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  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Thursday, January 24, 2019

    Open Mic with Kelly Maguire

    Open Mic with Kelly Maguire

    Voted one of the best Open Mics in the Capital Region! Full drum kit, lights and sound provided. All skill levels welcome, you never know who will show up! With a different guest host every week our Open Mic is always different and fun. Grab your instruments and come jam, every Thursday night at 8pm!

  • Friday, January 25, 2019

    Dr.Jah and The Love Prophets w/s/g Obleck

    Dr.Jah and The Love Prophets w/s/g Obleck

    8pm

    Reggae Dance Party! Dont' miss your chance to see Dr. Jah and The Love Prophets w/s/g Obleck live at The Rustic Barn!

  • Saturday, January 26, 2019

    4 The Blues

    4 The Blues

    8pm

    Playing all the greats by...BB King, Otis Redding, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and more.

  • Sunday, January 27, 2019

    Sunday Sessions with Maurizio Russomanno

    Sunday Sessions with Maurizio Russomanno

    3-6pm
    Maurizio is an award-winning singer-songwriter currently living in his hometown of Troy, New York. He has played sold out shows at venues including the world-renowned Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York and opened major festival stages for artists such as Dar Williams.

     

    Maurizio grew up listening to a wide variety of music, from his mother’s bedtime Italian folk and opera songs, to his older brother Dominic’s rock albums (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Beach Boys, among others). This early exposure to such a wide range of music informed him well for the venues he would play years down the road.

     

    Over the course of almost three decades, Maurizio has performed in every type of venue imaginable, from the decorated to the unadorned. It is these varied venues and early childhood experiences that have given rise to Maurizio’s genre-breaking songs. On any given night, Maurizio will serve his audience well, drawing from a catalog that is as diverse as the venues he plays.

     

    Maurizio’s voice shows vulnerability and relaxed tenor that quickly draws the listener in. His guitar-playing style fills a space that bustles with percussive backbeats and well-timed melodic interplay.

     

    When writing a song, Maurizio explains: “I try to quiet down my mind and get to that place in my heart where I can just let my hand do the writing, as opposed to thinking about it too much. I then read what I have written as a revelation, as if somebody else had put down the words. “

     

    In 2012, Maurizio teamed up with producer James Gascoyne to begin crafting his first proper studio album, Before the Crowd. Maurizio’s love and loyalty to family meant recording vocals late into the night after helping with the care of his mother, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2008. The album is nothing short of a masterpiece and a true labor of love. Before the Crowd was released on September 26th, 2015 with a live performance at The Hangar in Troy, New York to celebrate its completion before a loyal fan base.

     

    In a 2016 interview with Joel Patterson of Mountaintop Studios, Maurizio spoke about playing from the heart: “When I play a song I try my best to do just that; to be playful and trust what my instincts tell me. Some nights are great some not so great, but I try not to hold onto the highs or the lows. I have wrestled with stage anxiety all my life and have recently come to terms with the fact it’s my ego wanting things to be perfect, but perfection doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a great performance. Focusing on playing perfect takes your mind away from the ultimate goal of putting forth a genuine performance. What we love many times are the imperfections, the stumbling and getting back up again. It’s real and it evokes emotion in the audience which is ultimately the job of any artist. “

    About the album ('Before the Crowd')

     

    Before the Crowd opens with Breathe, an ethereal sounding song that builds effortlessly, weaving beautiful, sparse piano and guitar interplay. The opening line ‘I went walking, along the river’s edge after the flood’ sets the tone of the entire album as a self-introspecting work. The majority of the album is in first person and serves well as a true to form confessional. To take a quote from Maurizio, “Many of the lyrics in the album may seem cliché but these are actual events that happened in my life. From being down to literally my last dime and walking along the river’s edge after my hometown of Troy, New York had experienced an historic flood.”

     

    Radio Waves, the fourth track on the album, is a meditation about his sister Grace. While sifting through some of the beautiful artwork and other materials she had sent home from Africa where she was serving in the Peace Corps, he came upon a book entitled “The Study of Radio Waves”. The combination of curiosity and the longing to see his sister one more time somehow coalesced around this random book. It struck Maurizio: radio waves are invisible and all around us, just like memories and the feeling of love. We can't physically touch these things and yet their presence can be experienced all around us. The proof is in the music we hear on the radio, a memory triggered by a sweet autumn day, and the euphoria of being in love. Radio Waves begins, “I’m gonna study radio waves – get myself closer to the truth – nobody lives in a vacuum but maybe if I can get closer to the inner workings of the invisible, I can find love”.

