Items tagged with 'TU Center'
The NCAA announced the sites for its 2019-2022 tournaments Tuesday and the Times Union Center was awarded two events:
+ The TU Center will host a women's basketball region March 29-April 1, 2019. (It's also hosting a regional in 2018.)
+ And the arena will be a site for the first and second round of the men's basketball tournament in March 19 and 21 in 2020.
Getting these sorts tournaments to return to Albany has been a longtime goal for the TU Center's management and local officials. Some of the aspects of the Albany Capital Center -- specifically the high-ceiling multi-purpose room, which can hold three full-size practice basketball courts -- were designed with this goal in mind. The hope has been that adding the Capital Center to the mix, along with the atrium upgrade project, would make Albany a more competitive site.
The last time the NCAA men's basketball tournament was in Albany was in 2003, when the then-Pepsi Arena hosted the east regional. (That was the same year Syracuse -- out of the east bracket -- won the national championship.)
The duo has had some hugely popular songs over the past year or so. Among those hits is "Closer," which hit #1 on charts around the world and the video for which has racked more than 1 billion views on Youtube.
That sort of success has spun out articles such as "Chainsmokers: How Hard-Partying EDM Dudes Conquered the Mainstream" and "Why Is the Chainsmokers' "Closer" the Biggest Song in the Country?"
Also on the bill for the TU Center show: Kiiara, K?D featuring Emily Warren.
* That's one of the higher starting-at tickets prices around here that we can remember. Just looking up some other shows for comparison: The upcoming, multiple-sold-out Garth Brooks shows at the TU Center were $65.73. And the Bruce Springsteen show a the TU Center last year was $58 and up.
photo via The Chainsmokers Facebook
Two concert announcements Monday morning...
As it happens, the TU Center show will be the first stop on Mayer's new tour. "Each concert on the tour will be comprised of full band, solo acoustic and John Mayer Trio sets of music."
Openers for the show: Nathaniel Ratelieff and The Night Sweats.
The royalty of Leon were last at SPAC in 2014.
photo via Kings of Leon Facebook
Here are the dates: March 10, 11, and 12. Tickets are $65.73.
It sounds like there was an online crush to get the tickets this morning, but the TU Center was telling people Friday morning tickets were still available, and encouraging them to keep trying to get through.
The show is an extension of Kanye's Saint Pablo Tour. He was last here for a show at the TUC in 2014.
Both headliners grew out of the huge hip hop hotbed of Atlanta. T.I.'s sold millions of records and won multiple Grammys, and has recently started popping up in a bunch of movies. And Gucci Mane's been an influential presence while collaborating with a bunch of different artists. (See also this NYT article from this past summer about his efforts to get sober and healthy during a stint in prison.)
photo via T.I. FB page
The renovation of the atrium of the Times Union Center officially started Wednesday. (There was a ceremonial sledgehammering of some concrete steps.) Maybe you've noticed the construction work -- and the narrowing of Pearl Street -- there recently. That's what the activity's been about.
The $19.6 million project will enclose the atrium along Pearl Street to make it usable for events all four seasons, expand the mezzanine space, reconfigure the stairs and escalators, and upgrade the bathrooms. Also: The design includes a large vertical sheet of falling water and new digital billboards on the exterior.
The north side of the atrium is currently the focus of the construction work. The plan is to have it ready by next spring, along with the new streetscape, and then switch the focus to the south side. The arena will be open during the work.
The renovation is part of the larger overall plan to connect the Empire State Plaza, the new Albany Capital Center on Eagle Street, and the TU Center into a chain of spaces that can be used for events both small and very large (the NCAA men's basketball tournament, for example). The convention center is scheduled to be ready in March of next year, and the walkway connecting all three venues will also be enclosed by then.
Here are renderings, along with a few construction pics from Wednesday, if you're curious...
This is happening: A music tour called "I Love the 90's" is coming to the TU Center December 1. Tickets go on sale the general public this Friday (July 22) -- they're $56 and up.
