The Eighth Step Celebrates Its 45th Anniversary


It was 45 years ago that the Eighth Step began hosting folk music at the corner of Albany’s Washington Park in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church, eight steps down from Willett Street.

Since those early days in 1967, the Step has hosted hundreds of performances. It’s bounced around a bit, too, at a variety of Albany locations and a few years in Cohoes before finally settling in at Proctors in Schenectady.

This year, the Eighth Step kicked off its 45th anniversary season with UkeFest last month, and there’s a whole lot more great music headed our way during the rest of the 2012-2013 season, including a couple of very special evenings at the end of October.

Here’s how the Eighth Step’s schedule is shaping up:

Saturday, October 13, 7:30pm
The Grand Slambovians ($24 in advance; $26 at the door; $35 Gold Circle)

Friday, October 26, 7pm
Homecoming Concert: Lui Collins, Addie & Olin-Unleashed, Rick Nestler, Betty & the Baby Boomers, Glenn Weiser, Roger Mock, Harmonious Hogchokers, Jay Mankita, Annie & the Hedonists, Jeff Gonzales, Utah Phillips (via video). ($26 in advance; $28 at the door)

Saturday, October 27, 7pm
45 Years & Singing: Cris Williamson, David Jacob-Strain ($28; $35 Gold Circle)

Saturday, November 3, 7:30pm
Lou & Peter Berryman ($22 in advance; $24 at the door)

Saturday, November 10, 7:30pm
Mulebone – CD Release ($20 in advance; $22 at the door)

Saturday, November 17, 7:30pm
The Nields – CD Release ($22 in advance; $24 at the door)

Friday, November 30, 7:30pm
Sara Grey & Keiron Means ($20 in advance; $22 at the door)

Sunday, December 2, 7pm
Priscilla Herdman & Anne Hills with Max Cohen, guitar ($22 in advance; $24 at the door)

Saturday, December 8, 7:30pm
Patty Larkin and Rory Block ($28; Gold Circle $35)

Saturday, December 15, 7:30pm
Sing Solstice! Magpie and Kim & Reggie Harris ($22 in advance; $24 at the door)

Saturday, January 12
Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt

Saturday, February 16
Red Molly and the Steel Wheels

Saturday, February 23
Bethany & Rufus Roots Quartet

Saturday, April 20
Vishtèn CD Release

Saturday, May 11
Tom Rush

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1 Comment
  1. M.R. Poulopoulos says

    Lots of great music up there, but oooh… Red Molly and the Steel Wheels.

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