Posts Tagged ‘The Linda’

LIVE: Melissa Ferrick @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, 12/7/13

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Melissa Ferrick

Photographs by Jason Spiro

I heard this amazing singer-songwriter on “Live at The Linda” radio show the Wednesday before this concert, and I was blown away. Then they announced on the air that she’d be returning to Albany that Saturday. What? They should always do that! That’s good promotion.

Melissa Ferrick was great – powerful voice, nice guitar chops, a variety of popular and folk-influenced solo guitar song styles, capo’d many frets, etc. She had the audience sing along and her between-song patter was great. What a warm environment. She’s so funny. And the sound was good, too…

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LIVE: The West Point Jazz Knights @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, 12/20/13

Friday, December 27th, 2013

The West Point Jazz Knights

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

“Military justice is to justice as military music is to music.”
– attributed to Groucho Marx

Obviously, Groucho never heard the West Point Jazz Knights. These guys and gals know how to swing, as they proved once again with a free concert at WAMC-FM’s The Linda earlier this month…

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LIVE: Diego Garcia @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, 11/15/13

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Video and photographs by Timothy Reidy

Diego Garcia – the former lead singer with Elefant – has found a home-away-from-home here in Nippertown. Tirelessly championed by WEXT-FM, Garcia made a number of Local 518 concert appearances – beginning with LarkFest in 2012 – in support of his debut solo album, Laura.

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CD Release Parties: Poor Old Shine @ The Linda & Club Helsinki

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Poor Old Shine isn’t wasting any time getting out there in support of their just-released self-titled debut album on the Signature Sounds label. In fact, they’ll be stompin’ into Nippertown twice this weekend, landing at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany tonight (Friday, November 22) before slipping down to Club Helsinki in Hudson of Saturday night (November 23).

The band grew out of late night jam sessions at the University of Connecticut’s Folk Music Society just three years ago, and since then they have gone on to spread their grassroots brand of Americana all throughout the northeast and at festivals from coast to coast.

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LIVE: Dom Flemons @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, 11/6/13

Monday, November 18th, 2013
Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

As a key member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the thoroughly entertaining, multi-talented mulit-instrumentalist and singer Dom Flemons has performed all over Nippertown – from FreshGrass to Mountain Jam to the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival.

But earlier this month, Flemons came to town for a rare solo performance as part of the American Roots Series at The Linda in Albany. Singer-songwriter Michael Eck served as the opening act, as well as the host for the evening’s festivities.

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LIVE: Syd Straw @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, 10/5/13

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Syd Straw

Syd Straw

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

During “Actress,” the closing song on Syd Straw’s latest album Pink Velour, she sings, “I saw my name up on the marquee. They spelled it wrong, but it still looked good to me. I’m having that kind of career.”

That kind of career, indeed. The fact that her “latest” album was released five years ago might partially explain that kind of career. Well, that and the fact that she’s only released a grand total of three albums over the course of her 24-year solo career. Clearly, Syd Straw doesn’t play by the typical musical industry rules.

And she doesn’t deliver any kind of typical concert, either. At The Linda – where the marquee did spell out her name correctly – she admitted early on that she was trying not to talk too much. But she just couldn’t help herself on that count, and when she sang the lyrics, “I will, like a brook, babble on,” during “Papier Mache,” old fans knew what she meant and new fans were about to find out.

Between songs she chatted about putting on too much make-up, Miley Cyrus, why she likes to read The New Yorker, pandas, Fiona Apple’s run-in with a heckler and lots more. “It only seems like 17 minutes between songs,” she said, only half-joking. But that’s part of her charm. Well, that and the fact that she frequently chatted with her dog, Carol Burnett, who laid down calmly at her feet onstage for the majority of the show. And in the middle of her show, Straw broke into an a cappella rendition of “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” from the musical “Grease” and sang the whole song.

“I forget. Is this a show, or are we just having lunch?” she asked at one point.

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LIVE: Steve Katz @ The Linda, 9/7/13

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Steve Katz (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Steve Katz (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Steve Katz isn’t the first rock-era performer to offer an autobiographical concert. Musicians from Ray Davies to Dionne Warwick to Roger McGuinn, to name just a few, have all served up performances that were equal parts music and memoir. But while each of them were closely associated with a single band (or in Warwick’s case, a single songwriter), Katz’s career has taken him all over the map as a kind of musical Zelig – from jug bands to psychedelic blues to jazz-rock to country rock and beyond.

So his show at The Linda last month offered a considerably wide range of musical styles – or rather, it would have if he’d had additional musical support. But it was a solo show, so Katz shined brightest early on when he was playing his folkier stuff, including the back-to-back opening volley of the saucey jug band gem “Take Your Fingers Off It” (which he recorded with the Even Dozen Jug Band) and the sweet blues “Candy Man” (which, as he explained, he learned first-hand from two different musical masters, Dave Van Ronk and Reverend Gary Davis).

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Five Firsts: Garrett Lechowski of Who Are You

Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Garrett Lechowski

Garrett Lechowski

NAME: Garrett Lechowski
BAND AFFILIATION: Who Are You
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, Keyboards, Voice

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … the first Boston album. I will say, however, that my mother told me that she listened to the Who’s Tommy day and night while pregnant with me. Does that count?

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