Local 518


On the day many in the Capital Region will celebrate the arts on social media with the #518Day tag, The Egg presents an event featuring the art of songwriting. The annual local music showcase 518 SONGFEST returns on 518 Day to the Swyer Theater at The Egg, May 18 at 7:00pm.

518 Attic Classic

Miss this past week's Local 518 Show? Don't panic! Andy's show is available to listen to here.

Chris Kyle

Chris Kyle, who first came to us as part of Railbird - and more recently LIP TALK, has played with Sean Rowe, and many of the great Local 518s.  Plus, he's toured as part of The Duhks, and likely there is a lot more we are missing in our excitement to share his new single with you.  

"Falling in Circles" comes from a forthcoming record called "Air Jacket."  Chris, we cannot wait to hear more! And of course to play this on the radio! 

David Tyo "Oh, Life"

What happens when you challenge yourself to write a song on-demand and immediately record all of the parts, mix it and call it done in as little time possible?  "Oh, Life".  

Local 518 David Tyo explains how his original song "Oh, Life" was conceived, written, recorded, and mixed in three hours and two minutes.  No fancy studio trickery.  No looking back.  Nothing but forward momentum until something was created.  

Local 518 Music Report - CRUMBS

On behalf of CRUMBS.net and The Local 518 Show, get your very own PDF copy of The Local 518 Music (and More) Report - 2017 Quarter 4. The report covers the time period of October 1st to December 31st, 2017. The report listings include hypertext to preview recordings, watch videos, read articles, and access other content with just a click.  Click here for the PDF.

The Magdalens

Get ready to shed those cabin fever blues with the February 518! Featuring Ferriday, Zan Strumfeld & Her Band and The Magdalens!

The February 518, a free show 2 to 5pm Sunday, February 11th at the Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Avenue.  Exposing you to some of the area’s finest singer-songwriters.  The February 518, presented in part by 977 EXT.  

The Local 518 Show

Dave Michaels and Andy Gregory spent Tuesday evening playing back 60 of the great Local 518 songs of 2017. We had some really awesome tunes there.  Thanks so much for listening, and thank you for your support. Your contribution is what makes WEXT a better radio station.  Our ability to be the home of local music in the Capital District is made possible by you!

Click here for a PDF of the Top 60.

WEXT DJs' Best Music of 2017

Dec 23, 2017
Best of 2017

Here are the WEXT DJs' lists of best albums, songs, Local 518 of 2017. Let us know your thoughts by sending an email with this link

Dave Michaels

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Carmen Lookshire at WEXT
Kiki Vassilakos

Local 518 singer-songwriter, Carmen Lookshire dropped by to share her new song and to sing a holiday favorite to get us in the mood for her Merry Little Carmen special performance at Eden Cafe in Loudonville.

First Night Saratoga 2018!

Dec 8, 2017
Sawyer Fredericks

Join us December 31st at the Saratoga Springs City Center with Saratoga Arts!

The WEXT stage features the Shane Guerrette Band and Sydney Worthley, who are both currently dominating the Local 518 playlist with their hip brands of pop and soul.  At the end of the evening, Sawyer Fredericks, the 2015 winner of “The Voice”, returns form his national tour to perform for his local fans!

Local 518 Music Report - CRUMBS

On behalf of CRUMBS.net and The Local 518 Show, get your PDF copy of The Local 518 Music (and More) Report - 2017 Quarter 3. The report covers the time period of July 1st to September 30th 2017. The report listings include hypertext to preview recordings, watch videos, read articles, and access other content with just a click. Click HERE for the report.

Adrenaline Pumpkin

Every October, four guys come out of the pumpkin patch to play groovy tunes to the folks who come out to Sunnyside Gardens in Saratoga.  Johnny Twoseeds, A. Pumpkin, C. Pumpkin and O. Pumpkin are Adrenaline Pumpkin.  See these guys Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4p.

