Caffe Vero closing

From Tablehopping:

Maria Congo, who with her husband also owns the original Caffe Vero, in Lake George, tells me business in Albany was too slow to justify keeping the shop open. She said the last day will be sometime near the end of April.

Honestly not surprised at all. I frequently look for places to work from and every cafe on Lark is closed at 8pm. Strange they say business was too slow since there is barely a free table any time I’ve been in there. I hope someone steps up and keeps a coffee shop in there.


Empire State Kickball League’s spring session

I originally missed the deadline with this post, but luckily the e‘s spring registration deadline has been extended to March 30th. The league plays Tuesday nights at Lincoln Park in Albany. This sounds like an awesome way to blow off some steam, have fun and meet some people. The League is sponsored by the Lark Tavern which has specials for players after games.

For more details visit empirestatekickball.com and get yourself registered!

Photo: Neven Mrgan/flickr


WCDB announces Cloud Nothings for 36th anniversary show

WCDB has announced that on April 5th, they will have Pauly’s Hotel and The Low Beat both simultaneously going for their 36th anniversary party. Cloud Nothings will be the headliner, alongside Cosmonauts, Tweens, Slowshine, Pleasure Leftists, and Secret Release.

Half the bands will play at each location, and admission will get you in and out of both venues all night. Tickets are $12 in advance and are on sale now via Brown Paper Tickets. For more details and to stay in the loop, RSVP to the event on facebook.

the low beat

Quality events for this weekend vol. 125

Friday March 21

Mike Birbiglia at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall: With Chris Gethard.

Stand Your Ground and Snapmare at Bogie’s: With Adhara, Echoes, Like Lions, Breathless by Dawn.

Highly DEADicated Double Album Release Party at the Hollow: Read the post below this for details!

Hand Habits with Bearchild at The Half Moon: One of their last shows for a little while.

The Brother Ghost, Danny Whitecotton, Matthew Durfee and M.R. Poulopoulos at The Low Beat: Live recording session.

Saturday March 22

Guardian, HUSH, DEADENDS, Hellkeeper and Surrounded by Teeth in Kingston: Mosh and bowl.

Eastbound Jesus and The Mallet Brothers at the Hollow: American music for Americans.

Nine Votes Short, New Red Scare, Temptress, Rebuilder at The Low Beat: Punk it up.

The Last EIGHTIES at the Low Beat: Maybe the last one, maybe not. Only one way to be sure.

Sunday March 23

Albany All Stars vs. Crown City’s Royal Pains at the Armory: Roller Derby! Also the Pistolwhips will be playing at halftime.

Rosary Beard at One Caroline: Relaxing tunes and great music.

Hip-hop/Vogue Class at the Price Center: I hope they have the HA crash going.

All Weekend

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your back yard.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Zombieland, Psycho, World War Z, Evil Dead at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Just go.


Review: “DEADication” – JB!! aka Dirty Moses

Tomorrow night at the Hollow on North Pearl, a handful of my favorite staples in the 518 hip hop community will join forces to celebrate the release of two new albums, “DEADicated” and “Highly Effective,” by JB!! aka Dirty Moses and Dudley aka Origin respectively. The dual record release show will feature performances from Dudley, JB!!, We Stole The Show, Emcee Graffiti, with support on the 1’s and 2’s from Great Mastr (DJ Trumastr and Nate Da Great) and DJ John Jamz. Doors will be at 8pm; RSVP and grab more information courtesy the Facebook event.

I’ve had the pleasure to listen to “DEADication” in advance of tomorrow’s release show, and am happy to report that it is quite the impressive collaboration between JB and local rappers and producers alike; with a different feature or producer on each track alongside JB.

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