The lineup for the tour consists of R&B acts from the 90s. And instead of just listing the lineup, we figured we'd have a little fun. Here are lyrics from each of the acts -- and we'll let you guess. (It shouldn't be hard if you're, uh, a certain age.)
+ "All right stop, Collaborate and listen"
+ "Coolin' by day then at night working up a sweat / C'mon girls, let's go show the guys that we know / How to become number one in a hot party show"
+ "I wanna rock right now /I'm _____ and I came to get down / I'm not internationally known / But I'm known to rock the microphone"
+ "Oh girl I think I love you I'm always thinkin' of you / I want you to know I do it all 4 love"
+ "As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death / I take a look at my life and realize there's none left / 'Cause I've been brassing and laughing so long that / Even my mamma thinks that my mind is gone"
+ "Workin' all week / 9 to 5 for my money / So when the weekend comes / I go get live with the honeys"
Lineup's after the jump.
Check it out: The Albany All Stars and The Hellions of Troy will be facing off at the TU Center on June 4. It's the first time the two local roller derby orgs will go at it against each other on the track.
There is, of course, some history here. Back in 2008 the Albany All Stars Roller Derby had its first official bout at the Washington Ave Armory. And it was successful, drawing thousands of people. But later that year there was a derby schism and the Hellions of Troy broke off into their own org. Since then the two derby orgs have been operating in parallel here.
The bout at the TU Center will be a home game for the All Stars.
Doors open at 6 pm, the first whistle is at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 / $5 for kids 12 and under.
There will be music from Diva & the Dirty Boys, along with activities and a raffle. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Food Pantries of the Capital District. A non-perishable food item will get you entered in a drawing for a prize.
Shelton's fame, of course, has also grown even bigger in recent years because of his spot as a judge on The Voice. (And he always seems to be showing up on the front of the tabs in the supermarket checkout aisle...)
TU Center concerts
There are a bunch of big pop music and comedy concerts lined up for the TU Center this year. Here's the schedule so far:
Schumer's star has been steadily rising. A few years back her stand-up act was getting a lot of press, then her Comedy Central show got strong reviews. And then last year she starred in the film Trainwreck, which she wrote (and Judd Apatow directed) -- it brought in almost $140 million at the box office.
Her appearances here in Albany have tracked that path: a sold-out show at The Egg in 2013, a show at The Palace in 2014, and now the TU Center.
photo via Amy Schumer FB page
Cage the Elephant was last through here in the summer of 2014 (for a show at UCH). They're touring in support of a new album out this past December that was produced by the Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
Also announced today: Lynyrd Skynyrd, with Peter Frampton, June 3 at the TU Center. Tickets on sale this Friday, March 18.
photo: Ira Chernova
Gaffigan has appeared on something close to every TV show, both scripted and talk, either as a star, recurring character, or guest. And movies. And commercials. And his own comedy specials. His comedy tends to be observational stuff about everyday life things, like Hot Pockets.
A few years back, Gaffigan played a show at Proctors and it sold out. So, this show will probably be popular.
photo via Jim Gaffigan FB page
The lineup for the tour includes a bunch of comics who have been all over TV and movies: Cedric 'The Entertainer', Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, and Charlie Murphy.
Dead & Company -- featuring Grateful Dead members Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, and Bob Weir -- will be making a stop at the TU Center October 29. Tickets go on sale this Friday (August 28) -- they're $50 and up.
The lineup for this tour is being filled out by John Mayer (yep, that John Mayer), along with bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. Mayer has apparently been playing with members of the group since this past spring.
The show at the TU Center is the first stop on the group's 10-date tour. Other stops include Madison Square Garden (both dates already sold out), Philadelphia, DC, Worcester, San Francsico, and LA.
This will be Hart's second appearance at the TU Center -- he was also there back in 2012.
Live Nation advertises on AOA.
photo via Kevin Hart Twitter
You might have heard: Paul McCartney is playing a show at the TU Center July 5. Tickets go on sale April 14 at 10 am (there's also a presale via registration at McCartney's site) -- the price range is $39.60 to $269.90.
