ALBANY, NY — On Feb. 25, the Albany Capital Center (ACC) successfully hosted its first-ever concert, accommodating a sold-out crowd of 3,856 to see the Dropkick Murphys. The concert marked the punk band’s second stop on its St. Patrick’s Day Tour, and included two special guests: New York hardcore icons Agnostic Front and Boston ska pioneers Bim Skala Bim.
“We were pleased with the response from attendees as well as the band’s promoter,” says Doug McClaine, General Manager, ACC. “The space really seemed to deliver on everything from acoustics to overall patron experience. Having the opportunity to host concerts at the Albany Capital Center is a great way to show the building’s versatility, and we plan on introducing more concerts in the future.”
The ACC’s second-floor multipurpose space delivered excellent acoustics, highlighting its state-of-the-art sound system, and afforded concertgoers a great view from anywhere in the 26,000-sq.-ft. room. The first floor’s prefunction space was utilized for merchandise as well as concession stands, including six bars set up throughout the property. The ACC allows for stage set up anywhere in the room and features 26-ft.-high ceilings. A 268-point rigging grid is built into the ceiling, with 1,000-lbs. capacity per point for screens, speakers and other equipment. The building offers attached parking for 1,000 guests, enclosed loading with room for three trucks, as well as bus parking with shore power availability.
“This is the venue Albany has never had at this level of capacity, quality and professionalism,” says Ted Etoll, Owner, Step Up Presents. “Just a stellar experience booking the Dropkick Murphys show there to open the venue.”
The SMG-operated Albany Capital Center has hosted over 140 events since opening in March 2017.