The House of Bricks has been a concert fixture in Des Moines for more than 14 years. They have hosted over 3700 shows, featuring more than 10,000 performances. All that is about to come to an end, though, as owners J.C. and Nancy Wilson announced that they would be closing the East Village music venue in just under two months. The announcement came early Friday morning via the venue’s Facebook account. The Wilson plan to retool the space, with the exception of The Rooftop, and begin a new business venture there. The House of Bricks will host their final show on November 23. No details for the event have been announced as of yet. Here is the official announcement issued on Friday:
The House of Bricks, located at 525 East Grand, in Des Moines’ East Village, is announcing plans to close the popular music venue and reopen under another business model. Owners J.C. Wilson and Nancy Wilson say they will continue to own and operate the East Village property and are looking forward to embarking on this new venture. The House of Bricks has been in business as a live music venue and full service bar for nearly 15 years, since its initial opening on Merle Hay Road, in 2000.
Moving to the East Village in 2005, the business found itself in the midst of a developing area of commerce on the verge of greatness. The East Village has since become one of Des Moines’ most celebrated neighborhoods of restaurants, bars, and other entertainment options. Beyond The House of Bricks’ outstanding band lineups and full service bar, the venue hosts a full restaurant, serving lunch and dinner daily and brunch on the weekends. In 2012, The Rooftop was opened on the roof of the existing structure. The more upscale open-air bar and restaurant complimented the casual atmosphere of the House of Bricks downstairs. At the end of operation, The House of Bricks will have hosted over 3700 shows and well over 10,000 performances during those shows. The stage has been graced by such national acts as Stone Sour, The Melvins, Fall Out Boy, Daughtry, Pete Best of The Beatles, and more. Popular local acts such as Dead Horse Trauma, Cirrus Minor and Mindrite enjoyed their formative years there.
The final show at The HOB is slated for Sunday November 23, details TBA. Owners J.C. Wilson and Nancy Wilson say they are looking to create an entirely new business model for The House of Bricks space, including a name change. The Rooftop will continue with business as usual. Stay tuned for more updates about this exciting new venture! For more information, email J.C. Wilson at email@example.com.
The venue will not be fading away quietly. The House of Bricks has a number a high-profile events still on their schedule in the coming weeks. On October 5, Minneapolis industrial band American Head Charge will play the venue. The House of Bricks will be one of the venues hosting performances during the First Annual Beast Village Comedy Festival on October 10 and 11. Chart-topping Mississippi rockers Saving Abel will visit the venue on November 9. Then California alternative rockers Alien Ant Farm will stop by the venue on November 16. Go to the House of Bricks’ Facebook page (link in first paragraph), and click ‘Events’ to get the venue’s complete schedule.