“Grapplin’ Greg: The Story of Greg Bell” to Premiere at the Palace, Dec. 17
ALBANY – On Dec. 17, the Palace Theatre will host the premiere of the documentary Grapplin’ Greg: The Story of Greg Bell – an uncensored and (mostly) true look into one of the Capital Region’s most venerable live music lovers and concert promoters! The evening will also feature a live performance by Eastbound Jesus.
Greg Bell of Guthrie/Bell Productions has been a staple in the Albany music community for three decades. Starting in the early 90s, he ended up on a journey that has led him to give countless new bands from the region a stage to play on. For bands from around the country, Bell has made Albany a stop to look forward to – always with the support and enthusiasm you might get more often from a fan, than a promoter.
Grapplin’ Greg will tell the story of Greg Bell, from how he fell in love with live music, to booking a couple of small bar shows for friends, to events at venues like The Palace Theatre, Albany Armory, and beyond. Greg Bell doesn’t just book shows, he has helped nurture a music scene that truly feels like a community.
The title of the documentary comes from the Eastbound Jesus (for whom Bell serves as manager) song of the same name. The song tells a tale of Bell as a wrestler, defeating a bear that attempts to start a drum circle at his legendary festival, Bellstock. Perhaps he never went toe to toe with a bear, but from being a star wrestler to threatening to burn drums, much of the tale is true. The song, like his life, is an entertaining ride.
Tickets are $22 and include the documentary screening as well as the performance by Eastbound Jesus. They can be purchased here. VIP tickets are also available. Visit palacealbany.org for more information.