TROY — There was a time in the Capital Region when larger music venues didn’t exist and you could see music artists like Janis Joplin, The Police, and Led Zeppelin in an intimate setting. WMHT’s latest film looks at the venues, people, and the stories of this era in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
The Scene takes you back in time to clubs like The Aerodrome in Schenectady, J.B. Scott’s in Albany, and the Hullabaloo in Rensselaer. Intensive research by WMHT unearthed hidden stories about the region’s rock and roll history. The Scene reveals that Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant celebrated his 21st birthday in Schenectady and how a popular club that hosted the Dire Straits during their first US tour in 1979 had a resident leopard named Tanya.
Interviews with members of Blotto, Silver Chicken, and The Units take viewers back to the sites and sounds of the era. Former patrons of the clubs supplied WMHT with priceless photos and footage of the often outrageous club scene.
The community is welcome to join WMHT and Producer Zeke Kubisch for a preview screening and discussion noon-1 p.m. Oct. 16 at SUNY Schenectady Community College’s Carl B. Taylor Auditorium.
The film premieres at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 on WMHT-TV and WMHT’s Facebook Page (facebook.com/PublicMediaWMHT).