Posts Tagged ‘nightclub’

Lookin’ back: Remembering Duck Soup

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

It seems that all the longtime Nippertown music scene-makers get all misty-eyed whenever someone mentions 288 Lark or QE2 – a pair of adventurous music clubs which were both helmed by the fabulous, charming, black-clad Charlene Shortsleeve.

But Shortsleeve also managed another club in between her long stints at those two Albany nightlife landmarks, and nobody seems to remember much about it.

The problem? Duck Soup – as the short-lived club was known – was across the river in Rensselaer, and for the downtown Albany punks, well, I guess that seemed like a world away.

But in doing a bit of de-pack-ratting recently, we came across a Duck Soup flier featuring the schedule for September 1985 – 24 years ago – and it still looks pretty interesting to us:

9/18: Beat Rodeo with Woofing Cookies
9/19: Who Likes What with the Distractions
9/20: The Broadcasters with Diversion Factor
9/21: The Reducers with Joypop
9/22: Agitpop with Due Process
9/25: 10,000 Maniacs with the Mole
9/26: The World Famous Blue Jays with the Last Roundup
9/27: Antic Hay with Diversion Factor
9/28: Bovine with Due Process

October’s slate of shows wasn’t too shabby either with bands like the Chesterfield Kings, the Bandables, Game Theory, Brian Brain, Dumptruck, Jeannie Smith & the Hurricanes, Lifeboat and Miracle Legion filling out the calendar.

Anybody else got any good old Duck Soup memories?

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Club Helsinki is closing

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

We are Nippertown.com are deeply saddened by the announcement that Club Helsinki – the heartbeat of musical nightlife in Great Barrington, Mass. – is shuttering its doors on Monday, August 31.

But stop all of that wailing and gnashing of teeth for a moment.

It looks as though Great Barrington’s loss may very well be Hudson’s gain. Club Helsinki owners Deborah McDowell and Marc Schafler have been slaving away at a new performance-and-more venue in downtown Hudson for a couple of years now, and the grand opening might finally be on the horizon.

Here’s what McDowell and Schafler had to say in an e-mail that was sent out yesterday (Wednesday, August 19):

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Bogie’s is back?!?

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

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297 Ontario St., Albany.

The site of way too many nights of great music – certainly more than I can possibly remember.

Bogie’s was there before Blotto recorded our first vinyl, and it was still there so many years later when Blotto released our first CD.

Now, after a loooooooooong hiatus, Bogies (the apostrophe is apparently optional) is back again . Yes, with the fine folks of Black & Blue Productions at the helm, Bogies celebrates its official grand re-opening with a crank-it-up-to-11 bash on Friday, June 5.

Sleaze-rock kingpins the Erotics headline the festivities with plenty of sonic support from the likes of Horror Business, Hijinx, Society High and Pistol Shot Gypsy. It all gets underway at 8pm, and admission is $10.

I still vividly recall the Units at Bogie’s funking up a version of “Ease on Down the Road” from “The Wiz” during the Labor Day weekend of 1979.

And Albie from the Black Fuel has a whole mess o’ fond memories of the old Bogie’s.

What are your fave Bogie’s shows of ye olden days?

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