Say Goodbye to Bogie’s…

April 28th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg


Photograph by Sara Ayers

Yes, you may have heard the rumors, but now it’s official – Bogie’s is closing.

It’s been a good six-year run, but Bogie’s – Albany’s haven for metal, hip-hop, hardcore and all manner of hard rockin’ headbangers – is planning to shutter its doors for good after one final blowout on Sunday, May 31.

Upstate Black N Blue Productions took over the operations of Bogie’s with a grand opening bash featuring the Erotics, Horror Business, Hijinx, Society High and Pistol Shot Gypsy back on June 5, 2009.

But as posted yesterday (Monday, April 27) on the Upstate Black N Blue website:

“As of June 1st, Bogie’s will no longer be hosting any shows. We will be closing the doors permanently. All shows from June 1st going forward will be at TRICKSHOTS, THE FUZEBOX, THE LOFT and THE CHANCE THEATER and occasionally at UPSTATE CONCERT HALL.”

Here’s a round-up of the remaining shows slated for Bogie’s:

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LIVE: Acoustic Night @ Bogies, 3/15/13

March 28th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Olivia Quillio

Olivia Quillio

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Let’s face it, Bogie’s in Albany is best known for hardcore and heavy metal headbangin’ – not exactly a mecca for unplugged sounds. But that didn’t stop Delirium Entertainment from presenting a recent acoustic music showcase featuring an array of Local 518 singer-songwriters, including Olivia Quillio, Kyle McDonough, Phoebe Henry, Zan Strumfeld and others…

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This Weekend’s CD Release Parties

June 10th, 2011, 11:30 am by Greg

MICHEAL BENEDICT & BOPITUDE: In late January, jazz drummer/bandleader Michael Benedict slipped into Cotton Hill Studios in Albany for a weekend-long recording session with an all-star line-up that featured trumpeter Chris Pasin, saxman Brian Patneaude, pianist Bruce Barth and bassist Mike Lawrence. (We reported on the sessions in depth with a two-part story by Andrzej Pilarczyk; read it here and here.) The album is being released on the Catskill-based jazz label, Planet Arts, and the band will celebrate with a release party at The Linda in Albany at 8pm tonight (June 10). Tix are $15.

TRADEWINDS: Fronted by vocalist Evan Hummer, the young quintet is throwing a CD release party at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 7:30pm tonight (June 10). Joining in the festivities will be the Night Life, Restless Streets, Scarver and Our Longest Hours. Tix are $8 in advance; $10 at the door.

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Murderer’s Row CD Release Party @ Bogie’s, 1/21/11

January 19th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

Murderer's Row
Troy hardcore heroes Murderer’s Row will celebrate the release of their new album, “The Bully Breed,” with a go-for-the-throat party and performance at Bogie’s in Albany at 7pm on Friday.

The new album features 13 songs – including “Hudson Suds,” “Piss Poor Working Class” and “Hell Bent for Rock N Roll” – will be released on Durty Mick Records.

Joining Murderer’s Row in the spotlight at the hardcore hootenanny are Dead Aces, Bourbon Scum, Dead Stuff and Chosen Ones.

Admission is $10.

Lionheart Vs. Lionheart on Friday

December 16th, 2010, 3:00 pm by Greg

Lionheart vs. Lionheart

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, moms and dads, boys and girls.

This Friday evening right here in Nippertown – in fact just a couple of blocks away from each other in Albany – it’s the Battle Royale between Lionheart and Lionheart.

Can your heart stand it? As Sparks likes to sing, “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us!” And at the end of the night perhaps there will be only one Lionheart left standing…

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Capital Underground Live Local Music Showcases Move Out of the Armory

December 16th, 2010, 11:00 am by Greg

Capital Underground Radio Live

Back in October, tireless local music promoter Ralph Renna announced his plans to host three big local music concerts at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany.

The first one of the Capital Underground Live concerts was held last Saturday.

But now Renna has announced that last Saturday’s show was the only one that will take place at the armory. The next concert – which is scheduled for Saturday, January 15 – has been moved from the Washington Avenue Armory and will now take place at Bogie’s in Albany.

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Song of the Week: Wide Open Wide

June 16th, 2010, 11:06 am by Sara

Railroad Earth is performing at the Clearwater Festival in Croton-on-Hudson this Saturday, but frontman Todd Sheaffer used to front a little outfit called From Good Homes that played Nippertown quite a bit back in the day. Here they are performing “Wide Open Wide” at Bogies in 1992:

Five Firsts: Jesse Calhoun of the Ameros

December 2nd, 2009, 1:08 pm by Greg


The Ameros

NAME: Jesse Calhoun
INSTRUMENT: Guitar / Vocals


2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Riverfront Amphitheater, Cleveland, Ohio

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a brown sunburst Silvertone guitar. One of those $100 packs with a little amp included.


5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Delusions of Grandeur

Jesse Calhoun and the rest of his bandmates in the Ameros will be playing at Bogie’s in Albany on Saturday (December 5) along with Nixon’s Spirit, D.E.A.D. Stuff and the Rejects.

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysHolly & EvanThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCartoonist John CaldwellCaffe LenaAdvertise on Nippertown!Artist Charles HaymesBerkshire On Stage