Mystery Writer Vincent Zandri Brings Albany to Life in “The Concrete Pearl”

January 21st, 2013, 3:15 pm by Greg

Vincent Zandri: The Concrete PearlWith his talk “The New Publishing Model Demystified,” local author Vincent Zandri shares his insight into the new world of contemporary publishing, including eBooks at 7pm on Tuesday (January 22) at the Albany Public Library.

Also as part of his presentation, Zandri will read from his new novel “The Concrete Pearl,” a mystery-thriller about the underbelly of the construction business that’s set right here in the state capital of New York. Along the way, Zandri references Albany Medical Center, Channel 13, Waterford High School, radio station WGY, 677 Prime, The Times Union and more.

Key scenes in the murder mystery are set in such familiar locations as Tess’ Lark Tavern, the Miss Albany Diner, Dott’s Garage and the Thatcher Street Pub.

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Take It From the Top: Vincent Zandri’s “Godchild”

June 10th, 2011, 10:14 am by Greg

Vincent Zandri: Godchild

“The Land Rover headlights drill through the early morning desert darkness, two fiery eyes burning on the silent horizon barely an hour before the sun rises over Monterrey.

Four A.M.

The appointed time.

She’d been waiting for them, per instructions from her L.A. contact. The Halogen signal promised just last night in Houston when finally, over caviar, Dom and cocaine, she signed on to do the deal.”

– the opening lines of Vincent Zandri’s 2000 novel, “Godchild”

Writer-drummer Vincent Zandri will be behind the drum kit for his pentultimate performance with the Blisterz at 8pm on Saturday at Dublin’s in Troy. Sharing the stage will be Hijinx and Public Noise Concern. Admission is $5.

Take It From the Top: Vincent Zandri’s “As Catch Can”

“Moonlight Falls” Trailer

April 6th, 2010, 11:58 am by Greg

Some of you may know Vincent Zandri as the drummer for Nippertown rockers the Blisterz, but he’s also the author of such acclaimed thriller/suspense novels as “As Catch Can,” “Godchild” and “Permanence.”

His latest thriller is “Moonlight Falls,” and there’s a nifty new trailer for the book to help spread the word:

Zandri will be talking about his books, as well as playing some acoustic tunes with the Blisterz at the next CRUMBS Nite Out on Thursday, April 22 at The Linda in Albany. Admission is free.

Real Good for Free: The Blisterz / Vincent Zandri @ Albany Public Library, 12/4/09

December 2nd, 2009, 9:45 am by Greg

Here’s something you don’t find on your entertainment calendar every day.

Nippertown rock trio the Blisterz will be playing an acoustic show at the Albany Public Library in conjunction with the book publication party for local author Vincent Zandri‘s latest novel, “Moonlight Falls.”


Well, if you didn’t already know, Zandri is also the Blisterz’s drummer. A longtime member of both the Nippertown literary and rock scenes, Zandri has previously published such novels as “As Catch Can” and “Godchild” and drummed with such bands as Charmboy, Cost of Living and one of the great early ’80s bands, the Verge.

Sponsored by the Upstate Artists Guild, the party, reading and performance will take place at 6pm Friday, coinciding with the monthly First Friday arts walk.

Real Good for Free: The Sippy Cups @ The Egg (12/6/09)
Real Good for Free: Danger Field @ Savannah’s (12/2/09)
Real Good For Free: JOHN BRODEUR’s “Slutty Nurse” EP
Real Good For Free: Philip Glass Download at Amazon
Real Good For Free: Music @ Noon at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (second Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Quintessence (Weekends)
Real Good for Free: Colleen Pratt @ the Van Dyck (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Tuesdays @ Revolution Hall (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

8/24: Take It From the Top: Vincent Zandri

August 24th, 2009, 12:49 pm by Greg


Nineteen ninety-seven was the year the Green Haven Prison went insane. The winter hadn’t produced a single snowstorm that lasted for more than an hour before turning to rain and slush, and what should have been covered with a velvety-smooth blanket of white went on being gray and lifeless and pitiful, as if God Himself saw to it that the twenty-five hundred inmates and corrections officers living and working inside nine concrete cell blocks never once forgot where they were and why they were put there in the first place.”

– from Vincent Zandri’s novel “As Catch Can,” 1999

Writer-drummer Vincent Zandri and his bandmates in the Blisterz are hosting and headlining the semi-regular “punk rock night” at Jillian’s in Albany on Wednesday, August 26. Also performing will be Wipe Out Marshall and Catching Cadence.

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