Chris Wienk

Afternoon DJ/Program Director

Chris Wienk
Mon-Fri 3-9pm

Chris grew up listening to his dad play the pipe organ. Chris always got into the deep bass notes. As a little boy, Chris could be found dancing in front of tiny, little stereo speakers that were playing old Simon & Garfunkel. To this day, Chris LOVES “The Boxer,” and can often be heard saying “groovy” (as in “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”).

Chris’ epiphany moment came in the summer of 1975 when he first heard Roxy Music’s “Love is the Drug.” That was the beginning of his quest for music that had such power and emotion.

Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in’ doo-doo,
Feelin’ groovy.

The Bob Dylan 100

4 hours ago

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The Cohoes Music Hall presents The Garcia Project - - performing the music of the Jerry Garcia Band, recreating Jerry Garcia Band concerts - - Saturday April Fifteenth at Eight PM. Tickets at the Cohoes Music Hall Box Office or the Palace website

Enter to win tickets by sending an email with this link.

Bryan Thomas
WEXT

Local 518 singer-songwriter, Bryan Thomas (from the Soul Rock Capital of the Universe) brings it with a new session featuring songs from his latest "tiny album," "Songs About Books About Writers."  He even throws in a brand new song - just two days old.  

Francesca Blanchard
WEXT

Vermont singer-songwriter, Francesca Blanchard dropped by to play songs from and talk about her album "Deux Visions." It's a bilingual album from this young French-born singer. She talks about how music became her calling and how the songs came to be.

Hollis Brown
Artist

WEXT Presents:

Hollis Brown wsg Lost Leaders
The Hollow
May 13

Tickets go on sale Friday (3/24) at 10am.
Available through Ticketmaster's website.

Bob Dylan
Michael Ochs Archives

Bob Dylan has won many awards throughout his career including the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, twelve Grammy Awards, one Academy Award and one Golden Globe Award. Much of his most-celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when his songs chronicled social unrest. As we celebrate the songs of Bob Dylan this week, we’re counting on hearing from you with your financial support. Listener support has made it possible for us to share Breakfast with the Beatles, Dylan at Dusk, Hello Pretty City and other unique musical experiences.

Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
Artist

The Massry Center for the Arts
March 24th

Dallas singer-songwriter, Matthew Wolcott dropped by to play songs from and talk about his EP "Western Lights."  Soon you can see videos from his session below the full audio of the session. Also see his official video for the song "Western Lights," too.

Bob Dylan "Blonde on Blonde"
Artist

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Bob Dylan's "Greatest Hits," which gathered tracks from his first seven albums. Plus, we will celebrate 51 years since the release of "Blonde on Blonde," the release of his 38th album ("Triplicate"), and Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. 

We are not expecting Bob to show up to accept our accolades, but we do hope you will join us as we celebrate all things Bob, from March 17-24. 

Rocky Velvet
Artist

Having a hard time finding a new favorite band? Andy Gregory has a few suggestions for you on The Local 518 Show. Tune in at 11pm tonight (and 6pm Saturday) for Stockade Kids, Mournin Dove, The Parlor, Blue Ranger, Karen M. Caruso, and Kimono Dragons. Always digging for an Attic Classic, and looky here! Got one from the great lost Rocky Velvet album 'Shuckin' the Corn' out on Cacophone Records. There's more than a dozen songs - give a listen to "Can't Stop."

Produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. 

IWD2017
Agency

Helping to make a difference for gender parity, the organizers of International Women's Day work with people, governments and organizations around the world to effect change.  We at WEXT wanted to do our part to highlight the on-going efforts of IWD.

To get your own copy of the list of the 200 Women Who Rock, click here for the PDF.

IWD2017
Agency

A few years ago, WEXT took to the airwaves to celebrate women in music on International Women's Day.  It's been too long, but we're bringing back this special countdown of the 200 Women Who Rock!  Today, March 8th, is #IWD2017. We start the countdown with #200 at 9am with KTG, and don't stop until we get to just ahead of 11pm with Joyce Jackey. IWD information can be found here.

Pandafan
WEXT

The trio from Long Island known as Pandafan dropped by to play some new songs for us, and to talk about their new single called "Selkie's Song."

Beth Bombara
Nate Burrell

Beth Bombara's "Map and No Direction" comes out on March 3rd. We've enjoyed discovering her new song "When I Woke" with you. Now, thanks to Beth, you can listen to the whole album here.

The Colorado trio known as Edison dropped by to talk about and play songs from their new album, "Familiar Spirit."  Be looking back for the full session audio, soon.

