Posts Tagged ‘Pauly’s Hotel’

Five Firsts: Boris of Doctor Magnum

Monday, January 14th, 2013
Doctor Magnum

Doctor Magnum

NAME: Boris
BAND AFFILIATION: Doctor Magnum
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.

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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

THE CHARLIE SMITH BLUES BAND
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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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.

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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:

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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:

ROCKY VELVET
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…

URBAN GUMBO
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

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Van Halen’s “1984″

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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.

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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.

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