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.

Chicano Batman

July 31

Chicano Batman plays The Hollow in Albany

For more information, visit The Hollow website

See how cool these guys are!

Eric Krans of The Parlor

Eric Krans of The Parlor dropped by to play us a couple love songs, and to talk about what's next with The Parlor, and The Big Veg!  For more information about Capital Roots and The Big Veg, visit their website.

Tree Fox

MAD Collar Party

MAD Collar PartySaturday, August 5that Collar Works + The Hangar on the Hudson - Troy, NY Join Collar Works for the inaugural MAD Collar Party! They’re bringing the outdoors indoors for this mid-summer party with great music, tailgating flair and time-honored backyard happenings! Tasty food, great people, and creative energy all come together to help raise some mad cash for a stellar cause! Start the evening at Collar Works and then head to the Hangar on the Hudson, a short walk up the street, for our After Party benefit concert!

David Sedaris

Sunday, August 20, 2017 Lenox, MA – Tanglewood – Performance Center Koussevitzky Music Shed

8PM – Evening reading and book signing.

The Infamous Stringdusters

Tabitha from Bluegrass Around the Bend is out at Grey Fox Bluegrass this weekend, and everyone had a great time last night with Del McCoury, The Infamous Stringdusters, and so much more.  The festival continues through Sunday down in Oak Hill.  Tabitha sent back a report from the campground at Grey Fox to let us know about tonight and tomorrow.

The Big Veg

WEXT is proud to partner with Capital Roots for The Big Veg!  Celebrate 10 years of the Veggie Mobile with us on July 28th (5-10p) down on River Street in Troy (next to Capital Roots' Urban Grow Center).

Admission is FREE!

Kimono Dragons
The Parlor
C.C. Vagabonds
Pony In the Pancake
Ragliacci en Masse (formerly The Lucky Jukebox Brigade)
Chill Smith Collective

For more information, visit the Capital Roots website.

The Velmas

The Eagles Greatest Hits Vol 1

Formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner. They had five number-one singles, six Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, and six number one albums.  THE EAGLES were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s.

For the first time, you can now get both the greatest  hits collections as one collection to have all the best songs in one place.

Booker T

July 22nd

Mass MoCA

From his early days as a Stax Records session player with the M.G.’s, to his recent resurgence, Booker T. Jones has remained an ambassador of Memphis soul music for nearly fifty years. A Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Jones visits Mass MoCA for a night of Green Onions, soon-to-be-classics, and all your favorites.

Elvis Costello & the Imposters

DSP Shows Presents Elvis Costello & the Imposters at Brewery Ommegang on July 21st 5:00PM Gates7:00PM Show Elvis Costellowsg Amy Helm A songwriter and performer comfortable in almost every genre imaginable, Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 30 years. A musicologist of formidable breadth and knowledge, he is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist Steve Nieve.

Carmen Lookshire
Kiki Vassilakis Photography /

Local 518 singer-songwriter, Carmen Lookshire tells us she has an old soul, and she loves the music of the 30s and 40s.  Her sound and style may belie that, but in this session, we'll hear her sing Chris Wienk's favorite song a cappella.  Plus, she sings an old Nat "King" Cole song. In addition, we hear the song she and Kenyan pop reggae singer Mtu Saba worked on together called "Don't Ask Mommy Why."

Ziggy! At The Egg

Jul 11, 2017
Ziggy Marley

DSP Shows Presents Ziggy Marley at The Egg - July 20th.  

For more information, visit the Egg website.

Mad Mass MoCA!

Jul 11, 2017
Mad Max

July 15th
Mass MoCA

The 1979 cult classic, Mad Max, shaped the way we think about our dystopian future, in which desolate, post-apocalyptic landscapes are the backdrop for a wild ride of feuds and vengeance. Join our friends at Mass MoCA for an outdoor screening, with an original re-score performed live by the hot New York City ensemble Morricone Youth — makes for a great summer night.

