Save the Date: CRUMBS Nite Out + Why Can't I Be You

23 Oct

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Soul Rocker Bryan Thomas is “CRUMBS Nite Out” Guest for October

ALBANY, NY — 10/23/2008 — Albany soul rocker Bryan Thomas will perform a solo-acoustic set and take questions as part of the October 2008 edition of “CRUMBS Nite Out at the Linda,” Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

The event is free to the public.

1369 LightsThe show is a continuation of Thomas’ efforts to get the word out about his new album 1369 Lights – efforts which have already included free MP3 downloads at his web site and heavy airplay on the Capital Region’s best alternative public radio WEXT-FM 97.7.

“CRUMBS Nite Out at the Linda” is a monthly celebration of Capital Region independent music that includes a special pre-show music scene mixer and a post-show panel discussion with music industry experts. The October panel will answer the question “Music Critics: What Do They Want?” with writers David Malachowski and Michael Eck (Times Union); Paul Rapp, Josh Potter and John Brodeur (Metroland); and Jeremy Goodwin and Seth Rogovoy (Berkshire Living). The brains behind the operation is Mike Guzzo, proprietor of the web site Capital Region Ultimate Musician and Band Site – a.k.a. “C.R.U.M.B.S.”

The musical party continues for Thomas the next evening (Friday Oct. 31) with a short set at Tess’ Lark Tavern as part of the fifth installment of the Capital Region’s “Why Can’t I Be You” show, which finds local musicians covering songs by their fellow Albany artists.


“1369 Lights” is Bryan Thomas’ fifth official CD release since his 1999 debut “Radio Plastic Jennifer.” With its title track taking inspiration from the prologue to Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man, the new album is a little louder and more electrified than previous efforts. “1369 Lights” features the brand-spanking-new band the Buggy Jive, which includes Thomas on lead vocals and acoustic guitar; the singularly-named Jennifer on electric guitar; Cleopatra Joanz on bass; and Lady Macbeth on drums.

“1369 Lights” will be available for the first time at the CRUMBS show. The official release is set for the next day – Halloween – when it will be available for purchase online at

Thursday, October 30. 7 p.m. Featuring Bryan Thomas. Post-show panel discussion: “Music Critics: What Do They Want?” WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, 339 Central Avenue, Albany.

Friday, October 31. 9 p.m. With MotherJudge, John Brodeur, Bryan Thomas and many, many more. Albany musicians celebrate Albany musicians. Costumes welcome. Tess’ Lark Tavern, 453 Madison Avenue, Albany.