In an effort to combat the image of Albany’s Pearl Street as the downtown epicenter of drunken revelry and disorderly conduct, several of the downtown main drag’s restaurants and bars have teamed up with the Albany Downtown BID to create this television ad.
Somehow, we don’t think this commercial is likely to make much of a difference…
The mid-February thaw was a good excuse to shake off the cabin fever, shed your pelt, and head to the always steamy Pearl St. Nightclub in Northampton to take in gospel, blues, funk and jam band festival favorite Robert Randolph & the Family Band.
Atlanta-based openers the Constellations fired up the crowd with a blend of neo-psychedelic soul, blues, punk and rock. Their debut album “Southern Gothic,” with tracks featuring Cee-Lo and Asher Roth, engendered the sexy song “Felicia” and its subsequent much buzzed about video. Rough-around-the-edges frontman Elijah Jones roared through songs with his gritty voice and even did a slick version of Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.”
Can somebody tell us what exactly is going on every Thursday night on North Pearl Street after the weekly Alive at Five concerts? It’s called Pearl Street Live. There’s a band playing. And they’re selling beer. But they are also shutting down a public city street to traffic and charging admission. Is this even legal? Sure, the streets are shut down for other events around Albany like Art on Lark, block parties in front of the TU Center, LarkFest, Pearl-Palooza, but admission is always free to those events.
No Emmy love for “Treme”? Really? Are you kidding? You mean to tell me that Khandi Alexander, Clarke Peters and Melissa Leo didn’t each deserve an acting nomination?
While we’re on the subject of the best television drama of the day, we have no idea what the heck writer Anthony Benigno meant when he described “Treme” as “a more morbid version of ‘Glee'” in a New York Daily News story last week.
And we’re appalled and insulted that the media continues to refer to the Gulf oil disaster a “spill.” A spill is when you knock over a glass of milk on the kitchen counter, not when you have 1.5 million gallons of milk gushing out of a hole in your refrigerator every damn day for three months.
Wanna rant about something? Go ahead and bring it on…
NAME: Matt Durfee
BAND AFFILIATION: Matt Durfee & the Rattling Baddlies, Palatypus
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Hmmmm, tough to say, owned many tapes early on, but the first one I bought for myself was probably Bon Jovi’s “New Jersey.” I remember getting yelled at for singing along with it in while I had headphones on when we were vacationing in Florida. Apparently, I didn’t get the concept that only YOU can hear headphones… The cooler album would’ve been Zep’s “Houses of the Holy,” which I owned and played down to nothing around the same time, but since I think I stole it from my dad’s cassette collection, can’t really claim that I “bought” that one.
This just might be the single busiest weekend of the year, so we really don’t want to hear a single peep out of anyone complaining that there’s nothing to do in Nippertown. Seriously.
Here are just a few suggestions:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Lecture and opening reception for Jennifer Dalton‘s “Is It Just Me?” @ the Teaching Gallery @ Hudson Valley Community College, Troy (FREE)
“Capital Region’s Got Talent” @ Revolution Hall, Troy (FREE) Colleen Pratt & Friends @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady (FREE) 3rd Thursday arts walk @ various locations in Pittsfield, Mass. (FREE) Los Lobos with Jonah Smith @ the Calvin Theater, Northampton, Mass.
Discussion with Annea Lockwood, Margaret Cogswell and Ian Berry @ the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs (FREE)
Looking for something to do after Albany’s weekly Thursday night Alive @ 5 concerts? Well, you don’t have to look far. Just walk a block up the hill from Riverfront Park and check out the free Pearl Street Live series.
Blocking off North Pearl Street to traffic from Pine to Columbia streets, it’s a weekly block party at 8pm each Thursday:
UPDATE: Be aware that the City of Albany has announced a crackdown on alcohol at the Alive At Five concert series, sparked by increased DWI arrests and widespread underage drinking during previous city-sponsored events. The common council didn’t have the votes to ban alcohol completely, but new rules will be in place and undercover police will be in the crowd.
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