FLASHBACK: It Was 30 Years Ago Today…


March 31, 1984 was the closing night of the Chateau, one of Albany’s legendary nightspots that once stood at what is now the site of the Times Union Center.

Here’s how I reported the farewell performance in the inaugural “Sarge Blotto’s Rockin’ Roll Call” column for Metroland:


The Chateau is history now. But the downtown Albany club went out with style. What a party! Closing night (March 31) featured a fine set by the revamped, revitalized Fan Club, as well as two jumpin’ shows from the Sharks, who played a bunch of new tunes, including “Too Good for Words,” a boppin’ Bob Button composition.

And, of course, there were plenty of special guests. Joining the Sharks onstage for a song or two were Mark Ernst (who runs MCE Recording Studios in Schenectady), the duo of Kevin McKrell & Bowtie Blotto, Mark McGovern (ex DJ on the “old” Q104), Lee Harvey Blotto, the duo of Rikk-n-Roll and your truly, Rick Bedrosian (from Squareone), Carla McKrell & Bert Sommer (who, along with Rick and Kevin make up four-fifths of the Fabulous Newports) and even Lin Brehmer (of the “new” Q104).

A good time was had by all, and the folks who ran the Chateau are hoping to open another downtown rock club soon, perhaps as early as June or July. Let’s hope so…

We’re still waiting…

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