Quality events for this weekend vol. 131

Friday May 2

It’s First Friday! Check out art, shops and more.

I’m Tired at The Machine: Art show in conjunction with SUNY Albany.

Hush! A loud art exhibit: Another great looking art show.

Colonie Art Group at Stage 1: Oil painting show.

Into Another at Bogie’s: With Supertouch, My Ticket Home, Boar Tusk and Living Laser.

Grandma’s Studio Grand Opening Bash at The Barn: Featuring PJ Katz and the Fat Buckle, Le Rubb, Kimono Dragons and

Bust’n Out at 283 Hudson: Art by Alex Waters and Sam Davies and music from Carl Daniels, Jesse Calhoun, Nick Shattell, Bell’s Roar and more.

Hero Dishonest at The Low Beat: All the way from Finland. With Resist Control.

Family Feud at the Palace: Survey says…

Action Bronson at the Upstate Concert Hall: With Party Supplies, Mic Lanny, Mista Pigz, Galaxy and DJ Playground. This has been cancelled.

Saturday May 3

Turnstile and Born Low at Bogie’s: Mosh your friends to death before dinner.

Sean Price at Bogie’s: Rapping rap rap. With Shabaam Sahdeeq, Pawz One, DJ Tone, Shyste, Shawn Braids, Actuator, Guilty By Association, Odd 1, Nostalgia, Stringer Soprano, Svavii D.

The Epidemic, Scuzz and Wet Dream at The Low Beat: It’s the Noise Annoys Record Shop grand opening celebration!

Roller Derby Double Header at The Armory: Both womens and mens.

Sunday May 4

Albany Bike Expo at the Washington Park Playhouse: Bike and all sorts of bike related things for sale.

All Weekend

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

Despicible Me, How to Train Your Dragon, Rocky, The Fighter, Fight Club and Cinderella Man at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Make a day out of it.

Caffe Vero becoming specialty coffee and espresso shop

Over the past few weeks there’s been a few things rattling around about the best place to grab a coffee on Lark, Caffe Vero. They had announced they were closing, but nothing ever closed. All of a sudden there was a sign on the door asking to be forgiven for any missteps during a transition to new management. And they’re still open, every day. A few less things on the walls, few different people behind the bar, but the door’s still open.

The veil has been ripped off and the news has been announced that local coffee enthusiast and all-around solid dude Ron Grieco is now in charge of Vero, which is now officially Stacks Espresso Bar. Ron and his partner Tyler Wrightson now outright own the business and have sweeping changes planned.

One of the biggest things to note is that this will be a multi-roaster cafe. No other spot around is this as roasters will offer incentivized pricing and even loans of coffee gear for exclusivity. This allows all of the coffee in the shop to constantly rotate, not just from roast, blend or region, but roaster as well. In addition to regular drip coffee from the trusty Fetco, there will be a pour-over bar, aptly titled ‘the slow bar’ featuring specific coffees that lend themselves to this style of brewing. There will also be a ton of changes on the inside of the space, which have nothing to do with coffee but everything to do with your ability to sit down and enjoy your drink and snacks.

Stacks Espresso Bar will officially be opened and launched soon, but stop in as there’s a lot changing each day. The best place to grab a cup of coffee on Lark will only get better from here on out.

Bell’s Roar EP release at The Low Beat

On Thursday, June 12, multi-instrumentalist Sean Desiree will be having a release party for her upcoming EP as Bell’s Roar. Everyone in attendance at the release party will receive an advance copy of the album. The official release for the EP is June 17th.

The album features Kiran Gandhi, MIA’s touring drummer and it was co-produced, co-engineered and mixed by Natureboy’s producer, Cedar Apffel.

Take a listen to Bell’s Roar demo below. More details on the official event page, and you can stay up-to-date with Bell’s Roar through their facebook page.

Ramp Fest this Saturday in Hudson

On May 3, Hudson will be hosting their yearly spring-time festival, Ramp Fest. Ramps are one of the more out-there themes for a festival, but it is definitely one I can get behind. There’s live entertainment, drinks, food and many other things going on for the festival. But at the heart of Ramp Fest are many chefs from the Hudson Valley and NYC who are all creating original dishes featuring ramps. Also, if you haven’t been to Hudson in a while (or ever) this is the perfect excuse to check it all out.

Ramps, if you somehow don’t know are an early spring vegetable that smells like garlic and tastes like onion.

Tickets are on sale now and are $30 advance or $35 day of. Read more on the official website.