Tribute to Ernie Williams: Live & In Concert on WAMC-FM

March 29th, 2012, 10:10 am by Greg
Ernie Williams

Ernie Williams

In tribute to the late Ernie Williams, who passed away last week, WAMC-FM will air a special broadcast of “Live at The Linda” in honor of the beloved blues musician who earned the well-deserved honorary title of Albany’s Ambassador of the Blues.

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Win a FREE Pair of Tix to see The Hellions of Troy Intra-League Bout @ Rollerama, Schenectady

October 12th, 2010, 5:06 pm by Sara

Hellions of Troy (photo by Zack Lynch)

Hellions of Troy (photo by Zack Lynch)

Pretty scary, eh kids? Gearing up Halloween, roller derby babes The Hellions of Troy are staging their first intra-league bout, pitting Hellion against Hellion as “Zombies vs. Vampires,” this Saturday, October 16 at Rollarama Skating Center in Schenectady, with a portion of the ticket sales going to the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer.

You’re invited to dress up (hey, where’s your costume?) and root for your favorite side. After the bout, there will be an opportunity for autographs and pictures with your favorite derby ghouls and an afterparty down the street at D’Angelo’s Play by Play. And to keep the party rolling, the Hellions will be participating in WAMC’s Zombie Film Feast III and Zombie Walk as well as hosting the Zombie Prom the following weekend on Saturday, October 23. The Hellions will also be holding a recruitment night on Monday, October 25 at Rollarama from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hellions of Troy Roller Derby League Intra-league Bout @ Rollarama Skating Center (2710 Hamburg Street), Schenectady
Saturday, October 16, 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and $3 for kids under 12.

Heeeey, we’ve got two pairs of tickets for this bout that we’re going to give away for FREE to a lucky Nippertown reader. How to enter? It’s simple – just leave 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. Good luck! Congratulations, Holly and Tim!

LIVE: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ The Linda, 10/2/09

October 8th, 2009, 5:05 pm by Sara

Ramblin Jug Stompers (from left) Cousin Clyde, Mitch Throop, Bowtie, Mister Eck, Wild Bill

Ramblin Jug Stompers (from left) Cousin Clyde, Mitch Throop, Bowtie, Mister Eck, Wild Bill

Ramblin Jug Stompers exploded onto the stage of The Linda last Friday with their original mix of down-home humor, virtuoso instrumental musicianship and highly original song interpretations. The fun ‘n’ funky acoustic performance was a celebration of their highly anticipated sophomore album, “Hobo Nickel.”

With Cousin Clyde on acoustic guitar, Mister Eck picking the mandolin, banjo shredder Bowtie and washboardist-harmonica man Wild Bill rounding out the front-line foursome, the evening’s highlights included stellar vocal harmonies, the sparkling original instrumental “Frypan Jack Enters Into Heaven” and even a blistering, behing-the-back Jimi Hendrix-style solo on manual typewriter!

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Jug Stompers On the Air

September 30th, 2009, 9:53 am by Greg


Ramblin Jug Stompers are mounting a radio blitz for their upcoming new CD, “Hobo Nickel,” and their album release party at The Linda in Albany at 8pm Friday.

Wild Bill and Mister Eck of Ramblin Jug Stompers join host Sarah LaDuke in the WAMC studio for “Performance Place” at 11:30am today (Wednesday) to chat about their new album, “Hobo Nickel,” and to offer a sneak preview of several of the songs from the CD. Tune in to 90.3 FM or log on to stream live.

Wild Bill will also be sitting in as special guest with host Jimmy Barrett on his wildly eclectic “Kaleidoscope” at 9-11am Friday, October 2 on WVCR-FM (aka, The Saint 88.3 FM), spinning his fave selections from the new disc.

And the fine folks over WEXT FM (aka, The Exit at 97.7 FM) will be featuring a whole mess of tunes from “Hobo Nickel” all day long on Friday, as Mister Eck and Wild Bill practically hijack the station and force them to broadcast interludes of “Hobo Nickel Radio” throughout the day. Listen for CD giveaways, too.

Don’t forget that you can win an autographed copy of Ramblin Jug Stompers’ “Hobo Nickel” right here at simply by sending your name, e-mail address and mailing address to:

Please, only one entry per person. Deadline for all entries is 12noon on Friday, October 2. One entry will be chosen at random as grand prize winner and will be annnounced right here on on Friday afternoon.

Photograph by Avalon Peacock

Turn Your Radio On

September 28th, 2009, 3:35 pm by Greg

JustinTownesEarleJustin Townes Earle was named Best New/Emerging Artist of the Year earlier this month at the Americana Music Association Awards in Nashville. caught Justin in concert when he opened the show for his dad (yeah, that’s Steve Earle) at The Egg in May, and we recently named that performance as Best Opening Act of the Summer. (OK, probably not as big a deal as the Americana award thingie.)

But we’ve been kicking ourselves for missing Earle’s Capital Region debut at The Linda back in April.

Fortunately the fine folks from WAMC-FM are going to help remedy that situation. They taped his April 24 concert at The Linda, and they’ll be broadcasting it at 8pm on Wednesday, September 30.

Tune in…

LIVE: Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters @ The Linda, 8/8/09

August 10th, 2009, 4:18 pm by Greg

RE04Some musicians just play the blues.

Not guitarslinger Ronnie Earl. He’s lived the blues, and he’s somehow managed to survive the tough times and come back out on top.

At The Linda on Saturday, August 8, Earl spoke from the stage about his alcoholism and about being sober 20 years now. He spoke about not touring for almost 10 years because of illness and depression.

The concert was a real event, and everyone seemed to know it. “A couple I spoke with before the concert came up from NYC specifically for this concert. They said Earl hasn’t played there since 1999,” says photographer Andrzej Pilarczyk. “Another couple with kids drove in from Buffalo because evidently this concert was a one-off and not part of a tour.”

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