Flashback: September, 1996

We were doing a little cleaning up over the weekend, and we found a copy of The Times Union’s Preview from Thursday, September 19, 1996. (Yes, I guess you could say that we I am a bit of a hoarder.)

The cover story was a fall movie preview, spotlighting such upcoming films as “Ransom” (with Mel Gibson), “Last Man Standing” (with Bruce Willis) and Tom Hanks’ directorial debut, “That Thing You Do.”

Anyway, here are a few other arts & entertainment tidbits about happenings in Nippertown 14 years ago:

LARKFEST LINE-UP: Albany was gearing up for the 16th annual Larkfest. The all-local music line-up featured the Hal Miller Band, Plus 24, the Lustre Kings, Jill Hughes & the Institute for Soul Research, Lughead, the George Boone Blues Band, Marcus Ruggiero & Higher Ground and Prey for Rain.

GETTING THE OLD BAND BACK TOGETHER AGAIN: Dirty Face was playing a one-time-only reunion show at QE2 in Albany. Guitarist-vocalist Dominick Campana Jr. explained, “No, we’re not getting back together. No, we’re not recording anything new. No, we’re not rehearsing.” Also on the bill were Resolve, Rodeo Boy and Iridescence.

Dirty Face
Dirty Face (photo by Teresa Endebrock)

GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION: Up in Clifton Park, it was the grand opening weekend of Park West (at the site of the former Tiger’s Pub), which is now Northern Lights. The opening weekend headliners were Black 47 and Johnny Winter.

ROCKIN’ REELS: One of our fave rock ‘n’ roll movies, Allison Anders’ “Grace of My Heart,” was opening at the Spectrum 4 Theatres in Albany.

GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Here’s what was going on in some of Nippertown’s now-defunct nightspots:
Box of Rain @ Aiko’s, Saratoga Springs
Rob Skane @ Caffe Dolce, Schenectady
Johnny Rabb’s Rockhouse @ Cassidy’s Irish Pub, Albany
Mantraz @ LaLa’s, Saratoga Springs
The Outsiders @ Mother Earth’s Cafe, Albany
Blue Jeanne Blue @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
Black Tides, Raja and Melodic Holocaust @ Saratoga Winners, Latham
Coda Blue @ Smoothy’s, Loudonville
Bloom and Queer for Astro Boy @ the Metro, Saratoga Springs

Stephane Grapelli @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
Ray Davies @ the Berkshire Theater Festival, Stockbridge
Yolk, moe., Ominous Seapods and Moon Boot Lover @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
EDGEfest featuring Goldfinger, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, the Why Store and the Coal Palace Kings @ the Starlite Music Theatre, Latham
They Might Be Giants and Violent Femmes @ SUNY Albany’s Recreation & Convocation Center, Albany
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Keith Sweat, S.W.V., Total and 112 @ the Knickerbocker Arena, Albany
Goo Goo Dolls @ the Siena College Alumni Recreation Center, Loudonville

  1. Aaron says

    this is great. please post more!

  2. Martyn says

    I think that year Dirty Face did two reunion shows – one with original drummer Ross at Valentines, the other with Joey at QE2. They called it “the big gay reunion tour”. Or something.

  3. Matt Mac Haffie says

    I heart Dirty Face!

  4. JES says

    I reviewed that Johnny Winter show at Park West . . . it was kinda sad, actually, as JW looked (more than usual) like he was on his last legs, and could barely get on/off-stage without assistance. Hard to believe he’s still rockin’, 14 years later . . .

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