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.

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.

Marcia Ball
Artist

Marcia Ball

February 16 - The Upper Room

Marcia Ball’s rollicking roadhouse rave-ups and soulful Gulf Coast R&B, her barrelhouse playing and her feel-good party tunes are iconic.
--USA Today

Visit The Upper Room's website. The contest has ended.

Melissa Greener

Feb 10, 2017
Melissa Greener
Artist

Melissa Greener started her trek into music by singing along with the jazz songs she heard on WDET in Detroit. Self-taught on the guitar, she got the idea that music should be her path while teaching in China. 

Melissa is playing at The Cock N Bull in Galway on Sunday, February 12th. 

Hear her conversation with Chris Wienk here, and below check out a video performance. 

Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters
Artist

Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters

The Upper Room, Albany
February 11th

Hailed as one of the best blues guitarists of his generation, Ronnie Earl brings his distinctive sound to Albany's The Upper Room.  For more information on the show, visit their website.

To win tickets, enter by sending email with this link.

The Fireworks Ensemble
Artist

Feb 11: Youth Orchestra and Fireworks EnsembleFebruary 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Musical Fireworks: Region’s Premiere Youth Musicians Join Fireworks Ensemble for Unique Evening of Contemporary American Music Featuring World-Premiere Piece Empire State Youth Orchestra Joins World-Renowned Chamber Ensemble on Feb.

John Prine at The Palace Theatre
Artist

John Prine

July 28th
The Palace Theatre

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 3 at 10am.  This is the official WEXT presale page.

The password is:  PRINE2017.

Use this link to take part in the presale event.  Click here

Kings of Leon SPAC
Agency

Live Nation at SPAC presents

KINGS OF LEON wsg Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

SPAC - July 26th
Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 4th at 10am.

Welcome to the special WEXT listener presale for the show.  This presale lasts from Thursday (2/2) at 10a until Friday (2/3) at 10p. The password is SHOWTIME.  Click here to get your tickets.

John Prine at The Palace Theatre
Artist

John Prine
July 28th

The Palace Theatre

Bob Dylan remarked, “Beautiful songs… Nobody but Prine could write like that.”

International Guitar Night
Agency

2.8.17 @ 7:30pm 

 International Guitar Night

at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Gypsy jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt hosts for International Guitar Night's 17th year of touring!

Performers include guitarist Luca Stricagnoli; Brazilian performer Chrystian Dozza, and India's ground-breaking slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya.

Watch the video below to see what you might miss if you don't go.

John Mayer Comes to Albany
Agency

John Mayer

Times Union Center

Friday, March 31

Tickets on sale Friday, February 3 at Live Nation

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Wheels of Soul 2017
Agency

The Wheels of Soul 2017

Tedeschi Trucks Band

wsg The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna

July 3 at SPAC

Tickets at Live Nation's website

Molly Durnin
WEXT

Local 518 singer-songwriter, Molly Durnin dropped by to play some songs from the album she'll be producing this year. She expects to have it ready this summer.  It's been about 4 years since we heard her debut album.

Molly is working with Indiegogo to crowd-fund her second album.  For more information on that, visit her Indigiegogo page

Taylor, Chapin and EVA
Agency

A collaborative effort spanning generations is how Nicole Z. of EVA describes the melding of Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin and the three-part harmonies of EVA.  This special concert is coming to The Cohoes Music Hall on Saturday, January 28th. For more information about the show, visit the website.

The Local 518 Show 1620

Jan 26, 2017
Mother Flag Country
Artist

There's alternate radio for you with Andy Gregory tonight at 11pm (and Saturday at 6pm). Dial in the Local 518 Show, with music by Ray Murray and the Bomb Squad, Eastern Electric, The North & South Dakotas, Jasper, Joe Mansman and The Midnight Revival Band, and Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys. The Attic Classic is from Mother, Flag & Country - formed in 1969 at the Veteran's Hall in Schenectady, parted ways in 1976, getting together 35 years later to finally record the album 'Taking A Mulligan'. The opening track, "Ballad of Elijah" is our Attic Classic.

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Wheels of Soul 2017
Agency

Join us July 3rd at SPAC for the Wheels of Soul 2017 with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers! Tickets go on sale Friday, January 27th at 10am.

Because you're a fan of WEXT, you can get your tickets today (until 10pm)! Join our presale by clicking this link. Use the password: SOUL.  Enjoy! 

Matt Flinner
Artist

Matt Flinner brings his trio to the area for shows at Wolf Hollow Brewing (2/8) and the Cock N Bull Restaurant (2/9).

Ahead of that, Chris Wienk talked with Matt all about music, how Matt first got going with the mandolin, and where his band falls in the spectrum of music styles.

 

Craig Finn
WEXT

Craig Finn of The Hold Steady is out on a tour of people's living rooms. On his way through town, he stopped by to play songs and talk up his new album, "We All Want the Same Things."

Visit Craig's website to see about his living room tour, and to find out more about the new album and all things Craig Finn.

Chuck Prophet
WEXT

Chuck Prophet dropped by to play songs and talk about his new album, "Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins."  We'll post the full session after it airs, but for now - enjoy the videos of the songs.

And make sure you see what Chuck is up to as he is out and about promoting the record.  Visit his website.

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