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Dallas live music venue ranks among nation's most popular clubs

Dallas live music venue ranks among nation's most popular clubs

House of Blues Dallas
House of Blues Dallas is the No. 4 most popular music club in America. Photo courtesy of House of Blues
The crowd at Patti Smith at Stubbs
Stubb's in Austin also made the list, at No. 25. Photo by Chad Wadsworth/Butchershop Creative
House of Blues Dallas
The crowd at Patti Smith at Stubbs

Dallas hit the top five again on Billboard's annual ranking of the 25 most popular music clubs in the U.S. House of Blues Dallas came in at No. 4.

The list is based on ticket sales reported to Billboard Boxscore from May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014. During that time period, the Dallas club had a total attendance of 222,988.

The House of Blues chain of concert halls occupies 12 spots on the list, including No. 1 Orlando and No. 6 Houston; Dallas has been in the top five since 2012. HOB parent Live Nation, which boasts 21 out of the 25 spots on Billboard's rankings, reported $2 billion in revenue in 2013, with gross ticket revenue up 30 percent.

"Four years ago, Live Nation created this organization and put all the clubs and theaters under one roof, and they committed to it," House of Blues Entertainment CEO Ron Bension told Billboard. "We've doubled our portfolio in the last three years of venues we operate or exclusively book into.

"But, more importantly, we've made a huge commitment to artist development. We're starting to help [developing acts], and we're seeing evidence of that as we see bands work with us from 300-capacity rooms to 3,000-seat theaters."

The other Texas venue on Billboard's list is Stubb's Bar-B-Q in Austin, which snuck in at No. 25. Stubb's has a recently renovated Airstream trailer out back, which has become "a cool hang for bands to meet or talk or jam together," said talent buyer Margaret Galton.