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Caffe Lena 60 Episode 12 1971

Jan 23, 2020
Don McLean in 1971
Artist

 If it is possible, the story of the song and its legend may be bigger than the song.

This is Episode 12 of Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song. Thank you to Sarah at the Caffe for compiling the list of artists and songs.

Buggy Jive AHA Session
WEXT

WMHT TV's AHA is hosting 518 Sessions with some of our favorite artists.  The newly rebranded and redone show debuts on February 12.  Girl Blue will be on that show.  Others who have stopped by include Buggy Jive, Mike Grutka, Caity Gallagher, Drank the Gold, and Julia Alsarraf.

Julia Alsarraf AHA Session
WEXT

WMHT TV's AHA is hosting 518 Sessions with some of our favorite artists.  The newly rebranded and redone show debuts on February 12.  Girl Blue will be on that show.  Others who have stopped by include Buggy Jive, Mike Grutka, Caity Gallagher, Drank the Gold, and Julia Alsarraf.

Trevor Noah at the Times Union Center
Agency

February 15 | Times Union Center 

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Tickets on sale, now!

Of Monsters & Men at Ommegang

Jan 21, 2020
Of Monsters and Men
Agency

Friday, June 5 | Ommegang 

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The Ghost of Paul Revere
Artist

Thursday, January 23 | The Hollow

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Guthrie Bell Productions presents American Folk Trio, Ghost of Paul Revere with Saints and Liars, at the Hollow on Thursday, January 23rd.

Bring My Flowers Now

Jan 17, 2020
Tanya Tucker "While I'm Livin'" cover
Artist

WEXT wants to acknowledge someone special in your life!  Honor someone with a note about what that person means to you. 

Caffe Lena 60 Episode 11 1970

Jan 16, 2020
Rev Gary Davis
Artist

He was a blues and gospel singer who was also proficient on the banjo, guitar and harmonica. His fingerpicking guitar style influenced tons of artists, including Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, John Sebastian, Jorma Kaukonen, Keb' Mo', and so many others.

This is episode 10 of Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song. Thank you to Sarah at the Caffe for compiling the list of artists and songs. 

Rev. Gary Davis' students included David Bromberg, Steve Katz, Roy Book Binder, Dave Van Ronk, Rory Block, Larry Campbell, and Bob Weir.

Junior Watson & Dean Shot
Agency

Saturday, January 18th 7pm | The Linda

Damhnait Doyle Is Back!

Jan 11, 2020
Damhnait Doyle
Artist

Our friend, Damhnait Doyle, has just put out a brand new single. You know we are big fans! Yes, you can hear this on the radio. We are hoping a new album isn’t too far behind. 

Caffe Lena 60 Episode 10 1969

Jan 9, 2020
Michael Cooney
Artist

Ever wonder where the Grateful Dead learned their songs?

This is episode 10 of Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song. Thank you to Sarah at the Caffe for compiling the list of artists and songs.

Michael Cooney had traveled the country, and knew how to play almost any song. He became a popular draw at a particular Palo Alto club in 1963. It was there he met a high school band, teaching them the songs they’d eventually be known for playing as the Grateful Dead.

Tambourelli & Her Super Tips
John Seymour

Another new year has begun, but as we ended 2019, and began 2020, we had a great time with our friends at Saratoga Arts at First Night Saratoga 2020. Thank you to John Seymour for sending along these fun images of the artists playing (mostly at the City Center) that night.

Lonnie Shields at The Linda

Jan 4, 2020
Lonnie Shields
Artist

WEXT Top 97 of 2019

Jan 3, 2020
Best of 2019
Agency

Each year, since 2007, we've played the Top 97 of the year back at the end of the year.  2019 was a great year of music discovery thanks to listener support.

Enjoy the list of the 97 from 2019.  And thanks for listening with us and discovering great new music, daily.  Keep rockin' into 2020.

Click here for the PDF of the 97 of 2019.

Caffe Lena 60 Episode 9 1968

Jan 2, 2020
Emmylou Harris
Artist

In her teens, she won a scholarship to study drama at college in North Carolina, but dropped out to pursue a singing career.

This is episode 9 of Caffe Lena 60 Years of Song. Thank you Sarah Craig for picking the artists and songs to showcase the special nature of the Caffe's history with music discovery.

Caffe Lena 60 Episode 8 1967

Dec 26, 2019
The Greenbriar Boys
Artist

When the producers of The Monkees passed on it, The Greenbriar Boys were the band to take the first chance on Michael Nesmith's "Different Drum."

This is episode 8 of Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song. Thank you to Sarah At the Caffe for her help compiling the list of artists and songs.

