LIVE: Shana Falana @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 2/7/14

March 4th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Shana Falana

Shana Falana

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

One last look at the late Valentine’s Music Hall

On the final weekend before Valentine’s closed its door forever the penultimate show featured captivating performances by the ever-intoxicating vocalist-guitarist Shana Falana (with dynamic drummer Michael Amari) and Eternal Crimes (featuring members of such Local 518 envelope pushers as Severe Severe, the Black Ships and Sun Burdens)…

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LIVE: Sgt. Dunbar / The Parlor @ Valentine’s, 2/8/14 (Part 2)

February 18th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned perform the final song at Valentine’s

Videos and photographs by Timothy Reidy

288 Lark…
J.B. Scott’s…
The Chateau…

Now we can add Valentine’s Music Hall to the list of beloved Nippertown music venues that have entered into history. Sometime early on Sunday morning February 9, the door to Valentine’s was closed and locked for the last time – but not before the nightspot hosted a mighty farewell celebration featuring B3nson Family stalwarts and Valentine’s regulars Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and the Parlor.

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LIVE: Sgt. Dunbar / The Parlor @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 2/8/14 (Part 1)

February 10th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

Videos by Timothy Reidy

And so it came to an end…

Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and the Parlor teamed up for one last B3nson Family blast last Saturday night (February 8) before Howe Glassman closed the doors for good on Albany’s beloved rock & roll dive, Valentine’s Music Hall.

Thanks for the memories…

Valentine’s Music Hall: The Final Countdown…

February 5th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

Valentine's Music Hall
The end of Valentine’s Music Hall has been comin’ for months, and now it’s finally here… Valentine’s won’t make it to Valentine’s Day.

As of Sunday (February 9), that little rock ‘n’ roll “no pepper” zone will be no more. Over the years, we’ve had lots of great times there, both onstage and off, upstairs and downstairs, celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. But we’re not gonna wail and weep and gnash our teeth about the final closing of the doors at Valentine’s. Really, we’re not. 17 New Scotland Avenue is just a building. It’s not the heart of Valentine’s, which is being transplanted to the Low Beat on Albany’s Central Avenue.

And besides, there’s still four more nights of good rockin’ left at good old Valentine’s. So here’s the schedule for your last chance to say good-bye to one of Nippertown’s all-time great rock ‘n’ roll havens:

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LIVE: Better Pills @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 12/26/13

January 14th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

Video and photographs by Timothy Reidy

It was a day-after-Christmas CD release party for Better Pills’ new Blood Chant, and while Brent Gorton and friends were the main attraction, the evening was also a bittersweet farewell to Valentine’s Music Hall, which is about to shutter its doors and be demolished. So Better Pills shared the spotlight with – Lincoln Money Shot, Small Axe and Gay Tastee – a batch of Local 518 faves who have graced that homey “No Pepper” stage many times over the years.

As it turns out, Valentine’s has survived into the new year, and at least for the moment, the doors are still open. But as they say, “The end in nigh.” And the upstairs stage and PA have been dismantled…

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LIVE: Five Alpha Beatdown @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 12/19/13

January 10th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg

Video and photographs by Timothy Reidy

A year ago in Metroland, writer/lawyer/drummer/fortuneteller Paul Rapp made this bold prediction for 2013: “Five Alpha Beatdown will get signed to a major label that thinks the band really are from Iceland. ‘You’re Boring as F***’ will be a major, major hit and will inspire the next Judd Apatow film of the same title.”

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LIVE: B3nson Family Funsgiving @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 11/22/13

December 2nd, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

Video and photographs by Timothy Reidy

Kicking the holiday season into high gear, the B3nson Family’s sixth annual Funsgiving celebration was a night to behold – an array of B3nson bands commandeered both the upstairs and downstairs stages at Valentine’s Music Hall for an evening music, merriment, mustaches and more.

Of course, with the impending closure of Valentine’s, it was something of a bittersweet affair, but Funsgiving is Funsgiving after all. And with performances by Rival Galaxies, Bear Grass, Hammer Hawk, Barons in the Attic, Scientific Maps, Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and the Parlor… Well, who could ask for anything more?

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Happy Funsgiving!

November 18th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg

6th Annual B3nson Family Funsgiving Celebration

The B3nson Collective will hold its sixth and final B3nson Family Funsgiving celebration at the New Scotland Avenue location of Valentine’s Music Hall on Friday night (November 22).

More than 60 records have been released under the B3nson Recording Company name since its inception, and folks who attend this year’s Funsgiving celebration will be able to snag the record label’s two newest releases: the eleventh installment of Sgt Dunbar & the Hobo Banned’s year-long monthly EP odyssey, and a brand new A B3nson Family Funsgiving 2013 compilation featuring familiar names as well as new friends. Both CDs will be FREE with $10 admission at the door.

Friday’s festivities kick off at 7pm, taking over both floors of Valentine’s. In addition to the Hobo Banned, the line-up of performers includes long-time Funsgiving veterans the Parlor and Barons in the Attic. B3nson’s newest projects – Rival Galaxies, Bear Grass and Hammer Hawk – will also be adding to the night’s festivities, and a very special set from Scientific Maps set will round out the evening.

The annual tradition of illustrious facial hair, beard contests and prizes, coupled with endless musical camaraderie, will all add to what is sure to be one last fabulously festive Funsgiving on New Scotland Avenue.

GO HERE to hear a sneak peak stream of the new B3nson Family Funsgiving 2013 compilation…

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