     

    My Sister Rose is the sixth track on the album. Although the song speaks directly to his sister, the message is universal: in breaking free of our limitations and accepting what we can't change. It's a call to squarely face our devils, find that elusive inner peace, and derive meaning in an impermanent life. The album as a whole would have been described as a confessional in a previous era and thematically wrestles with a yearning to go back, to try and regain what's been lost along the way. Ultimately the songs glow with a positive message: embrace the here and now.

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Open Mic with Brian Kane

    Open Mic with Brian Kane

    Voted one of the best Open Mics in the Capital Region! Full drum kit, lights and sound provided. All skill levels welcome, you never know who will show up! With a different guest host every week our Open Mic is always different and fun. Grab your instruments and come jam, every Thursday night at 8pm!

  • Friday, February 1, 2019

    River Junction

    River Junction

    8pm
    Classic party rock

  • Saturday, February 2, 2019

    West Side Drive Dance Band

    West Side Drive Dance Band

    8:30pm

    Modern and Classic Pop, Funk, Blues, Rock n Roll

  • Sunday, February 3, 2019

    Sunday Sessions with Maurizio Russomanno

    Sunday Sessions with Maurizio Russomanno

    3-6pm
    Maurizio is an award-winning singer-songwriter currently living in his hometown of Troy, New York. He has played sold out shows at venues including the world-renowned Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York and opened major festival stages for artists such as Dar Williams.

     

    Maurizio grew up listening to a wide variety of music, from his mother’s bedtime Italian folk and opera songs, to his older brother Dominic’s rock albums (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Beach Boys, among others). This early exposure to such a wide range of music informed him well for the venues he would play years down the road.

     

    Over the course of almost three decades, Maurizio has performed in every type of venue imaginable, from the decorated to the unadorned. It is these varied venues and early childhood experiences that have given rise to Maurizio’s genre-breaking songs. On any given night, Maurizio will serve his audience well, drawing from a catalog that is as diverse as the venues he plays.

     

    Maurizio’s voice shows vulnerability and relaxed tenor that quickly draws the listener in. His guitar-playing style fills a space that bustles with percussive backbeats and well-timed melodic interplay.

     

    When writing a song, Maurizio explains: “I try to quiet down my mind and get to that place in my heart where I can just let my hand do the writing, as opposed to thinking about it too much. I then read what I have written as a revelation, as if somebody else had put down the words. “

     

    In 2012, Maurizio teamed up with producer James Gascoyne to begin crafting his first proper studio album, Before the Crowd. Maurizio’s love and loyalty to family meant recording vocals late into the night after helping with the care of his mother, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2008. The album is nothing short of a masterpiece and a true labor of love. Before the Crowd was released on September 26th, 2015 with a live performance at The Hangar in Troy, New York to celebrate its completion before a loyal fan base.

     

    In a 2016 interview with Joel Patterson of Mountaintop Studios, Maurizio spoke about playing from the heart: “When I play a song I try my best to do just that; to be playful and trust what my instincts tell me. Some nights are great some not so great, but I try not to hold onto the highs or the lows. I have wrestled with stage anxiety all my life and have recently come to terms with the fact it’s my ego wanting things to be perfect, but perfection doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a great performance. Focusing on playing perfect takes your mind away from the ultimate goal of putting forth a genuine performance. What we love many times are the imperfections, the stumbling and getting back up again. It’s real and it evokes emotion in the audience which is ultimately the job of any artist. “

    About the album ('Before the Crowd')

     

    Before the Crowd opens with Breathe, an ethereal sounding song that builds effortlessly, weaving beautiful, sparse piano and guitar interplay. The opening line ‘I went walking, along the river’s edge after the flood’ sets the tone of the entire album as a self-introspecting work. The majority of the album is in first person and serves well as a true to form confessional. To take a quote from Maurizio, “Many of the lyrics in the album may seem cliché but these are actual events that happened in my life. From being down to literally my last dime and walking along the river’s edge after my hometown of Troy, New York had experienced an historic flood.”

