Flashback: Home @ QE2, 4/17/90

September 30th, 2011, 10:09 am by Greg

One of our all-time fave Nippertown bands, Home churns through “Clutter” in a live performance at the legendary QE2 in Albany (now the site of the Fuze Box). Featuring vocalist-guitarist Bob Lukomski, guitarist Michael Neff, bassist Robert Seals and drummer Ross Rubenstein.

Bob Lukomski returns to town tonight to premiere his new electronic composition, “Emerald Cities,” as part of the Wired Kingdom exhibition/performance of regional artists working in electronic and digital media, which is at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy. The performances of “Emerald Cities,” as well as works by Rinus Van Alebeek, Julia Alsarraf, Michael Farley, Holland Hopson, Christyn Magnus and Rick O’Disko, will take place from 5-9pm tonight in conjunction with Troy Night Out. Admission is free.

Lukomski describes the work as “a new electronic composition with a sonic sculptural component, an extention/by-product of my work with multi-channel sound.”

Here’s an excerpt from Lukomski’s “Emerald Cities”:
Emerald Cities study (2011) by Bob Lukomski


Flashback: The Black Crowes Remember QE2

October 12th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the Black Crowes are winging their way into Albany for a marathon show at the Palace Theatre on Friday night.

The band – which is planning to take an extended hiatus after the current “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” tour – will be performing a 90-minute acoustic set followed by another 90-minute rockin’ electric set on Friday.

Over the years, the Black Crowes have had a special place in their hearts for the Capital Region, and they’ve played a wide variety of venues around town from Saratoga Winners to the Palace, from the Glens Falls Civic Center to the Times Union Center to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, where they headlined the H.O.R.D.E. Festival.

And although this year marks the band’s 20th anniversary, they actually made their Albany debut more than 20 years ago. In the late ’80s, they were an unheralded band still known by their original name, Mr. Crowe’s Garden, when they first graced an Albany stage at the late, great QE2.

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Memories Of The QE2 – Now Just A Memory

January 19th, 2010, 2:47 pm by Sara

We stopped by the Fuzebox early last Friday to shoot photos of some of the memorabilia installed for Vamp: Remembers The QE2 last weekend.

And here’s some more links:

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Flashback: Blasting Into The Past

January 7th, 2010, 3:34 pm by Sara

Charlene Shortsleeve in front of QE2, Albany (photo by Dave Suarez)

Charlene Shortsleeve in front of QE2 (photo by Dave Suarez)

By some weird, cosmic coincidence, the beginning of 2010 is apparently making people wax nostalgic for the 1980’s:

The Fuzebox is remembering the late, fabled QE2 (it’s the 10th anniversary of its closing) with a QE2 Revival next Friday and Saturday, January 15-16, complete with music from the 80’s and a collection of decorations and posters from the QE2.

And two well-respected photographers, formerly of Nippertown, have delved into their archives and started posting old photos:

Uncle (Tupelo) and Son (Volt)

September 15th, 2009, 10:46 am by Greg

sonvoltSon Volt rolls into The Egg in Albany on Friday, September 18, in support of their new album, “American Central Dust,” released on Rounder Records earlier this month.

Do we have to say anything more?

No, we don’t. But, of course, we will.

Just the other day, we were flashing back to Son Volt’s Albany debut at Bogie’s in – I think – 1995. It was sometime shortly after the release of their debut album, “Trace,” anyway.

But, as it turns out, our memory banks actually stretch back further than that.

Yes, we remember Uncle Tulepo gracing the stage of QE2 nearly two decades ago. It was July 19, 1990 – less than a month after the release of the band’s landmark debut album, “No Depression.” And they weren’t even the headliners. They were the opening act for the fine Tucson band, the Sidewinders.

But we need some help here. Was that Uncle Tulepo’s only area appearance? Or did they come back and play QE2 again later? Somebody let us know, please. Thanks.

More On Jim Carroll

September 14th, 2009, 1:42 pm by Sara

Marty Benjamin sent along these photos from Jim Carroll’s Nippertown performances. Here’s the Jim Carroll Band blasting away at J.B.Scott’s:


And at a solo appearance at QE2, where he read a number of times:


(Photos by Martin Benjamin.)

20 Years Ago – Albany New Music Expo

June 11th, 2009, 6:06 pm by Sara


This is the top half of a poster for the Albany New Music Expo run by Char Shortsleeve, Dan Griffin and Jim Caringi, November 8-9, 1989.

Cute dog.

Cartoonist John CaldwellHolly & EvanCaffe LenaJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantAdvertise on Nippertown!Ramblin Jug StompersBerkshire On Stage