Saturday, March 28, 2015

April in Paris, Friday 4/24

Spring Buffet, Wine Tasting, Wine Pull and Raffle


Celebrate spring and support the University Club Foundation with a scrumptious spring buffet, a wine pull, or both!

The University Club Foundation will host April in Paris on Friday, April 24 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Mark Brogna of Capital Wine & Spirits on Lark Street in Albany is lining up a tasting featuring fine French wines – reds, whites and ros├ęs. The tasting is included in the price of the spring buffet.

At the Wine Pull station, everyone’s a winner – for a $20 ticket, guests will pull a bottle with a value of up to $100. Raffle tickets will also be available during the evening for $5 each, and guests may enter drawings for collectible wines and other seasonal prizes.

April in Paris is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, and one need not be a member of the Club to attend. The cost for the spring buffet and tasting is $30 and includes tax and gratuity, beverages are additional. The tasting will be held from 5:30 – 6:30, the buffet from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., and the wine pull and raffle will take place at 8:30 p.m.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling the University Club at 518-463-1151. Tickets may also be purchased online. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation. The Foundation was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building and property, its neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

1st Friday with Geo Doody - 4/3

Join your friends and neighbors as the U Club welcomes back one of our favorite performers from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3.

Geo is a versatile artist whose solo shows can go from an intimate performance to a house rocking one-man band.

Vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Geo has been performing professionally for 30 years. His experience at entertaining audiences of all ages shines through the minute he hits the stage. Geo plays the music from the 1940s to today, a mix of Rock, Pop, R&B, Irish Pub Standards and Special Occasion Songs.

Geo can be seen working with other performers such as Johnny Rabb and Graham Tichy. When he's not on stage Geo teaches elementary school music as well as private lessons.

Dinner will be served until 9:00 p.m., please call 518-463-1151 for reservations. The performance is free and open to the public as part of the University Club’s participation in 1st Friday, the arts walk that showcases the lively art scene in downtown Albany.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

SAVE THE DATE! 5th Annual Pinkster Celebration 5/29

University Club of Albany Foundation Hosts Fifth Annual Pinkster Celebration:
“An Evening with Beth Wood” 



In the spring of 1811, the Albany Common Council banned Pinkster Day celebrations because of “rioting and drunkenness.” The resolution read, in part, “No person shall … collect in numbers … with or without any music under a penalty of ten dollars or confinement in jail.” Two centuries later, in an effort to revive a tradition from Albany’s past, members of the University Club petitioned the Common Council to repeal the prohibition. The Pinkster ban was lifted on May 16, 2011.

On Friday, May 29, the Club will welcome singer-songwriter Beth Wood for a concert as part of the 5th Annual Pinkster Celebration at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany.

Beth Wood, based in Eugene, Oregon, is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for sixteen years. Beth’s music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy.

The Club’s first Pinkster Celebration featured readings from four centuries of scholarly and popular publications documenting the people and places of New York’s capital city. In 2012, the University Club Foundation was delighted to welcome Albany’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning author, William Kennedy. The featured speaker for 2013 was Stefan Bielinski, the director of the Colonial Albany History Project. Last year, award-winning journalist and author Paul Grondahl discussed his latest book, These Exalted Acres: Unlocking the Secrets of Albany Rural Cemetery.

The 2015 Pinkster Celebration will feature a cocktail reception with light fare and cash bar from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., followed by the concert by Beth Wood.

Two levels of tickets are available for the Pinkster Celebration with Beth Wood: $25 per person for General Admission or $50 per person for Preferred Seating. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the University Club at 518-463-1151 or tickets may be purchased online.

Proceeds from the event benefit the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 corporation, and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend. The Foundation was formed to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

1st Friday with Jeff Strange - 3/6

On Friday, March 6, Jeff Strange returns to the University Club to help us begin our rigorous St. Patrick's Day Parade Training! We'll be Shamrockin' the night away!

A founding member of internationally-known Irish folk band Donnybrook Fair and longtime member of The Newports, Jeff is known for his on-stage patter and energetic performances incorporating a broad selection of Irish, rock and original music.