     

    Radio Waves, the fourth track on the album, is a meditation about his sister Grace. While sifting through some of the beautiful artwork and other materials she had sent home from Africa where she was serving in the Peace Corps, he came upon a book entitled “The Study of Radio Waves”. The combination of curiosity and the longing to see his sister one more time somehow coalesced around this random book. It struck Maurizio: radio waves are invisible and all around us, just like memories and the feeling of love. We can't physically touch these things and yet their presence can be experienced all around us. The proof is in the music we hear on the radio, a memory triggered by a sweet autumn day, and the euphoria of being in love. Radio Waves begins, “I’m gonna study radio waves – get myself closer to the truth – nobody lives in a vacuum but maybe if I can get closer to the inner workings of the invisible, I can find love”.

     

    My Sister Rose is the sixth track on the album. Although the song speaks directly to his sister, the message is universal: in breaking free of our limitations and accepting what we can't change. It's a call to squarely face our devils, find that elusive inner peace, and derive meaning in an impermanent life. The album as a whole would have been described as a confessional in a previous era and thematically wrestles with a yearning to go back, to try and regain what's been lost along the way. Ultimately the songs glow with a positive message: embrace the here and now.

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Thursday, February 7, 2019

    Open Mic with Knot Dead Duo

    Open Mic with Knot Dead Duo

    Voted one of the best Open Mics in the Capital Region! Full drum kit, lights and sound provided. All skill levels welcome, you never know who will show up! With a different guest host every week our Open Mic is always different and fun. Grab your instruments and come jam, every Thursday night at 8pm!

  • Friday, February 8, 2019 - Friday, February 8, 2019

    Skeeter Creek

    Skeeter Creek

    9pm

    Skeeter Creek was nominated for 4 awards at the 2005 Northeast Country Music Association awards: Bluegrass band of the Year, Vocal group of the Year, Instrumental band of the Year, and the Sunrise award. They were the winners of the 2004 Colgate Country Showdown in the Albany, New York region, winners of the 2005 and 2006 Froggy 100.7 Country Shootout, and most recently named at the top of the 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Metroland Magazine Readers Poll for Country Band of the Year, and 2013, 2014,2015 Cover Band of the Year (all genres). They have also won the NorthCountry Music Awards in 2014-2015 for Entertainers of the Year, Band of the Year, Male Vocalist (Dave Ahl), Female Vocalist (Renee Lussier-Ahl), and Musician of the Year (Dominic Paratore).

  • Saturday, February 9, 2019

    The Bear Bones Project

    The Bear Bones Project

    8pm

    Tasteful, hippie-flavored jam band music.

  • Sunday, February 10, 2019

    Second Sunday Bluegrass Jam

    Second Sunday Bluegrass Jam

    6pm

    Join us for Second Sunday Bluegrass Jam Sessions at The Rustic Barn! Hosted by Jeff Wasbes and Zack Cohen in a round robin style jam. Jeff and Zack will start us off with a few tunes then open the stage to lead their choice Bluegrass music, backed up by other pickers. 
    Second Sunday’s are for making new friends, sharing songs, playing and listening to blue grass and new-grass. All are welcome to join the Jam. Come prepared with your favorite songs and acoustic instruments.

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Thursday, February 14, 2019

    Open Mic with Brian Kane

    Open Mic with Brian Kane

    Voted one of the best Open Mics in the Capital Region! Full drum kit, lights and sound provided. All skill levels welcome, you never know who will show up! With a different guest host every week our Open Mic is always different and fun. Grab your instruments and come jam, every Thursday night at 8pm!

  • Friday, February 15, 2019

    Dashboard Anthem

    Dashboard Anthem

    9pm

    Dashboard Anthem plays all your favorite jams from back in the day!

  • Saturday, February 16, 2019

    Steal Your Peach

    Steal Your Peach

     

    9pm
    Interweaving the classic jams of the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers, the Steal Your Peach Band is the newest crossover tribute on the scene. The all-star collective is a cross-section of the best of the Northeast jamband world, featuring top-notch musicianship and a refreshing twist on the jam scene's two favorite bands. While staying true to the spirit of the music, the band members put their own dynamic spin on the vast discography of these two iconic bands, giving fans a new take on the familiar.

