FIVE FIRSTS: Robert Capowski of Capowski

May 27th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg
Robert Capowski (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Robert Capowski

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

NAME: Robert Capowski

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … the Allman Brothers Band’s Brothers and Sisters. I had a record player with different speeds – 33, 45, 78 RPM and also 16 RPM – so I would play the record at 16 RPM, which would transpose the music down an octave, so I could play in the same key, but it would slow the song down to where I could figure out Dickey Betts’ lead guitar parts on “Jessica” and “Southbound.” The song I loved the best on that record though was “Come and Go Blues” – the way Gregg Allman sang really got to me.

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It’s Funsgiving Time Once Again!

November 19th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

Funsgiving 2014

Seven years ago a group of friends and musicians called themselves B3nson and held a small gathering on the first floor of their favorite local music hall and beer joint. Each year since then the celebration of music, fun, giving thanks, and facial hair has grown.

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Festival Fever: H2O Homeless & Hunger Outreach Show @ the Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel on Friday

November 12th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

Homeless and Hunger Outreach Show

Yes, it’s time for Albany next-door-neighbor rock clubs Pauly’s Hotel and the Low Beat to team up for another too-big-to-fit-in-just-one-venue bash at 7pm on Friday night (November 14).

It’s the H2O Homeless & Hunger Outreach Show. Two venues. Seven bands. One low price. And it’s all for a good cause, too – all proceeds go directly to the Capital Region Coalition to End Homelessness.

Admission is just $10 and a can of food, which gets you into both nightspots.

Here’s the schedule of bands:

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LIVE: Rival Galaxies @ Pauly’s Hotel, 4/19/14

April 28th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Video and photographs by Timothy Reidy

Now that’s what we call a mighty fine homegrown triple-bill – Rival Galaxies, the Parlor and Charmboy. All in one night. Thank you, Pauly’s Hotel. De-lish!

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Down On The Corner #1 @ Pauly’s Hotel & the Low Beat, 4/26/14

April 24th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
The Lucky Jukebox Brigade

The Lucky Jukebox Brigade

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:

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

April 9th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

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.

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

April 4th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

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:

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In the Studio: Urban Gumbo

November 21st, 2013, 11:00 am by Greg

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?

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