Charles Cure, of HUSH., and Ryan Slowey of Maggot Brain, teamed up months ago to put together a stacked bill that Valentine’s has not seen before in the same night, all comprised of bands that Valentine’s has played host to over the years. There’s no better time than this upcoming Saturday to pay your respects, get a bit reflective and enjoy sets from eleven of the area’s best in the heavier end of the spectrum, as the Valentine’s we’ve all come to know and love over the years will be ending its New Scotland chapter due to a recent shift in property ownership. The good news is that Valentine’s will continue its events calendar through to the end of this year, and the better news is that Howard Glassman has decided to stay in Albany and move the club over on Central Avenue, next to Pauly’s Hotel.
In my conversations with Ryan and Charles in the weeks prior to the show about the driving motivations behind organizing the No Pepper farewell show, both mentioned that it is a prime opportunity to bring together bands that have not played together, for whatever reasons over the years, all in the spirit of celebrating the diversity in our local music scene and organizing a worthy send off to a venue that has been a home and strong support system to underground music in Albany for so long.
This Saturday is about sharing a mutual appreciation for the creative arts and local community that we all work so hard on to improve and cultivate, as it all stems from common ground and a common desire to make things in Albany interesting and enjoyable. Needless to say, I’m excited.
Special thanks again to Charles and Ryan for including KAB as a sponsor. We’ll see you Saturday.