Somehow we convinced them to leave the pumpkin patch and the donuts and apple cider to come play a few tunes for us on the radio.

Jeff Brisbin

Saratoga Springs musician, Local 518 Jeff Brisbin has released his latest album - a labor of love for sure. It's called "Foreverly." He joined us to talk about the genesis of the album, play a few songs, and share some good times.

Home (Local 518 Show 1703)

College students, you need to leave regular radio behind to discover the variety of artists and genres from the Local 518! Oh, and history too - classic songs/bands from a decade or more ago. Start by tuning in Exit 97.7 WEXT tonight at 11pm (and Saturday at 6pm) for The Local 518 Show, hosted by Andy Gregory. Begin your adventure with songs by Wild Adriatic, Under the Den, Oblivion Saints, The LateShift, Stellar Young, and Dryer.

Sydney Worthley
AMG Photography

It seems that every week we hear about a new Local 518 talent.  It was one of those weeks when we first heard Sydney Worthley.

Then she played a Local 518 Session (see below), and then we had her with us at Tulip Fest (see picture).  And on September 9th, she releases her debut album. Before that, you can hear the full album here at our website.

Don't miss the full band playing at Jupiter Hall for the CD release party on September 9th.  Click here for details.

Local 518 Hurricane Harvey Relief

Everyone is doing what they can for their fellow Americans affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and the Local 518 music scene is no exception. Check this out: Friday September 8 at The Low Beat a veritable who's who of local music dignitaries take the No Pepper stage to help the Galveston County Food Bank with money raised at the door going directly to the folks that need help NOW!

2017 September in the City

Aug 24, 2017
September in the City


Musical lineup announced for free art show series, held 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. now every THURSDAY in September at DiNapoli Park!

The City of Albany presents the 2017 September in the City Art Fair series, this September now Thursdays in Downtown Albany’s DiNapoli Park. A midday showcase for local art, music and culture, September in the City features exhibits and work available for purchase from regional mixed media artists and crafters, with a different live musical act providing the soundtrack each week. The September in the City Art Fair is sponsored by Albany Center Gallery and Exit 97.7.

Applications for September in the City artists and crafters are still being accepted. Visit Albany Events website, or call 518.434.2032 for more information.

Sydney Worthley CD release show

One of our new discoveries in the Local 518 is Sydney Worthley.  Sydney came in to record a 518 Session and has captivated our hearts.  Yours will be captured, too.

Join us for her CD release party for her debut album, "Strong," at Jupiter Hall in Albany. Doors at 7pm.

In addition to Sydney and her band, join Zan Strumfeld and Ryan Clark.

Art In the Park 2017

Art in the Park is a day of fine art in Saratoga Springs' historic downtown Congress Park, curated and presented by Saratoga Arts. The xhibition 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.

Join us Saturday, September 16th in Congress Park in Saratoga Springs. 

Zan Strumfeld recording a 518 session

On behalf of CRUMBS.net and The Local 518 Show, get your PDF copy of The Local 518 Music (and More) Report - 2017 Quarter 2. The report covers the time period of April 1st to June 30th 2017. The report listings include hypertext to preview recordings, watch videos, read articles, and access other content with just a click.


Run or Walk to benefit the Altamont Community Food Pantry! 

Don't miss the Altamont 5K End of Summer Music Festival at Bozenkill Park, Saturday, August 26th from 10 to 6!  Begin with a run thru the streets around the Village of Altamont with over 100 door prizes and awards for the finishers!  Plus, food trucks, refreshments and live music from Stephen Smith Duo with Zen Reinhardt, Where’s Alex?, Wide Awake, Groove Doctors and Soul Sky!


Local 518  brother and sister Jocelyn & Chris Arndt have been among our faves for several years!  Hear them tell Dave Michaels how they juggled attending Harvard University while writing, recording and touring relentlessly across America.  In the moments when they're not busy, Jocelyn likes to read while Chris explores his cooking abilities. 

Tree Fox

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.