Local 518

Greg Haymes
Richard Loverich

On Sunday, May 19th, several hundred friends of Greg Haymes gathered at The Egg to pay tribute to a true hero of the Local 518 music and art scene.  The event started with a late afternoon reception in the lobby of the Hart Theatre.  Folks gathered, and greeted one another. Some even donned white stuff on their noses. Thanks, Paul Rapp.

Local 518 Music Report

Courtesy of Local 518 Show host Andy Gregory and WEXT Radio, get your very own PDF copy of The Local 518 Music (and More) Report - 2019 Quarter 1. The report covers the time period of January 1st to March 31st, 2019. Be sure to share! 

Click here for the PDF.

Local 518 Show 1916

Ever notice that the flow of great music is nearly constant in the Local 518? Catch the wave and enjoy tunes on this episode from The Sea The Sea, Stellar Young, Hand Habits, Bruiser and Bicycle, Sawyer Fredericks, Leah Woods, and Donnie. The Attic Classic is the title track from the Ashley Pond Band 2009 album 'The Waiting.'

Bob Bates & John Nissavera

Author John Nassivera of Front Porch Storytelling is on a crusade to bring community together with his stories, and the various folks he engages to collaborate with him.

The next event they have scheduled is at the Sandy Hill Farmer's Market in Hudson Falls on June 20th. Learn more about what John and his collaborative friends, including Bob Bates of Dyer Switch, are up to.

Local 518 Show

So much great local music on this episode of The Local 518 Show, you could float a boat on it. Catch the wave of tunes by Sydney Worthley, C.K. & The Rising Tide, Hasty Page, Mike Grutka, Honey Slider, Bird Streets, and Let's Be Leonard. For the Attic Classic we go back to 2008 for "Modest Birds", from Matthew Loiacono's album 'Kentucky' - the name taken from his mandolin brand.

Discover Schenectady Kick Off to Summer

With Discover Schenectady, WEXT is announces our first ever Kick Off to Summer Event on June 8th in Central Park! There is so much fun to be had in Schenectady County and this event will help you create your "Summer Must-Do" list in Schenectady! Enjoy live music on the Music Haven stage ranging from jazz to reggae and music from the Empire State Youth Orchestra in the Rose Garden all day long.

Local 518 Show

Can you feel it? That local music vibe, that sonic energy pulsing through the air? There's so much of it, Andy Gregory could only grab a bit for this Local 518 Show. Hear the songs by Hartley's Encore, Bright Dog Red, Mitch Elrod & MotherJudge, Buggy Jive, and Capital Zen.

Jocamo has always brought an old school brew of funk, R&B, soul, and rock to the masses. In 2001, they released 'You Know That It’s True'. The Attic Classic selection is "Clean It Up", the first track from that disc.


With time running down until the 71st annual Albany Tulip Festival in Washington Park Mother's Day weekend, we visited with two of the eight performers on the Local 518 Lakehouse stage.  

There's an unlimited number of great bands in the Local 518. Some are on great local record labels too! Local 518 show host Andy Gregory samples some of the bands represented on Five Kill Records & Bee Side Cassettes. And there's a duo, along with the Attic Classic band, that are all indie. Hear songs by Hate Club, Bear Grass, Blue Ranger, Broken Field Runner, Neighborhood of Make Believe, and Doctor Baker. The origin of our Attic Classic band The Sifters began around 20 years ago at a restaurant in Cooperstown. The only Sifters album that there ever was, was released in May 2004.

We had a great time at the inaugural Eddies Regional Music Awards show. Can't wait to do it again next year! This episode of the Local 518 Show features some of the Eddie nominees & award winners, and others you should hear too. Show host Andy Gregory has songs by El Modernist, Quantum, Wild Adriatic + Dan Rodriguez, Let's Be Leonard, Julia Gargano, and Lord Electro.

Michael Jerling & Bob Warren

Michael Jerling and Bob Warren have known each other, and supported each other's music in various ways since Michael first headed this way from Chicago.  But on May 4th, this will be the first time the two have performed on stage together with each other's songs.  Sort of... As you listen to the session, you will hear how they've played together over the years.  

Annie Dressner at WEXT

Annie Dressner appeared on oour radar some years ago. She's originally from Averill Park. She lives with her family in England these days.  Just this past year, after running into an issue with a house they had just bought, songs for "Broken Into Pieces" began to shape and form.

On her most recent visit to home, she dropped by to play a few songs and talk about the album.  She's playing at Superior Merchandise on Tuesday, April 23 with Girl Blue and Candy Ambulance.

Dyer Switch Band

Hold on to your seat!  Local 518 bluegrass stalwarts Dyer Switch Band (JoAnn Sifo, Bob Bates, Chris Schultz and Bruce Barker) just dropped by our studio to play some high-octane songs and talk about a forthcoming album, "Original"; the follow-up to 2015's In The Spotlight of The Moon.

Local 518 Show

On this episode of The Local 518 Show, we've got stories. Show host Andy Gregory picked out tuneful tales by Andrew Mirabile, Chris O'Leary, Michael Jerling, Katie Louise, Haley Moley, and the Tom Atkins Band.

