Live Music

JD McPherson at The Hangar

September 24 and 25 | The Hangar, Troy

JD McPherson

The last time JD McPherson came to town, he sold out the show very quickly. We are very lucky to get him here for two nights this time.  This is a show not to miss.

Buy tickets to Saturday's show at Brown Paper Tickets.

Buy tickets to Sunday's show at Brown Paper Tickets.

The contest is now closed.

Bumper Jacksons

Bumper Jacksons

September 23 at 730p | Massry Center, College of St. Rose

The College of Saint Rose presents a night of swing and re-imagined American roots music with The Bumper Jacksons in concert.

The Bumper Jacksons with special guests Bryan Brundige and The Piggly Wigglies will perform Friday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m. on the D’Arcy-Brady Stage in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, New York.


September 14 at 730pm | Troy Music Hall


Donovan, ‘60s legend, icon, poet and one of the world’s most enduring singer songwriters, brings hes SUNSHINE SUPERMAN FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY TOUR, to the Hall!

“I am delighted to be going on tour throughout North America, to thank all who have followed my work from the beginning—and all who have just discovered me now,” Donovan says.

Dale Watson coming to The Hangar

September 23 at 8pm | The Hangar, Troy NY

Dale Watson & His Lonestars

Dale Watson and His Lonestars, keepers of the true country music flame, return to The Hangar with a night of Honky-Tonk Music and a beloved Austin Texas tradition; Chicken S#!+ Bingo! Show starts at 8pm.

For tickets and information, visit Brown Paper Tickets.

The contest is now closed.

Dan Berggren and Ed Lowman

Dan Berggren's Adirondack roots have sustained this award-winning folk musician for over 40 years, filling his performances with honesty, humor and a strong sense of place. He's joined by Ed Lowman’s rock-solid bass playing and down-home fiddling.

Get tickets at Brown Paper Tickets, online by clicking here

Fear of Strangers reunion concert

Join WEXT in welcoming the return of an iconic Local 518 band - FEAR OF STRANGERS!

Originally scheduled for June but postponed due to injury - the original line-up of Fear of Strangers/The Units comes back around to Albany like the re-appearance of a rare comet, with special guest Mike Kelley rounding out the band.

The Hollow Bar + Kitchen
79 Pearl Street, Albany

September 23 - 9pm

Grand Point North

Higher Ground Presents Grace Potter's Grand Point North Festival, featuring 2 nights of Grace Potter, as well as Old Crow Medicine Show, Guster, The Wood Brothers, and more. September 17th and 18th at Burlington's Waterfront Park. tickets and information at their website

This contest is now closed. 

Blackberry Smoke

Chris Wienk talks with Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke. The band's new album, "Like An Arrow," is due out October 14th, and they'll be at Upstate Concert Hall on September 10th.

Freshgrass Festival

Freshgrass, a three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA, featuring 50 bands, including Old Crow Medicine Show, Glen Hansard, Rosanne Cash, Ricky Skaggs, The Devil Makes Three, and more.  September 16-18.  Enjoy Bershire mountain food and spirits, art and camping.

Information and tickets at, or

Blackberry Smoke

September 10th - Upstate Concert Hall

Blackberry Smoke has evolved from rough edged club act to arena ready rock 'n' roll juggernauts, while steadily extending and expanding the Southern rock tradition. Since the group’s formation in 2000, the band has never shied away from hard work, playing more than 250 shows a year and building an ever expanding audience on the strength of its live shows.

David Gans

Guthrie Bell presents Grateful Dead hour host, author and performer David Gans, at the Hollow with Dead Knot on September 7th, 79 South Pearl Street, Albany. Book signing at 7, performance at 8.

More at

Indigo Girls


Tuesday, November 1

The Egg

7pm doors * 8pm show


Tickets on sale Friday, August 19th, at 11am at and the Egg box office 518-473-1845

The contest is now closed.

Jon Herrington Band

September 23rd

The Upper Room

Doors at 6PM, Show at 8:00PM, Dinner service available. Tickets will also be available at the door.

518 For 518

Aug 11, 2016
518 for 518
Israel Singer

518 for 518 Four great bands from the 518 --  Carl Daniels, Yellow Montego, SubSlab and Something Lost -- are playing for you. And to benefit WEXT, Exit 97.7FM, the radio station that makes it its mission to promote local musical diversity & creativity.

