Howard's Club H - Audio History
Bowling Green Music & Cultural History Walking Tour. “Howard's Club H - Audio History.” Digital Gallery. BGSU University Libraries, 18 June 2020, digitalgallery.bgsu.edu/collections/item/39562. Accessed 14 May 2021.
|Title||Howard's Club H - Audio History|
|Subject||Bowling Green, Ohio -- Buildings, structures, etc|
|Description||Audio recorded history of Howard's Club H for the Bowling Green Music & Cultural History Walking Tour|
|Creator||Bowling Green Music & Cultural History Walking Tour|
|Source||Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives; University Libraries; Bowling Green State University|
|Coverage||Howard's Club H|
|Abstract||This is the third segment in a 9 part audio recorded history for the Bowling Green Music & Cultural History Walking Tour, in a collaboration between the NOICA project and the BGSU Public History Graduate Certificate Program.|
Howards Club H - Howard's Club H was established by Fred H. Howard in 1928 in the 200 block of North Main Street in Bowling Green, Ohio, as Howard's Confectionary Store and acquired a liquor license after prohibition was lifted. Howard sold the business in 1938 and became the mayor of Tarpon Springs, Florida. Howard's Club H moved across the street in 1973, for the construction of the Wood County District Public Library.
|Is Part Of||Northwest Ohio Independent Culture Archive (NOICA)|
|Spatial Coverage||Bowling Green, Ohio|
|Temporal Coverage||1920s - present|
|Transcription||Laura Lee Caracciolo of BG Falcon media wrote in 2009, "Howard's Club H was established by Fred H. Howard in 1928. On the 200 block of North Main Street in Bowling Green, Ohio, as Howard's Confectionary Store and acquired a liquor license after prohibition was lifted. Howard sold the business in 1938 and became the mayor of Tarpon Springs, Florida. Howard's Club H moved across the street in 1973, for the construction of the Wood County District Public Library."|
Howard’s website states “Many local, regional, and national acts have taken the stage at Howard's over the past 4 decades. Some have gone on to great success and encompass all musical genres. Bands like Fallout Boy and 21 Pilots, to Kid Rock, Ekoostik Hookah, and Method Man have all rattled the walls of Howard's.”
Howard’s is also packed in early September of every year as it hosts the “After Hours” stage at the annual Black Swamp Arts Festival. A 3 day festival that brings thousand into the city of Bowling Green. Madison Bressler a bartender at Howards, who has also performed at the venue with her band Half Kidding stated “ We typically open early and have music going on all day.”
Bressler also points out Howard’s desire to with the community to put on weekend long festivals as she pointed out “I think something that is rather recent in the scene is that DIY venues in the city have partnered up with Howard’s to put on large events that attract people from outside of our community. I think that has strengthened the BG scene and expanded its musical reach even farther.” She goes onto say “The Summit Shack in Bowling Green has partnered with Howard’s on several occasions to put on day or two-day long events like Fauxchella, Snowchella, DIY Prom and Swordfest. These events have brought over 1,000 attendees to our little bar over the course of those couple days. It’s amazing to see different parts of the scene come together in one place.”
Howard’s H Club also works to give back to the community that has kept it going for over 90 years. When asked about shows where Howards donates a portion of the proceeds back to community organizations Bressler answered “I would say we have 10-15 shows each year that are a benefit of some kind. One example is the Leelah Alcorn benefit that is organized by the QTSU on campus. Another one would be Mewvement & Subwoofers where proceeds benefited the Wood County Humane Society.”
Local band Rizzo, which formed in the mid-1970s, pointed out Howard’s Club H willingness to book and invite back local bands, Bressler also agreed stating “Working at Howard’s truly inspired me to join a band in the first place. It’s always been a dream of mine to perform in a band and Howard’s really opened up that opportunity for me.”
These acknowledgements from local bands is felt when one walks into Howard’s whether for a drink or to enjoy a show. The venues graffitied walls and picnic tables, only further establishes the location as the corner stone of Bowling Green’s music seen and place central to the local community.
|Original Format||Digital Audio|