Dar Williams Comes to Cohoes

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Dar Williams

January 24 | The Cohoes Music Hall

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Annapurna Pictures

Memories of Patsy Cline

January 19th | The Linda

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The legendary Patsy Cline comes to life once again in the national touring show Memories of Patsy. This incredible tribute concert takes its audience on a trip back in time to the days when the amazing singer graced the stages of America.

Greensky Bluegrass dropped by

The band started in 2000 in Kalamazoo, MI.  Greensky Bluegrass evolved from 3 to 5 members, and the sound they made has evolved over time as well.  We learn a little about that, and about the tongue-in-cheek new album title, "All For Money."  You will enjoy the performances of the new songs and an older one, too.  These guys strip back to the original configuration, and yet they still rock!!

Lissie at The Hollow!

Jan 7, 2019
Lissie at The Hollow

January 29th | The Hollow in Albany

A powerful combination of heartfelt introspection and contemporary dream-pop, Lissie’s fourth studio album "Castles" marks the return of a singular voice in the modern American scene.

And now, she's returning to Albany. Don't miss this show. For info, go to the Hollow Facebook event page above. For tickets, click here.

Mary Poppins Returns
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Greensky Bluegrass

Thursday, January 10th | The Palace Theatre

Greensky Bluegrass is a genre bending musical group based out of Kalamazoo, MI.

2018 Year End Countdowns

Jan 2, 2019
Best of 2018

Each year since WEXT began, we’ve been able to continue to discover new music. Our year end countdowns are celebrating the yearlong journey of discovery. Like you, we may find fault with the positions the songs are placed in.  The lists are generated based on airplay and listener feedback.

We would love to know what you think. You can reach out by phone or email.

Top 97 of 2018 (pdf)

A Star Is Born
Warner Bros. Pictures

Some years can make it challenging to whittle down the best movies to just 10, but I have to say that it came pretty easily for 2018. With that said, here are my picks, in alphabetical order.

“Black Panther”: Not only a Marvel movie, a marvel OF a movie, becoming something of a cultural milestone.

“BlacKkKlansman”: Spike Lee back at top form as a filmmaker, with the compelling true story of a policeman's Ku Klux Klan infiltration.

Michael Jerling at WEXT

Local 518 singer-songwriter, Michael Jerling stopped in to discuss and play songs from his newest release called "Family Recipe." We learned a little about what inspires him and how he goes about making an album. Plus, Michael talked about the amazing contributors to this new record. 

Michael's CD release is at Caffe Lena on December 29th. 

Chuck Vosganian Rochmon Reccord Club

Chuck Vosganian is a big music fan. He might even be the biggest fan.  He spends a lot of time researching some of the most obscure pieces of information for the biggest, most iconic albums of all time. Then he gets up in front of folks at Caffe Lena and The Linda to join you in listening to great albums. The Rochmon Record Club events are filled with other music lovers, like you.  Chuck imparts a bit of the knowledge he's discovered. Some of that, you may know.

North Mississippi Allstars

North Mississippi Allstars

Sunday, December 30 | Cohoes Music Hall

North Mississippi Allstars are back with PRAYER FOR PEACE …Founded in 1996 by brothers Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, piano, synth bass, programming and vocals), the now venerable band are entering their third decade with perhaps the most vital album of their career. 

The Mallett Brothers

The Hollow | Friday, December 28

The Mallett Brothers

Country rock from the state of Maine. Get down to The Hollow for a rockin' great time. We have tickets, too. 

The Mule
Warner Bros. Pictures

WEXT Radio at 97.7 and 106.1

For Immediate Release - Friday, December 21, 2018 - TROY, NEW YORK

WMHT Public Media is thrilled to announce the signal expansion of its NPR AAA (Adult Album Alternative) radio station EXIT 97.7 WEXT with the addition of 106.1. WEXT Radio is now available on 106.1 in addition to 97.7 FM.

