Local 518 Sessions

Thursday 11:30pm

Live performances and conversations with Local 518 musicians. Each week, we highlight a different Local 518 artist in session with a brief interview to introduce you go the artist.

This is the schedule of the upcoming sessions with Local 518 artists. (Dates are the Thurs 11:30p.)

7/9 - In The Valley

7/16 - Fab the Duo

7/23 - Julia Alsarraf

7/30 - Sydney Worthley

Christopher Shaw
Artist

We couldn't be happier than to hear that Christopher Shaw has written a new song - a tribute to the recently passed John Prine.

Chris and I talk about what he's been up to these last five years and in the pandemic, and you can watch the performance that just appeared on Chris' Facebook page.  Thanks for sharing with us, Chris.

Fab the Duo at Home
WEXT

They bill themselves as the modern day Sonny and Cher (but they say they are both Cher).

Greg and Brendan met on Tinder, and found a common thread in their lives that was in music.  Their friendship and love blossomed as they formed a band - Fab the Duo.

Learn their story and about their love of music, and all about their new EP, "Our Love is Resistance."

In the Valley
Artist

Husband and wife Local 518 duo, In The Valley, Katie and James met at Houghton College in western New York. They found common ground in music and began a friendship that would result in love and marriage. We hear about their story of how they met, and about their songs.

So far, the songs we've heard from In the Valley have us craving more.

Waitress
Artist

The Albany band Waitress, Juliana, Gabe and Kyle met in college.  They formed the band and were just about a happening thing as the pandemic started.  We met them at the "virtual" Tulip Fest, and we were smitten.

Hear their story. Hear their songs. Check them out.

Lucas Garrett
Artist

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.

Bob Bates
Artist

Bob Bates (of the Bob Bates Band, Dyer Switch and so much more) will be releasing many songs that he's had collecting dust. We'll find them online soon!

Bob and I discussed the collection and play a few from those recordings he has made.  Have a listen. It is always a treat to have Bob by the studio. This time we kept our distance, I'm sad to say.  Find Bob on Facebook as Robert Bates.

Julia Alsarraf
Artist

Local 518 singer-songwriter Julia Alsarraf first came to our attention at one of The City of Albany's September in the City Art Fair events.  Her lovely stage presence coupled with a sweet voice and endearing lyrics in her songs helped cement our love for her and her music. 

One listen, and we know you'll be hooked, too! Her new EP, "Mixed Emotions" is out this weekend. Friday night at 7pm, join her at her website for a live stream virtual party.


Maddy Hicks
WEXT

Local 518 singer songwriter, Maddy Hicks attends college in Nashville. She's been home continuing to work on her craft this spring. We've become quite enamoured by her debut album, "The Bliss You Missed." We discuss her album, and she plays a few songs for us.

Perhaps you've seen her at First Night Saratoga, or at other area engagements over the past few years.

Plan-T Music playing at WEXT
WEXT

Wyatt Stockwell formed Plan-T Music, stating that he didn't have a Plan B. Instead, he had a Plan T, and that was to make music.

He dropped by to promote an event that ended up being cancelled due to the pandemic. Wyatt is a very community minded person. Many of his shows are presented with special causes in mind.

Listen: Local 518 Bendt

Feb 27, 2020
Bendt in studio
WEXT

Local 518 rock band Bendt brings together some groovy influences tinged with 70's rock, psychedelic stylings and a modern grunge twist. Their new album is being released on Saturday, February 29. (CD release party at Lost & Found in Albany). 

Hear a couple of their more energetic tunes from "Brightness in the Barrens," and hear how the band's democratic approach leads to a fulfilling experience for the members and us as listeners, too. 

STEPTUNE
WEXT

Local 518 artists James Gascoyne and Oona Grady are known as Drank the Gold. When they add in Minneapolis, MN dancer Danielle Enblom, they become STEPTUNE. We learn how they met, and find out some of the history behind the Irish's folk tunes with dancing, as Danielle says STEPTUNE plays music meant for dancing. 

They have a show in Albany on March 13, at Caffe Lena the afternoon of the 14th, and at Argyle Brewing that night. 
 

Michael Eck
WEXT

Local 518 singer-songwriter, Michael Eck dropped by to play songs of Woody Guthrie.  Michael and band mate, Brian Melick, are known as Tin Can Alley.  They have a free show at Caffe Lena on February 23 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of "This Land is Your Land." (Fun fact: February 23 is the actual anniversary date!)

This will be a family-friendly event. Bring the kids! Kids love Woody Guthrie's folk songs. They're great to sing along to!

Carmen Lookshire & Joe Carrick
WEXT

I have been a fan of Carmen Lookshire for some time. She's brought by several songs she's put out as single the past few years.  I'm so happy to report that she has a debut EP coming out on Valentine's Day, appropriately called "For Love."

Carmen and her guitarist Joe Carrick dropped by to share some tracks from the EP and play a live track for us as well.  Visit her website to see where and when she is playing out next.

Bob Bates
WEXT

Each year, Bob Bates gets his band together to pay tribute to the artists we lost on The Day the Music Died, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

This year's show is at The Strand Theatre in Hudson Falls on February 2nd.

Bob and I talk about the artists, the music, and more.

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
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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.

