Franklin was on hand at the club’s West Hollywood location to oversee the debut of the reinvented Sunday institution, currently celebrating its 20th year.
The Grammy Award winner led the band and choir through a number of inspirational classics. Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch at House of Blues was a celebration of the audience as much as one of America’s most distinctive genres of music.
According to reports, Franklin encouraged audience involvement throughout the set, bringing up music fans young and old to sing and participate in the festive performance. The result was an uplifting, get-on-your-feet celebration heavy on love and celebration of friends and family.
House of Blues clubs in 10 other cities debuted the new Gospel Brunch on Mother’s Day. Each location’s song selection and theme were carefully crafted by Franklin.
Fans were also table to enjoy great southern cuisine at each location. “Kirk Franklin’s Chicken and Waffles,” was a fan favorite. The menu also featured cornbread muffins and maple butter, Creole chicken and shrimp jambalaya, carving stations, and create-your-own Bloody Mary and mimosa bars.
Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch at House of Blueswill continue on Sundays at House of Blues locations nationwide, including Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego, Las Vegas, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Chicago, Cleveland, Myrtle Beach, and Orlando. Check www.houseofblues.com for show times and additional information. Kirk Franklin is expected to drop into select locations periodically for special performances.
A portion of ticket sales are being donated to the International House of Blues Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides arts and cultural educational programs and resources for youth in communities across the United States.