McCartney is now 71 years old. It's been 50 years since he and the rest of the Beatles first came to the US -- their famous appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show that year is said to have been watched by 73 million people (about 40 percent of the US population at the time).
McCartney's tours continue to be very popular. His tour last year was the 16th highest grossing, according to Billboard -- $69.6 million on just 21 shows (with tickets sold at just a bit under 100 percent capacity).
The TU Center had been touting this show as "the biggest event to come to Albany in the past decade," setting up the announcement for a press conference with local officials. And local media outlets were all buzzing about it Tuesday morning. That was especially so after mention of the date popped up on an "unofficial fan site" Facebook page for the McCartney tour, winning the FB page links from a bunch of outlets citing it as the official tour site.
As it happens, it appears that "fan page" FB page is a front for a ticket brokerage and SEO company.
photo: Paul McCartney FB
Announced this morning: Bruce Springsteen is set to play the TU Center May 13. Tickets go on sale this Friday (February 14) -- the price range is $38-$121.
The show in Albany will be with the E Street Band, as you'd probably expect. Springsteen has been touring in support of his new album, High Hopes.
The Boss last played Albany in 2012 at the TU Center.
By the way: This is shaping up to be a year of big-name concerts at the arena. Among the shows this year: Kanye West (February 19),
Justine Justin Timberlake (July 16), and Bruno Mars (July 20).
Live Nation advertises on AOA.
photo via Bruce Springsteen FB
Pop star Bruno Mars is set to play a show at the TU Center July 20. Tickets go on sale February 3 -- they're $43 and up.
Mars is one of the biggest pop acts currently in circulation. His most recent album hit #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. He's had five #1 singles. He pulled off the rare host-and-perform on SNL. He's nominated for song of the year and record of the year at this year's Grammys. And he's playing the Super Bowl halftime show this year.
The opener for the July 20 show at the TU Center is Aloe Blacc.
Live Nation advertises on AOA.
photo: Kai Z Feng via Bruno Mars website
Just announced: Kanye West will play a show at the Times Union Center February 19. Tickets go on sale this Friday (January 10) at 10 am -- they're $49.50 and up.
The Albany stop is part of two-week tour through the Northeast, an extension of his tour for Yeezus. It's a solo tour.
There's a strong argument to be made that West is the biggest figure in pop culture now (it's gotta be him or Beyonce) -- because of his music, his public persona, his relationship. It's not every day/every year/every decade someone like that makes a stop in the Capital Region.
photo via Kanye West FB
Back in the late 1990s if you had predicted that Justin Timberlake -- the guy from 'N Sync with the frosted tips who broke up with Britney Spears -- would end up being a hugely successful solo musical act and actor in 2013, it would have seemed unlikely. The trajectory post-boy band rarely takes such a successful direction. Yet here he is. And Timberlake has even ended up with a public persona that's kinda funny and likable.
photo via Justin Timberlake FB page
Through some sort of wrinkle in time, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, and 98º have been transported from the 90s to the present day and will be at the Times Union Center August 1 for a show. Tickets for this time travel event go on sale to the general public February 23 -- they're $29.50 and up.
Unfortunately -- and somewhat mysteriously given what little is known about time travel -- the transport from an earlier decade has aged the members of the three groups. When NKOTB emerged from the wormhole, reportedly it was as 40something men. And Nick Lachey was talking about how he excited he is to be dating Jessica Simpson.
Sadly, Marky Mark didn't make it through the wormhole. Please join the Funky Bunch and Donnie Wahlberg in a moment of silence.
Oh, and their fans? Haven't aged a day.
Live Nation advertises on AOA.
The June 2013 Tour will come in support of Andrea Bocelli's upcoming release Passione which will be released on January 29, 2013 along with a brand new PBS television special of the samename in March 2013. Passione is a lush collection of Mediterranean love songs featuring duets with global pop stars Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado, and the late Edith Piaf.
Is it too much to hope for an Edith Piaf hologram?