     

    At its core, SYPB is a celebration of the jamband tradition. The project was started in homage to the long standing tradition of crossovers between the Dead and the Allmans, starting with the legendary Filmore shows, the Watkin's Glenn festival, and culminating with the 1999 tour of Phil and friends featuring Phil Lesh (The Grateful Dead), Derek Trucks (The Allman Brothers), Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers) and Rob Barraco (The Zen Tricksters/Dark Star Orchestra). The shows were lovingly dubbed by the fans the "Steal Your Peach" shows.

     

    SYPB's arrangements are experiments, as the band easily flows from the familiar to the obscure, moving from standards like "Jessica" into deep cuts like "Dark Star," or possibly "Not Fade Away" into "Back Where It All Began." The band always keeps it fresh with new and unexpected arrangements and improvisations, while engaging fans in the free-spirited party and colorful, close-knit community surrounding their shows.

     

    With 2 drummers, 2 guitarists, bass, and keys, SYPB's line-up mirrors those of both the Dead and the Allmans. The band features Tor Krautter (Rev Tor, Last Waltz Live) on guitar and vocals, Dan Teichert (Arlo Guthrie & Xavier) on drums and vocals, Andrew Costa (Rev Tor, Last Waltz Live) on keys, Jeremy Walz (Soul Sky) on guitar and vocals, Andy Crawford (Rev Tor, Last Waltz Live) on drums, and Brian O'Connell (Uncle Sammy, Gordon Stone Band) on bass. Members of SYPB have shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Little Feat, The Jerry Garcia Band, as well as members of The Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band, Phish, and MOE.

     

    SYPB offers something for everyone who gets down to the Dead and ABB . At its core, SYPB aims to unite the jamband community through the power and love of music. The band's fresh spin on these legendary bands' extended grooves will excite jamband fans, whether new, middle-of-the-road, or dieheart. The mix of nostalgia for the Dead and ABB, combined with the members' fresh take on their songs, is a experience not to be missed.

  • Sunday, February 17, 2019

    Foodstock 5

    Foodstock 5

    Fundraiser for the food pantries of the Capital District. Come show your support of local live music and help feed the hungry!

    Live music all day with-

    Brian Kane

    The Tyes

    Bleak Little World

    Mike McMann

    Soul Sky

    Nite Train Band

    Lou's Blues

    Hosted by Bob Gamache, MC: Johnny Goodman

    Suggested donation: $10

    Food Pantries Of The Capital District need your help, here’s why...

    Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties over 78,000 people are food insecure. 24,000 are babies and children. We're here to help. *According to Feeding America

     

    Our Mission

    We are a coalition of 64 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties working together to feed the hungry. Our mission is to address hunger in the capital district through our member food pantries.

     

    Our Vision

    A dynamic network of well‐stocked food pantries nourishing our hungry neighbors in the Capital District.

     

    How We Fulfill Our Mission

    We support our pantries by funding, purchasing, collecting, and delivering food. We provide a forum for networking, coordination of services, education, and training for pantry staff and volunteers.

     

    History

    Our coalition was founded in 1979 by the Urban Ministries Fellowship, a committee of the Capital Area Council of Churches. We started with 10 member food pantries. In 1980, we sponsored our first food drive. That year, 16 food pantries served 15,472 people. Since then, we have grown substantially, as hunger has spread throughout the community we serve. Your support helps us provide food for 2.7 million meals annually to assist the hungry in the Capital District.Brian Kane

     

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019

    Open Mic with Kelly Maguire

    Open Mic with Kelly Maguire

    Voted one of the best Open Mics in the Capital Region! Full drum kit, lights and sound provided. All skill levels welcome, you never know who will show up! With a different guest host every week our Open Mic is always different and fun. Grab your instruments and come jam, every Thursday night at 8pm!

