In recent years, UAlbany radio station WCDB-FM has hosted some mighty serious birthday parties at Valentine’s Music Hall, not only presenting such ace indie bands as Titus Andronicus, the Neighborhoods, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Oberhofer, but also coaxing Local 518 faves like Dirty Face and Blotto to step out of retirement and into the spotlight once again.
But when Valentine’s shuttered its doors for good this past Sunday morning in anticipation of the impending wrecking ball, the question was, “Where would WCDB go for this spring for their 36th anniversary party?”
Not surprisingly, the answer was the Low Beat, the new nightspot owned by Howe Glassman, the former owner of Valentine’s. But unlike Valentine’s, the Low Beat is only one floor/one stage, and the club itself is smaller than Valentine’s downstairs (capacity at the Low Beat is 75, compared to Valentine’s downstairs, which was 90), so navigating a big batch of bands in and out of the new club is a bit more difficult.
The solution? Well, why not expand the bash to two venues by including Pauly’s Hotel, which just happens to be right next door to the Low Beat on Albany’s Central Avenue?
So that’s what they did. WCDB-FM’s 36th anniversary bash will take place on Saturday, April 5 at two venues – the vintage Pauly’s Hotel and the brand new Low Beat featuring a half dozen bands:
Tickets – good for admission at both venues – are available now, priced at $12 in advance; $15 at door.