Video and photographs by Timothy Reidy
Earlier this month UAlbany radio station WCDB-FM threw themselves a birthday party that was so big that it took two venues – the Low Beat and Pauly’s Hotel, adjacent clubs on Albany’s Central Avenue – to contain all the fun.
And as Howe Glassman, owner of the Low Beat explains, “We had such a blast partnering up with our next door neighbor Pauly’s Hotel to help present WCDB’s 36th Anniversary party that we thought, ‘Hey, why not try this again?’ So we are.”
Pauly’s Hotel and the Low Beat will be co-hosting Down On the Corner #1, another fab night of co-mingling musical merriment, on Saturday, April 26. Your $7 ticket gains you admission to both nightspots all night long, and the seven-band schedule is staggered so you can catch all of the action as you bounce back-and-forth between the clubs throughout the night.
Here’s the schedule of bands for Down On the Corner #1:
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:
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?
NAME: Dan Andersen
BAND AFFILIATION: Diazepam
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.
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.
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.