“WMHT and WEXT have a long tradition of celebrating and elevating arts and culture in our region,” WMHT President and CEO Robert Altman notes. “WEXT Radio is unique, eclectic, and a fierce supporter of our vibrant local 518 music scene.”

Josh Clevenstine

We found out about Josh purely by accident. Carrying on the tradition of the Adirondack folk singers, like Christopher Shaw, Dan Berggren and others. We met Josh through a Facebook post by Chris Shaw. So, we had to ask about the connection. Turns out, it's been a life-long connection that started when Josh was very young hearing one of Chris' recordings in his car seat.

Find Josh at the Across the Street Pub in Albany monthly.

Donna The Buffalo

Friday December 14th at 8pm see the dynamic band Donna the Buffalo wsg TX singer-songrwriter Olivia Quillio at Cohoes Music Hall!

Donna the Buffalo has been around for almost 30 years now! Throughout their time they've released 10 albums, created one of the first grassroots festivals that now has 15,000 attendees, and raised a 'Herd' of devoted fans. 

Wheels of Soul Radio Pre-Sale

Dec 13, 2018
Wheels of Soul 2019

Here's a chance to get your tickets to see Tedeschi Trucks, Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope before anyone else. Join the Wheels of Soul Radio Pre-Sale.  From 10am until 10pm on Thursday, December 13, you can purchase tickets to the show before they go on sale Friday, December 14th at 10am.

Here's the information

Start: Thurs, 10a
End: Thurs, 10p

Password: SOUL

Ticket Link: https://livemu.sc/2C56uaY

Sawyer Fredericks

We cannot wait for #FirstNightSaratoga2019! We'll be at the Main Stage at the City Center on December 31st from 6pm until the new year begins.  We have a great line-up, just part of the amazing First Night line-up of 70 regional and Local 518 acts.

Join us for Sawyer Fredericks, Sydney Worthley and Professor Louie & the Crowmatix.

Oshima Brothers

We are excited to be with Jamie and Sean, the Oshima Brothers, when they open for Caitlin Canty at Caffe Lena on January 6th, 2019.

Donna The Buffalo

Friday, December 14 | The Cohoes Music Hall

Donna The Buffalo, one of the most popular Americana bands in the Northeast returns to the beautiful Cohoes Music Hall for a night of music and dancing.

Tommy Castro & the Painkillers

Tommy Castro and his band the Painkillers dropped by before playing a special show with Tinsley Ellis at The Egg. Tommy talks about his and Tinsley's long association. This was the first tour they’d done with each other.

Tommy touched on songs with a message from his latest album, "Stompin' Ground." And we learn how the band name came to be.

Winter Wondergrass Stratton line-up / Agency

WinterWondergrass Festival is coming east!  This weekend, December 14-16, go to the festival by winning your tickets from WEXT!

One winner wins a pair of VIP weekend passes.

One winner wins a pair of weekend passes.

Ready! Set! Sprint!

Dec 10, 2018
Santa Speedo Sprint
Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy (ASAP)

It's back!  And more, ahem, festive than ever!  The 13th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint this Saturday, December 15th!

The Gigglers from the Diver Library

Libraries are more than just quiet spaces with books. These days, libraries are the hub of communities, and nowhere is that more apparent than in Schaghticoke, NY.  Diver Library director, Nicholas Matulis is also a Local 518 musician. He's been in the WEXT studios before with several projects, including Swamp Baby, one of our favorite Local 518 bands.

Playin' With Fire Band

We had a visit with the Playin' With Fire Band.  During the visit, Kim told us the story behind her song (and album title track), "Closer Than We Know." She wrote it for her best friend, whom she lost when Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed over Scotland in 1988.  We hear that story, and a few songs performed live at WEXT in this special 518 Session.

Sarah McQuaid

Sarah McQuaid dropped by as she was heading out of town. She had just played at the Waterford Public Library the day before. She stopped by and played us a few songs from her new album, "If We Dig Any Deeper, It Could Get Dangerous."