St. Joeseph’s on the brink of sale (Update: It’s a brewery)

Update: The potential buyers are New Jersey based Ravens Head Brewing, and they want to turn it into a brewery/restaurant/event space. AOA lays out the plan and details. The meeting is tonight at 5:30 at the Ten Broeck Mansion.

In passing, the Times Union dropped this little guy in an article discussing the new fascination with rehabing churches after the whole St. Patricks vs. Price Chopper thing.

St. Joseph’s is on the verge of being sold to a firm that would use the building. A meeting is set for Tuesday, June 5, with the neighborhood to discuss the proposal.

It’s been over ten years since the city of Albany took St. Josephs from Elda Abate (who, surprise, owns Elda’s on Lark) and the community rejected plans for her noon to 4am operating time for a banquet facility. The Historic Albany Foundation is close to raising $300,000 to receive a matched grant from the state for further restorations of the structure.

The panel begins at 5:30pm and is scheduled at the Ten Broeck mansion. If you know of anything regarding the buyer leave it in a comment or you can anonymously submit with the contact form (and a fake email) above.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 47

It’s finally the weekend.

Friday, June 1st

1st Friday Albany: It’s the first! Go enjoy the rich art community that’s in your city. (If I were you I’d end my night here.)

Capital Pride Week: Bunch of events starting this weekend for you to enjoy alongside the Parade next Sunday.

Chip Berry, Party With Tina and Party Horn at McGeary’s: Chip Berry is turning 21 and there’s a good old dance party at everyone’s favorite bar to celebrate!

The Dance Convention 2 with DJ Joker, Party With Tina and DJ Trumastr: A dance party in a diner. Trumastr has a ridiculous sound system and we’re definitely going to hear it be put through the paces.

Saturday, June 2nd

Brunch at Xs to Os Vegan Bakery: It’s every other week so don’t miss out. It’s always really good.

Tight Knit Flea: While you’re in Troy for brunch, stop over for some flea market action.

16th Annual Open Air Flea Market in Scotia: Tons of sellers, tons of goods. Get something neat for yourself.

Fuzz Records Grand Opening: I love this place. Join em for their grand opening! DJs throughout the day and acoustic acts into the night.

Man Man with Raleigh Moncreif at Valentines: Hooray for awesome bookings. Dellarocca booking and WCDB are co-hosting this rad bill, and you can (maybe already did) win tickets right here on KAB.

Sunday, June 3rd

After The Fall and Caleb Lionheart record release with Xerxes, Mountain Man, Bad Friends at Valentines: Get your local band fill with the best in Albany.

Tierra Coffee Roasters to begin serving beer

This coming summer, Tierra Coffee Roasters (formerly the Muddy Cup) will be serving Wolaver’s organic beer as well as wine. This is a really great idea anad will be especially helpful with night time events, such as open mic nights or poetry readings, where people can only drink so much coffee or tea.

Beer won’t be sold after 10pm so this clearly isn’t going to be the place to get ‘totally shitfaced bro’, but instead enjoy an organic beer or glass of wine instead of another iced coffee. I’ve been saying for a while now that the Hudson River Coffee House would be a perfect venue for live music if they served beer or wine. Plus, it could bring in a lot of money on its own, and keep people from leaving to go to a bar or elsewhere to drink a beer.

Read the full story at the TU.

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Ticket Giveaway: Man Man at Valentine’s, Saturday June 2nd

Dellarocca Booking and 90.9FM WCDB have a show coming up this weekend and were gracious enough to share a pair of tickets for a giveaway. This Saturday, June 2nd, upstairs at Valentine’s will host Man Man, with special guests Raleigh Moncrief.

From Dellarocca’s site:

Man Man, is a band that probably needs absolutely no introduction, but we still feel like talking about them. They put out the fantastic Life Fantastic last year. Their music has been featured on Weeds, and their lead singer, Honus Honus, is in Mister Heavenly with that guy from Modest Mouse and the Shins. And they have done a whole bunch of other great things. This is going to be a great show and we are super excited for it.

Doors are at 7:30 and the show starts at 8:30pm. You can check out more information over on the event page.

Winner will be picked this Friday. Contest entry form is after the break. And as always, don’t enter if you can’t attend, and good luck!

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Review: Mingle

I’ve been hearing quite the buzz about this new establishment that’s replaced the late Wine-n-Diner, called Mingle, located at 544 Delaware Ave, in the newly coined “DelSo” neighborhood. There’s been vague rumblings of the word ‘vegan’ being associated with this place and that’s more than enough for me to go check it out.

They’ve got a separate vegan/vegetarian menu (gluten-free too), similarly to how New World does it. It’s available by request, but wasn’t offered in lieu of the regular menu during my visit and I found out this exited on my way out. Bummer, but no big deal, just ask for it next time. Also for some bizarre reason they consider seafood vegetarian, so you sort of have to keep your guard up even with the veg menu.

The regular menus got loads of items in all arenas, including vegan items alongside all the seafood, beef and pork you can handle. Chef Un-Hui has loads of Korean influenced and pure Korean dishes on the menu, including homemade kimchi and the Korean staple, pork belly.

I had the spicy vegan chili to start, along with the vegetable Chap Chae. The chili was really great, but definitely on the conservative side of ‘spicy’, but that’s much more favorable than the ‘you cant even enjoy the food’ level of spicy. The noodles in the Chap Chae were awesome and flavorful, cooked wonderfully and the vegetables worked really great with the noodles and the dish didn’t have competing flavors. Everything was well thought out, and it really showed.

I highly recommend checking this place out. There’s loads of dishes that I’m excited to try on my return visits, and their beer menu has a bunch of really great craft beers that I haven’t seen before. Do yourself a favor and make the trip.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 46

Friday, May 25th

Caleb Lionheart, Orphan Tash acoustic sets at Fuzz Records: Two great friends of mine playing great music at the best record shop in Albany. Get into it.

Design it Together New Store Opening: DIT is an awesome spot where you can get neat things made or just simply get some things which they’ve made already! They’ve got a bunch of rad local designs, too.

Critical Mass in Troy: Go ride your bike. It’s also TNO.

The Casualties at Bogies: Bogies has crowned itself as Albany’s new metal punk and hardcore venue and The Casualties are playing there tonight. (Really bummed I missed Vital Remains a few weeks back, don’t be me.)

Tasty Treat Dance Party at UAG: BYOB. Art. Music. Fun.

Fourth Friday & Everything Classic w/ White Lotus, Nate Da Great and DJ Trumastr: Get down to the areas best DJs that play amazing music that doesn’t sound like malfunctioning power tools.

Saturday, May 26th

RECON, Reign Supreme, Surrounded by Teeth and COCKPUNCH! at Bogies: All-star lineup right here. You’re a jerk if you somehow miss this.

Ladies 80s Night at the Fuze Box: Ladies free until 12.

Sunday, May 27th

The Kooks at Northern Lights: with Northern Faces (aka Around the World and Back). We are giving away tickets to this show.

Service Industry Night at McGearys w/DJ Trumastr: Drinks are 2-for-1. Music is good. Fun times all around.

Ticket Giveaway: The Kooks at Northern Lights, Sunday May 27th

This Sunday, The Kooks, Northern Faces and Royal Teeth are playing at Northern Lights, and they’re generous enough to give us a pair of tickets to giveaway! If you don’t know who they are do yourself a favor and educate yourself on their wiki page.

Winner will be picked at 3pm tomorrow! Contest entry form and additional tour dates are after the break! Good luck.

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