Earlier this month UAlbany radio station WCDB-FM threw themselves a birthday party that was so big that it took two venues – the Low Beat and Pauly’s Hotel, adjacent clubs on Albany’s Central Avenue – to contain all the fun.
And as Howe Glassman, owner of the Low Beat explains, “We had such a blast partnering up with our next door neighbor Pauly’s Hotel to help present WCDB’s 36th Anniversary party that we thought, ‘Hey, why not try this again?’ So we are.”
Pauly’s Hotel and the Low Beat will be co-hosting Down On the Corner #1, another fab night of co-mingling musical merriment, on Saturday, April 26. Your $7 ticket gains you admission to both nightspots all night long, and the seven-band schedule is staggered so you can catch all of the action as you bounce back-and-forth between the clubs throughout the night.
Here’s the schedule of bands for Down On the Corner #1:
Back in the ’80s, Dirty Face was one of the rockin’-est bands on the second wave of Albany’s new wave. And their debut single “Carousel” is still one of the all-time Top 10 songs in Albany music history.
But it’s been two decades since Dirty Face called it quits. And it’s been 17 years since the band played its only previous reunion show. But they’re getting the old band back together again this weekend for two shows at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany.
Dirty Face will perform a set at 7pm on Friday (March 1), kicking off the WCDB 90.9FM 35th anniversary celebration, which will also feature performances by the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Oberhofer, Blotto, Barons in the Attic, Summer People and If Madrid. Tickets are $18 in advance; $23 at the door. (Or GO HERE to enter to win a pair of FREE TICKETS.)
Then on Saturday night (March 2), Dirty Face returns to Valentine’s to headline their own show. They will be joined by the Boston-based John Powhida International Airport, featuring expatriates John Powhida (The Opposite, the Staziaks) and Jim Haggerty (Kingpins, Colourforms, Johnny Rabb). Secret Release opens the show at 8:30pm. Tickets are $5.
NAME: Dominick Campana
BAND AFFILIATION: DIRTY FACE
INSTRUMENT: a very loud guitar
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Although it may have been a Bay City Rollers record, I think it was Sgt. Pepper in 1975 from Apex Music on the corner of State St. and Broadway in Schenectady. They used to have listening booths, where you could play the records before you bought them. I heard that some kids would stick the vinyl under their shirt and then place the cover back on the rack. Could you imagine that?
The University at Albany has quite a reputation as a party school. So it should come as no surprise that the college’s radio station knows how to throw a party, too.
UAlbany’s radio station WCDB-FM is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a mighty, mighty mini music fest at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Friday night (March 1).
The festivities will feature radio station alumni DJing on the floors in between band sets, a variety of prizes from bands and local businesses, and, of course, it just wouldn’t be a birthday party without party hats, balloons and birthday cake.
And naturally, the bash celebrates a wide swath of music, too.
Already announced bands sharing the upstairs stage are the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Oberhofer and Blotto. Downstairs will get rocked by Barons in the Attic, Dirty Face – and now two more newly added bands: Summer People and if Madrid.
Hailing from all over the Upstate and New York City areas, Summer People are a five-piece indie rock band that has released a split EP Do It with HotChaCha, toured with Aficionado down to SXSW, and pressed their self-released sophomore album Teamwork to vinyl. Summer People are currently in the process of mixing their third full length album Burn the Germs, due out later this year.
Binghamton-based If Madrid includes former WCDB DJ Liam Murphy and have previously graced the Valentine’s downstairs stage at last year’s 34th anniversary. They just finished recording their debut full-length album, a follow up to last year’s Funeral Porn. The new album was recorded at the WCDB studios over a three-day session last year, engineered and mixed by Barons in the Attic’s Dan Maddalone. The yet-to-be-titled album is slated for release on B3nson Records, and the band will be celebrating the CD’s release at the WCDB anniversary bash.
Dave Minehan of the Neighborhoods (photo by Timothy Reidy)
Review by Kirsten Ferguson
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson and Timothy Reidy.
New Jersey indie-punk band Titus Andronicus kicked off their amped-up headlining set on the second night of the WCDB birthday bash with a charged cover of Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back in Town.”
The ‘70s anthem may as well have been the theme song for Boston trio the Neighborhoods, who played earlier in the night and peppered their high-energy set with remembrances from shows past in Albany, where they were a fixture on the local music scene – and a WCDB staple – in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Titus Andronicus @ last year's Restoration Festival (photo by Bryan Thomas)
UAlbany’s college radio station WCDB (90.9FM) started broadcasting on March 1, 1978, cranking up “Born to Run” by New Jersey rock-poet laureate Bruce Springsteen. So it seems only natural that the WDBC folks would snag the next generation of New Jersey’s favorite sons, Titus Andronicus, to headline their anniversary bash this weekend.
When acclaimed jazz tenor saxophonist and 11-time Grammy Award-winner Michael Brecker died of leukemia in January, 2007, Nippertown saxmaster Brian Patneaude knew that he had to pay tribute.
So he teamed up with Bill McCann‘s “Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz” weekly radio show on WCDB (90.9 FM) to present a four-hour “Tribute to Michael Brecker.”
“He has been my main musical influence ever since the day I first heard him play as a freshman in high school,” says Patneaude, who not only leads his own quartet, but also plays with Alex Torres y Su Orquesta, Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble, Doc Scanlon’s Rhythm Boys and other bands around town.
“As a matter of fact, if it weren’t for Michael Brecker and his music, I doubt I’d be doing what I’m doing with my life right now.”
Since that first broadcast, the Brecker tribute radio show has become an annual event, and Patneaude will be joining McCann behind the microphone once again at 8am Saturday for the 2010 installment.
“In years past, we’ve focused on Brecker’s work as a leader and as a sideman,” says Patneaude. “This time around, we’ll be playing songs by two groups he was associated with for most of his career – the Brecker Brothers and Steps Ahead.”
Folks can tune in to WCDB at 90.9 FM on their radio or listen online.
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