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Quality events for this weekend vol. 44

There’s oddly minimal going on this weekend besides Tulip Fest on my radar right now, so make sure to let us know what else is going on. Our new events calendar is very user-friendly for submissions and not all that time consuming, so take advantage!

Friday, May 11

Show at Hudson River Coffee House featuring State Champs (who were featured on KAB earlier this week) are playing alongside Caleb Lionheart, Daybreaker and the Stereo State. Attending this is an example of supporting local music.

The Maine at Northern Lights with guests Lydia & The Arkells. Check out the dude’s beard.

Saturday, May 12

Maaze Show at Valentines featuring Maaze, Kenny Brooks of Ratdog and Timbre Coup. Our ticket giveaway ends tomorrow so if you want in, now’s the time!

Santigold at Northen Lights with local guest DJ Playground. Got a giveaway still running for this so enter it if you want to attend courtesy of KAB and Step Up Presents.

Saturday is beginning of this year’s tulip festival weekend. Check out our post on this year’s line-up here and more information here. I’m probably going to walk around and hand out Keep Albany Boring stickers to anyone who recognizes me (if I can find some). I’ll also more likely tell you all you need to know about about next week’s edition of the monthly party we host, OUTPOST1, which is taking place May 18th at Jillian’s. There’s also things like local vending going on all weekend and even zumba on Sunday in Washington Park. Bands I’m gonna check out are The City Never Sleeps on Saturday at the Amp Stage at 3pm and the Chronicles who play Sunday at 4:45pm also at the Amp Stage.

Sunday, May 13

Mother’s Day – call your mom.

S.I.N. at McGeary’s pub featuring Trumastr

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Ticket Giveaway: Santigold w/DJ Playground at Northern Lights

Greetings party people! Tomorrow night Northern Lights will be hosting Santigold alongside special local guest, DJ Playground. Santigold is eclectic, fun party music created by producer and pop singer Santi White and her latest album came out a couple weeks ago, titled “Master of my Make Believe.” Sounds like a good way to spend a Saturday night to me.

Thanks to the good folks over at Step Up Presents, we’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway.

Good luck! Winner will be picked day-of (Saturday) at 12 noon.

Be sure to like Step Up Presents on Facebook for more giveaways and upcoming events.

Hit the jump for the entry form.

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Champagne on the Park: Recap and Photos

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Last night the Lark St Bid threw the annual Champagne on the Park. We were lucky the rain held out and were able to enjoy being outside even if it was a touch cold. There was tons of food options from loads of Lark Street businesses such as The Wine Bar, Eldas and many others as well as a few other non-Lark restaurants, like the new Mingle. Most importantly, there was an open bar stocked with a few varieties of champagne, beer and wine.

It was an awesome time and all the hard work of the Bid has again paid off. I’m still quite hungover, so overall, a great success. And for everyone I met yesterday, thanks for all the support! Time to eat this big basket of chips and salsa from HWFC that I won during the silent auction.

Hit the jump for the photos!

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Laurie Anderson Named Artist-in-Residence at EMPAC

EMPAC has announced that contemporary artist Laurie Anderson (who is married to Lou Reed) is EMPAC’s new artist-in-residence for the next three years.


As one of America’s foremost contemporary artists; a persistent experimenter at the intersection of performance, media, and technology; and an inventor of tools and instruments, Anderson and EMPAC’s exceptional research and production environment for adventurous new work are an ideal match. The residency provides Anderson with wide access to space, technology, and support for creative experimentation, but as important, brings the artist into ongoing dialogue with students and faculty at Rensselaer.

This is an amazing thing to have in this area and I’m really excited to see what Laurie has in store for us through 2015. If her inventions are any indication as to what we may see, I cant wait.

Photo © Leland Brewster

Ticket Giveaway: Maaze with Kenny Brooks from RatDog, 5/12 at Valentines

Valentines was lovely enough to give us a pair of tickets to giveaway to this Saturday’s show, Maaze with Kenny Brooks. Maaze is a group composed of friends from New Paltz, and they will be joined by Kenny Brooks, from RatDog which is a Grateful Dead side project.

Going to be a fun way to ring in the weekend! Hit the jump for the entry form.

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Broadway Brew in Troy to re-open as a biergarten

After being unable to prevent their current crowd from having the cops at the bar every night, the owner is trying to upgrade it’s clientele by opening it as a biergarten. Hopefully there will be something other than more greasy generic bar food when they re-open.

And the effort that went into hanging that sign in the window is pretty representative of their modus operandi. Good luck.

Photo by Carolyne Weldon

OTS x OP1 x WCDB Interview: Jillionaire

The next round of monthly parties on the sly and OUTPOST1 (with support from WCDB) are nearing closer – current countdown reads at 10 and 11 days respectively – and the following interview was just too good to keep starred in my priority inbox any longer. This month’s headliner, Jillionaire, is hilarious (and of course, talented) and I can’t wait for us to host him in Albany on May 18th at Jillian’s, alongside Mix Pak’s Dre Skull and residents Party With Tina, Knomad and Looney.

Additionally, be sure to hit us with an e-mail at RSVP@KeepAlbanyBoring.com so we can add your name to the list for the RSVP-only Happy Hour to get the early advantage on our inexpensive-but-not-cheap drink specials. Happy Hour runs an hour prior to when we open the doors to the public too, so come hang out early.

Jillionaire has over fifteen years of experience and has created a unique sound which mashes indie dance and big room house with the caribbean rhythms of soca and dancehall. He has built up quite the resume that stretches an arms length including joining Major Lazer across the globe on a sold-out tour, curating the first Mad Decent showcase at Camp Bisco X, releasing his fair share of remixes and original tracks and plotting World Domination alongside the likes of Diplo.

To help you get acquainted with the man himself, we took some time to conduct this interview, which is a nice balance of funny and factual. Check it out beneath the cut!

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