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The good ol' days

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What do Bon Jovi, MC Hammer, Van Halen, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rodgers, Elton John, Foreigner, and Kiss have in common? They have all performed right here in the Good Life City-- at the civic center years ago.

But can the city of Albany attract big talent today? The people we talk to say: yes it can be done.

However, ticket sales have to increase. 

Country Superstar George Jones and Mr. Bill Cosby are the latest stars, to pack out the Albany Civic Center. It was normal a thing back in the early 80's and 90's.

"Albany was the hub for entertainment," said Concert Promoter Gilbert Udoto. He is responsible for throwing some of Albany's biggest concerts.

"We were doing at least 7,000 seats per show," said Udoto.  He gave Atlanta "Freak Nik" and shared the likes of Run DMC with Albanians.

"It made us competitive with other cites like Atlanta and other places. Snap shots on a wall in his store, are all he has to show for it.

"We may never reclaim that. But there is a new excitement for down town and new excitement for the civic center," said Downtown Manager Aaron Blair. 

Some of that energy can be seen at 'Dtown's Friday Nights' with music, art and food. You can also get your laugh on with Actor, Radio Host and Comedian Rickey Smiley at the civic center.

More than 2,000 tickets have been sold for the show. Ticket prices range from $25 to $40. They can be purchased at Odyssey records and the civic center.

 

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