Jeff will play in the Grille Room from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. The performance is free and dinner will be served until 9:00 p.m., please call 518-463-1151 for reservations. Seating is limited and Jeff is very popular - call ahead to avoid disappointment!

On the first Friday of each month, as part of the University Club’s celebration of 1st Friday, one need not be a member to enjoy live music, dinner and dancing in the Grille Room, dress is casual, and cash and major credit cards are accepted. Come be a part of the downtown arts walk that showcases Albany's thriving and lively art scene!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

1st Friday with Mother Judge & Friends -2/6

Americana alt-folk diva Caroline MotherJudge and friends are coming back to the U. Club! Here's what Mother Judge had to say about a previous appearance ...

"Join us in one of our favorite rooms for 'Songs to Make you Want to Sing & Dance.' Great food & fellowship at the historic University Club, the jewel in the midtown Albany crown. Support First Friday! Get out, get some culture, see old friends and enjoy the season with something a bit more relaxing. See you there!"

On the first Friday of each month, the University Club celebrates the arts and culture in Albany by serving as a 1st Friday venue, with free live music from 8 - 10 p.m. One need not be a member to enjoy music, dinner and dancing in the Grille Room, dress is casual, and cash and major credit cards are accepted. Call 518-463-1151 to reserve a table for dinner, served until 9 p.m.



Mardi Gras with The Dylan Perrillo Orchestra! 2/13


In 1996, the Krewe of Beverwyck hosted its inaugural Mardi Gras Party in Albany. 


Now, two decades later, the Krewe is moving their celebration to the University Club of Albany. On Friday, February 13, the Krewe of Beverwyck will present A Mardi Gras Celebration to Raise the Roof at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street.

The Mardi Gras Celebration to Raise the Roof will feature a cocktail reception from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. with traditional New Orleans party food – red beans and rice, shrimp remoulade, muffalettas – and cash bar. Drink specials, music and decorations will transport guests to the French Quarter, and costumes and masks are strongly encouraged.

At 7:00 p.m., guests will be invited to the dining room for a special concert by the Dylan Perillo Orchestra, a colorful ensemble celebrating the beginnings of jazz with arrangements from the early 20th century. An eight piece band with lots of horns, woodwinds, bass, guitar and drums, their influences include everything from Billie Holiday to Louis Armstrong, Al Bowlly to Annette Hanshaw, Coleman Hawkins to Lester Young, and the contemporary artists that continue this tradition.

During the concert, the King Cake will be served, and the Krewe of Beverwyck’s King and Queen for 2015 will be revealed!

Two levels of tickets are available for the Mardi Gras Celebration to Raise the Roof: $25 per person for General Admission or $40 per person for preferred Cabaret Seating with table service during the concert. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the University Club at 518-463-1151 or tickets may be purchased online.

Proceeds from the event benefit the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 corporation, and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend. The Foundation is in the final push of their Raise the Roof campaign to raise money to make critically-needed repairs to the historic University Club building so it may continue to serve as a venue for the arts in the community. The Foundation has more than $90,000 in its lock box to begin repairs in the spring, some 88% of its goal.

The Foundation was formed to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901. Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

1st Friday with Russ Kennedy - Jan. 2, 2015

Pick up a copy of Russ' new CD "You Only Have to Be..."
- just $5 while they last!
Whew! We made it to 2015! Join us on 1st Friday to recharge your batteries with singer-songwriter Russ Kennedy.

Back by popular demand, Russ has been entertaining for over 30 years, playing to audiences in many pubs, restaurants and country clubs in the Capital District and beyond. Russ's rich vocals and strong guitar playing make up his trademark sound.

Russ has performed alongside “The Wanderer” Dion Dimucci, Don McLean, Aztec Two Step and Mick Avory of the Kinks. He brings his own style and sound to many of your favorite songs.

Since March, 2009, the University Club has helped to celebrate the arts and culture in Albany by serving as a 1st Friday venue, with free live music from 8 - 10 p.m. One need not be a member to enjoy music, dinner and dancing in the Grille Room, dress is casual, and cash and major credit cards are accepted. Call 518-463-1151 to reserve a table for dinner, served until 9 p.m.