Posts Tagged ‘The Linda’

LIVE: Willie Nile @ The Linda, 5/17/14

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Willie Nile

Willie Nile

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Willie Nile loves Albany, and Albany loves Willie Nile. When you hear the radio broadcast that was taped at The Linda recently on a Saturday night, it will be obvious that there is a growing mutual admiration society here in Nippertown.

In previous visits to the WAMC-FM performing arts studio, Nile had played with one or two other musicians, but as he pointed out after an evocative solo piano opener (“Streets of New York”), “This is the first time I’ve had my full band here!” In walked Johnny Pisano (bass), Alex Alexander (drums) and Matt Hogan (lead guitar). Nile grabbed his weathered Strat, stomped his boots and the band played a rollicking “This Is Our Time” from American Ride, one of the best albums of 2013 according to music critics, including yours truly. Another recent song, “Life on Bleecker Street,” featured a killer opening bass riff by Pisano and an abundance of images of a day in the famed New York neighborhood.

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LIVE: Peter Bradley Adams @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, 4/25/14

Monday, May 12th, 2014
Peter Bradley Adams

Peter Bradley Adams

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Nashville-based singer-songwriter Peter Bradley Adams made his Nippertown debut at WAMC-FM’s The Linda last month in support of his new album, The Mighty Storm. It’s the fifth solo album for Adams, who had previously been one-half of the folk-pop duo eastmountainsouth.

At The Linda, Adams was accompanied by guitarist Jeff Lombardo.

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LIVE: Roots Music Festival @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, 4/5/14

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
The Wiyos

The Wiyos

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Although the Roots Music Festival actually began back in 2007 as a two-day, 14-band affair downtown at Red Square, organizer Ryan Dunham and his his band Red Haired Strangers consolidated it into a single evening and moved the bash uptown to WAMC-FM’s The Linda for the first time in 2010. It was a perfect fit.

So the fest returned to The Linda again for the fifth time earlier this month, with an array of Local 518 favorites and a headlining set from the Wiyos, led by the multi-talented Michael Farkas. And proceeds from the festivities went to help feed inner city kids in Albany.

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Festival Fever: Albany Word Fest, 4/13-19/14

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Albany Word Fest

April is National Poetry Month, which means that it’s time once again for Albany Word Fest, an annual arts festival that brings together poets, writers and performers from all across upstate New York to celebrate the vibrant poetry and spoken word scene right here in Nippertown.

Organized by Albany Poets, the Albany Word Fest has grown from an afternoon poetry open mic in Thatcher Park in 2001 to this year’s rhyme-a-rama bash – a week-long cavalcade of events taking place at six different venues throughout Albany including featured readings, open mics, poetry slams and more.

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LIVE: Tim Eriksen & the Trio de Pumpkintown @ The Linda, 3/29/14

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Tim Eriksen

Tim Eriksen

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The multi-talented Tim Eriksen – perhaps the only musician to have played with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson (although not at the same time) – led his new “hardcore Americana” band, the Trio de Pumpkintown into WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany last month, as the latest installment of the American Roots Series, hosted by Michael Eck, who also served as the opening act.

The former frontman of such pioneering bands as Cordelia’s Dad (folk-noise), Northampton Harmony (shape-note quartet) and Zabe i Babe (Bosnian folk and pop), Eriksen has performed at the Academy Awards, “Prairie Home Companion” and both CBGB’s and Carnegie Hall, but this was his debut at The Linda, where he was joined by his Pumpkintown bandmates Zoë Darrow (fiddle, vocals) and Peter Irvine (percussion, vocals).

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FIVE FIRSTS: Tim Eriksen of the Trio de Pumpkintown

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
The Trio de Pumpkintown

Tim Eriksen (center) and the Trio de Pumpkintown

NAME: Tim Eriksen
BAND AFFILIATION: The Trio de Pumpkintown
INSTRUMENT: Voice, bajo sexto, fiddle, banjo, guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … A single: can’t remember if it was “Death to Disco” by the Psychotic Frogs or the Ramones’ “I Don’t Want You.”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … My parents took me to a Verdi opera when I was six weeks old, but I don’t remember which one. I grew up going to see live music and theater all the time, from Gilbert & Sullivan to Kabuki Opera. Probably the earliest one I can remember was by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The first one I went to on my own was the Ramones.

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Festival Fever: Roots Music Festival @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, 4/5/14

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
The Wiyos

The Wiyos

The fifth annual Roots Music Festival takes over WAMC-FM’s The Linda on Saturday, April 5 with the acclaimed Wiyos headlining the bash. The funky Americana trio is touring in support of their new, mostly live EP, One More for the Road. The fest will be emceed by Michael Eck.

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LIVE: Alexis P. Suter Band @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, 3/7/14

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Alexis P. Suter

Alexis P. Suter

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu

“The soundman said, ‘Can your voice go lower than mine?’” Alexis P. Suter told the totally rapt crowd at The Linda in Albany. Then she did something truly amazing: She lowered her voice! “I don’t know… Maybe?”

You have to understand: This Brooklyn-born blueswoman wields a bass/baritone that would send most opera singers scurrying into the nearest corner so they could cower better. You can’t compare Suter to contemporaries like Shemekia Copeland or Katie Webster, and even the late great Koko Taylor couldn’t match Suter’s lower range. The closest comparison would be to John Lee Hooker, another long-gone blues legend. But you pair up that range with the muscle-car power and unyielding control Suter puts behind her vocals, and the results are so unbelievably good, you just have to hold your head.

With her big top hat and all-black Moshood Creations outfit, Suter resembled an executioner as she slowly stepped onstage after her band’s opening instrumental number. The temptation to say she slayed us with her towering version of “Didn’t It Rain” is way too huge, but the fact is that anyone who hadn’t been exposed to the combination of Suter’s singular vocals and her death-defying back-up band got nailed to the wall like a butterfly in an entomologist’s lab. I know my jaw was on the floor during Suter’s awesome re-telling of The Flood, and it stayed there for most of the first four numbers.

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