A New Home for Valentine’s Music Hall?

October 9th, 2013, 9:00 am by Greg


Cagney’s is taking on a new life, and Howard Glassman is at the helm. Yes, Glassman – who is being forced to shutter his Valentine’s Music Hall to make way for Albany Medical Center’s redevelopment of the Park South neighborhood – has purchased Cagney’s, the former bar on Albany’s Central Avenue next to Pauly’s Hotel and across the street from WAMC-FM.

After 15 years of operating Valentine’s on New Scotland Avenue, Glassman isn’t sure whether the new venue will keep the Valentine’s name or exactly when it will open, but it will definitely be rockin’. He promises that the new club will be open daily and feature live music from Wednesday through Saturday, in addition to poetry nights and other events.

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Howard Glassman Takes to the Airwaves at WEXT-FM

November 14th, 2011, 10:58 am by Greg

He’s the guitarist-vocalist-bandleader of the cow-punkin’ Grainbelt

He’s the owner-manager of Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany…

And now he’s also the newest DJ on WEXT-FM.

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Howard Glassman Is Out at The Linda

August 24th, 2011, 10:00 am by Greg
Grainbelt with Howard Glassman on the right

Grainbelt with Howard Glassman on the right

We got an email from Howard Glassman, and as soon as we glanced at the subject line, we knew something was very wrong.

It read simply, “Thanks for everything.”

Inside he wrote, “I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know that the General Manager’s position here at The Linda has been eliminated, and effective immediately I will be moving on.”

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Five Firsts: Howard Glassman of Grainbelt

November 23rd, 2010, 10:59 am by Greg

Howard Glassman

NAME: Howard Glassman
INSTRUMENT: Fender Telecaster, G harp, plumb bob

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … it was either the Beach Boys’ “Endless Summer” or Elton John’s “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player,” and as a nine-year-old I don’t remember how I got the money to buy them.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Clash at the RPI Field House 1982. The greatest thing I have ever seen. Ever. Really.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a piece of crap Strat copy and hunk of shit amp that I bought off of Marc Schermehorn in 1978 for something like $20, and as a 13-year-old, I don’t remember where I got the money to buy them. At the time I didn’t know you had to actually tune the guitar every once in a while, so I got frustrated and didn’t try and play for another 10 years. I was then presented with Fender Squier Telecaster that I still use to this day. Eventually I will tune it.

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