Passion Pit, Matt & Kim at RPI Field House

passion pit matt and kim rpi field house

Try guessing which one is the RPI Field House.

Two bits of concert news:

1. Passion Pit -- along with Matt & Kim -- will be back in town for a show February 11. Tickets are $35 ahead, $38 day. They go on sale this Friday. (Passion Pit played Upstate Concert Hall this past April, Matt & Kim played Pearl Palooza.)

2. The show will be at RPI's Houston Field House. The arena was renovated recently as part of RPI's upgrade of its athletic facilities. And it sounds like it's back in circulation for concerts. Step Up Presents, which is promoting the Passion Pit/Matt & Kim show, says in the press release that it hopes to use the facility for more events in the future.

The field house has a long a history of hosting all sorts of events. At one time it apparently even earned the nickname "the Madison Square Garden of Upstate New York". It was once a major concert venue area for the area. And it's hosted a few concerts in recent years -- including Girl Talk in 2010. (Was that the last show there? We're sure someone here knows...)

Bonus bit: Here's a clip on YouTube of what's described as a 1978 Emerson, Lake, and Palmer show at the field house. Man.

photos: Passion Pit - Justin Borucki; Matt & Kim - Jonathan Mannion; Houston Field House - RPI

Comments

That Emerson, Lake, Palmer concert was on February 6, 1978 - the night of the great Blizzard of '78 that absolutely buried New York and Boston. The Capital District didn't get it that bad was it was still a heck of a snow storm. I was sitting about half way up in the far right corner, actually behind the bank of speakers. It was like being on stage with them. Really all you had to do was breathe the air and .... never mind. Great concert. No one minded driving home in a blizzard. Man.

The spring of '93 brought two, epic shows to the Capital District. Well, more, actually but these two stand out in my mind. 1) The Replacements at The Palace, which on the last leg of their farewell tour. Amazing show, amazing crowd. That part of town: not so amazing in '93. 2) Jane's Addiction at the RPI field house. I think I sat in roughly the same seats as Buckeye, and had a similar, um, "atmospheric" experience. We weren't behind the stage, but very oblique to stage right. That place ROCKED that night.

Another snow storm around 1988...

45 -60 minutes of happy noodling from a newcomer called Fairport Convention.

10 minutes of shuffling stuff around in the darkness.

Suddenly, a white-hot spotlight on a figure stage left, on the floor...

"Let me bring you Songs from the Wood,
to make you feel much better that you could know"

Indeed

Oh, I used to think my second home was the concerts at RPI back in the 80's.... Iron Maiden! Metallica! Tesla! Aerosmith! Poison! Cinderella! AC/DC! Queensryche! Oh, so many other wonderful great nights!

Hopefully they invested in some acoustic engineering, the arena sound like the Knick/TUC, was dreadful...
That said, amazing acts regularly came through like no other place this side of the Mohawk has yet to challenge..
Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Chili Peppers triple bill!!!
Jane's Addiction
Beastie Boys
Public Enemy
Even The Clash which i still don't understand how I missed .. maybe because I was 13??

Good for them and us!

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