you hear that sound off in the distance? It’s the repetitious
pounding of machinery and a low thud of ominous guitars.
It’s a psychedelic swirl of keyboards. It’s Pink Floyd tribute
band the Machine, coming into town.
First Night Albany abandoned Lark Street years ago (we can’t
remember why), but Center Square will not be left lonely
come New Year’s Eve. The Machine—with openers Jim Weider’s
Project Percolator featuring Tony Levin—will rock the Washington
Avenue Armory with songs from every stage of Pink Floyd’s
And we are so cool with that. From Syd Barrett’s psychedelia
through the David Gilmour-Rick Wright spaceship-rock years
to Roger Waters’ soul-crushing misanthropic epics, Pink
Floyd always beguiled us. The Machine, with first-rate musical
chops and a spectacular laser light show, are as close as
you’re gonna get to seeing Floyd’s multiple personalities
in one show.
The Machine will perform on Saturday (Dec. 31) at 8 PM at
the Washington Avenue Armory (195 Washington Ave., Albany).
We are assured that the show will be over in time to catch
the New Year’s fireworks display. Tickets are $10 in advance,
$15 on the day of the show. For more information, call 694-7160.
are you doing on New Year’s Eve? If you had to pause just
now to consider your family’s interests, we’ve got a few
ideas for you—specifically, the Albany and Saratoga First
Night celebrations. These things happen every year, so if
this is the first you’re hearing of them, you might want
to make a mental note for next time.
First Night Albany has covered much ground since its inception
19 years ago. Actually, it now covers less ground, as the
organizers are now squeezing everything into about five
city blocks (events at earlier celebrations were strewn
all over downtown Albany, even west of Lark Street!), but
we digress. The entertainment is just as top-notch this
year as any, and it’s all within easy walking distance.
(Shuttle vehicles will be made available for those uninterested
in “hoofing it.”) Headlining the musical portion of the
evening is Abba Gold (pictured), who will faithfully recreate
a late-’70s-era Abba concert at the Palace Theatre. The
whole thing kicks off at 2 PM on Saturday (Dec. 31) with
the Jingle Jog, a fun run for kids. A $12 First Night button
is required for admission to all First Night events. Buttons
are available at all area Price Chopper supermarkets, or
at Albany City Hall. For more information, call 434-2032,
or visit www.albanyevents.org.
First Night Saratoga celebrates its 10th year this Dec.
31st, and in grand fashion: It’s now the biggest First Night
celebration in New York state (take that, Albany!). Musical
acts on hand to ring in ’06 include local stars the McKrells
and Blotto, who will team up for a show at the City Center.
There will also be jugglers and dancers and the like, plus
the requisite fireworks display at midnight. First Night
Saratoga events begin at 6 PM on Saturday. Again, a $12
button is required for admission to all programming, and
buttons can be purchased at numerous locations around the
area. For a full schedule and more information, go to www.firstnightsaratoga.org,
or call 584-8262.