ALBANY — An evening of live music hardly goes without a good after-party, and that’s what will happen after Pearlpalooza on Saturday, September 17.
Luka State is due to headline a bill at Empire Underground immediately following the festivities outside at 7 p.m. Bad Mothers and Micky James are due to start the after party once Phantogram leaves the outdoor stage.
The indoor show complements the annual end-of-summer block party downtown. Where Phantogram is set to play something out of the ordinary with a DJ set scheduled to close out Pearlpalooza, The Luke State will turn off the lights with a full set of original music.
“We can’t wait to play Pearlpalooza,” Josh Carter shared on social media in a video from Los Angeles last week. It’s not uncommon for him and Sarah Barthel to appear in front of a crowd behind the turntable. There are videos circulating on YouTube with crowds of workers in California. “We’re going to shoot experimental… kinda mix all kinds of different tracks for you guys. Get ready to have fun.
The four guys from Cheshier, England are on the North American leg of their tour in support of a second album due out later this year. Released in May, “Bring Us Down” has an anthemic punk energy that is familiar to football fans. In addition to frequent game times at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United FC, the energetic vibe of Luka State can also be found in football video games.
“Touring all over North America is a dream come true for a northern working class band like us,” the band said in a statement. “Growing up, we listened to a lot of rock ‘n’ roll and American punk, so having the opportunity to play in the same venues as our childhood heroes is crazy.
“Really excited to take Micky James on the road with us too. The guy grew up with the Beatles, just like us too… America. Bring him on!”
Born and raised in the shadows of Philadelphia and New York, Micky James developed a taste for theater and is said to have aspired to become a performer from an early age. In his music and personal style, James explores a nostalgic sound and aesthetic of 60s and 70s glam rock while maintaining a contemporary pop ambition.
Bad Mothers are a dirty rock band from Albany, heralded for their consistently hard-hitting performances. They still put on a solid performance on stage and came close to opening Pearlpalooza not once, but twice. Signed to Almost Never Dead under exclusive license to Black Country Rock, Rose Record Label Group, the band now reaches the primetime section of the show.
Phantogram is scheduled to take the stage at 6 p.m. This will be the culminating act which will include musical talents BattleaXXX, Precious Metals, The Kaleidoscope Kid and Whole Damn Mess.
Remarkable Liquids presents Pearlpalooza 2022 as a free event on North Pearl Street between Sheridan and Pine Streets. The one-day event begins with YogaPalooza, displayed in front of the stage at 11 a.m.
YogaPalooza, presented by MVP Health Care, is the Capital District’s only street-wide mass yoga gathering returning for its sixth year! Hot Yoga Spot instructors lead a free one-hour yoga class for all levels from the stage. It is presented in association with The Hot Yoga Spot, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Best Fitness and the Renaissance Albany Hotel. To participate, register at thehotyogaspot.com.
The music starts soon after with local, hard-rock trio BattleaXXX at noon.
Straight out of Albany, BattleaXXX is said to take its pleasure very seriously. As Nippertown.com puts it, “BattleaXXX will surprise, shock and delight you; the sassy, catchy tunes and over-the-top clever lyrics will follow you around for days afterward, keeping you coming back again and again.
The music continues with another power-punch from Troy, Precious Metals, at 1:30 p.m. Precious Metals is a solo initiative of singer-songwriter J Lee White. The high-energy alternative rock sound features an ongoing cast of contributors, drawing inspiration from the emo explosion of the early 2000s and the indie rock revival of the 2010s.
Arizona newcomer The Kaleidoscope Kid will take the stage at 3 p.m., with work from his self-titled debut album Suburban Noize Records. Blending counterculture music with his broad musical and personal appeal, The Kaleidoscope Kid is a gifted songwriter, artist, and designer.
And as the shadows begin to descend, Whole Damn Mess will begin playing at 4:30 p.m. Whole Damn Mess packs a punch with their unbridled energy and songwriting talent. The Los Angeles band – Don Miggs, C. Todd Nielsen, Lawrence Katz and Greg Hansen – forge an instant connection through familiar rock and roll sounds and anthems.
$5 event parking is available at ParkAlbany’s Riverfront, Quackenbush and Green-Hudson Garages, just blocks from the action! To learn more, visit downtownalbany.org/parking.
PearlPalooza 2022 is presented by Remarkable Liquids, in association with WEQX, Sugar Productions, Downtown Albany BID, O’Connell & Aronowitz, Silver Therapeutics, Albany Parking Authority, MVP Health Care, Albany Distilling Company, Best Fitness, The Renaissance Albany Hotel, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown, Empire Live, The Hot Yoga Spot and The City of Albany.