Monday, August 11, 2008

The Aerodrome

Eastern NY's answer to the Fillmore? Local yokels in Capital Region may remember the Aerodrome: the Schenectady nightclub at 1588 State St. that brought in the biggest stars of the day (like Janis Joplin, The Yardbirds, Jefferson Airplane, and who could forget Wilmer & The Dukes?) --- what was unique was that the performers were required to hold shows Friday and Saturday nights for those of legal age and above, but SUNDAY AFTERNOON the doors were opened to teenagers! Kids from everywhere turned out for the weekly massive dance / concert / party! There was no stage: performers were right on the floor WITH YOU just a few feet away!
UPDATE FEBRUARY 1 2010 - A rock star's brush with Schenectady by Marv Cermak (Albany Times Union)
In one instance, someone credits this video as being shot in the Aerodrome, but while it is likely from the same time period, I would doubt that it was filmed in Schenectady, but then again, who knows? Another bit of triv: Jimi Hendrix happily chatted with high school frosh from Albany High and VI while having lunch at a restaurant in Schenectady! There were some kodak brownie B&W pix floating around somewhere... I saw them and should have made Xerox copies!

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  1. Janice Joplin fell off the stage during her performance in Syracuse, NY. Her manager insisted we increase the size of the stage at the Aerodrome. There was no raised section. Janice also featured a large electric grand piano on stage, which is not in this clip. Its hard to believe this clip was taken at the Aerodrome.

    I, Henry Shapiro, financed and promoted Janis Joplin's show at the Aerodrome in Schenectady, NY. My partner Frank Popolizio and I regretted not video tapping Janice's performance that night.

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  2. I have a pretty good memory for most of these things. I don't recall a raised stage at all at Aerodrome and I didn't see anybody filming the JJ concert. Incidentally, JJ herself must have been either drunk or high on something... as fans snapped photos she was led off the performing area, seeming to be blinded by the flashcubes (remember those?)... the video was posted on youtube and it does resemble the Aerodrome concert. Thanks for checking in!

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  3. I remember the Aerodrome quite well. While there was a raised stage I can't say it wasn't removed for Janis' show. I missed that one. Do a search on Ebay for Aerodrome and you should find a picture or two of B.B. King taken at Aerodrome standing on the raised stage.

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  4. Since you guys were there, did any of you attend The Doors concert at The Aerodrome? If yes, what do you remember? Was it a good concert? Any filming or recording, maybe fotos taken??? Hope you still remember something :-)

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  5. I know the Doors were at RPI - December 8, 1967 tickets were $4 - i still have the stubs. At the conclusion of the performance Jim Morrison screamed “If this is Troy, I’m with the Greeks.”

    Don't recall the Doors being at Aerodrome...

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  6. Hey Dave, thanks for your reply. After the following webpage The Doors did play the Aerodrome, sometime in 1968:

    http://mildequator.com/performancehistory/unscheduled.html

    Anyway, do you have any more rememberances about the 1967 concert??? Did you take some fotos or mabe some friend of yours??

    Thanks!!

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