Flashback: April 17, 1997


Ah, yes, spring cleaning time… Digging through the Nippertown archives, we managed to retrieve an intact copy of The Times Union’s Preview section from Thursday, April 17, 1997.

And here’s what was going on around town that week – 14 years ago:

The Preview cover story was about the Pilobolus Dance Theatre, who were rolling into The Egg.

Bob Dylan was slated to take the stage at UAlbany’s Recreation and Convocation Center (now known as SEFCU Arena). Tix were $27.50.

Michael Brophy’s indie film, “Victoria Pool” (filmed at a variety of locations around the Capital Region), had its world premiere at the Albany Institute for History & Art.

The Starlite Music Theatre (now loooong defunct) in Latham announced its initial round of concerts – including Alabama, Huey Lewis & the News, Weird Al Yankovic, Engelbert Humperdinck, Gallagher, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Neil Sedaka and Lorrie Morgan, as well as such double-bills as Al Martino & Jerry Vale and America & Air Supply.

Soul Asylum was headed into Hudson Valley Community College; the Star Spangled Washboard Band was prepping for an acoustic reunion gig at the Steamer No. 10 Theater; and the Velvet Underground’s Moe Tucker was about to take the stage at QE2.

Harmonicat-vocalist Joe Quandt was playing his farewell gig with Urban Gumbo at the Bayou Cafe in Glenville.

The line-up for the Albany Tulip Festival was anounced featuring: Perfect Thyroid, Naked, Orbit, the Clarks, the Borrowers and William Topley.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” was playing at the Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany.

The Darrin Communication Center at RPI in Troy hosted a lecture by former Guitar Player editor Tom Wheeler – accompanied by live performances by axe-masters Larry Coryell, Bill Kirchen and the Figgs’ Guy Lyons. Admission was free.

Tix went on sale for concerts by Barry Manilow and Alan Jackson at the Pepsi Arena (now the Times Union Center) in Albany.

The Steamer No. 10 Theater in Albany was hosting the CD release party for singer-songwriter Michael Bassett’s debut album, “puddleskinwaving,” which also served as his farewell performance in Nippertown before he headed down to NYC.

New movies opening in the Capital Region that week included “Chasing Amy,” “The Daytrippers,”, “8 Heads in a Duffel Bag,” “McHale’s Navy” and “Murder at 1600.”

Bruce Cockburn was about to step into the spotlight at The Egg (funny, some things never change), while Chick Corea & Gary Burton were about to offer a duo performance at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Emmylou Harris was announced as the headliner for the first Berkshire Music Festival at the National Music Center’s Berkshire Performing Arts Theater in Lenox. (Was there a second one?)

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  1. martyn says

    What is steamer # 10 being used for now?

  2. J Hunter says

    Children’s theater, mostly, although Theater Voices also does staged readings of plays. Maybe they don’t do music because the cops on the other side of the wall complained about the noise. 🙂

  3. Carl says

    I was recently scratching my head trying to remember what that Berkshire venue, the National Music Center, was . . . it opened with a fair amount of fanfare but after we saw Nanci Griffith there I never heard of it again. By the address, it must have been on the grounds of Shakespeare & Company, but I didn’t remember that. There is a rambling history of the site here:

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