Listen: At Home With WEXT - SIRSY

We catch up with Mel & Rich of Local 518 band SIRSY during week 11 of quarantine to see how they're holding up. It's a big weekend! Friday (5/29), the duo make a televised appearance on Fox 26 in Fresno, California at 11am. Watch HERE Saturday is Rich's birthday! Happy birthday, Rich! It'll be a 900 lightsaber salute capped off with a " Love Stream " virtual show at 8pm from the duo's YouTube page. They'll cover songs originally done by boys for Rich's birthday!

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News on COVID-19 Pandemic

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the "number of new [coronavirus] cases walking in the door is at an all-time low."

Cuomo said that the number of new coronavirus hospitalizations reported on June 1 was 154, which is the lowest number since the state started counting in mid-March.

New York has been the state hit hardest in the U.S. by the coronavirus.

New York City's five boroughs have seen more than 200,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the dashboard from John's Hopkins University.

Updated at 9:11 p.m. ET

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said Tuesday that it's "very unlikely" the state can permit a packed Republican National Convention in Charlotte to go forward this summer.

"The people of North Carolina do not know what the status of COVID-19 will be in August, so planning for a scaled-down convention with fewer people, social distancing and face coverings is a necessity," Cooper wrote Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

Facing a pandemic that continues to spread through the United States and protests nationwide over the killing of another black man at the hands of police, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in more than half a dozen states.

It's a primary election date that was already going to be a challenge for election officials due to health concerns, even before nationwide unrest led to curfew orders in conflict with polling place hours in some places.

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SIRSY Livestream

Saturday, May 30, is Rich Libbuti of SIRSY's birthday!  Join SIRSY here or on their YouTube channel for a livestream - er love stream.

Happy birthday, Rich!


We catch up with Mel & Rich of Local 518 band SIRSY during week 11 of quarantine to see how they're holding up.

It's a big weekend! Friday (5/29), the duo make a televised appearance on Fox 26 in Fresno, California at 11am.  Watch HERE

Caffe Lena 60 Episode 30 1989

May 28, 2020
John Hartford

A steamboat pilot becomes a musician, and a vow of silence leads to singing beautiful songs.

This is episode 30 of Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song.  Thanks to Sarah a the Caffe for creating the of songs and artist for the feature.

Alexa Rose at Home

"Medicine for Living" had its origins in a road trip to California. Alexa Rose was driving, and listening to an old Gospel Radio show.  The song came to her.  We learn about how songs come to her, and she plays a few for us, too.

And if you get down to North Carolina, swing by Black Mountain Doughnut Factory.  Check out the doughnuts Alexa and her husband make!

Steve Earle & The Dukes

"I love theater.  That's what I do is baseball and theater.  Those are the two things I spend money on.  I get to hear plenty of rock and roll.  I see my friends play at festivals and stuff, but I don't go out to see music much in New York.  I go to see plays and musicals and I go to see the New York Yankees play baseball."  

Caffe Lena 60 Episode 29 1988

May 21, 2020
Utah Phillips

A self-described anarchist who slept on the Caffe floor while recording an album, and a songwriter whose stories have been used for protest, weddings and funerals.

This is episode 29 of the Caffe Lena: 60 years of Song podcast.  Thank you to Sarah at the Caffe for the list of songs and artists for the feature.

Lucas Garrett

While the music industry wanders around trying to make sense of how to do its "business" during the pandemic, artists like Local 518 Lucas Garrett continue to do their thing - make music.

Lucas reached out as the outbreak was beginning. When we set up our session taping, I don't think either of us thought we'd be doing it this way. Lucas was in his home and I in mine. He recorded a couple acoustic numbers, we did the interview, and voila... 518 At Home Session with Lucas Garrett.

Mike + Ruthy


a group of nine people or things, especially musicians.
a musical composition for nine voices or instruments.

Mike + Ruthy brought back their folk rock band, The Mammals a couple years ago. They've been busy making records and touring. The band has morphed to play various venues from the classic Mike + Ruthy duo to a quintet, quartet, sextet, and apparently for this new album, "Nonet," nine people!

Local 518 Music Report

Hello fans, supporters, and creators of music (and more) in the Capital District (and a bit beyond). Remember the first 3 months 2020, when we were COVID-19 free? Courtesy of Local 518 Show host Andy Gregory and WEXT Radio, get your very own virus-free PDF copy of The Local 518 Music (and More) Report - 2020 Quarter 1. The report covers the time period of January 1st to March 31st, 2020. Be sure to share!

Caffe Lena 60th Anniversary

Happy anniversary to Caffe Lena! 60 years! Wow!

Executive Director, Sarah Craig and I talked about the plans to celebrate - even while we're social distancing and in the midst of a pandemic. Bands. Flatbed trailers. Trucks. Music. It's a parade! Plus, we discuss the importance of the Caffe and how essential they are to our health and that of the Local 518 music scene.

May 21st

12n-1p Parade through Saratoga


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World Cafe has been on the air for almost 30 years. Thirty years of conversations and sessions from all kinds of artists — from big, huge artists to new artists who would eventually go on to become big, huge artists. John Mayer falls into that last category.

In 1980, there were few clubs to see bands, especially regional bands, play their original music. I would know — I was in one of those bands, Tiny Desk Unit. Where I lived, in Washington, D.C, the options you could find if you wanted to hear rock and roll were nearly all bars, not clubs, and what you'd encounter there were bands playing mostly cover tunes, some hoping to sneak in a few originals, often to the dismay of the bar crowd.

Update 5/29 2 p.m. ET: The archive of the Premiere event is temporarily available below.

The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has announced the premiere of Unmaking Unfollow The Rules, a behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling the extraordinary creation of his new album, Unfollow The Rules, his first in eight years.

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