Sunday, September 8, 2013

Add Some Soul to Your Sunday

I recently had the pleasure of being a guest for the House of Blues Gospel Brunch here in San Diego. I have been a frequent visitor to the House of Blues over the years for both concerts and dining. I always wanted to attend a the Gospel Brunch, but I just never made it to one. Well, I was missing out!

House of Blues San Diego Wall Art
Studded Walls

When I arrived late Sunday morning the House was packed. It was interesting to see the mixture of people milling about. It goes to show that everyone could use some soul food, or feed their soul. Heck, I'm an admitted Atheist and I was excited to go too. It was also a new experience to see the HOB during the daytime. Each location boasts incredibly unique artwork adorning nearly every inch of the space. I had missed so much of the decor when attending evening concerts with little to no lights on.

House of Blues San Diego Sugar Skulls Mural

As we were taken downstairs and to our table, I was still clueless as to what to expect. We passed the pastry and dessert table first, and good thing too! That stuff went fast, so I knew I had to make a special trip for the items I had my eye on from the beginning. In the buffet room there was some of your usual brunch fare, but the HOB added their own twist. Next to the scrambled eggs were cheesy grits. There weren't just waffles, but Chicken and Waffles. The food was really good, and the peanut butter cookie from the pastry table was the best one I've ever had. Serious.

Gospel Brunch Chicken and Waffles

Once our plates were strategically piled to the edges with the least offensive foods overlapping, we took out seats. As I began to dig into a delicious strawberry salad, I was thinking to myself, "Okay, where's the Gospel? Is it just the music playing through sound system as well eat. That's nice, I guess." Then, a voice came over the speakers and television screen lit up with a virtual host. For the next hour he shared his story on what brought him to the world of Gospel music. It was a touching story about his adoptive family and the power of music on the soul. Then, as I took a bite of gooey peach cobbler, the lights darkened like they many stage shows I had attended their in the past. Here came the answer to my question. Now it was REALLY time for some Gospel.

Gospel Brunch Opening

The screen lifted and so did the curtain behind them to reveal a full Gospel choir in royal purple gowns. Their powerful voices filled the venue and within in minutes we were standing, waiving our napkins, and singing along. There was even a workout session to get us moving after a big meal. I don't think I could use Gospel Brunch as part of my new diet though. I took in far more calories than I burned. 

Celebrating at House of Blues Gospel Brunch
Waiving napkins in the air.
What I enjoyed the most about show was the idea of celebration. Audience members who were there to celebrate life moments like birthdays, anniversaries, or other occasions were all spotlighted. They were serenaded and even brought on stage. This is truly a great event to have a celebration, I mean there is a choir to sing on your special day! Audience participation was fully encouraged and some were brave enough to take the mic to sing along. I, much to everyone's delight, did not volunteer. I enjoyed every minute, especially hearing the MC chant "Ain't no party like a Holy Ghost party, 'cause a Holy Ghost party don't stop!" Thoroughly enjoyed that diddy. If my Catholic youth had more of that, I would have appreciated it much more than I did.

Audience Participation at House of Blues Gospel Brunch
Audience Participation

Ain't no party like a Holy Ghost Party....
Ain't no party like a Holy Ghost Party....
I would absolutely attend another Gospel Brunch in the future. I left feeling lifted up for the day, despite all the carbs weighing me down. If you are saying to yourself, 'I should go, but I don't have anything to celebrate coming up," you need to go. I had nothing to celebrate, but I sure felt like I had celebrated all morning by the time brunch was over. It's one of those things everyone can enjoy and you'll kick yourself, like I did, for not going sooner. The House of Blues has a number of locations across the country and you can check out if their is a Gospel Brunch near you on the House of Blues website.

I just did a brunch post with no food pics. Why? You do not want to see the mess of a plate I had left when I realized I should take pictures. Besides, you see enough food pics in your instagram feed.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary ticket to Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues in San Diego. I received no other compensation and I chose to write about my experience myself. All opinions and thoughts are my own.


  1. Hahah, it's true. There are a ton of food pics these days, it's like people take pics of all their meals! But yeah, looks like a fun time! I wonder if we have anything like that around here.

  2. It was a great time. They have 13 locations all across major cities in the US. I realized I've been to 3 of them myself.

  3. Great writeup! It was nice to meet you! And yes, it was an awesome time. I had the privilege of attending a Catholic Church that had a Gospel choir (it was in the ghetto, what do you expect?). It was one of those rare occasions where you can hear random "Amens" and "Hallelujahs" throughout the mass. It was awesome. Definitely soul-filled!

  4. Okay, so your recap is totally going to make mine look sad in comparison. LOL! Loved it. So glad you were able to come!

  5. Awe shucks Becky, thanks. Although, I'm sure that's not true. It was a wonderful time, and thank you for extending the invitation.


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