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards will be performing at Caffe Lena at The Grove (the temporary location for Caffe Lena while they renovate the space on Phila Street) on August 20th.  He took a few moments out of his schedule to talk with Chris Wienk about the "little" protest song that almost didn't make the album, "Sunshine," and his latest album "Tomorrow's Child."

Oldtone Roots Music Festival

September 8-11, Oldtone Roots Music Festival at Cool Whisper Farm in North Hillsdale, NY features traditional mountain fiddling, bluegrass, hot swing, classic country, brass, Cajun and contra music. A family-friendly full camping festival with kids activities, dancing, hands-on instrument workshops led by world-class musicians, instrument and band contests, Hudson Valley farm-to-table food, libations,  and exceptional national & regional acts on the main, dance, & workshop stages.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

WEXT welcomes the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band to The Egg!

Kenny Wayne Shepherd brings his rockin' band back to The Egg, Friday, August 12. For more details and tickets visit The Egg website


Sunday August 28th at 3 pm join Yarn for a "Ring of Hope" benefit concert at Centre Street Pub in Schenectady with opener Strait Up. It's Yarnapalooza!  Tickets available online in advance, and at the door. 


We're super excited for SolarFest featuring Dar Williams, Donna the Buffalo, Marcia Ball, and other performers on two solar-powered stages plus over 60 sustainability workshops. July 15th and16th at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. Tickets and more information available at their website.

This contest is now closed.

Grey Fox

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival presents Del McCoury, Sara Watkins, Earl of Leicester, and more, Thursday thru Sunday, July 14 thru 16 in Oak Hill, NY. 40 bands, 5 stages, workshops, camping, jamming, foods, and more! Tickets and info at

This contest is now closed.  Thanks for listening!

Derek and Susan (2015)
Manuel Nauta

Wheels of Soul Summer Tour 2016
Featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band with Los Lobos and North Mississippi All-Stars
Wednesday, July 13 at SPAC

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Grey Fox Bluegrass 2016

Jun 30, 2016
Grey Fox


We've been long time fans of this incredibly talented brother and sister duo from Fort Plain! 

We first caught a glimpse of their brilliance on stage during a Music on Mainstreet in Canajoharie event when they were fresh-faced teenagers!  Now upperclassmen at Harvard University, these sibling rockers continue to amaze us with their drive, determination and music! 

The Black Feathers

The Black Feathers are an award-winning duo from Gloucestershire in England. The perfectly paired voices of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler intertwine effortlessly to create a sound combining elements of folk, roots, alt-country and Americana.

Friday, June 24, The Black Feathers play their songs at The Cock 'N Bull Restaurant in Galway

Brett Dennen On Mountain Stage

Jun 21, 2016

In the early 2000s, Northern California native Brett Dennen was a camp counselor in the Sierra Nevadas who played guitar, wrote songs and performed fireside. With a self-made album, Dennen began playing coffee shops along the West Coast and developed a strong following. He was soon championed by KCRW DJ Chris Douridas, who in 2004 described the singer as "the best unsigned artist of the year."

Ben Harper at Ommegang

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

wsg Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Brewery Ommegang
656 Co Hwy 33, Cooperstown, NY

Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 5:00pm EDT

A Night With Janis Joplin

Written By: Randy Johnson

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 to Sunday, August 7, 2016

Art in The Park

Jun 9, 2016
Art In The Park

Art in the Park is two separate days of fine art in Saratoga Springs' historic downtown Congress Park, curated and presented by Saratoga Arts. Each exhibition features artists from the greater Saratoga and Capital regions, displaying and selling their original two- and three-dimensional creations and personally-designed and crafted functional art in a beautiful park setting. Artists will be on hand to discuss their drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography, print-making, and work in other media.

Happy Birthday WEXT!

Jun 7, 2016
The Tallest Man on Earth

The Tallest Man on EarthSunday, July 3 • 7:30pm • $28, $32, $38

Part of the Rhythm International Series


Local 518 Sean Rowe dropped by WEXT to play some new songs from his forthcoming Kickstarter-funded album.  The Kickstarter campaign wraps up June 14.  And while the goal has already been met (HOORAY!), there's still some exclusive incentives you can choose from and take home!  Plus, it's always nice to have a little more money than what you budgeted for, right? We can't wait for the new album in 2017!

Hear Sean perform three new songs and talk with Dave Michaels: