Some Holiday Ha-Ha’s

December 20th, 2013, 11:00 am by Greg
Vernon Payne

Vernon Payne

Photograph by Jason Spiro

If you’re still out there shopping for this holiday season, you might need a laugh or two to help take the edge off of mall madness.

So why not drop by the Hudson River Coffee House in Albany tonight (Friday, December 20) for the Coffee & Comedy Show?

Hosted by Vernon Payne, the end-of-the-year laugh-fest will also feature comedians Terrence Green, Shawn Gillie, Michael Gregg, Lee Stevens and Bobby Masi. It all gets started at 8:30pm, and admission is just $5.


FIVE FIRSTS: Tony Bucci of Caleb Lionheart

October 20th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
Caleb Lionheart

Caleb Lionheart

NAME: Tony Bucci
INSTRUMENT: I sing/scream/yell

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Honestly? “Rebel Without A Cause” by Kid Rock and “Infest” by Papa Roach were purchased the same day when I was in seventh grade. I have no rebuttal for those actions. The first record I bought that really meant something to me and changed the way I thought about, listened to, and made music? “Dude Ranch” by Blink-182 and the Fat Wreck Chords compilation “Life In The Fat Lane.” Those were the most formative records in my early attempts at making music.

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Be Hear Now: The Hearing Aides CD Release Party, 8/26/11

August 23rd, 2011, 2:30 pm by Greg
The Hearing Aides: Go Deaf With The Hearing Aides

Brian Patrik has found his band.

The singer-songwriter (aka Daily Gazette music writer Brian McElhiney) is set to release his first studio album, “Go Deaf With the Hearing Aides!” with his band – the aforementioned Hearing Aides – on Friday night at the Hudson River Coffee House in Albany.

“For me, I wanted to have this experience, and I needed to have this experience,” said Patrik. “After years of recording on boom boxes and in people’s basements, I wanted that full professional recording experience.”

Originally, Patrik intended on releasing the album under his own name, but that soon changed as he and his bandmates – bassist Arya Chowdhury and drummer Mark Adamo – gelled in the studio under the direction of producer/engineer Don Fury.

“I didn’t think the Hearing Aides would exist after this, but over the course of the recording [process], we became a band,” said Patrik. “I asked Arya if he’d be willing to stay, and he said yes. I asked Mark if he was willing to stay, and he said, ‘Dude, I’m in this for the long haul.’”

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