ALBANY — Pauly’s Hotel recently received a facelift and is ready for a revamped social life.
Albany’s oldest tavern has been a go to for live music in the Capital City. Boasting live entertainment “seven days a week,” its intimate stage has played host to various acts, both local and regional. In particular, the Washington Square venue has been a welcoming place for punk bands throughout the Northeast.
The pub has recently changed management, which has invested in a overhaul in both the appearance and performance of the live music venue.
Denis Entertainment Group was hired to upgrade the sound system and stage lighting. Improvements include room treatments to improve acoustics, additional amps, monitors and mixers and enhanced lighting.
“We have also reconfigured the stage lighting and added some fixtures and a DMX controller to properly light the performances,” Denis Entertainment stated. “[Lighting] will be dramatically improved and Pauly’s will be a great place for local and regional bands to play.”
Pauly’s Hotel has a long history of hosting live music. Marshall Crenshaw, Johnny Copeland and Dr. John were just a few acts to grace the stage in the 1980s. Some local Phish fans can boast seeing the venerable jamband play its first Albany show at Pauly’s in 1989.
Pauly’s, however, fell silent for more than a decade before it reopened in December 2010 under then-owner John Mancini. Last week, Nippertown reported that Pauly’s new owner Kip Finck plans on reopening the Central Avenue venue soon. Finck,a longtime music promoter, formerly owned Northern Lights in Clifton Park.
Area promoter Joe Vonschinzel has been tapped to book shows on the redesigned stage. He stated on social media that Finck will continue to welcome the punk, rock and metal bands visitors are used to seeing there.
Michael Hallisey is managing editor of Spotlight Newspapers.