LIVE: Rocky Velvet @ The Ruck, 9/25/15

October 14th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

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Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The Ruck in Troy was rockin’ – and jam-packed – on a Friday night last month in conjunction with the monthly Troy Night Out arts walk.

With guitarslinger superb Graham Tichy and hot-wired vocalist Ian Carlton at the helm once again, it was a thrill to witness another reunion of Cropseyville’s rollickin’ rockabilly cats, Rocky Velvet.

Adding to the fun and frenzy this time around, they bolstered their sound with the surprise addition of keyboardist Mike Kelley, whose resume includes stints with the Sharks, the Ernie Williams Band, Blotto, the Lustre Kings and many more Local 518 faves.

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Five Firsts: Joanna Palladino of Off the Record

April 10th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg
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Off the Record

NAME: Joanna Palladino
BAND AFFILIATION: Off The Record (trio)- Capital District 1960’s Rock n’ Roll Lounge Band

I decided to be honest and answer everything as accurately as I could. It was a great exercise to reflect on influences, and it’s no wonder why I’m drawn to ’60s music. I also realized that although I front our trio, the guys in the band (Bob Resnick and Lou Sansivero) are far more interesting and cool.

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … While not technically an album, I can remember the first cassette tape I purchased myself which was the book soundtrack to The Magic of Herself the Elf through my elementary school’s Scholastic Book program in 1983. I can remember listening to the music on the cassette tape and found out years later that the music was sung and performed by Judy Collins. (Slightly embarrassing, but true.)

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LIVE: Off the Record @ the Ruck, 6/28/13

July 23rd, 2013, 3:36 pm by Greg

Off The Record (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Off the Record – Nippertown’s only self-described “rock n’ roll lounge band” – bridged the gap between retro and post-modern with a happy hour show at the Ruck in Troy as part of last month’s Troy Night Out celebration.

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LIVE: Casey J. Chapman @ Smith’s Restaurant, 12/11/11

December 23rd, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

The bar at Smith’s Restaurant in Cohoes has a posh elegance that you might call “old school,” but the vibe is as hip as hip gets – friendly bartenders and a lively crowd of regulars. Here, Casey J. Chapman unveils her brand-new drinking song, “Drinking Alone,” as she shares the bill with acoustic powerhouse Maurizio on Sunday, December 11:

Video by Joel Patterson

Singer-songwriter Casey J. Chapman – formerly of the acoustic duo Almost Awake – teams up with Maurizio once again at 6:30pm this evening (Friday, December 23) at the Ruck in Troy.

Beers to You…

November 4th, 2010, 11:01 am by Greg

It’s time for the second annual Dogfish Head celebration at the Ruck in Troy on Friday night. Beginning at 8pm, the Ruck will be pouring an array of some fine and rare limited edition Dogfish Head brews direct from the Delaware-based brewery.

On tap will be:
Burton Baton
Red and White
Chateau Jihau
Indian Brown Ale
Midas Touch
Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew (our personal fave)
and lots more

Anyone caught drinking Coors Light will be pummeled.

Dogfish Head owner-founder-president Sam Calagione will also be starring in a new cable television series on the Discovery Channel, “Brew Masters,” which is slated to premiere at 10pm on Sunday, November 21.

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