The Closing of Troy’s Rev Hall

Last night was a sad night in Upstate New York as area promoter Greg Bell put on what looks to be the last jam-filled evening at Revolution Hall in Troy, where the McLovins and 7 Walkers featuring Bill Kreutzmann and George Porter Jr. capped an illustrious history of jamband shows at the storied venue. Mary A. Mahoney explains the back story…

Revolution Hall in Troy, New York, has seen many acts grace its stage since it opened in 2003. Over the past seven years it has presented an array of performers from nationally touring acts like Umphrey’s McGee and Mike Gordon to younger local bands like the McLovins, who are just gaining momentum in their respective scenes. The stage at Revolution Hall has seen a multitude of musicians, engineers and concert-goers, and leaves behind memories in the hearts of many. “When you walked [into Rev Hall] you could smell all of the good times and amazing music that happened in that space…” reminisces Taraleigh Silberberg, publisher and live music fan.

The venue itself is not inexperienced to change as well. Many changes in management and ownership have occurred in the short seven years it has been open for business – and it looks like one last big change is about to take place. Early next month, Rev Hall will close its doors with nondescript plans for the future; A change which has left many patrons and fans wondering what the future holds for the venue.

Originally opened by Brown’s Brewing Company, Rev Hall has conducted business in an ambitious, eager – if not hyperactive – way. Through the passing of the torch, the overall vision for the venue became a shape-shifter, rendering it difficult for it to grow in any particular direction. With the most recent change this past January placing the management power back in the hands of Brown’s Brewing Company, it seems the identity of Rev Hall morphed for the last time.

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