Win FREE TIX to See Hamell On Trial @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 2/25/12


Following a stunning concert at Valentine’s Music Hall just last month, Hamell On Trial is returning to town for a world premiere evening of a more theatrical nature at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (February 25).

Before he burst on the larger scene as what Rolling Stone called “a homicidal Otto Preminger,” Ed Hamell spent Wednesday nights in residency at Albany’s now-defunct Mother Earth’s Cafe, developing the act that would make him a major-label star as Hamell On Trial.

Later stints in Austin and New York City streamlined his attack, garnering praise for his brutal marriage of punk rock energy, deep rock & roll roots and vicious satire. In 2007, Hamell shifted gears, creating a one-man theatrical presentation, “The Terrorism of Everyday Life.” The program – equal parts “Rant & Roll,” as the DVD was later titled – won a coveted Herald Award at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

At the Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Hamell – the subject of an upcoming documentary film featuring commentary by Henry Rollins, Alejandro Escovedo and Righteous Babe matriarch Ani DiFranco – will offer the world premiere of a new work, also bound for Edinburgh, based on his experiences as a bartender in Syracuse. Longtime fans have already heard some of these stories in songs like “Big as Life” and bits like “Crack Bar,” but the as-yet-untitled performance piece will be Hamell’s most probing work yet, with new songs, new tales and new reasons to compare him to Bill Hicks, Jack Kerouac and Joe Strummer.

Tix for Hamell On Trial’s performance – as well as the rest of the shows in the Steamer No. 10 Theatre’s upcoming Eclectic Performance Series – are priced at $13 in advance; $15 at the door. This performance features frank language and adult situations and is not recommended for children.

BUT WAIT… We’ve got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TIX to the Hamell On Trial concert to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday. Enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

  1. sreve nover says


  2. Roger Green says

    I love Steamer No. 10

  3. gregg says

    I think Steve should win. He just had to endure another big birthday. Besides, I can just stay home with the kids and wait for Fred Rudofsky’s review to appear.

  4. KC says

    Need. More. Hamell.

  5. Sara says

    I’ve missed Hamell’s past performances – and would love to be at this one!!!

  6. Rachael says

    I’m coming all the way from Rochester after working a full day. Can’t miss such a great opportunity! Free fix would make the trip *so* much better!!! 🙂

  7. Bob Rosinsky says

    Hamell On Trial is not for the faint of heart, or the easily insulted. If I go, I’ll wear a cup.

  8. Ellen says

    Wow – I haven’t seen Hamell on Trial since the late 1990s. I feel old. But I bet he’s still great.

  9. Alan G. says

    I never get tired of seeing Mr. Hamell perform. But I would agree, it’s not for those folks with strong moral sensibilities… or the young ones.

  10. Scott C. says

    I saw Hamell on Trial last Saturday in Oneida, NY. As hilarious and intense as ever. Better than a Nicki Minaj onstage exorcism.

  11. Mike Hotter says

    Hell, I wrote an article about the guy once – he was quite fun to talk to : here tis for the archives:

  12. julie says

    I’ve been seeing HoT for the past 14 years – even longer for my husband (who lobbied to put ‘First Date” on our wedding CD.
    p.s. I think Hamell is great for people with strong moral sensibilities – perhaps not those with puritanical ones, though.

  13. meg944 says

    I would love to catch this show!

  14. Andy says

    Looking forward to it, I hear he has some new stuff for us this time around!

  15. e&c says

    Would love to drive up from Philly to record the show.This would help offset gas money.

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