LIVE: Capital Area Indie Fest @ The Linda, 2/7/15

February 19th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Chris Dukes Band

Chris Dukes Band (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Review and photographs by Ed Conway
Additional photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Linda was the scene of a wild musical party on a snowy Saturday night earlier this month. The occasion was the Capital Area Indie Fest, a fundraiser for the Columbia Arts Team and WEXT-FM. Organizer Andrew Gregory invited a diverse group of seven bands to share the stage. The performers ran the gamut from solo singer-songwriter to full out rock band, with each showcasing their own original songs. With seven bands in a finite time span, each band was limited to 25-30 minutes, but they made the most of it; unselfishly sharing the stage and supporting each other throughout the evening.

First up was co-organizer Sandy McKnight and his band the Idea, who set the tone for what was to become a rocking night. Next up was Legendary Losers, a power trio fronted by Dave Graham. Accents followed, calming things down slightly with wonderful harmonies during their set of Americana originals. The Holly & Evan Band heated things up again with a rocking set of blues-influenced indie rock, sprinkled with some brand new originals.

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LIVE: Capital Area Indie Fest @ The Egg, 10/8/11

October 13th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg
White Noise Radio and The Sandy McKnight Fiasco

White Noise Radio and The Sandy McKnight Fiasco

Hosted by the lovely KTG from WEXT-FM, the second annual Capital Area Indie Fest at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre last Saturday night was a rockin’ music bash. Sponsored by the Columbia Arts Team and produced by Sandy McKnight, the fest’s mission was a donation-box benefit for the arts as well as a showcase for new work by eight local performers, who had the rare opportunity to bring their music out of the clubs and onto a prestigious theater stage.

The evening’s festivities started off with sets featuring Sound Economy, followed by the Erin Harkes Band, then singer-songwriter Betsi Krisniski and the first-half closers the Sandy McKnight Fiasco.

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CD: Sandy McKnight’s “How I Changed the World”

October 8th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Greg

Sandy McKnight: How I Changed The World(22 Records, 2010):

Wow! This is one seriously massive undertaking.

Singer-songwriter-producer-etc. Sandy McKnight has dug through his vaults to put together a best-of compilation of his work throughout the years. But this is no ordinary compilation.

It’s a whopping three-CD set that features a total of 66 songs. And these discs ain’t skimpy, either. Clocking in at 69 minutes and 47 seconds, disc one (dubbed “The Hits”) is the shortest of the three. And, oh yeah, the set also includes a fourth disc that features 60-page digital booklet with all kinds of liner notes and photos. It’s all neatly wrapped up in a nifty, 12×12-inch, vinyl album-like package.


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