Ticket Giveaway: Rock N Roll Resort


Every now and then certain music festivals catch our eye and hold our attention, especially those of a grassroots nature that have been built from the ground up without losing their quality in production as they grow. An upcoming example of such a festival is the Rock N Roll Resort, which is taking place April 12-14th at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonskson, NY.

This year, the Rock N Roll Resort will be celebrating its third year as a festival and has graciously given us a pair of weekend passes to giveaway. The pair of tickets are valued at $240 and allow the winners to see the music and participate in weekend activities, but do not cover meals or lodging.

The line-up includes Jurassic 5 member Chali 2na, two nights of Soulive, Kung Fu, Alan Evans Trio, Ryan Montbleau Band, Higher Organix and Jeff Bujak, to name a few of the 50+ artist performing.

What’s great about this festival is that it is surrounded by views of the Catskills with the amenities of a spa resort and will be hosting a variety of funk, bluegrass, jam bands and electronic acts. For more information about this upcoming intimate concert experience, please visit their site.

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The best cheap drinks in Albany

best drinks in albany

The best spot to get cheap drinks in Albany is McGeary’s. Especially on a Sunday, after 8pm when drinks are two-for-one and DJ Trumastr is playing music.

Honestly almost every single bar in Albany is cheap. There’s only a handful that are much higher than normal dive bar prices, such as The Point or dp. Most are the standard $4 for a pint and $5 for a mixed drink.

McGeary’s Restaurant, 4 Clinton Square, Albany, NY

The best burrito in Albany


The best burrito in Albany is from Bros Tacos or Bomber’s. Bros is a more authentic, cooked-to-order style place, whereas Bomber’s is a bit kitschy-er. Bro’s even makes their own corn tortillas in-house.

People love to hate on Bomber’s but the reason they can score so high in this list is they have more than one vegan burrito on their menu, one with tofu, and another with great vegan chicken nuggets. So much so that my non-vegan friends get that instead of anything else on the menu. Bros also takes much longer than Bombers as it’s all cooked fresh to order, so be sure to call ahead.

Bros Tacos, 319 Ontario St, Albany, NY

Bombers Burrito Bar, 258 Lark St, Albany, NY

Quality events for this weekend vol. 78

Sorry about missing yesterday. Whatever.

Saturday, March 23rd

Quackenbush Still House Original Albany Rum Release: Get that local buzz going.

Lucky Jukebox Brigade’s Snuggie Luau at Valentine’s: The crowd has figured out the only thing that would make their outfits even funnier.

BREAKOUT! at Valentine’s: “Keeping it simple, keeping it fun. Don’t forget to make it out for hard dancing and cheap drinking!” Sold.

The FU’s and Urban Waste at Bogie’s: Loud and fast.

Old School & Classics w/ DJ White Lotus at Bomber’s: An actual DJ playing your drinking soundtrack.

Michael Che and Chris Rich at The Comedy Works: Laughing is good for you.

Capital District Garden and Flower Show: Be an adult and buy some plants. Impress your guests with your ability to keep something other than yourself alive.

Sgt Dunbar & the Hobo Banned EP Release Show at Swordpaw HQ: An EP per month, a show per month! With Matt Durfee.

Sunday, March 24th

Capital District Garden and Flower Show: Be an adult and buy some plants. Impress your guests with your ability to keep something other than yourself alive.

The Bayou is now The Hollow Bar + Kitchen


While wasting time on facebook, a page for a new spot called The Hollow Bar + Kitchen at 79 North Pearl Street came across my feed. This is particularly interesting as 79 North Pearl is what most of us know to be the Bayou.

The TU has the full scoop:

Bayou Cafe in Albany is changing its name to The Hollow Bar & Kitchen and next month will refocus on food service with a new menu and an updated interior.

Recognizing the changes in downtown Albany, Philip said he wants to appeal to a more mature crowd by offering a casual, comfortable atmosphere with a greater emphasis on good food.

More establishments of actual quality that are opened for more than just lunch on Pearl Street is what that area needs. The Merry Monk is doing awesome on Pearl Street with more than just deep fried bar food and is held in high regard by many, all while not catering to the club goers. Chris Pratt’s new venture is aimed at a more mature crowd as well. This is a good trend.

Tour of the Battenkill Announces Schedule

For the 9th year in a row, America’s toughest road cycling race will take place just outside of Albany, in Cambridge, NY. This year’s event will take place April 12-14. If you’ve never been to a road race, this is the one to go to first. There’s tons of vendors and all sorts of things happening on the finishing strip and it’s crazy to see how fast these dudes actually go for 100 or 200km at a time. Also, you have to hit a few of the crazy climbs to see everyone suffering up the hills.

From the copy:

Cambridge, NY USA – Organizers of the annual Tour of the Battenkill announce the schedule for event which returns for the 9th consecutive year on April 12-14 in Cambridge, NY. Internationally known as America’s toughest road cycling race, the event will feature amateur races, a school outreach program, an event expo, kids races, and a new ‘gran fondo’ (open) division to replace the Men’s professional race. The Tour of the Battenkill continues its tradition as North America’s largest amateur cycling race. Up to 4,000 participants are expected for the 2013 event.

For more information, including schedules, sponsorship, expo, and volunteer opportunities, please see tourofthebattenkill.com

Previously on Keep Albany Boring: Tour of the Battenkill 2012 Recap and Photos

Albany Distilling Co. launching their rum this Saturday

This Saturday at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center in Quackenbush Square, The Albany Distilling Company will be launching their rum, called Quackenbush Still House Original Albany Rum. This is their first non-whiskey product to date, and the beginning of their offering of spirits not entirely made of New York State ingredients. The product launch is tied in with an exhibit opening at the Albany Visitors Center with artifacts from the original Quackenbush Still House. Because of some boring legal stuff they unfortunately can’t sell or have tastings of the rum at the distillery, but many local bars and liquor stores will be stocked on March 23rd.

For the interested, you can read more about the creation of their rum on their blog. You can check out more details on the event on facebook.

Also, rum just further reminds me that I can’t wait for Spring. I will be drinking this rum and singing this song for a week straight once this weather gets itself sorted.