  • Friday, February 22, 2019

    Moon Boot Lover

    Moon Boot Lover

    9pm

    Moon Boot Lover brings an original high energy funk-rock-soul blend, with a dose of body moving dance grooves. Front man Peter Prince has performed and recorded with top talent including Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews), Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers), and many more – and is widely known for his distinctive voice, mastery of electric and acoustic guitar, and an extensive discography of original songs that have topped many fans 'all time favorites' lists. There has been a wide assortment of band members over the years, all heavy weight players in their own right, with the most recent line up, Reed Dieffenbach on drums, Tom Martin & Ben Carle sharing bass guitar duties & Sam Gilman on keyboards carrying the MBL torch lighting it up where ever they go!

  • Saturday, February 23, 2019

    Thee Mr.E Band

    Thee Mr.E Band

    Thee Mr. E Band is a rock and roll band playing music of the 60's and 70's. We are 4 pieces, guitar, organ, bass, and drums, with great harmonies

  • Sunday, February 24, 2019

    Sunday Sessions with Maurizio Russomanno

    Sunday Sessions with Maurizio Russomanno

    3-6pm
    Maurizio is an award-winning singer-songwriter currently living in his hometown of Troy, New York. He has played sold out shows at venues including the world-renowned Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York and opened major festival stages for artists such as Dar Williams.

     

    Maurizio grew up listening to a wide variety of music, from his mother’s bedtime Italian folk and opera songs, to his older brother Dominic’s rock albums (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Beach Boys, among others). This early exposure to such a wide range of music informed him well for the venues he would play years down the road.

     

    Over the course of almost three decades, Maurizio has performed in every type of venue imaginable, from the decorated to the unadorned. It is these varied venues and early childhood experiences that have given rise to Maurizio’s genre-breaking songs. On any given night, Maurizio will serve his audience well, drawing from a catalog that is as diverse as the venues he plays.

     

    Maurizio’s voice shows vulnerability and relaxed tenor that quickly draws the listener in. His guitar-playing style fills a space that bustles with percussive backbeats and well-timed melodic interplay.

     

    When writing a song, Maurizio explains: “I try to quiet down my mind and get to that place in my heart where I can just let my hand do the writing, as opposed to thinking about it too much. I then read what I have written as a revelation, as if somebody else had put down the words. “

     

    In 2012, Maurizio teamed up with producer James Gascoyne to begin crafting his first proper studio album, Before the Crowd. Maurizio’s love and loyalty to family meant recording vocals late into the night after helping with the care of his mother, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2008. The album is nothing short of a masterpiece and a true labor of love. Before the Crowd was released on September 26th, 2015 with a live performance at The Hangar in Troy, New York to celebrate its completion before a loyal fan base.

     

    In a 2016 interview with Joel Patterson of Mountaintop Studios, Maurizio spoke about playing from the heart: “When I play a song I try my best to do just that; to be playful and trust what my instincts tell me. Some nights are great some not so great, but I try not to hold onto the highs or the lows. I have wrestled with stage anxiety all my life and have recently come to terms with the fact it’s my ego wanting things to be perfect, but perfection doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a great performance. Focusing on playing perfect takes your mind away from the ultimate goal of putting forth a genuine performance. What we love many times are the imperfections, the stumbling and getting back up again. It’s real and it evokes emotion in the audience which is ultimately the job of any artist. “

    About the album ('Before the Crowd')

     

    Before the Crowd opens with Breathe, an ethereal sounding song that builds effortlessly, weaving beautiful, sparse piano and guitar interplay. The opening line ‘I went walking, along the river’s edge after the flood’ sets the tone of the entire album as a self-introspecting work. The majority of the album is in first person and serves well as a true to form confessional. To take a quote from Maurizio, “Many of the lyrics in the album may seem cliché but these are actual events that happened in my life. From being down to literally my last dime and walking along the river’s edge after my hometown of Troy, New York had experienced an historic flood.”

     

    Radio Waves, the fourth track on the album, is a meditation about his sister Grace. While sifting through some of the beautiful artwork and other materials she had sent home from Africa where she was serving in the Peace Corps, he came upon a book entitled “The Study of Radio Waves”. The combination of curiosity and the longing to see his sister one more time somehow coalesced around this random book. It struck Maurizio: radio waves are invisible and all around us, just like memories and the feeling of love. We can't physically touch these things and yet their presence can be experienced all around us. The proof is in the music we hear on the radio, a memory triggered by a sweet autumn day, and the euphoria of being in love. Radio Waves begins, “I’m gonna study radio waves – get myself closer to the truth – nobody lives in a vacuum but maybe if I can get closer to the inner workings of the invisible, I can find love”.