Caffe Lena 60 Episode 7 1966

Dec 19, 2019
Arlo Guthrie
Artist

Growing up Arlo Guthrie was surrounded by renowned artists like Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Ronnie Gilbert, Fred Hellerman (The Weavers), Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Rambliní Jack Elliott, to name a few.

This is the sixth episode of Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song. Each week, we advance a year as we hear significant artists who played the Caffe that year, followed by a recent discovery. Thank you to Sarah Craig at the Caffe for her help compiling of the lists of artists and songs.

Caffe Lena 60 Episode 6 1965

Dec 12, 2019
Ed McCurdy
Artist

Freddie the Fireman and the L&M Cigarette Man, folk singer and disc jockey, Ed McCurdy has a dream.  

This is the sixth episode of Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song. Each week, we advance a year as we hear significant artists who played the Caffe that year, followed by a recent discovery. Thank you to Sarah Craig at the Caffe for her help compiling of the lists of artists and songs.

Alanis Morrissette
Agency

July 8 | Live Nation SPAC

Alanis Morrissette

wsg Garbage

Liz Phair

Tickets go on sale to the general public, but you can get yours now! Thursday (12/12) from 10a-10p. 

Start: Thursday, December 12 at 11a
End: Thursday, December 12 at 10p

Password: MUSIC

Link: livemu.sc/2RlnO3E

Wheels of Soul 2020
Agency

So great to have Tedeschi Trucks Band bringing the Wheels of Soul tour back to SPAC for 2020!  We'll be there, and hope you will be there with us. Tickets go on sale for the general public on Friday, December 13th at Live Nation.

July 2 - SPAC

Tedeschi Trucks Band
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Gabe Dixon

Presale Event information:

Start: Thursday, December 12 at 10a
End: Thursday, December 12 at  10p

Donna the Buffalo
Artist

Thursday, December 12 | The Cohoes Music Hall

 

 

8:00 PM  11:30 PM

 

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The DJ's Best of 2019 Lists

Dec 10, 2019
Best of 2019
Agency

Our DJ's cull through the music of 2019...  Here's what they picked as their personal favorites.

Dave Michaels (M-F 5-10am)

Albums of 2019:

Alison Krauss at The Palace Theatre
Agency

Saturday, May 2 | The Palace Theatre

Alison Krauss presale event for WEXT listeners begins Thursday, December 12th at 10am and concludes that night at 10pm. This link and code will not work until then.

Code: WEXT

Link: http://bit.ly/AKPPAC_5-2-20

Holidays on WEXT
Agency

Each year Christmas through New Year's WEXT has brought you some special programming to brighten and cheer for the holidays.  As we're about to enter our 13th anniversary year, this year continues the tradition.  Below you will find the special programming listed to help celebrate the season.

Caffe Lena 60 Episode 5 1964

Dec 5, 2019
Dave Van Ronk
Artist

Nicknamed the Mayor of McDougal Street, he was an important figure in the American folk music revival and New York City's Greenwich Village scene in the 1960s. His name? Dave Van Ronk.

This is the fifth episode of Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song. Each week, we advance a year as we hear significant artists who played the Caffe that year, followed by a recent discovery. Thank you to Sarah Craig at the Caffe for her help compiling of the lists of artists and songs.

Caffe Lena 60 Episode 4 1963

Nov 28, 2019
The Beers Family
Artist

From 1958 until Robert Beers' death in an automobile accident in 1972, The Beers Family sang and played together.

This is the fourth episode of Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song. Each week, we advance one year as we hear significant artists who played the Caffe in the year, followed by a recent discovery. Thank you to Sarah Craig at the Caffe for her help with the compiling of the lists of artists and songs.

Hot Tuna Acoustic
Artist

Tuesday, December 3 | Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

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Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant album cover
Artist

Thanksgiving Day, join us for Arlo Guthrie, Christopher Shaw, and Michael Eck sharing traditions. Plus, Nick Spitzer's American Routes brings us some southern traditions. 
 Thanksgiving Pie with Arlo, Chris and Michael at 6a, 9a, and 12n. 
Hear Nick Spitzer with special holiday American Routes shows from 1pm.  
On Black Friday, join us for songs from our live sessions - the Black Friday Live at EXT Marathon! At 12n, hear our session with Hollis Brown.

Caffe Lena 60 Episode 3 1962

Nov 25, 2019
Jean Redpath
Artist

In March 1961, at the age of 24, Jean Redpath arrived in the United States with just eleven dollars in her pocket. Her first performance was in San Francisco. Later, she met up with Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Bob Dylan in Greenwich Village.

Jean would go on to become world famous as a singer of Scottish folk songs, particularly the songs of Robert Burns. In 1962, Jean made her way to Saratoga to sing at Caffe Lena. Lena’s Caffe was just in its 3rd year. One year later in 1963, following a concert performance, she signed with Elektra Records.

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