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.

Sandbox Percussion

The Washington Post says the ensemble Sandbox Percussion is “revitalizing the world of contemporary music.”

Sandbox Percussion stopped by the WMHT-FM (89.1)  studios with the composer Viet Cuong. There are 2 chances to see them this weekend as part of the Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival. On Friday, 6/2, at 7:30 at EMPAC, they premiere Viet Cuong’s Renewal for Percussion Quartet and Chamber Ensemble. And on Saturday, 6/3, at 3, also at EMPAC, they perform works by Steve Reich, David Crowell and more.

MaryLeigh Roohan

June 25

Caffe Lena

Hayes Carll

Join Hayes Carll at the Hangar on the Hudson on June 8th! Find details at the Hangar's Facebook page, or join the event!

Barns Courtney

Join Barns Courtney at The Hollow Bar + Kitchen June 8th at 9pm.  For more information visit Barns Courtney's website.

John Mayall

June 6, 8pm

The Cohoes Music Hall

Remsen St, Cohoes

Colin Hay

DSP Shows and WEXT are proud to present the Man At Work, Colin Hay! He's coming to The Egg Performing Arts Center on August 19th. Tickets on sale through Dan Smalls and The Egg. #FierceMercy #ComeTumblingDown

Tickets on sale The Egg box office and online.

Enter to win tickets by sending email with this link

Ray Wylie Hubbard

June 3 - The Hangar on the Hudson, Troy

Ray Wylie Hubbard's bio is way too long due to his 40+ years of being a legendary Texas singer/songwriter whose tough but literate music ranges from personal introspection to rowdy barroom anthems and releasing 16 albums.

Get your tickets to Ray's show at Brown Paper Tickets.

Enter to win tickets by sending an email.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

Albany’s free Alive at Five concert series returns for its 28th season on June 8 presented by KeyBank, Capital District Transportation Authority - CDTA, & Exit 97.7 WEXT with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Let's Be Leonard!

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show came to the fore when they finished a Bob Dylan song (Wagon Wheel). With a rich catalog and a reputation for brilliant live shows, OCMS has just released their live, cover of the full "Blonde on Blonde" album. Now, they're coming to Ommegang on May 28. Click here for details. 

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The iconic Sacramento based band Cake will rock the area, not just once, but two times. May 26 at Ommegang and May 28 at Mass MoCA. Click each venue for more information about the respective show. 

Ana Popovic

The Cohoes Music Hall - May 23!

Ana Popovic w/s/g Super 400

Ana Popovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia) and grew up in a family where music was very important. All throughout her youth, her father would invite friends over for nightly jam sessions. In this atmosphere, she quickly learned her father’s impressive blues and soul record collection, grabbed his guitar and started playing at the age of fifteen. Since then, Ana has developed into an phenomenal guitarist/vocalist with a growing legion of fans throughout the world.

The Local 518 Show 1712

May 19, 2017

Eric Johnson

Texas guitar legend Eric Johnson returns to the Cohoes Music Hall on May 22 with his band for an evening of Electric Blues!

Details at The Palace Theatre website. 

Sydney Worthley
AMG Photography

There's a new Local 518 rising star. Her name is Sydney Worthley.  We could have been knocked over with a feather when we learned she was a mere 14 years old. Her lyrics belie that age. She has a mature outlook on life, and has a very powerful voice.

Sydney's CD release show is to be scheduled soon.

Take a listen to her session below. And visit her website to learn more.

Martin Sexton

Syracuse native, and a veteran of playing the streets of Boston, Martin Sexton dropped by and talked a little about his experiences being on the ground with his transient, commuter audiences.  And he sang songs and talk about his album "Mixtape of the Open Road."

The Local 518 Show 1711

May 15, 2017

Scott Sharrard

Scott Sharrard is widely known as the lead guitarist and musical director of the Gregg Allman Band. He's a prolific songwriter and talented singer, he has also released several soul-influenced albums of his own including three with his first band, The Chesterfields, followed by three solo albums and, most recently, the eponymous release by his current band, Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band, in 2013.

Marshall Crenshaw
Lisa Tanner

WEXT welcomes Marshall Crenshaw to The Upper Room in Albany!

An Evening with Marshall Crenshaw
May 13

For more information and tickets, visit The Upper Room's website.

The 317

Local 518 group The 317 (Three Seventeen) dropped by to play songs and promote a special show at The Hangar, a tribute to the musician, poet, politician and patriot - the late, great Bobby Sands who lost his life while on a hunger strike in prison in 1981.

For more information on the concert that will feature other Local 518 luminaries such as Kevin McKrell, Brian McCann, Mikki Bakken, The Good Things Band, and Battenkill, go to The Hangar's Facebook page.

Hear the session below.

Saratoga County Fair

The summertime tradition continues as plans are starting to take shape for the 176th Anniversary season of the Saratoga County Fair held on July 18-23, 2017.

The 2017 Saratoga County Fair will offer seven stages of entertainment from all over the Country, animal displays domestic to exotic, six nights of exciting competition in the National Grid Grandstand with two nights of Pro Rodeo, two nights of Demo Derby, plus Modified tractor Pulls, and a day full of four wheel drive truck pulls.

Dale and Ray

Dale Watson and Ray Benson have known each other for decades.  The two Texas Troubadours have criss-crossed the country and each other's paths through the years. Both have thought that they should eventually sit down to make music together.  Well, they did! The result is the new album "Dale & Ray."

After they performed a show at The Egg, the two sat down in an early morning session with Chris Wienk.  Discussion ran the gamut from music, to their friendship, and of course the beloved tour bus.

The Battenkill Runs Through It Festival 2017

Leap into summer Saturday, May 27th at the 7th Annual Battenkill Runs Through It Beach, Music and Food Festival in Greenwich!

Canoe and kayak rides, fly fishing demonstrations, the River Watch Discovery Program’s popular “bug table,” original art, water & beach contests, Salem Boy Scouts Chicken BBQ, PLUS live music from Mitch Throop, George Wilson and HEARD!  

The Local Show 1709

Apr 29, 2017

KT Tunstall

Singer-songwriter, KT Tunstall stopped by to play a few songs and talk about her latest endeavor, "Kin."  Enjoy!

The Local 518 Show 1707

Apr 28, 2017

The Local 518 Show 1708

Apr 28, 2017

The Slocan Ramblers

Join us as we discover a cool new bluegrass band from Toronto called The Slocan Ramblers.  Listen to their Live at EXT session that we recorded as they drove into the area to play a show at the Crandall Library in Glens Falls.

Aimee Mann & Chris Wienk

Before her show at The Egg, Chris Wienk sat down with Aimee Mann to discuss her new album, "Mental Illness." We learn the true meaning of "Goose Snow Cone," too.

Check out Aimee's music and information at her website.


Alabama Shakes

WEXT and The Palace Theatre Present

Alabama Shakes
w/s/g Emily King
Palace Theatre

August 1

Tickets on Sale Friday, April 28 at 10AM.