It was 45 years ago that the Eighth Step began hosting folk music at the corner of Albany’s Washington Park in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church, eight steps down from Willett Street.
Since those early days in 1967, the Step has hosted hundreds of performances. It’s bounced around a bit, too, at a variety of Albany locations and a few years in Cohoes before finally settling in at Proctors in Schenectady.
This year, the Eighth Step kicked off its 45th anniversary season with UkeFest last month, and there’s a whole lot more great music headed our way during the rest of the 2012-2013 season, including a couple of very special evenings at the end of October.
Here’s how the Eighth Step’s schedule is shaping up:
Saturday, October 13, 7:30pm
The Grand Slambovians ($24 in advance; $26 at the door; $35 Gold Circle)
Friday, October 26, 7pm
Homecoming Concert: Lui Collins, Addie & Olin-Unleashed, Rick Nestler, Betty & the Baby Boomers, Glenn Weiser, Roger Mock, Harmonious Hogchokers, Jay Mankita, Annie & the Hedonists, Jeff Gonzales, Utah Phillips (via video). ($26 in advance; $28 at the door)
Saturday, November 3, 7:30pm
Lou & Peter Berryman ($22 in advance; $24 at the door)
Saturday, November 10, 7:30pm
Mulebone – CD Release ($20 in advance; $22 at the door)
Saturday, November 17, 7:30pm
The Nields – CD Release ($22 in advance; $24 at the door)
Friday, November 30, 7:30pm
Sara Grey & Keiron Means ($20 in advance; $22 at the door)
Saturday, February 23
Bethany & Rufus Roots Quartet
Saturday, April 20
Vishtèn CD Release
Saturday, May 11