Best of 2012: Joel Patterson

- Chandler Travis Three-O at the Ale House, Troy, 6/16/12

Story and video by Joel Patterson

2012′s Best Live Music Venues in Troy:

1. THE ALE HOUSE
The cramped back room and chronically buzzing PA’s impart a special magic – being right on top of the performers is unbeatable, and the fantastic food & drink make the trek into the dim, dark reaches of North Troy well worth it.

2. THE TROY SAVINGS BANK MUSIC HALL
THE most spectacular sonic environment on the planet, hosting a dizzying variety of acts, from current pop artists to renowned classical ensembles, all with a glorious retro 19th century vibe.

3. THE BLACK BOX THEATER AT THE ARTS CENTER OF THE CAPITAL REGION
Talk about eclectic and varied and downright weird! The bookings there at Troy Night Out, especially the multi-media extravaganzas accompanied by live players, are frequently peculiar but always exhilarating.

4. FOOTSY MAGOO’S
More an exclusive invitational club than a public venue, performances there feel like private parties, where you can shout out requests and sing along… which is a good thing.

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5. THE RUCK
Vibrant working class atmosphere keeps the musicians on their toes, and you’ll see many recently formed bands with all the freshness that implies.

6. BROWN’S BREWING CO.
Just barely makes the list, by virtue of the enthusiasm and dedication of the typical performers, but honestly, can all you loudmouths drinking just SHUT UP for a second?

Honorable Mention) EMPAC
You can’t pour millions of dollars into a state-of-the-art construction and equip it with fantastically cutting edge technology and not end up with a beautiful thing, right?

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