Tess Collins Brings Live Music Back to McGeary’s


As you’ve probably heard, Tess Collins – yes, the Tess of Tess’ Lark Tavern – took over the management of McGeary’s in downtown Albany (across the street from the Palace Theatre) at the start of this month.

And it hasn’t taken her and her staff long to get things swinging again at the downtown pub.

On Monday, September 20, live music returns to McGeary’s when Ramblin Jug Stompers take the stage. Showtime is 7pm, and admission is free.

Ramblin Jug Stompers made their debut at Tess’ Lark Tavern and held down their third Monday of the month residency there for four and a half years. When a fire destroyed the tavern in May, the Jug Stompers moved their monthly shindig to Capital Repertory Theatre for the summer, at the generous request of Capital Rep’s artistic director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill.

Now, Ramblin Jug Stompers are finally being reunited with Collins and her staff, and they couldn’t be happier.

“We had a great time playing at Capital Rep,” said RJS guitarist Cousin Clyde. “And we made a lot of new fans there. But we have a special bond with Tess and her crew. That’s where this band started. We’re truly honored that Tess has asked us to inaugurate her new place with some funky Americana string band music.”

As was always the case at Tess’ Lark Tavern and at Capital Rep, the RJS debut hoedown at McGeary’s will be loose and casual with a wide array of the Capital Region’s finest musical talents dropping by to sit in with the band.

Of course, Monday night is only the start of the live music series at McGeary’s. Look for Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys to launch their first Monday of the month residency on October 4. And the weekly, award-winning Best Damn Open Mic EVER, hosted by MotherJudge, will start up on Wednesday, October 6.

In addition, Poets Speak Loud – the last-Monday-of-the-month open mic for poets hosted by the ever-charming Mary Panza – re-launches at McGeary’s on Monday, September 27. Sign-up is 7pm; readings begin at 7:30pm.

7pm, Monday, September 20
McGeary’s, 4 Clinton Square, Albany
(across the street from the Palace Theatre)
(518) 463-1455
Free admission

(Related stories: Tess Collins re-opens McGeary’s; Tess Collins heads to McGeary’s; Concert review of Tess’ Lark Tavern benefit in Washington Park; Concert review of “A Night at Tess’ Lark Tavern @ The Linda”; Fire at Tess’ Lark Tavern)

1 Comment
  1. J Hunter says

    This is both fantastic and long overdue! Much love and luck to Tess and her crew! I do have one question, though:

    1) Do they make the fries the same way as they did at the Lark? 🙂

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