LIVE: J.B. Scott’s Reunion @ Michael’s Banquet House, 5/5/12

May 11th, 2012, 2:50 pm by Greg
(left)  The Last Conspirators and (right) Charlie Smith

(left) The Last Conspirators, (right) Charlie Smith (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Stanley Johnson and Gene Sennes

“I have actually been invited,” I thought to myself, echoing the astonishment of Nick Carraway when he arrives at Gatsby’s West Egg mansion party in Fitzgerald’s novel. My magnanimous friend, Alison, had given me an advance ticket to the J.B. Scott’s Reunion Party. Pulling into the already crowded parking lot shortly after 7pm, I couldn’t help but realize that I would be likely one of the few revelers too young to have ever attended a show at the legendary venue that had closed 30 years ago, having drawn everybody from Count Basie and John Lee Hooker to the Cramps and Iggy Pop.

I had missed the Penny Knight Band, and the Last Conspirators were already playing full throttle as I entered the ballroom of Michael’s Banquet House, where a large crowd of people danced like it was 1979. The late Joe Strummer would have been proud; I imagined the punk rock warlord raising a Guinness to the band as they tore into originals like “Who Wants a Revolution Anyway” and “History,” the latter beginning with Tim Livingston’s declaration of “Drink to all our futures! Long live J.B. Scott’s!” and then closing out with his microphone stand getting bent in half.

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Five Firsts: Tony Jones of the Penny Knight Band

May 1st, 2012, 1:30 pm by Greg
Tony Jones

Tony Jones

NAME: Tony “TJ” Jones
INSTRUMENT: Bass / Vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASThe Brothers Four “Sing of Our Times” (1964). Hey, my father and mother were, at that time, recovering beret-wearing beatnik/folkies who, as a hobby, worked at the NYS Dept of Social Services and an insurance agency in Cohoes, respectively, while yearning for the 30-60 minutes or so on Saturday nights when we would camp out in front of the TV to watch “Hootenanny.”

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Another New Band Announced for J.B. Scott’s Reunion

February 6th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg

Ernie Williams

Ernie Williams

Fresh from his 86th birthday party at The Linda last Saturday night, veteran bluesman Ernie Williams and his band have been announced as the latest band to join the line-up for the upcoming J.B. Scott’s Reunion at Michael’s Banquet House in Latham at 6:30pm on Saturday, May 5.

Williams’ band features guitarslinger Joe Mele, who was the original soundman at J.B. Scott’s, as well as a member of the nightspot’s house band.

Previously announced bands include the Last Conspirators, the Lazers and the Penny Knight Band. Two additional bands are yet to be announced.

Tix for the J.B. Scott’s Reunion are priced at $33, which includes food and entertainment.

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JB Scott’s Reunion Tix Now Available

November 28th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg
J.B. Scott's, Central Avenue, Albany (photo by Richard Schoenberg)

(photo by Richard Schoenberg)

You may remember that we told you last month about the upcoming JB Scott’s Reunion that’s being organized by the legendary Albany nightclub’s former co-owners Doug Jacobs and Vinnie Birbiglia.

The bash is slated to take place at Michael’s Banquet House in Latham at 6:30pm on Saturday, May 5.

And although none of the entertainment has been announced yet, tix to the reunion are now on sale. Tix are $33, which includes food as well as the music.

Local fans can mail order tix by sending a check or money order to:

Doug Jacobs
Box 3180
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Please include your name, address and the number of tickets requested. Gregory Busch and Holly Stah also have tix available locally.

Out of towners can order tix from Vinnie Birbiglia.

Tix for the JB Scott’s Reunion will be available only in advance. No tix will be sold at the door.

J.B. Scott’s Reunion Bash

October 11th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg

J.B. Scotts

J.B. Scotts

Raise your hand if you remember the late, great Albany nightclub, J.B. Scott’s.

It really wasn’t much of a nightclub, actually, but the former S&H Green Stamp store at 321 Central Avenue was almost always the place to see great music.

Everyone from U2 to Count Basie played there, as well as the Go-Go’s, Iggy Pop, Buddy Rich, the Ramones, the pre-Eurythmics Annie Lenox, Tim Curry, Manhattan Transfer, the Specials, the Jam, John Fahey… They all graced that stage during the few short years the club was open. (It all ended with an early-morning fire on July 22, 1982.)

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More On Jim Carroll

September 14th, 2009, 1:42 pm by Sara

Marty Benjamin sent along these photos from Jim Carroll’s Nippertown performances. Here’s the Jim Carroll Band blasting away at J.B.Scott’s:


And at a solo appearance at QE2, where he read a number of times:


(Photos by Martin Benjamin.)

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