Five Firsts: Caroline MotherJudge

January 24th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
Caroline Motherjudge (photo by Gary Marron)

Caroline Motherjudge (photo by Gary Marron)

NAME: Caroline MotherJudge
BAND AFFILIATION: Host of “The Best Damn Open Mic EVER!”; owner-operator of North Albany Studios
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Flatt & Scruggs, vinyl, purchased at Woolworth’s 5 & 10 in the early ’70s. Around the same time I bought “The Candyman” by Sammy Davis, Jr. on 45rpm. Yes, that’s right. “The Candyman.” I think it was released in conjunction with the original “Willy Wonka” film, so that’s 1971.

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Win FREE TIX to WEXT’s Exit Dome V Concert on Saturday

January 24th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
The City Never Sleeps

The City Never Sleeps

Last week we gave away a pair of free tix to WEXT’s big show on Saturday, and now we’re giving away another pair of FREE TIX!

It’s become one of the most prestigious music showcases in town.

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Win FREE TIX to Exit Dome V @ WMHT-TV Studios, 1/28/12

January 17th, 2012, 11:02 am by Greg


It’s become one of the most prestigious music showcases in town.

For the fifth time in as many years, WEXT-FM is throwing its support behind the local Nippertown music scene by hosting some of the best Local 518 bands in concert at the WMHT-TV studios in North Greenbush for a don’t-miss showcase dubbed the Exit Dome.

A benefit concert for WEXT, Exit Dome V will be taking place at 7:30pm on Saturday, January 28, and it features five great bands:

Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned
MaryLeigh & the Fauves
The City Never Sleeps
Rosary Beard

In addition, singer-songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos will playing in the lobby from 7-7:30pm and throughout the evening inbetween the mainstage acts.

Since going on air in 2007, WEXT has been a staunch supporter of the Local 518 music scene. Now it’s your turn to help support the radio station – and see a batch of the best bands around while you’re helping out a great local cultural arts resource.

A donation of $50 to the station gets you two tickets to Exit Dome V. Go here to purchase tix.

BUT WAIT… What’s this? FREE TICKETS? That’s right, we’re giving away a pair of FREE TIX to to Exit Dome V to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday. Enter today! And good luck! Winner has been notified, but you might want to stop back later this week for another try…

LIVE: Exit Dome IV @ WEXT/WMHT Studios, 1/29/11

January 31st, 2011, 4:55 pm by Greg
Brendan Pendergast of the Charlie Watts Riots

Brendan Pendergast of the Charlie Watts Riots (photo by Jason Lehr)

Round IV of WEXT-FM’s Local 518 benefit concert series not only attracted a standing-room-only crowd of fans to the WMHT-TV studios in North Greenbush on Saturday night, but also drew a delightfully diverse crowd of musicians who kept the music flowing freely – on stage and off – for more than four and a half hours.

If you weren’t already aware of the decidedly incestuous nature of the Nippertown music scene, you might have had a somewhat difficult time figuring out just which band was onstage at any given time during the evening.

Kicking off the main stage festivities, Slender Shoulders – the indie-folkster duo of vocalist-guitarist Katie (who also performs solo as Bear Grass) and guitarist Rick Spataro – went with a more-is-more philosophy, their ranks swollen to a quintet that included bassist Eric Margan and the ubiquitous Matthew Carefully on drums. (Carefully’s performance was his third in the four Exit Dome concerts – each with a different combo).

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Return to Exit Dome: Part IV

November 16th, 2010, 1:00 pm by Greg
Bryan Thomas (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Bryan Thomas

WEXT-FM has announced the details of their next upcoming Local 518 Exit Dome benefit concert. The performance will take place at the Exit Dome (aka, the WMHT-TV studios) in North Greenbush at 7:30pm on Saturday, January 29.

The line-up of performers includes Que Caro, Bryan Thomas, the Rodeo Barons, Nancy Walker, Slender Shoulders and the Charlie Watts Riots.

Tix are available only by making a donation to the public radio station.

In other news from WEXT-FM, The Latin Alternative – co-hosted by Ernesto Lechner and Nippertown native Josh Norek and broadcast on WEXT at 8pm on Saturdays – has gone national and can now be heard at National Public Radio’s website.

LIVE: Blotto @ The Exit Dome, 2/13/10

February 16th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

Blotto performing at the Exit Dome

photograph ©

“It was 30 years ago today,
Sergeant Blotto taught the band to play…”

Or something like that.

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Five Firsts: Broadway Blotto of Blotto

February 10th, 2010, 12:05 pm by Greg

Broadway Blotto

(photo by Martin Benjamin)

NAME: Broadway Blotto
BAND AFFILIATION: Blotto (Lifetime Member. Unless they kick me out. Again.) also the Sea-Monkeys
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, Ukulele, Accordion, Plunger, Keyboard

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Songs, Pictures and Stories of the Fabulous Beatles.” VeeJay Records had an early lock on the moptops in the US but couldn’t get anything happening when they released singles here in the summer of 1963. Then came Capitol Records with a many dollar promotion campaign, Ed Sullivan, Cassius Clay & the rest is hysteria.

So VeeJay, basically a little R&B label, jumped on the groupwagon & released what is essentially the lads 1st Parlaphone LP “Please Please Me” (Capitol released it in the U.S. about a year later as “The Early Beatles). It had a spooty fold-out album jacket with fotos & fun facts of the fab four. There was even a place where you could paste your picture under your favorite. But, I’ve said too much. See for yourself.

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Blotto Reunion @ the Exit Dome, 2/13/10

December 18th, 2009, 9:49 am by Greg

Non-profit public radio station WEXT-FM – aka, EXIT 97.7 – is roaring back with its third fund-raising concert, slated to take place at the intimate EXIT Dome (aka, the WMHT-TV studio) in North Greenbush on Saturday, February 13. Headlining the big Local 518 shebang will be a reunion of Nippertown’s own veteran new-wave/pop-parody combo, Blotto.

The concert also celebrates the 30th anniversary of Blotto’s debut recording, “Hello! My Name Is Blotto. What’s Yours?,” which was released on February 14, 1980. The band’s debut record featured such classic Blotto recordings as “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard” and “We Are the Nowtones.”

Joining Blotto at the EXIT Dome III concert will be Alta Mira, who recently released their marvelous full-length, self-titled debut CD on Indian Ledge Records. Two additional bands – to be named at a later date – will also perform at the show.

Tickets are available by making a donation to WEXT at the radio staion’s website.

The EXIT Dome concert will be Blotto’s first performance in a year and a half – Broadway, Bowtie, F. Lee Harvey, Sarge, Clyde and Hammerhead last performed together at the Empire State Plaza for the Price Chopper Fabulous Fourth Festivities on July 4, 2008.

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