Greg Haymes and Michael Eck Host Exit Dome broadcast
Bryan Thomas

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.


Melanie Krahmer & Rich Libutti of SIRSY have been traveling around the country, winning over fans and melting hearts with their sassy brand of rock & soul for more than two decades; pouring their hearts and souls into every show, every recording, every song and every note!

Local 518 Show

Continuing discovery of your past and future favorite bands and artists on The Local 518 Show, Andy Gregory has songs by Los Elk, Laveda, Bird Streets, Small Town Glow, The Gibson Brothers, Bob Warren, and Alexandra Higgins. 

Mark Gamsjager & The Lustre Kings have kept the spirit of American roots rock music alive and well for decades. Their 1997 debut, 'Mark Gamsjager Rocks & The Lustre Kings Roll' pounded in the signposts for the styles future records would visit. The Attic Classic is "Bopalena", the first track off that record.

The Eddies Are Coming!

Apr 2, 2019
Jim Murphy & Sal Prizio from Proctors

Sunday, April 14 | Proctors Theatre


The inaugural Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards take place at Proctors Theatre this month. It's an opportunity to amplify, empower and celebrate professionals working in the area's wide-rangng music scene.

Local 518 Show 1909

It's an all instrumental episode of The Local 518 Show this time around. Show host Andy Gregory features tracks by Stefon Harris & Blackout, Michael Bohne, Victory Soul Orchestra, Alexander Kash, Mike Campese, Maria Zemantauski, and Groovestick.

The City of Albany

Join us May 11 and 12, Mother's Day weekend, for the 2019 Tulip Fest!  We will be hosting the Local 518 Stage at the Lakehouse again this year.  Check out our line-up! The links take you to Local 518 Sessions with the artists to hear more about them.

Local 518 Show 1908

Like a little rock, soul, and blues on your Local 518 show? You've come to the right place! On this episode, Andy Gregory features songs by Wild Adriatic + Dan Rodriguez, Lou's Blues, Albert Cummings, James Rock, Playin' With Fire Band, and Mark Tolstrup. The Attic Classic is from Albany's "Ambassador of the Blues" Ernie Williams, who passed away in 2012. "Tell Me Baby What’s Wrong With You" comes from Ernie Williams & The Wildcats 1997 'Harvest Time' disc.

Sandy McKnight's Pop-Clique

Sandy McKnight is a singer, songwriter, producer, playwright, author and phlebotomist. Well maybe not the latter, but his songs get under our skin.  His new band, Sandy McKnight's Pop-Clique, played our studio and talked up a new release called, "Hit List".  

Sean Rowe at 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.

Local 518 Show 1907

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.

Mold. Broken. MotherJudge

Mar 12, 2019
Mother Judge at Exit Dome 5, Jan 2012

Exit Dome 5—Jan. 28, 2012. Caroline MotherJudge was at the peak of her considerable powers. While she is rightfully praised in her passing as a giving soul, community organizer and relentless promoter of others, let’s not forget her own inspiring, righteous skills as a singer, songwriter and musician. Husband Sten Isachsen and longtime cohort Bob Buckley might be the ringers for the night, but she is leading the band, just as anyone who ever worked alongside her will tell you. This is the stuff!

Local 518 Show 1906

Andy Gregory illuminates some of the local bands and artists on The Local 518 Show. During this episode, his playlist is lit with songs by Jeff Brisbin, PJ Duo, Scott MacPherson, Ryan Leddick Trio, Zan & the Winter Folk, and The Hudson Dusters. For the Attic Classic, he shines a light on the somewhat tragic tale of Woodstock performer Bert Sommer, and plays "Jennifer", the first song he played at that gathering 50 years ago.

Local 518 Show

Late February's weather has got us thinking that spring can't be to far off. Meanwhile, we have another episode of The Local 518 Show with Andy Gregory. Playlist this week contains No More Death Stars, Gordon St., Hitrick and Brooks, The Age, Young Culture, and Intelligent Television. The Attic Classic is by Timbre Coup [tam-ber koo] - “Part B” was the second song they wrote, comes from their first album 'Fools Gold', which came out in 2009.


Local musician Maria known as Belle Skinner splits her time between Albany and Brooklyn. This weekend she will be  in Albany  headlining a show alongside Girl Blue and Zan & the Winter Folk. Saturday at the Linda Performing Arts Center. Go to hear her soprano voice that will mesmerize you and the nostalgic sound of her music that will have your heart. 

Siren Songs at The Linda

March 2 at 8:00 pm | The Linda

Girl Blue, Zan & the Winter Folk and Belle-Skinner

Girl Blue:

Jocelyn & Chris Arndt on the Today Show

Friday, March 1 | Lucky Strike Social Jupiter Hall

We at WEXT are proud to be the station where Jocelyn & Chris were first heard.  We played them in a now defunct  band called The Dependents.  The new album, "The Fun in the Fight" had its first full play here on WEXT.