Announcing The Charles F. Lucas Confectionery

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Many of you have been quite interested in keeping up to date with this project that’s happening at 12 Second Street in Troy. I’ve posted up two galleries earlier in the year and the response has been insane. On Monday, I stopped in once again takes some photos and chat, as the space is essentially done and just waiting on permits.

Vic and I sat down and talked a bit about what’s been done since I was last there, such as the plan for drinks and food and much more. After a little while, Vic mentioned that this space still didn’t have an official name. Vic didn’t want to name it another hip, single-word name since he felt that those places are easily forgotten and disposable. Instead, he’s opted to name his business The Charles F. Lucas Confectionery in tribute to the confectioner that once occupied the same space.

Info on Charles F. Lucas is as follows:

Charles F. Lucas was born in 1827 in Austria & arrived in Troy NY in 1855.

He quickly became a popular caterer and community leader, helping to organize grand events such as the RPI Semi-Centennial celebration and Watervliet’s annual Oswald Club Excursion.

In 1863, eight years after arriving in America, he founded the confectionery at Nº 12 Second Street in Troy.

Candy and ice cream were produced at Nº 12 Second, including the sugar castle on display at the Rensselaer County Historical Society.

Charles F. Lucas quickly expanded the confectionery business to include a restaurant, and in 1870 launched the “Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Ladies Restaurant” (‘Ladies Restaurant’ was terminology for ‘fancy’ in the 1800’s).

Charles F. Lucas passed away in 1887, leaving behind 7 children and his wife Louisa.

Lucas Confectionery remained in business until 1951.

There’s so much rich history in that building and Vic, his wife Heather and their team have done so much to preserve the feeling and space of the Lucas Confectionery that the name they have chosen makes complete sense and fits perfectly. The attention to detail that the place has is also beyond belief. A quick example of the detailing is as follows: they want to encourage people to linger and relax with a book or a computer or whatever, but realized when sitting at the bar there was nowhere to plug a computer in, so they ran a group outlets under the bar. Not ordinary outlets though, these have two USB ports and one standard wall outlet (see photo 35), so you can charge up your phone, iPad, kindle, whatever, even if you forgot the charger itself. All the other nooks and crannies have spots to plug in that are so intelligently placed that you wouldn’t even think for an extra second about their placement unless someone brought it up. And this carries over to everything about the space as well. The way the tables and chairs are placed, the way the bar is set up, the window tables, everything.

You can see how insanely far this project has come (from drywall and drop ceiling to what you see above) via photos on Vic’s flickr and what’s in store at the official website.

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Dimensions Festival 2012: Photos and Recap

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While en route to Croatia, by way of three planes and one bus, I came across a line in the book I was reading at the time (the Best Music Writing of 2009 compilation), that read, “To write is to begin with nothing and hopefully get somewhere.”

Being fully aware that multi-day music festivals are as much of a subjective enigma as anything else in life, with as many different experiences as there are people in attendance, that line struck a cord and has been buried deep within me ever since. I had hoped from the beginning that traveling to Croatia would help me to gain a new perspective – how could it not, really? – but I didn’t realize such a simply-worded outlook could be so influential (and before I even got to my destination, no less).

This newfound insight was reaffirmed in the days following the festival as I began to digest what I had just experienced and thought about how to begin to put it into words for KAB. My goal here is simple: to start with the six scatter-brained notes and the 894 pictures I took on my iPhone, and hope to get somewhere.

Hit the jump for a massive photo gallery and to read more about my take of this year’s debut Dimensions Festival.

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Grimes at Basilica Hudson

This one has gone under the radar quite well somehow. Grimes is set to play at Basilica Hudson alongside Elite Gymnastics and Myths on Tuesday, September 25th. If you don’t already know Basilica Hudson is an old glue factory converted by artists into an amazing and staggering event space. If you’re not familiar with Grimes, check out the video below.

The copy:

BASILICA HUDSON is ecstatic to present the enchanting electronic siren of the north, GRIMES and her acrobatic clan of elite myth makers. An eerie marriage between Twin Peaks theme song and lo fi dark new wave dance machines, this one woman vision seemingly came from nowhere when discovered by the always-to-be-trusted 4AD Records (Pixies, Gang Gang Dance, Lush and more). Her charming guerrilla video of her sweet dance at a Montreal Alouettes’ football game, has been viewed an impressive 1 million plus times since we at the Basilica reached out to her booking agent to invite her to play. We consider ourselves lucky to have her coming to the Hudson Valley fresh off her summer tour with Skrillex and her European festival run. We think our raw and mammoth industrial space will embrace and maximize the minimalist ethereal dance sounds of the girl with pink bangs.

