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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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Heather Maloney Celebrates New CD at The Linda

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Saturday, April 25 at 8pm
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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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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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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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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.  And see our Local 518 Tulip Fest line up here.

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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.