LIVE: Dustin Mele Memorial Concert @ Revolution Hall, 3/21/15

March 24th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Johnny Rabb

Johnny Rabb

Photographs by Gene Sennes

Brown’s Brewing Company’s Revolution Hall was jam packed with an all-star line-up of Local 518 musicians and plenty of their fans last Saturday (March 21) for the second annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert. And, yes, even some heavyweight politicos stopped by to lend their support for the benefit concert for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Dustin’s father, ace guitarslinger Joe Mele, led the charge onstage with veteran rockers Emerald City, and the roster of musicians donating their time and talent to the cause read like a who’s-who of the Nippertown music scene – Super 400, Johnny Rabb, Luke McNamee, Matt Mirabile, Tony Perrino’s Killer B, Jocamo, Blue Machine, Roland Gendron & Jeff Dooley, the El Dorados and soooo many others…

The final tally of funds raised is still TBA, but there was certainly plenty of fun raised. GO HERE if you couldn’t make it to the concert but would still like to donate to the cause.

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Be Here Now: The Second Annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert @ Revolution Hall on Saturday

March 18th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg
(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

After last year’s inaugural Dustin Mele Memorial Concert, Dustin’s parents, Joe Mele and Patti Quade, presented a check to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Capital Region NY Area Director Laura Marks at Troy’s City Hall with Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan in attendance (1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

In a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the second annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert will be held at 6pm on Saturday (March 21) at Revolution Hall at Brown’s Brewing Co. in Troy.

In an effort to bring attention to and raise funds for suicide awareness, and celebrate Dustin’s life, the annual memorial concert was conceived last year by Dustin’s father, veteran Nippertown guitarslinger Joe Mele. Fellow musicians, family, friends and a contingent of local businesses rallied around the event last year and promise to make it a truly memorable event again on Saturday.

Minimum donation at the door is $10. If you can’t attend the concert but would like to donate, GO HERE.

Here’s the line-up of Local 518 musicians and bands shceduled to perform, all of whom are donating their time and talent:

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Festival Fever: Rhythm on the River Americana Music Fest @ Revolution Hall, 3/15/14

March 11th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

Rhythm on the Ridge 2014

After five years at Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam, there won’t be a sixth Rhythm on the Ridge festival this summer. But Flood Road – the band that founded and hosted the fest – has something else up their collective sleeve – the inaugural Rhythm on the River Americana Music Fest.

“The Rhythm on the Ridge fest was an exciting experience, located in scenic, rural Schenectady County,” explains J Peter Yakel of the band Flood Road and co-founder of the fest. “This year, we decided to take the successes of our past ROTR Fest experiences and apply them to a more centrally located urban venue, Brown’s Brewery/Revolution Hall in Troy, and see how that mix plays out.”

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Festival Fever: Brown’s Oktoberfest @ Revolution Hall, 10/19/13

October 17th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg
Eastbound Jesus

Eastbound Jesus

Revolution Hall is back in business … at least for a day.

Brown’s Brewing Co. in Troy opens the doors to Revolution Hall on Saturday (October 19) for the day-long Brown’s 2013 Oktoberfest celebration. The fest will feature German foods, plenty of Oktoberfest Lager and Pumpkin Ale and premium cigars.

And, yes, of course, there will be plenty of great music, too, including such Local 518 faves as Flood Road, Chilly Nickels and Eastbound Jesus.

The Oktoberfest celebration kicks off at 1:30pm and runs through 10pm on Saturday in Revolution Hall as well as outside on the deck.

The fest is a benefit for the Rensselaer Land Trust, and a donation of $8 is requested at the door.

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“Music for the Mind”: Helping and Healing

October 15th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
Soul Sky

Soul Sky

Story by Wanda Callagy .

Music is one of the strongest forces of communication and is capable of changing our thoughts, our emotions, our outlook on life. It is a great teacher and healer.

The “Music for the Mind” benefit concert was held at Revolution Hall in Troy back in August, organized by Casey LeCuyer in an effort to honor her brother, Gage, and to assist in the awareness of suicide prevention. The fundraiser featured several Local 518 bands – including Soul Sky, Knot Dead and the Mike McMann Band – who donated their time and talent, playing to a large crowd and encouraging those in attendance to be part of the Out of the Darkness Walk to be held in September in Saratoga Springs.

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Bands Announced for Ernie Williams Tribute Concert

April 20th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg

With the passing of bluesman Ernie Williams last month at the age of 87, Nippertown lost one of its most enduring musical legends.

And while Williams is gone, he has certainly not been forgotten. As we first announced last week, a special Ernie Williams Tribute Concert: A Night of Music and Memories has been scheduled for Friday, June 1 at Revolution Hall at Brown’s Brewing Co. in Troy. Headlining the benefit concert will be the Ernie Williams Band, performing a retrospective of Ernie’s tunes in honor of their friend and band leader.

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Ernie Williams Tribute Concert @ Revolution Hall, 6/1/12

April 11th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg
Ernie Williams

Ernie Williams

Over the course of the past month or so, the Nippertown music scene has been beset by the untimely deaths of quite a number of important players. Some worked in the spotlight; others made their indelible marks behind the scenes. None was more beloved than Albany’s own Ambassador of the Blues, Ernie Williams, who passed away on Wednesday, March 21 at the age of 87.

On Friday, June 1, the Ernie Williams Band will perform a special Ernie Williams Tribute Concert in honor of their friend and band leader at Revolution Hall in Troy.

The evening will also feature performance by several opening bands and a number of special musical guests. Details TBA.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Williams Family to help in their time of need. Showtime is 7pm, and a minimum donation of $10 is suggested.

Come out and celebrate the music and the life of a true Capital Region musical hero, Mr. Ernie Williams.

RIP: Ernie Williams, 1925-2012

Hair of the Dog’s Big CD Release Party

March 15th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg

Hair of the Dog: Liam Left the Lights on Again

It’s gonna be a wild, double-barrelled bash on Saturday night when Nippertown’s premier Celtic rock band Hair Of The Dog takes the stage at Revolution Hall in Troy.

Not only is it St. Patrick’s Day – which is certainly reason enough to celebrate – but Saturday’s show will also double as the CD release party for Hair of the Dog’s brand new CD, “Liam Left the Lights on Again,” on the October Eve Music label.

The new album features a mix of the band’s original tunes, as well as some covers, and Aaron Hurwitz (also known as Professor Louie of the Crowmatix) dropped by the studio to make a special guest appearance on accordion.

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