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Wild Bill. Sarge. We Are Glad We Got to Know You

It is with a sad and heavy heart that we have today, this Local 518 Thursday. Last night, we learned of the passing of a dear friend of WEXT. So much can be said of Greg Haymes. He was a great guy. He was a journalist, a critic, a musician - and was great at all of that. But he was so much more. And to us, he was a very special individual. The WEXT you hear today would not exist if it weren't for Greg's generous spirit and kindness. Before we launched, we had anonymously reached out to learn...

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Listen: Local 518 Saffi

Mar 18, 2019
Saffi at WEXT
WEXT

Saffi is the primary songwriter for and lead singer for the western New York based band, Leyda.  Saffi went to school right here in Voorheesville. She was back for a holiday visit home with the family and took some time to drop by to play songs and talk about her music and her band.

Motown 60 is Coming

Mar 18, 2019
Motown 60th Anniversary
Agency

March 28 to April 4

The Insolent WIllies
WEXT

Johnstown's The Insolent Willies dropped by to play a few songs and talk about music and their upcoming shows.  We learn a bit about Bill Ackerbauer and Frank Dever Pullen as they play as a duo for us in the studio.

See The Insolent Willies at The Low Beat opening for Stevie Tombstone on March 28th. And on the 23rd at Stoney's Irish Grill.

Sean Rowe at WEXT
WEXT

Saturday, March 23 | The Hangar on the Hudson

Sean Rowe is wrapping up his current kickstarter project to help fund his next record. He'll be off to record it in Wisconsin in April. That's so very exciting!  Ahead of his departure, he has a special hometown show at his favorite place, right across the street where he started first playing solo all those years ago.

Del McCoury and David Grisman
Artist

Friday, March 22 | Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Del McCoury met David Grisman at the first show Del ever played (on banjo) with Bill Monroe in the spring of 1963 at New York University in Greenwich Village. Three years later, Del & Dawg played their first gig together in Troy, NY at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. They both celebrated the arrival of first-born sons, Monroe Grisman and Ronnie McCoury, within a month of each other.

Captain Marvel
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Local 518 Show 1907
WEXT

Miss the Local 518 Show? Never fear, it's available here! Turn it up loud, anywhere you are, because Andy Gregory's playing rocking tunes from Northern Faces, Good Fiction, Blockhouses, Promiser, ImaginaryFriends, and MOTORBIKE. The Attic Classic is “Ring Out Wild Bells”, a track from The Sundowner’s ‘Captain Nemo’ record, released in 1968.

See The Indigo Girls in Troy

Mar 14, 2019
Indigo Girls
Artist

Sunday, March 17 | Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Kevin McKrell at WEXT
WEXT

Kevin McKrell dropped by to discuss a reformation of Donnybrook Fair. They're playing a few area shows this week. There are not plans beyond occasional shows, but Kevin is in the process of readying a new solo album. He's finalizing the songs. We hope to hear he's recording later this year.

The Sea The Sea at Caffe Lena

Mar 13, 2019
The Sea The Sea
Artist

See a special duo show with Chuck & Mira of The Sea The Sea at Caffe Lena on Thursday, March 14th. 

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Gary Clark Jr. had good reason to sweat. The blues-rock singer and guitarist opted to play his first-ever Tiny Desk concert — in front of a huge crowd that warmed the room considerably — while clad in a thick knit cap and heavy jacket. Plus, he'd brought his young son on tour with him and had to contend with a traditional parenting dilemma: How do you bring your kid to the office and still get work done?

Don't worry! Everything's going to be alright. But if you need more reassurance than that, look no further than "Set of Stairs," from the Amsterdam-based band Pip Blom. It's a burst of frenetic joy to lift you up whenever life deals you a bad hand. Its singular message: You got this!

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