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B.D. Howes will play the Producer’s Lounge

Singer and songwriter B.D. Howes will perform an intimate set with his percussionist Wes at the Producer's Lounge on Saturday, Jan. 23. (Teresea S. Howes)

Salt Lake City-based singer and songwriter B.D. Howes is looking forward to his performance at The Producer’s Lounge during film festival week.

This is the first time that Howes, who plays on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 3 p.m., will perform for the public.

"I have performed at private parties during Sundance in the past, but this is the first time I’ll be in a showcase situation," Howes told The Park Record. "I’ll perform all original material because the venue is designed to be a meet-and-greet for movie people so they can hear the musicians and maybe become interested in using the music for their films."

Howes is planning to perform songs from his albums as well as some new material.

"It will be more of an acoustic thing," he said. "I’ll perform with my drummer, Wes Ferguson, who will play his cajon and some other percussion."

Howes hopes the songs touch his audience.

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"I’m not worried about whether one of my songs can mean so many different things to so many different people," he said. "That’s fine because I just want to connect with people on a simple level."

When writing songs, Howes always starts with an emotion.

"I sometimes get caught up in negative things that are happening in the world and want to say something or tell a story about it," he said. "At the same time, I don’t want to offend people, so I put my thoughts into a format where I can reach people and, in turn, they can relate to what I’m saying or at least think about what I’m saying."

Sometimes Howes writes songs that are inspired by an event.

"A few months ago, I was back with my son who has been working in Nashville and trying to become a better songwriter himself," Howes said. "I noticed that part of his problem is that many people think there is a format to songwriting, and I saw my son was frustrated because he wasn’t as free as he was before. So I decided that we would write a song together."

The two drove around town.

"We had his daughter with us and I said we needed to write a song about this moment," Howes said. "That’s what we did and within a couple of hours, we had a song."

The singer doesn’t know if he’ll sing the song on Saturday, but did say he was grateful for the opportunity to perform at the Producer’s Lounge, which is presented in connection with Producers International Magazine.

Howes was contacted by David Nordstrom, who produces the Producer’s Lounge.

"I had met Dave last year through another friend and we hit it off as far as having many things in common," Howes said. "He called me earlier this year, which was a surprise and very nice."

The Producer’s Lounge, located at 1351 Kearns Blvd., boast 5,500 square feet on two floors. It features two stages, two bars and a VIP green room.

Other artists who will perform this coming week include Jarett DeCarle, Sammy Brue, Burn Atlas and Brandon "B" Barker.

The Producer’s Lounge, 1351 Kearns Blvd., will present Salt Lake City-based singer and songwriter B.D. Howes on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 3 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.producerslounge.biz .