Andy Gregory Hosts WEXT-FM’s New “Local 518 Show”

September 4th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
Andy Gregory hosts WEXT's Local 518 Show on Thursday evenings

Andy Gregory hosts WEXT’s “Local 518 Show” on Thursday nights

WEXT-FM debuts its new weekly “Local 518 Show” at 11pm tonight (Thursday (September 4) with new host Andrew Gregory. The show is also re-broadcast at 6pm on Saturday.

WEXT program director Chris Wienk says, “We have been impressed with how dedicated Andy is to the Local 518 music scene, and in fact, to the musicians themselves. When we started the search it became obvious our choice had to be Andy.”

Gregory – who has been a contributor to the CRUMBS Local Music Blog, CRUMBS Cafe and – says of his new role as “The Local 518 Show” host, “My favorite part is that it allows me to be able to help, in some small way, local bands, artists and singer-songwriters to achieve success in what they love to do. Whether making the big time or just having music as a successful career choice. Also, the camaraderie can be a lot of fun.”

Gregory joins the ranks of other contributors who have taken to the airwaves. J Hunter hosts “Jazz2K: The Radio Show,” a two-hour sampler of 21st-century jazz, that airs at 6pm Tuesdays on 91.1 WSPN in Saratoga Springs, while Tim Livingston’s “Radio Warfare” pumps out two-and-a-half-hours of garage rock, power pop and shakin’ (not stirred) rock ‘n’ roll at 7pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month on WGXC-FM (90.7FM) from Hudson.


Signs of the City: Stairway to Heaven

December 21st, 2012, 1:00 pm by Sara

James Page: Stairway to Heaven

Photographs and note by Andy Gregory

Overnight a new, modern art piece was installed at the plaza level of the Corning Tower at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. We hope Mr. Page can attend the opening reception… if there will be one.

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Hump Day Unusual Moment

May 2nd, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

A tip o’ the hat to Andy Gregory

Cruisin’ On the Avenue: Scotia Father’s Day Car Show, 6/19/11

June 24th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
Hope there's enough in the ATM to pay for it

Hope there's enough in the ATM to pay for it

In Nippertown, life is a highway, as that’s about the only way to get to the many festivals, concerts and other events. To get where we’re going, we become players of wheeled instruments of mobility, controlling tempo, cadence and key by a foot on the “whoa, WHOA” pedal or by a twist of the wrist, as we follow the ribbons of road like a lead sheet.

On a weather-perfect Sunday, all roads led to the Village of Scotia, where prized two- and four-wheeled instruments were put on display along Mohawk Avenue by their players in a symphony of color and sound, part of the village’s 13th annual Cruisin’ On the Avenue Father’s Day Car Show.

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Hump Day Unusual Moment

June 22nd, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

A tip o’ the hat to Andy Gregory

LIVE: Neko Case @ the Bearsville Theater, 5/12/11

June 1st, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

Neko Case Marquee

The marquee indicated “Neko Case: SOLD OUT,” but inside the famed theatre it was obvious that one of the best singer-songwriters of our era had stayed true to her ideals, playing a rescheduled (because of a blizzard) concert of 21 songs, including a trio of new songs which foreshadowed that her next album promises to be something extraordinary.

On a summer-like night, taking the stage after some fine tunes on the house system by Solomon Burke and Dolly Parton, Neko Case and her talented band ripped into “Things that Scare Me” from 2002’s classic “Blacklisted,” Jon Rauhouse’s manic banjo in particular driving the tale of “blackbirds frying on a wire” and a young girl’s recollection of being “haunted by American dreams.” The animal motif informed the next songs, too. Playing a four-string tenor acoustic, Case and company waltzed into 2006’s “Fox Confessor Brings the Flood”‘s uplifting “Maybe Sparrow,” and marched into the teeming-with-life meditation of “Fever” and dark-humored “People Gotta Lotta Nerve” from 2009’s “Middle Cyclone” with gusto. The standing room only crowd roared with approval.

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Parade of (Non) Shoes: Olivia Quillio @ Garage to Glory

April 18th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

Parade of Shoes: Olivia Quillio (photo by Andy Gregory)

Photograph by Andy Gregory

Congrats go out to 20-year-old singer-songwriter Olivia Quillio, who took first place and walked off with $4,000 in prizes at Friday night’s Garage to Glory competition in front of a sold-out crowd at the College of Saint Rose.

Andy Gregory explains his photograph: “This shot was taken of Garage to Glory II winner Olivia Quillio of Troy,
during her encore performance after being announced as the winner. Yeah, there’s no shoes in this shot. Well, you can see a bit of one, off to the right. They appeared to be Minnetonka-style fringed suede boots in a milk chocolate brown, with some bead decoration. But I’m no shoe expert.”

LIVE: Peter Murphy @ Northern Lights, 4/7/11

April 14th, 2011, 1:05 pm by Greg

Last Thursday night at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, Peter Murphy did not perform to a vast sea of black-clad, morbid individuals nodding their heads of dyed-black hair, pasty faces with black-lined eyes riveted upon the charismatic vocalist widely honored as the “Godfather of Goth”. True, there were a few in what could be characterized as “gothic fashion.” With thirty years having passed since he fronted pioneering goth-rock band Bauhaus, Murphy drew not a legion of followers but an enthusiastic, modest-sized crowd of fans familiar with his band and solo work.

Entering the hazy, low-lit stage dressed all in black, Murphy warmed his unique baritone to the moody drone of Bauhaus’ “Zikir”, which segued into the Middle Eastern-tinged rocker “Low Room” from his “Holy Smoke” solo album. Three new songs followed – the Iggy Pop-styled “Velocity Bird,” heavy riff rocker “Peace to Each”
and the snappy pop-rock of “Memory Go” – all slated to appear on Murphy’s upcoming album “Ninth.”

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