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Muddy Waters

The Blues Week

Muddy Waters 

April 17 through 24, join us in celebration of Muddy Waters and The Blues. This year would be his 102 birthday. To celebrate, we figured we would put together a week of Blues. Keep reading to discover the daily themes for this extra special week.

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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. Keep reading for the line-up, videos and more.

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They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants!

They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants
Upstate Concert Hall
April 22nd

There aren’t a lot of bands who can open an album with the line “Hi, Your head is on fire” and have it sound not only cool, but for the said lyric to be one of the album’s less ostentatious declarations. With Nanobots—They Might Be Giants’ 16th studio album—the band offers up a musical landscape of black ops, microscopic robots, insect hospitals, and karate chops—as well as a sprinkling of mini-ruminations clocking in at well under the one-minute mark.  Keep reading to enter to win tickets.

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Ed Kowalczyk

Ed Kowalczyk of Live Comes to The Egg

Ed Kowalczyk

Saturday, April 25

The Egg

This show is now sold out.

Ed Kowalczyk celebrates the 20th anniversary of the classic Live album “Throwing Copper”- unplugged. Keep reading to enter to win tickets to this sold out show.

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Across The Pond: Jacko Hooper

Jacko  Hooper

This week, our Across The Pond artist is from Brighton in the UK. His name is Jacko Hooper.

As Another Lazy Sunday put it:  ‘Sentimental, wistful and touching, Jacko Hooper is a one-man songwriting machine with a painfully beautiful voice that is bound to move even those with the coldest hearts.’  Keep reading to listen and to download the song, if you wish.

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Caroline Rose

Caroline Rose Will Not Be Afraid

Friday, April 17 at 8pm

The Linda

wsg Local 518 Henry’s Rifle

Caroline Rose brings a healthy dose of attitude. She’s punky and witty, with a style teetering on rockabilly in its stripped-down, bluesy way. Her sound draws mostly Americana and folk comparisons, with quick-talking lyrical delivery and full-bodied instrumentation. Caroline Rose’s saddle shoes scream fun, but her lyrics tell some serious stories. Her 2014 debut album I Will Not Be Afraid spins stories with a sense of adventure, a certain badass swagger, and devil-may-care attitude and the same thing she brings to every performance.

Seth Glier

Saturday, April 18

The Linda

Despite his relatively young age, MPress recording artist Seth Glier is a seasoned troubadour. A singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 250 live performances annually, Seth has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows and playing major festivals. On his fourth album for MPress Records, “If I Could Change One Thing” (April 2015), Glier embraces a genuine modern-pop direction, marking a bold departure from his previous, more acoustic recordings. Keep reading to enter to win tickets.

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Heather Maloney Celebrates New CD at The Linda

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Saturday, April 25 at 8pm
wsg Will Dailey
The Linda

Heather Maloney is an American singer-songwriter who has received numerous accolades for her startlingly soulful voice and literate songwriting exploring themes of spirituality, transformation, and impermanence. Critics are quickly discovering Maloney’s talent with No Depression raving “Her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking…” while Blurt Magazine wrote “Heather Maloney is one of the most talented tradition-based singer-songwriters I’ve heard in some time…the writing is stunning.”

Maloney spent the end of 2014 in Nashville recording her next full-length record with producer Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses, Avett Brothers, Lissie). The album will be released at the end of April on Signature Sounds.

Keep reading to enter to win tickets to the show.

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Laura Oakes

Across The Pond: Laura Oakes

Laura Oakes

From her website:  Laura Oakes is a wonderfully talented British Country Music singer from Liverpool, England. Coming from a huge Liverpudlian family, where everyone sings or play an instrument, it was only a matter of time before Laura caught the music bug.

She jokes that her family find communicating by singing in three-part harmony just as natural as talking! Laura started thinking about taking music a little more seriously in her teens. She learned how to play the guitar, started to write songs and after discovering Carrie Underwood and the Dixie Chicks at age 14, it was Country Music that had her heart.

Keep reading to listen to and download the song, and to see the awesome video she made for “Snakes & Ladders.”

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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.

Keep reading for the full Local 518 line-up!  And if you want to do your own take on the official Tulip Fest song, click here.

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