Guthrie Bell Announces Three Shows Highlighting 30 Years in the Local Scene

ALBANY – Sometime in mid-March 1992, Greg Bell and Dale Metzger set up a show at the Victory Café in downtown Albany with a band that would soon name themselves MotherJudge and the Urban Holiness Society. No one remembers the exact date of that show, but a few weeks later Bell and Metzger, calling themselves “Two Fools Present,“ put on another show at the Masons Hall on lower Madison Ave. on April 2nd, 1992. The bands that performed that night were The Sharks, Hard Times, MotherJudge, and Brian Kenny and Friends. Those two shows kicked off a career in music promotion that has now entered its 30th year. In 1993, Bell joined forces with Jeff Guthrie and formed Guthrie/Bell Productions. Guthrie left the business after a few years but Bell continues to use the name today. As of January 2022, Bell took on Kim Neaton as his partner.

These three just announced shows feature a range of acts that have been important to both Bell and the local music scene over the last three decades. Tickets are on sale now for all three.

March 25th – The Cohoes Music Hall
Eastbound Jesus, Glass Pony, Wreckloose
Doors at 7pm, Music at 7:30pm

April 9th – The Hollow
The Sharks w/ Johnny Rabb and the Jailhouse Rockers
Doors at 7pm, Music at 8pm
This will be the first time The Sharks will reunite in 33 years, with 6 of the 7 original members (Tom D’Ambrose passed away in 2019) and the first time in 21 years since the remaining 5 members played together for a show. Johnny Rabb and The Jailhouse Rockers with special guests will open the show. 

April 23rd – Empire Live
DAS Trio (featuring Rob Derhak, Vinnie Amico, and Al Schnier), The Seapods, Conehead Buddha, Dr. Jah and the Love Prophets
Doors at 6:30pm, Music at 7pm
On this night fans will be treated to a show they might have stumbled across at Valentine’s in the early-mid 90s.

Other shows included in the Guthrie/Bell Productions upcoming schedule:

2/18: NEQ Trio album release at The Hollow
2/19: Broken Arrow – Neil Young tribute at Cohoes Music Hall
2/26: Twiddle w/ Midnight North at Palace Theatre
3/4: Annie In The Water album release show at The Hollow
3/11: Dust Bowl Faeries w/ Space Trash at The Hollow
3/18: Railroad Earth at The Egg
3/26: Deadgrass & Friends at The Hollow
4/1 & 4/2: Dark Star Orchestra at Palace Theatre (rescheduled from NYE)
4/7: Melt at The Hollow
4/8: Aqueous w/ Baked Shrimp at Putnam Place
4/15: Start Making Sense – Talking Heads tribute at Cohoes Music Hall
4/22: Tragedy – All Metal Tribute to The Bee Gees & Beyond at The Hollow
5/12: Security Project – Peter Gabriel tribute at Putnam Place
5/19: Eric Krasno & Son Little at Cohoes Music Hall

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