We all grew up with some amazing concert venues that we've sadly had to say goodbye to. 

If there's one thing that we live for it's concerts. It's an amazing place for you to see great music and hang out with friends and family. Creating memories at concerts can sometimes be once in a lifetime experiences.

I think that's why some of these venues are cherished and held in such high regard. It makes it all the more painful when we can no longer set foot inside of them.

Sure, times change and nothing last forever, but we still long for those days of seeing our favorite bands at places like Saratoga Winners, Bogies, Northerlinghts or The Starlight.

I remember a chapter of Nikki Sixx's Heroin Diaries being written about an event at the RPI field house. So it's not just us, the concert goer, that is having lasting memories at these special places.

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We have asked a lot of questions to our audience and we've never gotten a better response that what Capital Region Concert Venues do we miss the most. Some of the stories you all shared were so good, and thank you for doing so.

Most Missed Venues

  • Northernlights
  • Saratoga Winners
  • Bogies
  • Starlite Music Theater
  • Valentine's
  • J.B. Scott's
  • QE2

While we can't see shows in these places anymore we can share stories about them. I got to meet Weird Al backstage at the Starlite back in the 90s. I expereinced by first punk show at Valentine's. I sweated my face off at Northernlights at metal shows more times than I can count. I'll never forget meeting the guys from Korn, Anthrax, and countless others at Northernlights.


They may be gone, but we will never forget them.

Heartwrenching Look at Beloved Upstate NY Concert Venue Before Demolition

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

The Starlite Music Theater opened in 1957 and was a popular venue located in Latham. There were many acts that passed through the Starlite until 1997. It was a 3,000-seat theater in the round. In the 1980s I saw Belinda Carlisle of the Go Go's at the Starlite Music Theater. Kenny Rogers, The Monkees, Weird Al Yankovic, Jonny Cash, Run DMC, Diana Ross, and more graced the stage. The Starlite closed its doors in 1998 and laid dormant for years. Then in December 2012, the Starlite was demolished. Here are pictures of the venue in the summer of 2012 before it was leveled.