Posts Tagged ‘The Linda’

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

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
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: Chris Thomas King @ The Linda, 12/12/14

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Chris Thomas King

Chris Thomas King

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Grammy Award-winning Bluesman Chris Thomas King is probably best known for his role in the Coen Brothers’ classic film “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” but he’s been building a considerable fan base in Nippertown with his recent concerts at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany.

Sponsored by the Capital Regional Blues Network for his second annual Local 518 performance, King returned to The Linda stage to serve up a solid batch of the blues, displaying his skills on both guitar and piano.

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LIVE: Sara Milonovich & Jim Gaudet @ The Linda, 12/5/14

Friday, December 19th, 2014
Jim Gaudet and Sara Milonovich

Jim Gaudet and Sara Milonovich

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

When singer-songwriter-guitarist Jim Gaudet and fab fiddler Sara Milonovich teamed up for an evening at WAMC-FM’s The Linda earlier this month, it was indeed “A Blue(Grassy) Christmas,” as advertised.

But it wasn’t strictly holiday fare. They were joined by Greg Anderson (of Milonovich’s band Daisycutter) and mandolinist Sten Isachsen (of Gaudet’s band the Railroad Boys) for plenty of fine down-home pickin’ and singin’.

At once relaxed and energetic, the homespun show also showcased Gaudet’s wry wit and considerable storytelling prowess.

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LIVE: “American Songwriters” @ The Linda, 11/14/14

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Gary Nicholson

Gary Nicholson

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

An outgrowth of the SongwritingWith:Soldiers program, which uses the power of collaborative songwriting with armed forces veterans to transform pain and isolation into hope and the ability to move forward, an award-winning bunch of singer-songwriters took to the stage of WAMC-FM’s The Linda recently for a free concert.

Veteran Texas tunesmith Darden Smith, acclaimed folk troubadour Mary Gauthier and number one hit songwriter and two-time Grammy Award-winning producer Gary Nicholson impressed the crowd with their deeply emotional songs. And they were joined by Local 518′s own Americana faves the North & South Dakotas.

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LIVE: The Hello Strangers @ The Linda, 10/10/14

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The Hello Strangers @ The Linda, 10/10/14

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Straight outta Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, the Hello Strangers rode into Nippertown last month for their Albany debut at The Linda. Following a smart opening set by Rebel Darling, the sisters Brechyn Chace (vocals, tambourine, harmonica, accordion) and Larissa Chace Smith (vocals, guitar) stepped up to the microphone and led their band through a twang-filled set of “bona fide Americana,” as they call it. From heartbreaking tear-in-your-beer ballads to rousing roadhouse honky tonkin’, the gals wove their sublime sibling harmonies into a web that entranced the crowd from start to finish.

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LIVE: Ian McLagan @ The Linda, 10/21/14

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Gene Sennes

“These bum notes you hear tonight will be different tomorrow night,” quipped Ian McLagan to a room full of fans at The Linda on a recent Monday night. Only a musician of his caliber, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, could find fault with his own performance midway through one of the best concerts in Nippertown this year.

Accompanied by Jon Notarthomas on bass, occasional guitar and harmony vocals, McLagan embraced his illustrious past with the Small Faces and the Faces while offering generous helpings from his fecund solo career. Standing behind his keyboard – the man just never sits down – he was a rocking raconteur, singing and storytelling with the raspy vigor of someone who has had a real good time despite the vicissitudes of crooked managers (“We made peace with Andrew Loog Oldham, but not the late Don Arden – so fuck ‘im!!”) and mercurial lead singers (“Rod Stewart hated the key, so Ronnie Wood chose to sing it”). He gave shout-outs to his adopted hometown (“Come to Austin! Come to the Lucky Lounge!” “), offered a hilarious substitute curse for when children are in the audience (“Gwyneth Paltrow! It makes me feel rather good just saying her name!”), spoke with great wit and love about his Irish relatives, and railed quite compellingly against the scam against musicians that is Spotify and the woeful sonic inadequacies of MP3s.

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LIVE: TriBeCaStan @ The Linda, 10/11/14

Monday, October 20th, 2014

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Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

If you want to set off one of my more epic rants, come at me with that old saw about “Smallbany” (“Oh, there’s NOTHING happening here…”), and then step back a few feet so you can watch me turn into the Tasmanian Devil without getting caught in the shock wave. It doesn’t take a lot of looking around to see the wealth of cultural goodness that’s coming to this area on a regular basis; I just wish more people had looked long enough to see TriBeCaStan was playing The Linda, because this eye-crossing music needs to be experienced.

“It’s great to be in Albania!” TriBeCaStan leader/multi-instrumentalist John Kruth enthused in a Borat-quality accent. Then he added drily, “We thought there might be more people in Albania…” The crowd may have been small, but their fervor for what this mammoth group dished out started big and grew exponentially. And I do mean mammoth, both in size and sound: A septet can put a pretty decent strain on The Linda’s limited stage space, and there were so many instruments and amplifiers stuffed onto that space, emcee Michael Eck had to play his opening solo-acoustic set on the floor in front of the stage. Mind you, most of those instruments were only played by two people – Kruth and his partner-in-madness Jeff Greene – but trust me, they all played a part in what I believe is a completely new genre: BIZARRO World Music!

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The Cammys Are Coming! The Cammys Are Coming…

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The Cammys

Last year, Dan Coler of the Tier One Talent Group launched the Capital Area Live Music Awards, honoring Local 518 musicians and bands with an inaugural awards show at Trick Shot Billiards & Sports Pub in Clifton Park.

The event was described by the organizers as “an evening of awards honoring music artists from all genres who perform in the greater Albany, NY region. Our area’s version of the Grammys, we like to call the Jammys.”

Well, they’re coming back for a sophomore year… with several changes.

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