More details on the official event page, and you can get tickets here. Also relevant, Carles’ take on Grimes’ video above.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 60

Friday, September 21st

Alta Mira and Giles Bennett & the Petrified Woods at the Albany Public Library: Band literally playing in the garage.

The Antlers at Helsinki Hudson: Brooklyn based indie rock band making a trip upstate. They’re on tons of ‘Album of the Year’ lists and all over P4k.

Saturday, September 22nd

Pearlpalooza: Matt & Kim, Phantogram, Robert DeLong and a whole bunch more. The whole thing kicks off at noon.

Pop up flea in Scotia: Big vintage flea market to kick off the fall season.

Coheed and Cambria with Three at the Egg: It’s Rush for the youngins at the areas most architecturally significant venue.

Genesis at the Pearl St Pub: Featuring Cosmic Revenge with support from locals Knomad, Just the Sauce, Snakefoot and Looney. Kicks off at 9pm.

Aficionado Record Release Show at Fuze Box: Free copy of their record if you bring in a flyer. With support from Babe City, Lysergic Shores and Bad Local. Vegan food will be provided.

Sunday, September 23rd

Local Harvest Festival: Kicks off at noon in the Washington Park Lakehouse. Get down on some local goodies and some local music.

2 for 1s and 1s and 2s at McGearys w/DJ Trumastr: Cheap drinks and good tunes.

NYS Museum: Now open on Sundays, and you know you haven’t visited in a while.

Troy and Albany Banned Books ReadOut

Next week, there is going to be two banned book events in Albany and Troy, respectively. The Albany event takes place Friday September 28th at 6pm, and the next day the Troy event takes place at Market Block Books at 10am. There will be readings of excerpts from banned or challenged books by local actors, writers, poets and community leaders at the event.

From the copy:

Banned Books Week (Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2012) highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship. Building on the success of their joint 2011 program, the University Club of Albany Foundation and the New York Civil Liberties Union, Capital Region Chapter will present ReadOut! on Friday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street.

You can check out more details on the Albany event and the Troy event on facebook or through the Albany Poets website. Go check out what the government doesn’t want to to be able to have access to with a bunch of like-minded individuals.

Photo: shutterhacks on flickr

Jason Martin’s 23-year-archive

Jason Martin is a once-local visual artist and musician who’s performed in and curated shows as well as ran underground music and art spaces in the Capital District throughout the 1990s and early 2000s.

He’s just posted a 23-year-archive of these performances and works on his YouTube channel. Of note, is Jason’s sister Lady Starlight, who is currently touring with Lady Gaga, in many of these performances as well as helping behind the scenes.

Really neat to see this stuff surface and I bet there’s loads of other people sitting on tons of amazing content such as this, hopefully it motivates some people to share!

Ticket Giveaway: Tim Hecker at EMPAC 9/28

Ambient musician Tim Hecker was recently announced to be playing EMPAC on the 28th of September and lots of people are excited about it, including me!

From EMPAC’s copy:

Tim Hecker is a Canadian-based musician and sound artist. Since 1996, he has produced a range of audio works for Kranky, Alien8, Mille Plateaux, Room40, Force Inc., Staalplaat, and Fat Cat. His works have been described as “structured ambient,” “tectonic color plates,” and “cathedral electronic music.” He has focused on exploring the intersection of noise, dissonance, and melody, fostering an approach to songcraft that is both physical and emotive. The New York Times has described his work as “foreboding, abstract pieces in which static and sub-bass rumbles open up around slow moving notes and chords, like fissures in the earth waiting to swallow them whole.” His Harmony in Ultraviolet received critical acclaim, including being recognized by Pitchfork as a top recording of 2006. Radio Amor was also recognized as a key recording of 2003 by Wire Magazine. His work has included commissions for contemporary dance, sound-art installations, as well as various writings. He currently resides in Montreal.

If you are unfamiliar with Hecker but it seems like this might be your kinda thing, you can see reviews of Hecker’s work on Pitchfork, read up on him on his Wikipedia page, and check out some of his tunes on YouTube.

To enter, hit the jump and fill out the form! You’ll need to respond quickly if you win so don’t sleep on it. Good luck! And if you’re not the contest type, you can purchase your tickets through EMPAC.

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