About The Midtown Grid
A Listening Room.
A Clubhouse for Creatives.
A Neighborhood Juke Joint.
And nine international kitchens
Once this stretch of Central Avenue was known as "Albany's Main Street." The neighborhood was home ot the city's auto dealerships in the golden age of the automobile, and each day, gleaming new cards rolled off lots for the first time. Today, this section of Central Avenue - three blocks extending from Robin Street to Ontario Street - has become a destination for canny, one-of-a-kind entertainment options. The street offers great live music performances in intimate settings, outstanding international cuisine, and it also opens its doors to a wide array of active local artists, who produce engaging entertainment in our venues every night of the week.
From Tail Fins to Yellow Tail Sushi
Much of the headway that's been made in this district can be ascribed to the curatorial talents of Graeme McKenna, Howard Glassman, and John Mancini, proprietors of The Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio, The Low Beat, and Pauly's Hotel - or as we like to think of them: a listening room, a clubhouse for creatives, and a neighborhood juke joint. The trio has worked tirelessly to seek out and promote local talent in their venues. Their efforts have transformed this corridor into a destination for great live music and smart entertainment.