The Saratoga Winners Reunion back in March of 2011 celebrated the defunct roadhouse rock club, and it churned up a whole lot of musical memories. In the years leading up to its closing in September 2006, Saratoga Winners was the home to hardcore, punk and heavy metal bands. Not only did the nightspot play host to some of the biggest national and international acts, but it also nurtured the talents of countless young local bands over the years.
And that first Saratoga Winners Reunion more than two years ago was such a success that organizers have decided to do it all over again…
NAME: Tony “TJ” Jones
BAND AFFILIATION: PENNY KNIGHT BAND
INSTRUMENT: Bass / Vocals
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The 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.”
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.
Tix for the event went on sale in November, priced at $33, which includes food as well as the music… despite the fact that none of the bands scheduled to perform at the reunion had been announced yet.
Last week, the first band was revealed – the Last Conspirators, which feature two J.B. Scott’s regulars – vocalist Tim Livingston (formerly of the Morons) and drummer Al Kash (of the Units/Fear of Strangers).
Now two more bands have been announced as performers at the reunion bash – the Lazers (who had a memorable show at JB’s opening for the Joe Perry Project) and the Penny Knight Band (who performed at JB’s not only as PKB, but various members also graced the stage with such earlier bands as Kashmir and EQ).
Additional bands for the J.B. Scott’s Reunion are TBA.
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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