The show at the TU Center will probably sell out. And the upper end of the ticket price range is $353. Over at Nippertown, Greg notes some context for that price.
Speaking of shows the PBS crowd is totally stoked about: "The Tenors" will be at the Palace May 4. Tickets start at $39.50 -- they go on sale to the public February 9. The quartet currently has the #1 album on the Billboard classical chart. Also: obligatory PBS special.
Speaking of the Billboard classical chart: The current #2 album on the list is from Lindsey Stirling, who's playing at Upstate Concert Hall March 20. Of course, Stirling isn't really "classical" in the classical sense, other than the fact that she plays a violin -- she's famous for incorporating dubstep and playing covers of video game music.
On the subject of old English rock stars: Peter Frampton is playing the Palace February 10.
Earlier on AOA: The Capital Region as retro music land
Update: The drawing's closed. The winner has been emailed!
Young Zoé is bored; her parents, distant and apathetic, ignore her. Her life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world - the world of Quidam - where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.
You know, through acrobatics and improbable flexibility.
The promoters of the show have offered us a pair of tickets to the first night performance on Wednesday at 7:30 pm -- and we'd like to offer them to you. To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:
What local situation or place is a circus?
Think broadly -- it could be anything crazy good or crazy bad. Example: the checkout lines at the supermarket ahead of an icy, snowy apocalypse. We'll draw one winner at random from the comments.
Cirque du Soleil's "Quidam" will be at the TU Center Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets start at $30.50.
Important: All comments must be submitted by 9 am on Tuesday (September 27, 2011) to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by noon on Tuesday and must respond by 6 pm that same day.
Part ice resurfacing machine, part intermission entertainment, it's no wonder everyone loves the Zamboni.
I had the chance to talk with Kevin Appler, a Zamboni driver for the Times Union Center, this week at an Albany Devils game. And I learned quite a bit: how the Zamboni works, how someone gets a job as a driver, and the fact that Zambonis don't really have brakes...
The NHL's New Jersey Devils officially announced today that they're moving their minor league affiliate in Lowell, Massachusetts to Albany and the TU Center. (The River Rats scurried off to North Carolina earlier this year.)
The new team name: the Albany Devils. That's the logo on the right.
We're now wondering what the mascot will be. Buzzy Beelezubub? Dev the Devil? Pitchfork Pete? The parent club's mascot is the creatively named...N.J. Devil.
This is the second time New Jersey's had a team based here -- the Rats had been their minor league team for 13 seasons, ending in 2006.
Earlier on AOA: Rowdy the Rat goes searching for a new home
This could be fun: the TU Center is holding open ice skating sessions February 16-18 (that's next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). There will be three sessions a day:
- 12 pm - 2 pm
- 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
- 5 pm - 7pm
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 12 and under. (The tickets will only be sold day of.) Skate rental is $5. If you print out this flyer, you can park in the TUC garage for $3.
More info: 487-2000.
Ford takes shot at Gillibrand and Schumer, TU Center turns profit, second ESP man caver sentenced, Phillip Livingston school up for sale
Harold Ford was in Albany yesterday to make the rounds at the Capitol and ESP -- and take shots at both Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer. Ford said on Talk 1300 that both senators were elected to be independent and not act like a "parakeet" for for the Democratic Party. A Gillibrand spokesman shot back: "The notion that [Ford] is independent is completely contrived." Said one legislative intern to the TU after meeting Ford on the ESP concourse: "He should really look into getting a New York accent." [AP/Troy Record] [NYO] [NYDN] [NYT] [TU]
David Paterson said yesterday that his potential gubernatorial campaign opponents shouldn't be hiding in the "candidate protection program." [NYDN]
Annoyed that the governor keeps calling them back for special sessions, the legislature has decided to just not adjourn -- basically blocking more special sessions. [Daily Politics]
Albany County announced that the Times Union Center, which it owns, turned a profit of almost $1.8 million last year -- up from about $900k the year before. That's the second-highest profit in the facility's 20-year history (not adjusted for inflation). [Albany County] [TU]