Washington Avenue Armory says it can host concerts again

Thumbnail image for Washington Ave Armory by upstateNYer

photo: CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia

The Washington Avenue Armory says it's reached an agreement with the city of Albany that will allow it to hold music events again.

The status of the Armory as a music venue has been uncertain since an incident in mid October in which Albany police say a crowd outside a foam party at the Armory became combative -- seven were arrested, and the APD said three officers were injured. There have also been complaints from neighbors about the crowds -- one person described the foam party situation as being like "the zombie apocalypse." [TU]

The new agreement includes a handful of changes to how the venue operates for music events, spokesman Michael Corts says. Among them:

+ A 2,100 limit on floor tickets. (The armory can hold 4,480 for music events -- so anything above the floor limit will have to be in the seats.)
+ Doors must open by 7 pm. Events must end by 1 am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. On other nights, they have to wrap up by midnight.
+ Changed entrance procedures and will call windows aimed at keeping more structured lines into the building.

Corts say the Armory talked with neighborhood groups and nearby businesses while working out the new rules with the city.

There had been some talk following the October incident that the Armory would require a cabaret license. Corts says it still isn't clear that if that's the case for concerts there. But: "If the city requires us to apply, we'll apply." [TU]

(We have a call in with the city's Office of Buildings & Regulatory Compliance about the situation. We'll update when we hear back.)

Corts says the first music event back on the slate is "Masquerave," which had been originally scheduled for October 26. It's now planned for this Friday. He says they're expecting almost 3,000 people for the event. (Many of the electronic music shows at the venue draw between 2,000-3,000, according to Corts.)

In all, Corts says four events were postponed or canceled -- and an unknown number went unbooked because of the situation. "The uncertainty has hurt us, but we're ready to go back full force."

Comments

I think its great that a compromise was worked out! This incredible building will survive only if it is kept busy, and young people need places to go other than house parties. It needs to be kept under control and hopefully this will meet everyone's needs.

I've been told that the people who manage the Coyne Box... that is, the "Times Union Center" were brought in to manage the Armory. I haven't seen that mentioned in any of the dead tree rags. Also, the new security staff at the Armory is non-union and paid substantially less. Does anybody know if this is true?

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

This week was brought to you by

This week was brought to you by some tulips coming up, a few snowflakes coming down & startups...starting up. It was also brought to you... (more)

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA: + The finalists for the AOA Startup Grant pitched their ideas to the judges,... (more)

Goodbye, bison

here are the loose bison surrounding my car earlier pic.twitter.com/PoWYsppyEK— Patrick Dodson (@patrickdodson) April 24, 2015 The Daily Gazette's Patrick Dodson captured the best photos... (more)

Albany red light camera program set to start soon

The city of Albany's red light camera system will start operating within the next two months, the Albany Police Department said Friday as part of... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

Ready, set... weekend. There is no shortage of things going on in the Capital Region this weekend. You may not have time to do them... (more)

Recent Comments

While I understand why they're saying there isn't enough demand, I also am positive I would use cabs more if they were even slightly more affordable and reliable. I have zero interest in using the taxis in Albany, and would rather alter my plans (if possible) than use their service. I feel like the cab companies are saying this is a demand issue, when really it's just a "I dislike you so much, I'd rather find ANY alternative to avoiding you" issue.

Albany red light camera program set to start soon

...has 5 comments, most recently from DC

Capital Region birthday freebies

...has 40 comments, most recently from Marty

"If Uber came here they would not be happy..."

...has 19 comments, most recently from JJ

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 4 comments, most recently from nicole k

Spring plant sales 2015

...has 6 comments, most recently from Megan m