Soul Food, brunch classics and an invigorating live performance add yet another splash of culture to Sin City. Every Sunday, the House of Blues transforms its concert hall into a picnic of sorts, wooden chairs and plaid tablecloths to boot, where guests can enjoy a buffet brunch amidst community style seating. And no matter what religious affiliation you come from, you can surely appreciate the production that follows, produced by gospel icon Kirk Franklin.
Artists put their heart into this music and it shows. Singers gather guests on stage to dance alongside. Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and anyone else celebrating a special occasion shine in the spotlight. The entire mood is heartwarming, bringing a group of strangers together as a community of sorts. The energy in the room is contagious and long lasting, giving this dining experience an element of fantasy that brings a solid end to a magnificent weekend.
A few kinks, however, are still being ironed out. Seating, for one, can be an issue. Several chairs way too close to the stage and tables off to the side and behind the DJ booth have very limited views. And while the performance is incredible, it isn’t very conducive to eating while watching. This would be fine if guests had more time to dine before the music started, or of staff didn’t immediately start cleaning up after the curtains fell. Guests are allowed to continue eating after the show, but the vibe does signal people to leave even if they’re not quite full.
The food does embody brunch combined with a barbecue in the park quite well, but note that you’re going more for the show and less for the quality of the food. Fresh made chicken ‘n’ waffles, mac ‘n’ cheese, cheese biscuits and gravy and custom omelets do quite well, but the ribs, pastries and desserts leave something to justify the $50 price tag. While light items such as shrimp cocktail and fresh fruit are available, the majority of the meal will sit heavy in your stomach.
The experience itself remains one to remember. The family formed in the concert hall will walk out with a smile, reflected by a performance that capitalizes on Sunday morning.
Gospel Brunch is offered Sundays with seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $50/person plus $10 for bloody Mary bar. For more information and tickets call (702) 632-7607 or visit House of Blues online.