The Melting Point
295 E Dougherty Street
Athens, GA 30601
8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2012
“A place to see and be seen” is how Dirk Howell affectionately describes the legendary Frog Pond Lounge. From the mid-seventies to the late 90’s, this lounge garnered a reputation that is still ripples across the country. “To this day, I can be in Jacksonville, Charleston, Columbia – almost anywhere and talk about Frog Pond, and most likely the person I’m talking to will know about it…sometimes even have a fond story to tell about it!” Dirk Howell, along with Tony Pritchett and David Prince, were part of a core of entertainers that performed there sometimes up to 5 nights a week! For them, it wasn’t just a stable job, it was a way of life. Dirk recalls raising his children on the success that him and his fellow entertainers had at Frog Pond. Join us for a celebration not just of the music, but of the crowds that became a legendary Alumni network stretching from coast to coast. Randomly running into a fellow Frog Ponder, for some, is more likely than seeing an old classmate!
Dirk Howell is the kind of magnetic singer that people just can't seem to categorize. You will love his voice. You'll love the way he and the band entertain you and your guests. Dirk possesses a unique style - one derived from his fluid, rangy and powerful voice - one with just enough grit mixed in. Dirk has lived in Athens Georgia since he was three. Singing together as a family was a practice in the Howell household and he developed an early appreciation for music. Dirk's earliest musical influences came from such legendary soul men as Sam Cooke, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, and Jerry Butler. The soul sounds of Motown and Philadelphia held an attraction for him that is evident in his singing style.
Dirk has lived in Athens, Georgia since he was three years old. His family sang together often, so his appreciation for music developed early. Dirk acquired his first guitar when he was eleven and began performing for school functions as well as with local dance bands. The soul sounds of Motown and Philadelphia held an attraction for him that is still evident today in his style.
While attending the University of Georgia in Athens GA, he became friends with Tony Brown & formed the partnership of "Dirk & Tony." After years of success as a duo, Brown headed to Nashville in search of country music stardom & is now knows as T. Graham Brown. Dirk continued to grow and develop as a solo artist and has been proclaimed by Classic Live! music publication as "The all time King of the Athens, GA entertainment scene."
Recently, Dirk has been busy writing and gathering material for his own artist recording projects. His latest release, on the Southern Tracks recording label, reflects the R&B, beach music, and country music influences and his appropriately entitled "Beach Country." Three popular releases from the CD ("Untie Me", "Be Young Be Foolish and Be Happy," and "Ms. Grace") have been successful on both country and R&B radio stations throughout the US and have achieved top 10 status in some markets. more >>> General Admission$10.00 in advance
$13.00 day of show