     

    My Sister Rose is the sixth track on the album. Although the song speaks directly to his sister, the message is universal: in breaking free of our limitations and accepting what we can't change. It's a call to squarely face our devils, find that elusive inner peace, and derive meaning in an impermanent life. The album as a whole would have been described as a confessional in a previous era and thematically wrestles with a yearning to go back, to try and regain what's been lost along the way. Ultimately the songs glow with a positive message: embrace the here and now.

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Sunday, March 3, 2019

    Sunday Sessions with Maurizio Russomanno

    Sunday Sessions with Maurizio Russomanno

    3-6pm
    Maurizio is an award-winning singer-songwriter currently living in his hometown of Troy, New York. He has played sold out shows at venues including the world-renowned Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York and opened major festival stages for artists such as Dar Williams.

     

    Maurizio grew up listening to a wide variety of music, from his mother’s bedtime Italian folk and opera songs, to his older brother Dominic’s rock albums (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Beach Boys, among others). This early exposure to such a wide range of music informed him well for the venues he would play years down the road.

     

    Over the course of almost three decades, Maurizio has performed in every type of venue imaginable, from the decorated to the unadorned. It is these varied venues and early childhood experiences that have given rise to Maurizio’s genre-breaking songs. On any given night, Maurizio will serve his audience well, drawing from a catalog that is as diverse as the venues he plays.

     

    Maurizio’s voice shows vulnerability and relaxed tenor that quickly draws the listener in. His guitar-playing style fills a space that bustles with percussive backbeats and well-timed melodic interplay.

     

    When writing a song, Maurizio explains: “I try to quiet down my mind and get to that place in my heart where I can just let my hand do the writing, as opposed to thinking about it too much. I then read what I have written as a revelation, as if somebody else had put down the words. “

     

    In 2012, Maurizio teamed up with producer James Gascoyne to begin crafting his first proper studio album, Before the Crowd. Maurizio’s love and loyalty to family meant recording vocals late into the night after helping with the care of his mother, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2008. The album is nothing short of a masterpiece and a true labor of love. Before the Crowd was released on September 26th, 2015 with a live performance at The Hangar in Troy, New York to celebrate its completion before a loyal fan base.

     

    In a 2016 interview with Joel Patterson of Mountaintop Studios, Maurizio spoke about playing from the heart: “When I play a song I try my best to do just that; to be playful and trust what my instincts tell me. Some nights are great some not so great, but I try not to hold onto the highs or the lows. I have wrestled with stage anxiety all my life and have recently come to terms with the fact it’s my ego wanting things to be perfect, but perfection doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a great performance. Focusing on playing perfect takes your mind away from the ultimate goal of putting forth a genuine performance. What we love many times are the imperfections, the stumbling and getting back up again. It’s real and it evokes emotion in the audience which is ultimately the job of any artist. “

    About the album ('Before the Crowd')

     

    Before the Crowd opens with Breathe, an ethereal sounding song that builds effortlessly, weaving beautiful, sparse piano and guitar interplay. The opening line ‘I went walking, along the river’s edge after the flood’ sets the tone of the entire album as a self-introspecting work. The majority of the album is in first person and serves well as a true to form confessional. To take a quote from Maurizio, “Many of the lyrics in the album may seem cliché but these are actual events that happened in my life. From being down to literally my last dime and walking along the river’s edge after my hometown of Troy, New York had experienced an historic flood.”

     

    Radio Waves, the fourth track on the album, is a meditation about his sister Grace. While sifting through some of the beautiful artwork and other materials she had sent home from Africa where she was serving in the Peace Corps, he came upon a book entitled “The Study of Radio Waves”. The combination of curiosity and the longing to see his sister one more time somehow coalesced around this random book. It struck Maurizio: radio waves are invisible and all around us, just like memories and the feeling of love. We can't physically touch these things and yet their presence can be experienced all around us. The proof is in the music we hear on the radio, a memory triggered by a sweet autumn day, and the euphoria of being in love. Radio Waves begins, “I’m gonna study radio waves – get myself closer to the truth – nobody lives in a vacuum but maybe if I can get closer to the inner workings of the invisible, I can find love”.