For details, visit the Mass MoCA website.

The Kamikaze Hearts circa 2017

Ten years ago, on 07-07-07, WEXT began its quest to leave regular radio behind.  When you joined us on the journey on that fateful day, the first song you heard was by a great Local 518 band known as The Kamikaze Hearts.  We chose to play their song "Ash Wednesday" as the first song - it was to signify that local music and the musicians who create it was paramount to our mission. It still is - ten years later!

The Super Secret Local 518 Compilation

The email we received in the wee hours of July 7th, 2017 read as follows:

Hello WEXT Friends!

Happy Birthday!

The Super Secret 518 crew is a small, anonymous squad of local musicians who decided to organize a surprise compilation of Local 518 covers performed by other Local 518 performers. We figured there'd be no better way to thank you for your crucial role in the community than to pay tribute to this community in song. 

Joan Osborne

Friday, July 7th, Joan Osborne will be at Mass MoCA. She's performing an evening of Bob Dylan songs to the delight of audiences everywhere. 

For information and tickets, visit the Mass MoCA website

Cars 3
Walt Disney Pictures

Does the latest chapter in Disney-Pixar's auto franchise run like Lightning? Jay Bobbin reviews "Cars 3."

Robbie Christmas & Michael Hannon

Seattle singer-songwriter, Robbie Christmas brought his friend Michael Hannon to the studio to record a few songs, including his song "Wish You Were Her."  Plus, we discussed songwriting, working with Train lead singer Pat Monahan and what it was like to sing the National Anthem to 68,000 NFL fans in Seattle.

Saratoga County Fair

The 176th Saratoga County Fair is from July 18 through July 23! Fun and excitement for the whole family, everyday and night. Join us at the Fair on the first day for the Masters of the Chainsaw

See the daily schedule and more at the Fair's website.

Dan Berggren

Local 518, Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren stopped by to play some songs from his new album, "This Planet We Call Home." Plus, we talk a bit about the 37th Old Songs Festival.

Catch Dan at the Old Songs Festival all this weekend (6/23-25).

MaryLeigh Roohan

Local 518 MaryLeigh Roohan is working on a new album headed our way in 2018. She's playing at Caffe Lena on June 25th.  If you can make it to the show, you will get a preview CD with songs that are still in progress on their way to the album.

Make sure you return for some cool videos of the songs she plays in the session.

For more information about the show at Caffe Lena, click here.

Solid Sound Sold Out!

Jun 21, 2017
Solid Sound

Solid Sound Festival this weekend, June 23-25 is all sold out.  We have a pair of Saturday passes, and we would love for you to be able to go.  Want to?  Send email, and we'll let you know if you've won.  Keep rockin'!

Cry Cry Cry

Cry Cry CryThe Troy Savings Bank Music HallFriday, October 27, 2017, 8 PM    Celebrated singer-songwriters Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell and Dar Williams last performed together in their celebrated folk-pop collaboration, Cry Cry Cry, nineteen years ago.

Randy Newman

Randy Newman
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Saturday, September 16, 8PM This legendary songwriter started his career with hits like "Short People," "Louisiana 1927," and "I Think It's Going to Rain Today." Today, he reaches new audience with songs from films like Toy Story, as well as the newer hits "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country" and "Laugh and Be Happy."   

Matthew Wolcott

Dallas singer-songwriter Matthew Wolcott didn't take the usual route to becoming a professional musician. First he was a lawyer, but the music bug had bitten. He stopped his burgeoning law practice to follow his music passion.

Riverlink Concerts 2017

Jun 17, 2017
Riverlink Concerts
Riverlink Concerts

Each Saturday (and a few other nights), join us at Riverlink Park in Amsterdam for the Riverlink Park concert series. Here's the 2017 line-up. Shows are at 7pm, except Sean Rowe's which is 8pm. More info at the Riverlink website.

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