Real Good for Free: Emack & Bolio’s “Ice Cream That Rocks,” 10/24/09

October 21st, 2009, 12:19 pm by Greg

emackAndBolioLet’s see now…
It’s free.
There’s lots of great music.
It helps raise money for the American Cancer Society.
And there’s ice cream involved.

OK, count us in.

On Saturday (October 24) both Nippertown locations of Emack and Bolio’s (366 Delaware Ave., Albany and Town Center Plaza, 1704 Western Ave., Guilderland) are hosting “Ice Cream that Rocks,” an all-day benefit show for the American Cancer Society.

Nearly two dozen musical acts will be participating in the event, which begins at 12noon and continues straight through til at least 10pm.

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Tom & Matt’s Open Mic @ Emack & Bolio’s, Guilderland

August 31st, 2009, 11:15 am by Greg

OK, back in June, the open mic night at Albany’s Muddy Cup went belly-up.

Early this month, Chase Billows tried to revive it in conjunction with albanyopenarts.com.

And now it appears that former Muddy Cup open mic hosts Tom Teta and Matt Delgado have found a new home for their weekly open mic sessions, too.

It’s at Emack & Bolio’s ice cream emporium in Guilderland on Monday evenings, and yes, it starts tonight. Sign up begins at 7:30pm; music gets underway at 8pm.

Can there be too many open mic nights? I think not. Encouraging begineers is crucial to the future of any music scene. And providing a low-pressure outlet for more seasoned performers to experiment with new material and ideas is just as important.

Long live the open mic night! No matter who’s in charge…

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