An Iliad at Capital Rep
Agency

Capital Repertory Theater presents An Iliad: The Poet’s tale of the Trojan War, told with humor, pathos and vision. Accompanied by cellist Kathleen Bowman. March 10-April 2. Tickets at the rep or proctor’s box office. Or their website

Enter to win ticket. Click here to send email. 

St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Artist

Thanks to Adam in Saratoga, WEXT has its hands on a pair of front row seats to the SOLD OUT St. Paul & the Broken Bones show on Sunday, March 5th.  Would you like to win that pair of front row seats?  Here's what you need to do.

Stone Senate
WEXT

With many comparisons to The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stone Senate from Nashville are a rock band with many influences.  Check them out here in an acoustic setting, but do make sure you listen to their record as they do rock!  The full session audio is below the videos.

Local 518 Show (1617)

Feb 23, 2017
Rick Bedrosian
Artist

Is spring in the air yet? Think warm thoughts as you listen to The Local 518 Show, hosted by Andy Gregory, at 11pm (and Saturday at 6pm). Feel warm and tingly with great songs by The Sea The Sea, Sean Rowe, Micah Scott, John Rice, Josh Casano, and the Penny Knight Band.

Jim Gaudet at WEXT
WEXT

Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys dropped by to play a few songs from their latest album, "When It Rains."  They'll be at Caffe Lena on Friday, February 24th, and will be traversing the country for festivals and such starting in the spring (remember that?) through this summer.

Hear the session.

MaryLeigh Roohan w/Jen Trani
WEXT

Local 518 MaryLeigh Roohan dropped by to share some new songs she's been working on with guitarist, songwriter Jen Trani from LA. The two met while out on two separate tours that bumped into each other one night. Friends and a songwriting team were made. Come back soon to hear the full session which airs on WEXT Thursday, February 23 at 1130p, and Saturday, February 25 at 630p.

518 Songfest
Artist

The local music showcase 518 Songfest returns to the Swyer Theater at The Egg, April 1 2017, at 7:00pm. Songfest is a unique live concert experience, in that the artists get to perform their songs, as well as talk a bit about their music and experiences as creators and musicians.  Featured this year is Sawyer Fredericks, winner of Season 8 of NBC’s The Voice. Other artists involved are 518 songwriters Girl Blue and The Sea The Sea, along with Sandy McKnight and special guest John Davidson.

Melissa Greener
WEXT

Melissa Greener is a singer-songwriter originally from Detroit. She makes her home in Nashville these days. She got her start singing songs she heard on the radio, and mimicking her mom who would sing around the house.  Her latest album is "Transistor Corazon." She's working on new material for an album to come out perhaps in 2018.  Learn more about Melissa at her website.

The New McKrells
WEXT

Kevin McKrell has traveled the world bringing his brand of Local 518 folk with Irish roots to the Four Corners of the world.  Recently, he brought a newly minted "New" McKrells to visit with us and play a few songs before they went to play at Caffe Lena (February 23, 2017).

Enjoy the session with the "New" McKrells from our 518 Sessions series.

Cyrille Aimee
Artist

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and The Massry Center for the Arts team up for The Bridge Jazz Festival!

The Bridge Festival is back for a third year! Two nights of hot jazz as two of the area’s best music venues team up once again!

Straight No Chaser & Post Modern Jukebox
Agency

July 19 at SPAC, catch the double feature - Straight No Chaser with Scott Bradlee's PostModern Jukebox.  Tickets on sale now. Visit the Live Nation website for tickets.

Straight No Chaser & Post Modern Jukebox
Agency

July 19 at SPAC, catch the double feature - Straight No Chaser with Scott Bradlee's PostModern Jukebox

tickets go on sale Saturday, February 18 at 10am. Use the link below with the password for the WEXT presale from 10a-10p on February 17. 

Password: SINGERS

Link: http://livemu.sc/2ktAS35

LOLO
Agency

Jackson, TN is home for Lauren Pritchard. She left home to become an actress, a singer, a songwriter. She's had great success, appearing in "Spring Awakening" on Broadway with Duncan Sheik. And now, as LOLO, she has released an amazing record of reflection, filled with her trademark powerful vocals called "In Loving Memory of When I Gave a Sh*t."

Bobby Bazini
WEXT

French-Canadian singer-songwriter, Bobby Bazini stopped by to play songs from and chat about his new album, "Summer Is Gone."  We talked with him about his growing up in rural Quebec, writing songs, and more.

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