Tess Collins Brings Live Music Back to McGeary’s

September 17th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Greg


As you’ve probably heard, Tess Collins – yes, the Tess of Tess’ Lark Tavern – took over the management of McGeary’s in downtown Albany (across the street from the Palace Theatre) at the start of this month.

And it hasn’t taken her and her staff long to get things swinging again at the downtown pub.

On Monday, September 20, live music returns to McGeary’s when Ramblin Jug Stompers take the stage. Showtime is 7pm, and admission is free.

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Tess Collins & the Lark Tavern Crew @ McGeary’s

September 7th, 2010, 11:01 am by Greg


McGeary’s Pub in Albany re-opened on Friday with Tess Collins of (Tess’ Lark Tavern) onboard as the new manager and many of the Lark Tavern girls as the new staff.

During the past two weeks, McGeary’s (Facebook) has undergone extensive renovations and remodeling, and the pub was definitely hopping for the first day of business on Friday.

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Tess @ McGeary’s: A Slight Delay

September 1st, 2010, 9:50 am by Greg

McGeary's in AlbanyIt’s been almost four months since Tess’ Lark Tavern was destroyed by a fire (more info here) – so the delay of just a couple more days in re-opening shouldn’t matter all that much.

Last month, Lark Tavern owner Tess Collins announced that she was taking over the management at downtown Albany’s favorite Irish pub McGeary’s (more info here), and the Lark Tavern staff was originally slated to open the doors today.

But during recent renovations, a few additional kinks were thrown into the mix – like the need for a new walk-in beer cooler – that has set back the opening day til Friday.

I stopped by the new digs on Sunday, on my way over to Rest Fest, and the renovations, painting and re-decorating of McGeary’s was all in high gear. Hopefully, Tess and the Lark Tavern gals will be ready and open for business on Friday.

So if you’re out and about for the First Friday arts walk, you should find plenty of familiar Lark Tavern faces at McGeary’s. Stop by for a bite or a brew.

NEWS FLASH: Tess Collins of Lark Tavern Is Headed to McGeary’s

August 7th, 2010, 12:41 am by Greg

It seems as though the embers were barely cool on the fire that devastated Tess’ Lark Tavern, back in the early morning hours of May 6, when friends and family – pretty much one and the same when you’re talking about a beloved gathering place like Tess’ – began to wonder what might be next.

Then in early June, landlord Mike DiNapoli – the owner of the Delmar-based DiNapoli Opticians who also owns the historic building that housed the Lark Tavern – filed papers declaring the building a total loss, which would legally terminate the Lark Tavern’s lease.

And so, the rumor mill has been a-buzz ever since.

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LIVE: “A Night at Tess’ Lark Tavern” @ The Linda, 6/10/10

June 18th, 2010, 2:13 pm by Greg

Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas

OK, I’m not really gonna review this show because, well, I performed there with my band. And I sat at the door collecting admission money. And I sold raffle tix for the guitar donated to the cause by Saratoga Guitar. And Nippertown.com was a co-sponsor of the show. So I’m guessing that some folks might think that if I wrote a review, too, I’d be breaking some kind of journalist’s code of ethics.

But it was a great fun night. And we helped raise some much-needed money for Tess Collins and the staff of Tess’ Lark Tavern.

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Guitar Raffle to Benefit Tess’ Lark Tavern

June 9th, 2010, 3:01 pm by Greg

Cort 60 Guitar PackA guitar raffle has been added to “A Night at Tess’ Lark Tavern: A Benefit Celebration featuring the House Bands of the Lark Tavern,” slated for 7pm on Thursday (tomorrow) at The Linda in Albany.

When Saratoga Guitar owner Matt McCabe learned of last month’s devastating fire that put Tess Collins and the Lark Tavern out of business, he immediately offered to donate a Cort Earth Pack to help raise funds. As a business owner and a working musician, McCabe understands what a blow the Albany arts scene has taken with the loss of the Lark Tavern.

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Five Firsts: Bryan Thomas

June 8th, 2010, 11:05 am by Greg
Tess Collins and Bryan Thomas

Tess Collins and Bryan Thomas

NAME: Bryan Thomas

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” purchased at Caldor in Schenectady when I was in sixth grade. The stereo in my bedroom was only a budget Radio Shack system, but the roar of guitars that came through those little speakers when I put the needle down on Side 2 was gigantic and soul crushing.

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Raise Your VoX for Tess’ Lark Tavern

May 27th, 2010, 3:46 pm by Greg

Lark Tavern Front Neon SignVoX, the monthly open mic session for poets and musicians, takes over the Fuze Box in Albany at 8pm Friday. R.M. Engelhardt emcees the last-Friday-of-the-month outing.

Admission is $4, and all proceeds from Friday’s VoX session will be donated to help out Tess Collins and the staff of Tess’ Lark Tavern.

Raise your voice – for a good cause.

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