The official opening of the original Frontier Room was in 1954. It was initially a restaurant that served hamburgers, soft drinks and hosted entertainment from local musicians, as well programming for the university. Nickel Coffee day and the radio show ìRecord Rackî hosted by Lou Spiegel attracted a strong student following. Then in 1989, the Frontier Room was transformed exclusively into the coffee house that is known today as The Front Room.
Every week, local musicians would entertain the masses and students would pack into the Frontier Room. Some of the most notable musicians were Led Zeppelin, The Kings of Hollywood, The Local Girls, J.D. Hutchinson and Kim Richey. The Front Room would have been a very different place if not for the efforts of one person. For 30 years, Bruce Dalzell has hosted open mic in various bars in Athens, which originated from 'Open Stage' at the Frontier Room. The Front Room has been an opportunity for local musicians to display their talents. It is the cornerstone of the local music scene, according to Dalzell.
A Special Thanks To:
The Robert E. & Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections, located on the 5th floor of Alden Library.