The threat of snow hung in the air, and that prediction had been blasted through the regional airwaves by the media weathermen. Maybe that’s why only a handful of the faithful braved the elements to share a potent dose of Jesse Malin & the St. Marks Social at Jillians in downtown Albany last Tuesday night. Maybe it was the freezing temperatures. Or perhaps it was just a bad case of mid-winter blues that kept the others away.
But the fact of the matter is that some of those devoted, diehard fans in attendance would have been there in spite of hell or high water – or even some kind of cataclysmic “snowmageddon.” Those who didn’t show up missed a performance that they would have likely been talking about for many moons to come. Because it was arguably one of the best rock shows to come to town in a long while.