The Pauly’s Hotel at 337 Central Ave. in Albany is one of the longest standing local entertainment venues and the owner works hard to keep it going in these roller coaster times.
âWe did the whole building and installed a state-of-the-art sound system,â said owner Kip Finck, who bought Pauly’s in the fall of 2019. âStan Denis of Denis Entertainment put the sound on. The acoustics are incredible.
âWe renovated until February [of 2020], it is all over and COVID has struck.
âSo we opened and immediately had to close. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been canceled. We have been closed all year 2020 with the exception of a few shows.
âWe reopened in the spring of 2021, but not at full speed until the fall of this year,â said Finck, whose facility can accommodate around 130 guests.
âNow we’re ready and hoping to expand 2-3 days a week to 4-5. We always have something to do on Fridays and Saturdays.
With the omicron variant causing increased vigilance against viruses, Finck says, âWe follow all mandates; that’s all we can do. We have more signage, that masks are mandatory. All my employees have masks. We have made some changes to the way our seats are.
Once customers are seated at a table, they can remove the mask to consume drinks or food, Finck added.
âWe are doing our best and in the safest environment possible that we can provide,â he said.
The next night of entertainment at Pauly’s is Wednesday, December 29 at 8 p.m., featuring Ricky Bandana, Treasure Cove, Glue Head and The Pine Boys.
On Saturday January 1, a New Years Eve party will feature Namen Namen, Car Becomes Airplane and The Taxidermist. The following night, live music features The Cryptics, The Hauntings and more.
Many artists are just starting to make a name for themselves. Pauly’s is no stranger to booming bands. Phish performed his first Albany show at Pauly’s in the 1980s, Finck said, and Joe Bonamassa performed there earlier in his career.
He says Pauly’s – which opened in 1862 for the return of Civil War veterans – strives for “musical quality.”
âWe try to make it all sound good and we get good reviews,â said Finck, who previously owned the Northern Lights nightclub in Clifton Park.
âWe are trying to maintain it; we had a lot of good jazzmen. We are sponsored by the Bourbon Three Chord, which is that of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. They put on a show for us every quarter. Neil promotes it by setting up these different shows in different areas in which he can bring acts. They come in, they make a spiel on the bourbon and the band plays for everyone. We had a few different blues bands, straight from Nashville.
âMy experience is in national groups. Right now we’re looking at smaller national groups, âsaid Finck, who noted that before the omicron variant came along, many of these smaller national groups wereâ just starting to come out of their shell. “.
A big event every year for Pauly’s is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Albany.
“We hope the March 12 parade comes to fruition,” Finck said. âIt has been canceled for the past two years.
Finck said he recently signed John Valby, aka Dr. Dirty, a musician / comedian who performs parodies and original songs. It will perform on April 8. The McKrells will perform on March 11. For a complete list of acts, visit paulys-hotel.com.
Cover fees vary at Pauly’s, Finck noted, and sometimes parking is available on a lot at The Linda, WAMC’s entertainment venue nearby.
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