starlite, starbright

I heard a rumor that the now defunct Starlite Music Theatre was going to be demolished.   The former concert hall has been essentially abandoned since 1998 and is almost invisible from it’s location off Rt. 9 in Latham.   Starlite has warm memories for me, I remember seeing my first concert there, Smokey Robinson.   Starlite was also the location of my parent’s first date.   I always smile when I drive past, and when I heard it was going to be knocked down I decided to visit one last time.   There’s no greater photoset of the Starlite than Sebastien Barre’s, this is not a serious photo doc (hello I’m using an iPhone) but more so a little account of what I saw:

Outside of the ampitheater

And the most amazing part(s) inside the ampitheater

I can’t believe 14+ years later the rigging’s still there

One of many empty buildings

A collapsed open area




I remember hearing that the last event at the Starlite was the Shaker High School 1998 graduation.  Imagine my surprise when I found this (I sanitized my hands for days)

how to have a concert

The radio station that runs me I run (right) held a concert on Friday evening.   I thought it would be fun to do a tongue in cheek “HOW TO THROW A CONCERT” post, just some fun backstage pics.

My concert binder is where it all starts, months of planning, itineraries, performance schedules:

Next it’s…oh wait.   I didn’t take any more pictures because I was ridiculously busy until the last act went on after 10pm:

So I guess the moral of the story is, make sure you have an assistant to do your dirty work so you can take pictures for your blog 🙂 .

I feel like I’m still stuffed from Easter.   I didn’t eat a lot of candy, I just had a lot of food, and chocolate strawberries (they’re not candy) look at this thing, huge!

I’ve also been trying to avoid these in our office kitchen today.    I have been smelling them though, coconut is banned in our house (allergies) so it’s not often I get to taste coconut, but I will resist!!!

What concert are you looking forward to this year?   I’m so excited for Cold War Kids at Tulip Fest and also Buble in June (I love EVERYTHING!)