Sylvan Esso at Jupiter Hall: Photos and Recap

sylvan-esso-albany-001 thumbnail
sylvan-esso-albany-002 thumbnail
sylvan-esso-albany-003 thumbnail
sylvan-esso-albany-004 thumbnail
sylvan-esso-albany-005 thumbnail
sylvan-esso-albany-006 thumbnail
sylvan-esso-albany-007 thumbnail
sylvan-esso-albany-008 thumbnail
sylvan-esso-albany-010 thumbnail
sylvan-esso-albany-011 thumbnail
sylvan-esso-albany-012 thumbnail
sylvan-esso-albany-013 thumbnail

On Wednesday night, EQX put on the first big show that’s crossed my radar at Crossgates’ new venue, Jupiter Hall. Inside of Lucky Strike Social, which has a “gastro kitchen” restaurant, arcade, bowling alley, rec room featuring games like ping pong, corn hole, and pool, as well as a brand new 650 person music venue, Sylvan Esso and Lucy Dacus played to an enthusiastic, sold out crowd. With malls all over the country feeling the squeeze from online retailers, they’re scrambling to put music, carnivals, and more experience based offerings in these malls to bring in younger crowds, and to ultimately stay afloat.

Lucy Dacus opened the show, starting at exactly 8pm. As an opener for Sylvan Esso, Lucy Dacus was a great choice, as the full band delivered slow-burning indie rock songs with an admirable casualness. The crowd universally enjoyed Lucy’s big voice, and becuase of the slower cadence of Lucy’s music, those in attendance were sufficiently ready to jump around for the headliners. Sylvan Esso took the stage with force, playing a few loud, dancy songs to get the crowds blood pumping, and to set the tone for the rest of their set. They went through their catalog, performing songs new and old with more indie and minimal sensibilities alongside the big crowd pleasers.

Once the show came to a close, I had forgotten I’d been in the mall for a few hours. As weird as it felt to head into the mall at 8pm on a weeknight for a show, the venue itself it felt familiar. I’ve got a hunch it will become much less weird to head to Crossgates for a show if talent like this keep coming to town.

Quality events for this weekend

Friday May 19

TGIF Yoga at Heartspace: Community class, In both Albany and Troy.

ill.Gates, Levitation Jones, Evac Protocol at River St Pub: Part of the Raging on the River series.

Sean Rowe at The Hangar: Sold out.

Kimono Dragons, Rechorduroys at Dinosaur BBQ: Surf/alt rock.

Cretin Hop at Fuze: Rock and roll/punk/new wave dance party.

Saturday May 20

Smorgasburg Upstate at the Hutton Brickyards: Opening weekend.

Freedom Fest at Upstate Concert Hall: Featuring Ramallah (Playing Blood For Blood Classics), Terror, 100 Demons, All Out War, Death Before Dishonor, Rude Awakening, Gods Hate, Concrete, Laid 2 Rest, Purgatory, Jagged Visions, and Zero Hour.

Michael Bisio Accortet at The Sanctuary for Independent Media: Celebrating 30+ years.

Real Estate at BSP: With Pelican Movement.

Emo Night at Fuze Box: Scream sing all those songs you used to be embarassed about loving.

Sunday May 21

Smorgasburg Upstate at the Hutton Brickyards: Opening weekend.

Iron Chic, After The Fall, Mikey Erg, Sink or Swim at Pauly’s: Punk/pop/etc.

All weekend

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are awesome.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

Second-run movies at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Movies at The Spectrum: First run, independent movies at a small centrally located theater.

Farmer’s Markets: Troy, Delmar, and Saratoga on Saturday, and Schenectady and Saratoga on Sunday.