Posts Tagged ‘Pauly’s Hotel’

Festival Fever: Albany Word Fest, 4/13-19/14

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Albany Word Fest

April is National Poetry Month, which means that it’s time once again for Albany Word Fest, an annual arts festival that brings together poets, writers and performers from all across upstate New York to celebrate the vibrant poetry and spoken word scene right here in Nippertown.

Organized by Albany Poets, the Albany Word Fest has grown from an afternoon poetry open mic in Thatcher Park in 2001 to this year’s rhyme-a-rama bash – a week-long cavalcade of events taking place at six different venues throughout Albany including featured readings, open mics, poetry slams and more.



WCDB-FM’s Dual-Venue Birthday Party @ Pauly’s Hotel & the Low Beat on Saturday

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Yes, it’s a birthday party so big, so joyous, so undeniably rockin’ that just one nightspot couldn’t contain it.

The classic Pauly’s Hotel and the fresh, new next-door neighbor the Low Beat will be teaming up as the first-ever dual co-hosts of UAlbany college radio station 90.9FM WCDB’s 36th Anniversary Birthday Bash on Saturday (April 5).

Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door, and ticket holders will be allowed to go between the two venues. The big birthday bash will play host to six bands on a staggered starting schedule with about 10 minutes between bands, allowing everyone plenty of time to run back and forth between the two Central Avenue nightspots all night long. The festivities will also feature a chance to take home tons of prizes from bands and, as usual, party hats, balloons and yummy birthday cake, too.

Here’s the line-up of bands for the Saturday night WCDB bash:


In the Studio: Urban Gumbo

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Story and video by Joel Patterson

When is a recording session not a recording session? When it’s much, much more. You know what I mean. When it’s an actual, verifiable musical event taking place within the walls.

Earlier this month at Brunswick Recording in Troy, under the spectacular engineering leadership of Mike Hickey, it happened again. The gorgeous facility hosted the reunion/comeback sessions for the upcoming Urban Gumbo release, timed to be ready for (cross those fingers!) their big, splashy debut at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany on Friday, December 20.

Did I say splashy? Hey, you at the bar, could you be a little more careful, how about?

Five Firsts: Dan Anderson of Diazepam

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013


NAME: Dan Andersen
INSTRUMENT: Bass guitar/vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … a compilation of great classical music. I don’t remember what the title was but, it had “In the Hall of the Mountain King” (Grieg) and the “Hungarian Rhapsody” (Liszt) on the track-list and I was blown away for the first time hearing music with themes, emotion, arrangement and dynamics. The epic nature of classical music had a huge impact on what my idea of music has developed into.


Five Firsts: Kevin Gadani of Mod Fiction

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Kevin Gadani

Kevin Gadani

NAME: Kevin Gadani
INSTRUMENT: Guitarist/Singer/Song Writer

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … If memory serves me correct, I think I bought Nirvana’s “Nevermind” and “Bleach” on cassette on the same day back around ’92-’93 with some allowance money. Before that I would just tape songs off the radio.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The first major act I remember seeing live was Deep Purple at SPAC, but I’d definitely been to some forgettable local punk shows before that.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … I played the baritone in middle school but quickly lost interest when I picked up guitar playing around seventh grade.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … Hmmm, probably some Beatles or Bob Dylan tune at an open mic.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Well, the first band I was in that made it out of the garage or basement was the Wild Mountain Underground. We recorded a few tunes and played a few gigs, but members changed quite often, so the band morphed into other names and disbanded after a couple years.

In support of their recently released album “Come Back Down,” Kevin Gadani straps on his guitar to lead the alt-rock trio Mod Fiction into Pauly’s Hotel in Albany on Saturday (February 9). Motorhome is scheduled to open the show at 9pm. Admission is $5.

Join in the Music-Making Party at the RPM Challenge Kick-Off Jam @ Pauly’s Hotel

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

RPM Challenge Kick-Off Jam @ Pauly’s Hotel

The folks at the Albany Music Coalition are presenting the RPM Challenge Kick-Off Jam at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany at 8pm on Friday night (February 1).

The RPM Challenge, in case you don’t know, is an annual, non-competitive nationwide challenge for musicians to record an original album of music from scratch during the 28 days of the month of February.


Five Firsts: Boris of Doctor Magnum

Monday, January 14th, 2013
Doctor Magnum

Doctor Magnum

NAME: Boris
INSTRUMENT: Electric Bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I think it was Lateralus by Tool. I had gotten into Tool through a friend, and it was one of the best things that happened to me. I was only 14 years old at the time, and it was the first album that really made me think about music in a bigger picture. I owe a lot of my own personal evolution to that album.


Blues 2K: CD Pick of the Week: The Charlie Smith Blues Band

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

The Charlie Smith Blues Band: Steppin' Down Blues Lane

Review by J Hunter

Steppin’ Down Blues Lane
(Lakesound Records)

As you may know, Greater Nippertown guitarslinger Charlie Smith was inducted into the New York State Blues Hall of Fame a couple of months ago. What you don’t know is that Smith could have used his new release Steppin’ Down Blues Lane for his résumé tape. Don’t worry, though: This isn’t a “Greatest Hits” package. The lion’s share of Steppin’ comes from live recordings made at various venues over a 10-year period. Cruising through these righteous slices of club life (which is the only way to experience the blues, to my mind), you see the kind of full-throated, unvarnished havoc Smith has been wreaking on the Empire State during this century.

The opening title track is one of four tunes recorded at the late, lamented Savannah’s in downtown Albany. It’s a mid-tempo cruiser that’s got Smith howling off-mic right from the jump, with Robert Aronstein’s organ comping sweet & hot underneath Smith’s gritty vocal. “I got the blues,” Smith tells the crowd, “But I was so young, I was just a kid!” When Smith lets loose his first solo, it goes straight for your throat, and after a semi-joking scat solo, he lets his axe attack the crowd again. You want pretty guitar? Go find an old Pat Metheny Group album. This is down-and-dirty blues, subtle as a flying mallet, and it makes your teeth curl back into a big wide smile. Aronstein’s pumping follow-up solo goes right down that same mean street, and “mean” never felt this fun!


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