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Caffe Lena 55th Anniversary

Caffe Lena Turns 55!

Caffe Lena 55th Anniversary

In 1960, with an idea and a dream, Lena Spencer created a home for some of the most compelling performers of the last 55 years. For the last 20 years, that dream has been kept alive by Sarah Craig who is the executive director of the special coffeehouse/listening room. Join Caffe Lena and WEXT for a special concert to celebrate the type of music discovery that has been going on since Day One.

The Wiyos
Beaucoup Blue
Sara Milonovich
The Suitcase Junket
Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

May 16th

Zankel Auditorium on the campus of Skidmore College.

For more details and tickets, visit Caffe Lena’s website.   To witness the magic of some of these artists, keep reading for videos and more.

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Local 518 Camps Out at Tulip Fest

 Tulip Fest 2015 

The City of Albany presents the 67th Annual Albany Tulip Festival on Saturday, May 9and Sunday, May 10 in Washington Park! A Capital Region Mother’s Day weekend tradition, Albany’s signature spring event features two stages of live music, the KidZone family fun destination, hundreds of vendors selling great food and handmade crafts, and of course, thousands of tulips! The Exit 97.7 Local 518 Stage welcomes performances all weekend long by an eclectic array of the region’s best and brightest bands, including The Orange, Mirk, Jocelyn Arndt, Party Boat, The Spectacular Average Boys, Matt Durfee & The Rattling Baddlies, Holly & Evan and The Sea The Sea! The Albany Tulip Festival is brought to you free of charge by Price Chopper, Stella Artois, Shock Top and Exit 97.7. For more information, call 518-434-2032 or visit www.albanyevents.org.


LOCAL 518 STAGE
SATURDAY, MAY 9
Media sponsor: Exit 97.7
5:00 p.m. – The Orange: planted in 1998, The Orange grew into a formidable tree with branches bursting into the U.S. indie rock scene. After 12 years in stasis, the band offers its sweet rock nectars once again!
3:45 p.m. – Jocelyn Arndt: a devastatingly powerful singer with a presence on stage that demands all attention from her opening notes, Jocelyn’s indie-rock-blues sound has amazed audiences nationwide.
2:30 p.m. – The Spectacular Average Boys: a foot-stomping folk-rock band, the Boys take ideas from traditional roots music and update them for a faster, louder, modern generation.
1:15 p.m. – Holly & Evan: updating the tradition of the barrelhouse with their own unique style, Holly & Evan draw from a deep well of blues, soul and jazz.

SUNDAY, MAY 10
5:15 p.m. – MIRK: an edgy, horn-fueled hip-hop powerhouse that seamlessly blends elements of soul, R&B, rap, rock and pop into a completely original, utterly unique sound.
4:00 p.m. – Party Boat: with a tsunami of sunny ‘60s-style songwriting, this Saratoga Springs surf-pop sensation brings the sound of the beach party to you.
2:45 p.m. – Matt Durfee & The Rattling Baddlies: this innovative acoustic combo weaves striking stories, urgent melodies and astounding instrumental ability into a patchwork quilt of heartfelt Americana.
1:30 p.m. – The Sea The Sea: a singer-songwriter duo exploring moments of the unfolding future through their sincere lyrics, beautiful harmonies and emotive sonic landscapes.

The Figgs: Forever

The Figgs: Forever

The Figgs

Join us for The Figgs: Forevera celebration of the Capital Region’s biggest rock & roll export of the past twenty five years. Recorded during The Figgs‘ recent west coast tour, The Figgs visited Josh Norek in sunny California for a one hour radio special. In this WEXT exclusive program, The Figgs take us through their musical history, including 12 albums and career milestones including serving as the backing band for Graham Parker, performing on the Jon Stewart Show, and landing music in a Lexus commercial. Not bad for a couple of lads from Saratoga!

With the release of their new album, “Other Planes of Here,” we thought it was about time to honor the Local 518’s rock and roll heroes with their own radio program. It’s time for The Figgs: Forever.  Read on for more on this special excursion into all things Figgs.

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Sufjan Stevens at The Palace Theatre

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Wednesday, April 15th

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The Palace Theatre

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When Tulips Bloom Again - Tulip Fest

Tulip Mania: When Tulips Bloom Again

When Tulips Bloom Again - Tulip Fest

Take your place in Albany history by joining in the Tulip Mania Music Project! The City of Albany, the Albany Public Library and Exit 97.7 have teamed up to challenge YOU to carry on the legacy of Albany’s famous Tulip Festival by putting your own spin on the long-lost, 62-year-old “official Tulip Festival song,” “When Tulips Bloom Again.” Keep reading for more.

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Brandi Carlile

WEXT Presents Brandi Carlile at The Palace Theatre

Brandi Carlile at The Palace May 23

Saturday, May 23
The Palace Theatre
7pm doors * 8pm show

BRANDI CARLILE

Tickets on sale Friday, February 27 at 10am at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster charge by phone (800) 745-3000, all Ticketmaster Retail locations and The Palace box office 518-465-4663.

The Retrospectives

Across The Pond: The Retrospectives

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From the British invasion bands of the 60’s to the punk and new wave of the 70’s, The Retrospectives were raised on the music of their parents.

Inspired by the likes of Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty, this energetic three-piece have spent the last two years touring relentlessly, driven by a belief that guitars still have a vital place in popular music.

Thanks to the IMC and the band for allowing a limited download of the song for free.  Enjoy!

Cary Brothers is Just One Guy

And Cary Brothers is offering you some free music. 

Sandy Beaches Cruise

Sandy Beaches Conversations

Sandy Beaches Cruise

Sandy Beaches Conversations

KTG Talks With Some of Our Favorite Artists

In January, KTG went on a cruise. It wasn’t all just fun and sun. It was filled with music and some genuinely unique conversations with some of our favorite artists. You can now listen to these conversations on demand as you wish.

Hear her converse with Band Of Heathens, Marcia Ball, Mingo Fishtrap and Paul Thorn, who were all in attendance and played some great shows on the Sandy Beaches Cruise. Keep reading to listen to these great conversations.

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Listen to WEXT on your phone!

We’ve just updated our iPhone App with some really great features, and it works on iPad, too!  Plus, a brand new Android App is here!!!

iTunes App

Want the iPhone app?  It’s FREE! Click the here.

Google Play

Want the Android app?  It’s FREE!  Click here.