. The concept itself is very cool, the décor of the HOB is amazing and creates a great atmosphere which The Foundation Room thrives on. Doors and hallways lead to exclusive rooms and secretive feeling locations which really gives The Foundation Room a feeling of being hidden and secluded as if this would be the type of place you would attend a secret society meeting. Unfortunately, unless the drink prices change or the sound system gets upgraded, these secret meeting will have to be attended by those with trust funds or expense accounts who care less about music and more about climbing the social ladder and rubbing elbows with wealthy folks. It’s a shame, because with different management, The Foundation Room could easily become a favorite hangout of mine and attract a much wider audience.