Albany’s Madison Theatre Opens New Live Music Venue
Move over, movies, and make way for some music…
Albany has a new venue for live music, and it’s at the Madison Theater. Of course, the Madison will continue screening films in its movie theaters, but in addition now there’s also a new 175-seat live entertainment venue featuring theater-style seating and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, making it a viable venue for concerts, comedy shows, lectures, classic and independent films, and other kinds of public and private events.
In addition, the venue’s second level features a recording studio that can be utilized for both on-stage and studio performances, as well as a VIP balcony that can accommodate up to 40 people.
The debut performance of the new performance space will take place at 8pm on Saturday (October 25) with a jazz concert by the Nancy & Spencer Reed Quartet also featuring tenor saxman Ed Ludwig and drummer Drew Sicilaiano. Doors open at 7:30pm, and admission is $18.
Of course, it’s not the first time that the Madison Theater has hosted concerts. Back in the early ’80s when it was still a single-screen theater, the Madison presented a number of concerts by the likes of British prog-rockers UK, the Byrds’ spin-off McGuinn, Clark & Hillman and, yes, even Talking Heads.