Classic Rock Christmas continues at Howard’s

Chris Shutters


Howard’s Club H at 210 N. Main St. in Bowling Green is bringing some of classic rock’s greatest touring bands to NW Ohio in the coming year, and they are kicking off their renewed commitment to the “best in live music” with a new Classic Rock Christmas Series, December 8-23.
December 8 and 9 saw Detroit native and international blues guitarist Michael Katon on stage for two shows, with Toledo’s own Shakin’ Shivers as the opening act.
December 16, Local guitar virtuoso Chris Shutters headlines with the Chris Shutters Band. The group recorded their own special “Live at Howard’s” disc in the last month and will be playing a mix of original and popular rock and blues staples.
And December 23, NW Ohio music fans can be part of music history when Corky Laing Plays Mountain, with Shutters and local music icon Mark Mikel, take the stage for a very special performance.
Laing, the writer of the iconic 70’s hit Mississippi Queen, is the subject of a new documentary film, and the film crew will be at Howard’s to shoot footage. Plus, Gonzo Records will be recording a live album with Laing, Shutters, and Mikel at the December 23 performance, which is the “warm up” event for their 2018 World Tour. Corky Laing will also be celebrating his, “70 th year of having a pulse,” that night as well.
“There is a great deal to promote, including a limited vinyl record release [on Rouge Records, a subsidiary of Jack White’s Third Man Records] in April, the LIVE CD and DVD, and my book release in March,” said Laing of his very busy upcoming year. Mikel and Shutters are included in the 2018 touring lineup.
Steve Feehan and Tony Zmarzly bought Howard’s Club H, a landmark in the college town 30 minutes south of Toledo, two years ago, and have perfectly transitioned the Bowling Green staple into a live music mecca.
Feehan and Zmarzly are both musicians and have updated everything from the sound production, with state of the art sound board and computerized stage lighting and scrim, to the stage itself. Where, to the relief of many long-time Howard’s fans, they removed the “pillars” that blocked the front of the stage.
Previous big shows have included NRBQ, tributes to The Beatles, Black Sabbath, and David Bowie, and local favorites like Tree No Leaves and Corduroy Road.
WBGU-TV also began producing a new program, Live at Howard’s, in 2017, and plans to continue the series next year.
For more information on the Classic Rock Christmas line-up visit