Venues Of Note
Our home base and favorite bar in the area. The promoter at this club, Shane Spillenger, is truly one of the good guys in this business that took a chance on us very early on. He books awesome touring bands (I’ve seen Cold War Kids, Portugal The Man, the Features, Bad Books, and many more there recently), and the bar owner Mike and his staff are some of the friendliest and most enthusiastic about live music that I’ve ever seen. It feels like home to walk into this bar. And there’s this dish they make with gnocchi…I can’t even start because you don’t have three days to read about how good it is. Just trust me. Go.
The big rock club in town, Upstate Concert Hall is an absolute cornerstone of the music community in our area. Owner/promoter Ted Etoll has been the longest standing music promoter in the area and he always brings a crazy wide array of music to town. We’ve been playing here since we were 14-years-old and I’m fairly certain almost every great band to come out of the last 20 years has played here at least once.
One of the things I love the most about living in this area is the sense of community, and the HRMH’s owner Jonathan Newell embodies that sense of community. He’s gone out of his way to make sure the area has another great room for touring and local musicians of all ages and genre to come together. An intimate space, a community-run vibe, and a genuinely awesome owner/operator.
The best place to eat a burrito in the fine state of New York. Open till 1 a.m. most nights, they serve all the deliciousness you could ever desire plus all the tequila that’ll make you regret your decisions. A free giant-ass margarita on your birthday also doesn’t hurt the case for Bombers one bit. A word of advice: You want the Veggie Chik’n Nugget Burrito with barbecue sauce. Just trust me. If you don’t like it, I’ll eat my beard. But only after I’m done finishing your half-eaten burrito.
More often than not, if you’re playing in Saratoga, the party doesn’t stop when the show is over. In that case, go to the City Tavern. Four floors of ridiculousness with a great rooftop bar during the warmer months. There’s a floor for every kind of drunk you might want to be. Ladies present? Go dance with them on the fourth floor. Just wanna relax after a long night? Third floor has couches and kickback space. Open till 4 a.m., and it’s a great place to watch other people make fools of themselves. Useful Tip: Those four flights of stairs definitely hurt to fall down. Take my word for it.