The Gigglers at WEXT
WEXT

The Diver Library in Schaghticoke has held a songwriting workshop for kids of all ages (adults, too!) each of the last two summers. Head librarian, Nick Matulis, brings the kids together with Local 518 musicians, and they make the songs the kids write into reality. They recorded their second album this past summer. It's called "A Universe of Stories."  The band is known as The Gigglers, and they came in to talk up the project and play the songs from the album.  

The Gigglers at WEXT
WEXT

The Diver Library in Schaghticoke has held a songwriting workshop for kids of all ages (adults, too!) each of the last two summers. Head librarian, Nick Matulis, brings the kids together with Local 518 musicians, and they make the songs the kids write into reality. They recorded their second album this past summer. It's called "A Universe of Stories."  The band is known as The Gigglers, and they came in to talk up the project and play the songs from the album.  Hear on Saturday (1/4) at 6pm. 

The Wynotte Sisters at WEXT
WEXT

Each year, The Wynotte Sisters regroup around their favorite time of the year - Christmas. They love wine and cheese, and those seem to go well together even more so at this time of the year.

Vibeke Saugestad, Daria Grace and Sara Milonovich are The Wynotte Sisters!

Enjoy!

Sawyer Fredericks & Chris
WEXT

Big news! We love finding out that Sawyer Fredericks is working on new music for our thirsty ears. Since his big win on "The Voice," Sawyer has continued to make a name for himself. He’s committed to the artistry of making music. He’s committed to his hometown community. He continues to help charitable causes in the community and so much more. But that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to grow his fan base and tour the country

Bob Warren at WEXT
WEXT

It was in 1969 that Lena Spencer saw a musical that singer-songwriter Bob Warren had written much of the music and songs for at his highschool in Greenwich.  That night, she invited Bob to come play at the Caffe.  The rest, as they say, is history. And there is a lot of that!  And a lot of songs.  

Bob sat down with me to talk about some of his songs, some of the stories, and played a few - including a very early song, and one that has yet to be released.

Sten & Maria Z. at WEXT
WEXT

They've known each other since 1994. They've been playing in different configurations and different "bands" ever since. The latest incarnation is Sten & Maria Z, two of the area's best guitar players in one duo.

They dropped by to play a few songs, talk about improvisation, and "trust" on stage.  We learn that they are working on a recording as the duo.  

And this Friday night, they'are playing at The Linda.

Keanen Stark & Orion Kribs
WEXT

We've been big fans of Orion Kribs since we first learned about his amazing mandolin skills. Plus, he's a funny guy.  When we found out that he was in yet another project with another musician, we thought we should have him by to see what this one was all about.  Enter Keanen Stark.

This was something else!  Check out these very young guys singing some very old songs, and the ones they played for us this time aren't even the oldest they play.  Rock on!

Find more about these guys at their Facebook page.

Drank the Gold
WEXT

Oona Grady and James Gascoyne are Drank the Gold Playing a special brand of roots music that mixes with traditional Irish music, Drank the Gold have been making a name for themselves. They've been playing regularly throughout the area.

They've just finished their debut album, "Sipped the Silver." We find out how they got their name, and the name of the new album.

The Sea The Sea
WEXT

The Sea The Sea is Chuck and Mira Costa. We've been lovin' them since we first met them as they moved to the area. They were quickly embraced by the Local 518 community.  I mean, how could they not be! They are the loveliest people, and their harmonies are so sweet and pure. I know I'm addicted.

Girl Blue & Dark Honey
WEXT

Synergia Dance Project has pulled together songs from Girl Blue, Dark Honey & The Sea The Sea The songs tell a story of the end of a relationship.  Along with the music, Nadine Medina has created a cinematic ballet experience to tell the story.

Galen Passen
WEXT

Wonder what happens when you mix classical Indian music with traditional Irish music? We sat down with sitarist Galen Passen from Saratoga Springs to find out. Galen talked about his new project called Folk Song, demonstrated how a sitar is played and more in this special session. 

Folk Song is set to play their first gig at Caffe Lena on September 11. Connect with Galen and Folk Song on Facebook

Plan-T Music playing at WEXT
WEXT

Local 518 folk rocker Wyatt Stockwell and his bandmate from Plan-T Music, Larry, dropped by to play a few songs and talk up a special benefit for homeless veterans.

The benefit takes place Sunday, September 8th at VFW Post 420 in Saratoga Springs. For more information visit their Facebook event page.

Mike Grutka at WEXT
WEXT

Local 518 singer songwriter, Mike Grutka dropped by to play us his new songs, and to cover a treasured gem.  Mike has been with us since pretty near Day One.  His development as a songwriter, and as a producer, has been fun to witness. Plus, it is always a fun time to sit and talk with Mike. We always end up with at least one sillly photo.

Kevin McKrell at WEXT
WEXT

Singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Kevin McKrell dropped by to talk about new songs, a new album (don't ask), and some shows he has coming toward the end of August and in early September. He'll be playing shows with Donnybrook Fair and with his band The McKrells

Donnybrook Fair plays August 30 (Parting Glass) and 31 (Scottish Games, Altamont Fairgrounds) and September 1 (Parting Glass)

Kevin McKrell with his band at Caffe Lena on September 6th.

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