     

    My Sister Rose is the sixth track on the album. Although the song speaks directly to his sister, the message is universal: in breaking free of our limitations and accepting what we can't change. It's a call to squarely face our devils, find that elusive inner peace, and derive meaning in an impermanent life. The album as a whole would have been described as a confessional in a previous era and thematically wrestles with a yearning to go back, to try and regain what's been lost along the way. Ultimately the songs glow with a positive message: embrace the here and now.

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Sunday, March 10, 2019

    Second Sunday Bluegrass Jam

    Second Sunday Bluegrass Jam

    6pm
    Join us for Second Sunday Bluegrass Jam Sessions at The Rustic Barn! Hosted by Jeff Wasbes and Zack Cohen in a round robin style jam. Jeff and Zack will start us off with a few tunes then open the stage to lead their choice Bluegrass music, backed up by other pickers. 
    Second Sunday’s are for making new friends, sharing songs, playing and listening to blue grass and new-grass. All are welcome to join the Jam. Come prepared with your favorite songs and acoustic instruments.

  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019

    Open Mic with Brian Kane

    Open Mic with Brian Kane

    Voted one of the best Open Mics in the Capital Region! Full drum kit, lights and sound provided. All skill levels welcome, you never know who will show up! With a different guest host every week our Open Mic is always different and fun. Grab your instruments and come jam, every Thursday night at 8pm!

  • Sunday, March 24, 2019

    Sunday Sessions with Maurizio Russomanno

    Sunday Sessions with Maurizio Russomanno

    3-6pm
    Maurizio is an award-winning singer-songwriter currently living in his hometown of Troy, New York. He has played sold out shows at venues including the world-renowned Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York and opened major festival stages for artists such as Dar Williams.

     

    Maurizio grew up listening to a wide variety of music, from his mother’s bedtime Italian folk and opera songs, to his older brother Dominic’s rock albums (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Beach Boys, among others). This early exposure to such a wide range of music informed him well for the venues he would play years down the road.

     

    Over the course of almost three decades, Maurizio has performed in every type of venue imaginable, from the decorated to the unadorned. It is these varied venues and early childhood experiences that have given rise to Maurizio’s genre-breaking songs. On any given night, Maurizio will serve his audience well, drawing from a catalog that is as diverse as the venues he plays.

     

    Maurizio’s voice shows vulnerability and relaxed tenor that quickly draws the listener in. His guitar-playing style fills a space that bustles with percussive backbeats and well-timed melodic interplay.

     

    When writing a song, Maurizio explains: “I try to quiet down my mind and get to that place in my heart where I can just let my hand do the writing, as opposed to thinking about it too much. I then read what I have written as a revelation, as if somebody else had put down the words. “

     

    In 2012, Maurizio teamed up with producer James Gascoyne to begin crafting his first proper studio album, Before the Crowd. Maurizio’s love and loyalty to family meant recording vocals late into the night after helping with the care of his mother, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2008. The album is nothing short of a masterpiece and a true labor of love. Before the Crowd was released on September 26th, 2015 with a live performance at The Hangar in Troy, New York to celebrate its completion before a loyal fan base.

     

    In a 2016 interview with Joel Patterson of Mountaintop Studios, Maurizio spoke about playing from the heart: “When I play a song I try my best to do just that; to be playful and trust what my instincts tell me. Some nights are great some not so great, but I try not to hold onto the highs or the lows. I have wrestled with stage anxiety all my life and have recently come to terms with the fact it’s my ego wanting things to be perfect, but perfection doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a great performance. Focusing on playing perfect takes your mind away from the ultimate goal of putting forth a genuine performance. What we love many times are the imperfections, the stumbling and getting back up again. It’s real and it evokes emotion in the audience which is ultimately the job of any artist. “

    About the album ('Before the Crowd')

     

    Before the Crowd opens with Breathe, an ethereal sounding song that builds effortlessly, weaving beautiful, sparse piano and guitar interplay. The opening line ‘I went walking, along the river’s edge after the flood’ sets the tone of the entire album as a self-introspecting work. The majority of the album is in first person and serves well as a true to form confessional. To take a quote from Maurizio, “Many of the lyrics in the album may seem cliché but these are actual events that happened in my life. From being down to literally my last dime and walking along the river’s edge after my hometown of Troy, New York had experienced an historic flood.”

