Posts Tagged ‘Pauly’s Hotel’

Be Here Now: The Arthur Holmes Blues Band @ Pauly’s Hotel, 12/15/12

Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Arthur Holmes

Arthur Holmes

Story and photographs by Wanda Callagy

Along with Santa Claus, the Arthur Holmes Blues Band is coming town. They will play at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany on Saturday (December 15).

The band – which originates from the Pittsfield area and the Berkshires – includes Arthur Holmes on vocals and lead guitar, John Worth on bass, Gary Smith on Hammond organ and Bridget Wnukowski on drums. Inspired by blues artists such as Elmore James, Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf and B.B. King among others, the band plays many originals along with covers.

Holmes writes most of music, crediting who he calls the “original gunslingers” as the foundation of most music today. “They wrote about their experiences, about their hard-luck places and their life. It’s music written from the soul,” says Holmes. “Much of the music I have written comes from a dark time in my life, and how far I have come from that point.”

Holmes is modest about his guitar playing, which started at an early age, as he listened for hours and played along with records of musicians he admired. He and Worth have played together for years, and their energetic sound is complimented by Smith’s soaring keys and Wnukowski’s powerhouse backbeat.



Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony @ Pauly’s Hotel, 11/11/12

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Ernie Williams

Ernie Williams

Albany’s own Ambassador of the Blues, the late Ernie Williams, is slated to be among the first Capital Region musicians inducted into the New York State Blues Hall of Fame on Sunday (November). Williams – who died in March at the age of 87 – and his band members (Rocky Petrocelli, Charlie Vatalaro, Mark Emanatian, Mike Kelley and Steve Aldi) are scheduled to be among the nearly two dozen inductees who will be honored at the awards ceremony at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany on Sunday afternoon.

In addition to Williams, the New York State Blues Hall of Fame – an affiliate of the national Blues Hall of Fame – will also bestow posthumous honors to Steve Katz.

Slated to kick off at 1pm on Sunday, the ceremonies will honor many of Nippertown’s finest blues musicians, including Charlie Smith, George Boone, Mark McKay, Michael Tremante, Luke McNamee, George A. Fletcher, Trish Anderson, Mark Tolstrup, Tom Healey, Scotty Mac and Ted Hennessy.

In addition, several individuals and organizations who have helped keep the blues alive and thriving in the Local 518 will also be inducted, including Troy radio station WRPI-FM and Steve Daub (the station’s “Stormy Monday” radio show host), photographer-writer Robin Murray, concert promoter Jim Anderson and Last Vestige Record Shop in Albany.

Each of the inducted musicians will perform, and the event will be hosted by the Michael Packer Blues Band. Admission is $10.

Here’s the schedule of events for the New York Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday afternoon at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany:


R&R Reunion Fever This Weekend: Rocky Velvet, Urban Gumbo

Friday, October 19th, 2012

There are a pair of very notable Local 518 band reunions on tap for this weekend:

9pm tonight (Friday, October 19), $10
at Daisy Baker’s, Troy
Led by the mindboggling guitar work of Graham Tichy and the hot-wired antics of frontman Ian Carlton, one of Nippertown’s finest and most beloved rockabilly combos step back into the spotlight for their only show of 2012. NOTE: The theme for the Rocky Velvet reunion bash is Tiki so wear your best Hawaiian outfit. And be prepared to party and dance…

9pm on Saturday (October 20), $5
at Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
Diva & the Dirty Boys are headlining the evening, but you’ll want to get there early to catch the openers, a very special reunion of Urban Gumbo. As drummer Bob Girouard (also a regular writer for Modern Drummer) notes, “The original five of us (Gary Butts, Joe Quandt, BJ French, Rob Piorkowski and myself) haven’t been on-stage together for about a decade. But even more so, the gig takes on a special meaning primarily because both BJ and I have undergone multiple brain surgeries, mine as recent as September.” It certainly will be great to see Girouard back in the saddle again… NOTE: Metroland founder Peter Iselin will be sitting in at the keyboards with Diva & the Dirty Boys. ALSO NOTE: The show wraps up a busy weekend for Dirty Boys’ bassist Nick Bisanz, who is also playing with the Last Conspirators tonight (October 18) at Valentine’s Music Hall, as well as with the classic British rock band Mods & Rockers at Pauly’s Hotel on Friday.

Five Firsts: Chris McFarland

Monday, September 24th, 2012
Chris McFarland

Chris McFarland

NAME: Chris McFarland
INSTRUMENT: Guitar / Vocals



LIVE: Candye Kane @ Pauly’s Hotel, 8/18/12

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Candye Kane @ Pauly's Hotel

Review and photographs by Fred Rudofsky

The toughest girl alive, indeed…

Exuding power, resilience, courage, optimism and a pure joy in living, Candye Kane’s voice rang through the length and width of Pauly’s Hotel in Albany. It was a Saturday night of blues music to spend with the self-described “toughest girl alive,” two sets that no one who attended will ever forget.

With more than 10 albums to her credit, Kane has a deep repetoire. On this particular night, in songs and stories, she often drew upon her experiences growing up in southern California – and especially the recent crisis she has faced – in candid, life-affirming ways.


LIVE: Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles @ Pauly’s Hotel, 5/11/12

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Eric Gleason

Just like the NFL is better when the Oakland Raiders are resurgent, Albany is a better place when Pauly’s Hotel is hosting live music. Few bands can take over a crowd better than Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles showed last month at this legendary venue, where the easy parking, array of frosty brews and fine food were added bonuses.

The quartet, in the midst of a reunion this spring, played blues and roots rock with wit and verve, in two sets that had the place buzzing.


Five Firsts: Buck Malen of the Staynz

Thursday, June 7th, 2012
Buck Malen (center) and The Staynz

Buck Malen (center) and The Staynz

NAME: Buck Malen
BAND AFFILIATION: So many bands! Currently the Staynz
INSTRUMENT: bass, guitar, vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Beach Boys’ “Live in Concert”


LIVE: Joe Louis Walker @ Pauly’s Hotel, 4/13/12

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
Joe Louis Walker @ Pauly's Hotel, 4/13/12

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Eric Gleason

Had it really been 17 years? Not only were die-hard blues fans wondering that, but even Joe Louis Walker, the headliner himself exclaimed that extraordinary fact incredulously during the second song of the night at Pauly’s Hotel, a rollicking take on “Let’s Have a Natural Ball.”

Walker had been close all those years, with occasional shows in Saratoga Springs (like last May at the Parting Glass) and a surprise appearance last year at The Egg with Buddy Guy. The last time he had played Pauly’s, Walker invited Scotty Mac, a talented local blues player up to the stage for a full-throttle take on Albert Collins’ instrumental “Don’t Lose Your Cool.”

Scotty Mac was not in attendance last Friday night, no doubt preparing for his long-awaited reunion gig with the Rockin’ Bonnevilles (Friday, May 11 at Pauly’s), but a strong contingent of patrons saw two extraordinary sets by Walker and his talented band.


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