Other Voices: New Live Music Venue Poll

December 15th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Google Street View of 69 North Pearl Street, Albany

The Google Street View of 69 North Pearl Street, Albany

Here’s an interesting post from Steve Barnes’ Table Hopping blog:

Chris Pratt, who co-owns multiple bars in Albany, including two on North Pearl Street, tells me he is interested in opening a music venue at 69 North Pearl St. The space is the former home of Buddha Tea House, which yesterday had its liquor license canceled by the State Liquor Authority to satisfy charges filed after three altercations at the club earlier this year.

While this is all extremely preliminary, Pratt says would like to gauge public interest in a music venue similar to Upstate Concert Hall (the former Northern Lights) in Clifton Park Helsinki, Hudson in Hudson and Vapor in Saratoga Springs. This would be a place to see live music or comedy, not a nightclub or restaurant, which Pratt hopes will make the city most receptive to the idea. Pratt says he has yet to hear back from Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s office about whether he should pursue it. (He previously wanted to open a music venue in Albany’s warehouse district but couldn’t get zoning approval; 69 North Pearl already has the necessary zoning, though a cabaret license would be needed.)

GO HERE to add your voice to a poll indicating how often you would patronize a new live music venue in downtown Albany…


Media Watch: NYS Associated Press Winners Announced

August 18th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg

The New York State Associated Press Association has announced the winners in its annual state-wide newspaper writing competition, and a number of local writers made the grade:

In the under 25,000 circulation division, Bill Ackerbauer of The Leader-Herald in Gloversville took top honors in the Arts/Entertainment Writing category for his story “Fiddling in the Old Country,” about one of our fave area musicians Dick Solberg (aka the Sun Mountain Fiddler).

In the 25,000-50,000 circulation division, The Post Star in Glens Falls took second and third place in the Arts/Entertainment category for Meg Hagerty’s “Potholders are selling like hotcakes” (about fiber artist Maria Wulf) and Doug Gruse’s “Artists’ work explores environment and politics” (about the Tang Museum’s exhibit, “Environment and Object – Recent African Art”), respectively.

And in the 50,000-125,000 circulation division, The Times Union’s Steve Barnes earned a third place Arts/Entertainment nod for “Lambert’s voice soars,” his review of Adam Lambert’s concert at the Palace Theatre last summer.

Congrats go out to all the winners…

A tip o’ the hat to Tim and Lisa Byrne

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