“Moonlight Falls” Trailer

April 6th, 2010, 11:58 am by Greg

Some of you may know Vincent Zandri as the drummer for Nippertown rockers the Blisterz, but he’s also the author of such acclaimed thriller/suspense novels as “As Catch Can,” “Godchild” and “Permanence.”

His latest thriller is “Moonlight Falls,” and there’s a nifty new trailer for the book to help spread the word:

Zandri will be talking about his books, as well as playing some acoustic tunes with the Blisterz at the next CRUMBS Nite Out on Thursday, April 22 at The Linda in Albany. Admission is free.


Real Good for Free: Sea of Trees, the Blisterz & Hour of Need @ the Bayou Cafe, 2/11/10

February 9th, 2010, 10:05 am by Greg

Prepping for the upcoming release of their current album-in-the-works which is tentatively titled “Rebels Without Applause,” the Blisterz will be sharing the stage with Sea of Trees and Hour of Need for the next installment of Original Rock Night at Jillian’s the Bayou Cafe in Albany at 8pm Thursday (February 11). Admission is free.

UPDATE: Jillian’s is apparently in the midst of building a new – and bigger – stage, but construction isn’t completed just yet, so Thursday’s Original Rock Night has been moved to the Bayou. Admission is still free.

Sounds like a good place to stop by after the “Hearts 4 Haiti” benefit at the Palace Theatre just down the block on that same night.

Five Firsts: Dave Graham of the Blisterz

February 2nd, 2010, 3:02 pm by Greg

Dave Graham

(photo by Mike Toomey)

NAME: Dave Graham, aka Davey BLiSTeR
INSTRUMENT: Guitar and vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Kiss Alive II” on vinyl. You can’t go wrong with Kiss when you are a young, aspiring air guitarist! I still dig them. Their new album, “Sonic Boom,” is great, by the way.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … I think it was Eddy Grant in the old gymnasium at Union College in Schenectady. It was back when his big hit, “Electric Avenue,” was climbing the charts. I remember being in awe when he played the guitar with his teeth like Jimi Hendrix. Amazing show!

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a used KAY acoustic guitar that I bought for $50 through a newspaper classified ad. I still have that guitar and even still use it to write songs on occasionally, despite the body being cracked and the action kinda high. It has sentimental value!

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Real Good for Free: The Blisterz & Friends @ Jillian’s, 12/10/09

December 8th, 2009, 9:45 am by Greg

The Blisterz

The Blisterz


The Blisterz
the Mysteios
the Ameros

Four big bands? No admission charge?
That’s right. Consider it an early Christmas present.

WHEN: 8pm on Thursday (December 10)
WHERE: Jillian’s, Albany
AGES: 18+

Real Good for Free: The Blisterz / Vincent Zandri @ Albany Public Library, 12/4/09

December 2nd, 2009, 9:45 am by Greg

Here’s something you don’t find on your entertainment calendar every day.

Nippertown rock trio the Blisterz will be playing an acoustic show at the Albany Public Library in conjunction with the book publication party for local author Vincent Zandri‘s latest novel, “Moonlight Falls.”


Well, if you didn’t already know, Zandri is also the Blisterz’s drummer. A longtime member of both the Nippertown literary and rock scenes, Zandri has previously published such novels as “As Catch Can” and “Godchild” and drummed with such bands as Charmboy, Cost of Living and one of the great early ’80s bands, the Verge.

Sponsored by the Upstate Artists Guild, the party, reading and performance will take place at 6pm Friday, coinciding with the monthly First Friday arts walk.

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Real Good for Free: Tuesdays @ Revolution Hall (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

8/24: Take It From the Top: Vincent Zandri

August 24th, 2009, 12:49 pm by Greg


Nineteen ninety-seven was the year the Green Haven Prison went insane. The winter hadn’t produced a single snowstorm that lasted for more than an hour before turning to rain and slush, and what should have been covered with a velvety-smooth blanket of white went on being gray and lifeless and pitiful, as if God Himself saw to it that the twenty-five hundred inmates and corrections officers living and working inside nine concrete cell blocks never once forgot where they were and why they were put there in the first place.”

– from Vincent Zandri’s novel “As Catch Can,” 1999

Writer-drummer Vincent Zandri and his bandmates in the Blisterz are hosting and headlining the semi-regular “punk rock night” at Jillian’s in Albany on Wednesday, August 26. Also performing will be Wipe Out Marshall and Catching Cadence.

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