Ticket Giveaway: The Grind House featuring Masta Killa and more

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Masta Killa is a legendary MC and a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. He has been on the scene since the year I was born and 14 years later in 2004, released his debut solo album, No Said Date. Masta Killa was the last member to join the Wu-Tang Clan, and appeared on the track “Da Mystery of Chessboxin” from their infamous debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), released in 1993. The album is often cited as one of the most influential and highly-regarded albums in hip hop, with Masta Killa carving his own path as an artist as well over the years.

This Saturday, Masta Killa of the Wu Tang Clan will be performing at Bogies, amongst locals JPlus, Intell, Mic Lanny and Altez, with DeeJay Tone as the evening’s host DJ. They will be recording for a music video during this event as well. Be sure to stay up on the Facebook event for more information.

Courtesy of the organizers and Bogies, we have a pair of tickets to giveaway. Check out the proper commercial they made in advance of the event and enter the contest after the jump!

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Chris Pratt details plans for upscale eatery at 55 Pearl Street and North Albany music venue

From Steve Barnes:

A May opening is projected for The Capital: American Eatery & Lounge, located across the street from the Pearl Street Pub. Pratt tells me the business will be open for dinner Monday through Saturday and will turn into a lounge for music and late-night fare of tapas, cheese, desserts and other small-plate fare Thursday through Saturday. It will not be a nightclub or have DJs.

Pratt tells, “My partners and I believe wholeheartedly in the revitalization of downtown as a place to live for young professionals, and that’s why we’re taking the step financially to establish this type of restaurant.”

No DJs at a restaurant on Pearl Street that will be opened past 5pm is huge for the area. Getting the ‘young professionals’ into these empty, expensive, newly renovated apartments can only happen once theres more than two things opened on Pearl Street on the weekend. Classic chicken and the egg scenario.

Pratt and partners have signed a letter of intent to open an 800- to 900-person (9,500sq ft) music venue in Albany’s warehouse district.

Because the venue would be open only for shows, starting 90 minutes before curtain time and closing an hour afterward, Pratt says it would complement, not compete with, bars and restaurants in the warehouse district.

This would be awesome. There needs to be a place where we can go in Albany and actually see a show. Keeping all of these shows, and the money that comes with it, outside of this city is so insanely stupid. Having a space that’s smaller than the TU Center/Armory but bigger than Valentine’s would be perfect for most of the ‘larger acts’ that come through the area. An Upstate Concert Hall in Albany would be great.

Ticket Giveaway: Wild Adriatic at the Putnam Den


Wild Adriatic is a band that I feel like I should get to know better, simply put. If you, like myself, haven’t heard them play live before, their next show is this Saturday at the Putnam Den. WEQX is playing host and Wild Adriatic will perform alongside Black Mountain Symphony and The Grand Design.

The band also likes to have their fun and told me that the first two people to bravely visit the merch booth and give the secret password “SNICKLEFRITZ” will receive free merch. In addition to the possibility getting some merch for free, you also have the opportunity to attend the show on the band’s guest list. How kind!

Check out their latest music video below and hit the jump to enter the contest!

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2 Chainz to play at UAlbany’s 2013 Parkfest

2 Chainz, also known as Tity Boi, announced on twitter that he’ll will be playing (presumably headlining) this year’s Parkfest at SUNY Albany on April 11th.

I wonder what UA is paying for the of booking 2 Chainz, since rumor has it that that he costs $100,000 a verse.

I hope Chartwell’s isn’t allowed near his food rider because I’m excited to what food he’ll Instagram while he’s in Albany. Also, I seriously hope the area’s strip clubs are getting ready for him to be in town.

You can check out some videos of previous years of Parkfest on YouTube.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 76

Friday March 1st

WCDB’s 35th Anniversary show at Valentine’s: Seven band takeover of Albany’s favorite live music venue. Celebrate everyone’s favorite college radio station’s 35th birthday!

First Friday Albany: Lots of art on display and plenty of after parties all over Albany. There will be DJs at the UAG 6-9pm. Also be sure to check Alex Contompasis’ opening at 40 Broadway.

Crown of Thornz, Built for Battle, Life Sentence, Kill on Sight, and Know Your Enemy at Bogies: Hardcore and lots of it.

Vinylmania at Eldas: 40s, 50s and 60s dance music played off actual records.

The Machine Starts at EMPAC: New media performance based on a Sci-Fi novella The Machine Stops which predicted the internet, television and more.

QFest at Proctor’s: Proctor’s LGBTQ film festival, which includes the incredible and devistating film How To Survive a Plague among many more.

Saturday March 2nd

Vessel’s CD Release Show at Bogie’s: With Restless Streets, Crashing Funerals, Voices, and I Am The Anchor. Metal and hardcore extravaganza.

That’s My JAM! with DJ White Lotus: Dance party at Bomber’s.

William Rees and Rosary Beard at the Spotty Dog: Well worth the trip to Hudson. Very excellent guitar music by amazing musicians.

The Machine Starts at EMPAC: New media performance based on a Sci-Fi novella The Machine Stops which predicted the internet, television and more.

QFest at Proctor’s: Proctor’s LGBTQ film festival, which includes the incredible and devistating film How To Survive a Plague among many more.

Sunday March 3rd

Frank Turner at UCH. Legendary musician in the folk punk scene.

2-for-1 at McGearys: Trumastr and 2-for-1 drinks. Enough said.

QFest at Proctor’s: Proctor’s LGBTQ film festival, which includes the incredible and devistating film How To Survive a Plague among many more.

Offensive mural in the State Education Building uncovered after ten years

From the New York Times

ALBANY — For the last decade or so, one of New York’s most curious and controversial pieces of public art has been hiding, Oz-like, behind a big green curtain.

The work in question is a 19th-century mural titled “The Genius of America,” a sprawling 30-foot-long fantasy at the State Education Building whose depictions include angels, babies and women in togas; Gen. George Washington and a god of war; and what seems to be a group of colonial zombies rising from the grave.

Amid that symbolic swirl, in the lower right corner, is a striking and some say unsettling image: a slave in loincloth being held under the arms by a well-dressed white man.

What a fascinating read. It’s crazy how people working in the State Education Building can be offended at a piece of artwork, which reflects on the history of the United States. Hiding the past behind a green curtain doesn’t get rid of it, but I guess it can stop many from the extreme burden of having to simply think about it for ten seconds.

Will the painting again offend or merely mystify people who will wonder what all the fuss was about? Will more explanation clarify or confuse the painting’s meaning?

It’s art. That’s the point.

You can download/see the full resolution version of the painting here.