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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Rock on at The Linda with The Hold Steady. Or, where are you, college kids?

You've heard of The Hold Steady if you're hip to music or, as in my case, married to someone who is.

When The Linda, WAMC's music hall in downtown Albany, announced it would be hosting The Hold Steady, my husband thought it would be fun to go, and I thought it would be fun to make him happy. We were only a wee bit wary about the warning: this would be a standing room only performance.

We were both right, on all counts. It was fun, even though the only seats in sight were for the keyboardist on stage and the sound tech way in the rear of the room. We claimed two places up against the back wall so we could listen and lean.

The Linda is a rehabbed bank building with remnants of its past life in the high ceiling and tall, arched windows. It would be like going into the Adirondack and finding the teller windows gone and a stage in place of the safety deposit boxes vaults.

One thing we wondered is where are all the kids. Here was a $20 concert on a Wednesday night in downtown Albany, with maybe 30,000 college kids within a 10-mile radius. Or is The Linda just one of Albany's best kept secrets?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

College kids don't go to live music anymore. They do ecstasy and dance to electronic music and (even worse) hip hop.

April 12, 2010 at 4:18 PM 

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