Posts Tagged ‘Colonie’

Five Firsts: Mike Lisi of C. Jane Run, Rob Skane 3, the Bremners

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Mike Lisi

Mike Lisi

NAME: Mike Lisi
BAND AFFILIATION: Currently vocalist/bassist with the Rob Skane 3; also gigging with the Bremners (duo with Rob Skane); Mersey Beat (acoustic rock). And a reunion show with C. Jane Run on August 3.
INSTRUMENT: Vocals, bass guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles. Bought it with Christmas money. That Christmas, I got Revolver and Magical Mystery Tour, too, so it was a really good holiday!

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Doobie Brothers, Syracuse War Memorial, 1978.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … A really cool Strat knock-off guitar. It was red with a silver pick guard that my cousin, Vic, got for me. He was a roadie for the Todd Hobin Band, a local Syracuse band at the time.



Real Good for FREE: Thursday Night Concerts at the Crossings

Thursday, July 18th, 2013
The New York Players

Thursday, July 18: The New York Players

The Thursday Night Concerts at the Crossings series is back again this summer at the gazebo at the Crossings in Colonie.

The concerts are slated to take place rain or shine at 6:30pm on Thursday evenings through the end of August.

Here’s the complete schedule of performances for the 2013 summer season:


Real Good for FREE: Tuesday Nights in the Park @ Cook Park, Colonie

Monday, June 10th, 2013
Hair of the Dog

August 27: Hair of the Dog

The weekly summertime concert series returns to Cook Park’s Frank A. Leak Amphitheater in Colonie once again this year.

All concerts take place at 6:30pm on Tuesdays, and, of course, admission is free.

Here’s the 2013 schedule of Tuesday Night in the Park concerts:


RIP: The Starlite Music Theatre (aka Colonie Coliseum), 1958-2012

Friday, November 16th, 2012
The Starlight in 2010 (photo by Sebastien Barre)

The derelict Starlite Music Theatre in 2010 (Photo by Sebastien Barre)

Story by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Sebastien Barre

Milton Berle
The Dave Clark Five
Johnny Cash
Mike Tyson
Bob Hope
Diana Ross
George Carlin
Sammy Davis, Jr.

and, yes, even Megadeth

Once upon a time just off Route 9 north of Latham Circle, there was an entertainment destination that brought hundreds of the show business world’s best-known singers, dancers, musicians and comedians to the Capital Region every summer for four decades.

Although officially it went by many names over the years – the Colonie Musical Theater, the Colonie Summer Theater, the Colonie Coliseum and, finally, Starlite Music Theatre – a lot of the locals simply called it “The Tent.” But on Thursday (November 15), demolition crews and bulldozers rolled in and knocked it all down. The Starlite Music Theatre is no more.


Real Good for FREE: Cook Park Concert Series in Colonie

Monday, June 11th, 2012

June 12: The Pipe Kings

June 12: The Pipe Kings

The Village of Colonie is sponsoring another summer filled with free weekly concerts at the Frank A. Leak Amphitheater for the Arts in Cook Park.

The concerts take place at 6:30pm on Tuesdays throughout the summer, and it all kicks off on Tuesday (June 12) with the Pipe Kings.

Here’s the line-up of free concerts for the 2012 season:


INTERVIEW: Dick Ayers, Master Comic Book Artist

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
Nick Fury

“We had had no school to go to,” says 87-year-old comic book artist Dick Ayers. “You went to a regular art school, and that’s what I told ’em in the art school. I got upset. ‘You guys are all the camera, the single Kodak camera. I’m the movie camera. I’m telling them a story.’”

One of at least 36 comic book artists scheduled to appear on Sunday at the Albany Comic Con at the Holiday Inn Albany on Wolf Road, Ayers may be less high profile than some other artists appearing at the convention – like Joe Sinnott, Jim Starlin, Fred Hembeck and Bill Anderson – but he has been a personal inspiration to me since I was seven years old.

I remember the moment I saw my first painted cover edition of The Lone Ranger 60 years ago as if it were yesterday. It was on the middle shelf of Eaton’s Drug Store in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and it featured the masked man punching out the bad guy. The motion captured in that painting and the expression of determination on the masked man’s face completely captivated me.


30-Second Men’s Room Review: O’Toole’s

Friday, May 27th, 2011

30 Second Men's Room Review: O'Toole's

Five Firsts: Christine Lavin

Monday, April 25th, 2011
Christine Lavin

Christine Lavin

NAME: Christine Lavin
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, Boomerang Digital Phrase Sampler, Batons

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I don’t remember the first album, but I vividly remember the first 45 rpm (for you younger readers, a 45 is a grooved black vinyl disk with a large hole in the center – and it has music *on both sides*). It was Glen Campbell singing “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” written by Jimmy Webb on the A side, and “Gentle On My Mind” written by John Hartford on the B side. I snuck out of my grandmother’s wake in NYC to buy it.

This was in the mid 1960s. I heard “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” on FM radio and couldn’t get it out of my head, but we lived in a small town north of New York that only had one record store that didn’t stock that record. When we got to the funeral parlor and I saw a record store across the street, I knew what I had to do. I hid the record in my coat so my family wouldn’t know where I’d been (they thought I’d gone to the Ladies’ Room).

I must have worn that 45 out. I became a big fan of both songwriters, Jimmy Webb and John Hartford. Both songs are still two of my favorites.

Many years go by. Pages of the calendar flip. I did a concert with John Hartford, told him all about how his song was on the first record I ever bought. John was the ultimate multi-tasker who not only played guitar and banjo, he could also sing, play violin and clogg dance all at the same time. He saw me twirl batons and asked if I would teach him how to twirl his violin bow.


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