     

    Radio Waves, the fourth track on the album, is a meditation about his sister Grace. While sifting through some of the beautiful artwork and other materials she had sent home from Africa where she was serving in the Peace Corps, he came upon a book entitled “The Study of Radio Waves”. The combination of curiosity and the longing to see his sister one more time somehow coalesced around this random book. It struck Maurizio: radio waves are invisible and all around us, just like memories and the feeling of love. We can't physically touch these things and yet their presence can be experienced all around us. The proof is in the music we hear on the radio, a memory triggered by a sweet autumn day, and the euphoria of being in love. Radio Waves begins, “I’m gonna study radio waves – get myself closer to the truth – nobody lives in a vacuum but maybe if I can get closer to the inner workings of the invisible, I can find love”.

     

    My Sister Rose is the sixth track on the album. Although the song speaks directly to his sister, the message is universal: in breaking free of our limitations and accepting what we can't change. It's a call to squarely face our devils, find that elusive inner peace, and derive meaning in an impermanent life. The album as a whole would have been described as a confessional in a previous era and thematically wrestles with a yearning to go back, to try and regain what's been lost along the way. Ultimately the songs glow with a positive message: embrace the here and now.

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019

    Open Mic with Kelly Maguire

    Open Mic with Kelly Maguire

    Voted one of the best Open Mics in the Capital Region! Full drum kit, lights and sound provided. All skill levels welcome, you never know who will show up! With a different guest host every week our Open Mic is always different and fun. Grab your instruments and come jam, every Thursday night at 8pm!

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019

    Open Mic with Brian Kane

    Open Mic with Brian Kane

    Voted one of the best Open Mics in the Capital Region! Full drum kit, lights and sound provided. All skill levels welcome, you never know who will show up! With a different guest host every week our Open Mic is always different and fun. Grab your instruments and come jam, every Thursday night at 8pm!

  • Sunday, April 14, 2019

    Second Sunday Bluegrass Jam

    Second Sunday Bluegrass Jam

    6pm

    Join us for Second Sunday Bluegrass Jam Sessions at The Rustic Barn! Hosted by Jeff Wasbes and Zack Cohen in a round robin style jam. Jeff and Zack will start us off with a few tunes then open the stage to lead their choice Bluegrass music, backed up by other pickers. 
    Second Sunday’s are for making new friends, sharing songs, playing and listening to blue grass and new-grass. All are welcome to join the Jam. Come prepared with your favorite songs and acoustic instruments.

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019

    Open Mic with Kelly Maguire

    Open Mic with Kelly Maguire

    Voted one of the best Open Mics in the Capital Region! Full drum kit, lights and sound provided. All skill levels welcome, you never know who will show up! With a different guest host every week our Open Mic is always different and fun. Grab your instruments and come jam, every Thursday night at 8pm!

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019

    Open Mic with Brian Kane

    Open Mic with Brian Kane

    Voted one of the best Open Mics in the Capital Region! Full drum kit, lights and sound provided. All skill levels welcome, you never know who will show up! With a different guest host every week our Open Mic is always different and fun. Grab your instruments and come jam, every Thursday night at 8pm!

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

  • Thursday, May 30, 2019

    Open Mic with Kelly Maguire

    Open Mic with Kelly Maguire

    Voted one of the best Open Mics in the Capital Region! Full drum kit, lights and sound provided. All skill levels welcome, you never know who will show up! With a different guest host every week our Open Mic is always different and fun. Grab your instruments and come jam, every Thursday night at 8pm!

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    Trivia and Ladies Night

    7-9pm
    Come test your Brain skills with your favorite Trivia host Evan Lewis!  Free to play and prizes every round.  Wednesday night is also ladies night drink specials from 7- 9pm. 

Rustic Barn Pub

150 Speigletown Rd
Troy, NY 12182 518-235-5858

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