Quality events for this weekend vol. 121

Friday February 21

Bear Grass, Immaculate Heart and Thomas LaFond at Tierra Coffee (Madison): Free music, dawg.

Yes! at The Albany Center Gallery: Poetry and performance series with Claire Donato, Jeff T. Johnson and Eric Hardiman.

Bobby Long at the Linda: With With Tor & the Fjords.

Pony in the Pancake, Gusto at The Low Beat: Indie/rock/whatever just go and enjoy.

Saturday February 22

10X10 Comedy Show in Pittsfield: Featuring headliner Adrienne Iapalucci.

Third Annual UAG Black and White Gala: Music, art, poetry and more to help keep the space alive.

Between the Buried and Me at the UCH: Prog out bro.

Surfer Blood at Nanola in Malta: Free show, no tickets needed!

E. O. M. at McGeary’s: Hip-hop show featuring Heroes of Drugs, Hired Gun, Knowle’ge and Mike Larry Draw.

Alarms & Controls, Poor Lily and Kimono Dragons at The Low Beat: Howard is already in full swing.

EIGHTIES at the Low Beat: “Some songs you know, some songs you don’t”

DJ Funeral and DJ Yolo Bear at Cabaloosa’s: New Paltz isn’t that far and this will be completely worth it.

Sunday February 23

Rude Awakening, The Storm, Futile Justice: Hardcore jams.

Lybians, Aggressive Response, Male PAtterns, Sunshine Ward at Fuze: Punk jams.

Kristian Bezuidenhout at EMPAC: “Bezuidenhout is best known for bringing a new dimension to the interpretation of Mozart’s piano music.”

All weekend

NY In Bloom at the NYS Museum: Flower show at the museum, which mean’s it’s almost spring!

Karate Kid, Kung Fu Panda, Drunken Master and Last Dragon at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Ice Skating at the Plaza: Free, open 11a-8p, weather permitting.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Just go.

Opening day at The Low Beat: Photos

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After hearing rumors of a soft opening of The Low Beat, I had to check the space out. I had wanted to check it out while they were still working on the inside, but because that didn’t happen, I had no idea what to expect.

The Low Beat sits at 335 Central Ave next to Pauly’s Hotel. While this is a bit further from me than Valentine’s was, this gives both spaces the opportunity to have concurrent bookings and operate in tandem. Think upstairs/downstairs Valentine’s, but next door to one another. This could be a very valuable asset of the new space.

The Low Beat’s space is awesome. It’s as clean as a hospital compared to Valentine’s and the feel of the place is much homier compared to the cinderblocks of Valentine’s. Warhols Woodshed was jamming out when I got there and the crowd was happy to see the space operational. The space is about the same as downstairs Valentine’s. The bathrooms are a trillion times cleaner as well which pretty much everyone can appreciate.

There’s still no concrete timeline for the demolition of Valentine’s. Rumor has it that the pizza place next door still has over a year on their lease. But after being jerked around for so long by Albany Med, it’s clear why Howard decided to flip the switch as early as he could.

Stay in the loop with The Low Beat via their facebook and website.


Andrew’s Music Monday: Gorgeous Children, Future Brown

Future Brown is a club-music supergroup consisting of Fatima Al Qadiri of Fade to Mind, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda, better known as Nguzunguzu, and J-Cush, the mind behind NYC label Lit City Trax and curator of many-a-night at the late 285 Kent. I’ve caught a few of their tunes throughout a few mixes (namely the Night Slugs show on rinse.fm) and I knew that there had to be more to the story than someone just started making these tunes. I was right.

Gorgeous Children is a rap duo out of Olympia, Washington and Denver. These two dudes have been making rap tunes which consist of essentially trapped out witchhouse with a layer of rap, covered in a ton of reverb. Shouldn’t be a hard sell for anyone into swisha house or club music.