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Capital Region Chamber

The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

339 Central Avenue
Albany , NY 12206

The Linda works to advance the arts and support the community. They have provided a public space for art and cultural expression and is constantly evolving to meet the needs and desires of its audience and community.

THE LINDA, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio, is a multi-purpose facility located at the corner of Central Avenue and Quail Street in Albany, New York. The 210-seat (365 capacity) performing arts studio hosts a diverse selection of events including concerts, debates, lectures, films, and other activities, many of which will be broadcast throughout WAMC's seven-state listening area.  To find out more, visit their website!

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When: Today at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $35 (special meet and greet with show $55)
Irish American Baritone Emmett O'Hanlon of Celtic Thunder has decided to use his time off between tours with Celtic Thunder to embark on a solo tour. It promises to be a night of music and laughter as Emmett performs some of his own material, Celtic Thunder classics and beloved Irish songs.
When: Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Just 60 miles north of New York City sits the poverty-stricken town of Newburgh, where, in 2009, four men were LURED by a shady Pakistani man into a plot to bomb Jewish centers in the Bronx. But once the men were on board, their leader, who doubled as an FBI undercover agent, led them straight to the authorities. Their arrest was hailed as a national victory in the war on terror. Using never-before-seen footage from hidden cameras, David Heilbroner and Kate Davis investigate just what homegrown terrorism truly means in this shocking and galvanizing exposé.
When: Sat, Aug 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $12
The Blues Band Showdown pits 4-6 local blues bands against each other for a chance to win a prize package inclueding cash, gigs and the right to compete in the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Bands can enter up untill June 27th details at the CRBN website Chosen contestants will be announced by June 30th. The winner will be chosen by combining the judges' scores with audience vote, so be sure to cast your ballot for your favorite act of the night!
When: Sat, Aug 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $8
The indie comedy "Fourth Man Out," filmed in and around Albany last summer, tells the story of Adam, your average working-class auto mechanic living in small-town America, and his tightly-knit band of bros -- Chris, Nick and Ortiz -- with whom he does everything. On his 24th birthday, Adam decides it's time to finally tell his friends and family that he's gay. Will his straight-as-an-arrow best bros have his back? A lighthearted and unexpectedly subversive comedy about coming out of the blue-collar closet.
When: Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Bob Schneider's fellow Texans as well as his rabid U.S. fanbase will testify to his abilities, as he has become the most awarded singer songwriter in Austin's history, winning over thirty Austin Music Awards. His scruffy good looks and strong, husky voice provide a good complement to his semi-confessional songwriting. The real beauty of Schneider's artistic career is about the freedom to constantly write, record and stockpile songs. While he's already released hundreds of songs with his bands, Schneider estimates there were at least a thousand songs that didn't fit his band's concepts.
When: Sat, Sep 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $18
Hosted by songwriter, roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist MichaelEck Peter Case is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and producer, a mighty fine guitarist and a well-reviewed published author and yet, he's most at home on the stage. For 25 years, Peter, his guitar and his songs have mesmerized audiences from coast to coast, whether holding down a festival crowd, warming up the place for luminaries like Jackson Browne and John Prine or headlining his own nightclub shows -- of which he can claimed to have logged thousands. The American Roots Series at The Linda traces our musical family tree back to the source. The program, hosted by songwriter, roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck, is an examination of the varied musical styles that make up our country's rich cultural history. In simple terms, roots music, a phrase coined in the mid-90s, is a catch-all reference for new sounds derived from old styles; for music handed down from generation to generation. Blues, country, gospel, jazz and early rock & roll qualify as branches, with a wider canopy covering Cajun, Zydeco, Tejano and Native American chants and dances. Like its close relative "folk music," which was popularized by such greats as Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs, roots music tells stories of the "hopes, sorrows and convictions of ordinary people's everyday lives."
When: Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
With special guest Chuck Cannon The Linda is pleased to welcome her back Antje Duvekot. "Duvekot has gotten hotter, faster than any local songwriter in recent memory. Her songs feel at once fresh faced and firmly rooted, driven by the whispery sensuality of her voice. She believes in the redemptive power of the shared secret; and is utterly unafraid to mine the darkest corners of her life for songs that turn fear into resilience and isolation into community". The Boston Globe Antje Duvekot has solidified her reputation as one of Boston's top singer songwriters with "Big Dream Boulevard" her debut studio release and "the Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer" and "New Siberia" her follow-up albums. The debut CD was produced by Seamus Egan, founder of the Irish super group, SOLAS and the project was released on songwriter Ellis Paul's label and quickly attracted international attention for Antje. It was voted "#1 Folk Release of 2006" by the Boston Globe and was named to the "Top10 Releases of the Year" by National Public Radio's, Folk Alley. Her follow up albums "the Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer" and "New Siberia" were produced by Richard Shindell and along side with Richard feature other "folk royalty" such as John Gorka, Lucy Kaplancky and Mark Erelli.
When: Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $18
Charlie Mars has been a journeyman artist with all the ups and downs that entails, from major label releases and high profile gigs opening for the likes of REM, KT Tunstall, Citizen Cope, Steve Earle, among others, from uncertainty to redemption. Like any songwriter worth his salt, Mars employs his art as a channel towards personal discovery, candidly exploring all the human limitations " from pride and fear to cynicism self-doubt " that stand in the way of his attaining true happiness. His 2009 breakthrough debut album Like A Bird, Like A Plane was followed by two years on the road; growing an increasingly fervent following while slowly compiling a sheaf of new songs. Blackberry Light his second album presented a gifted writer and musician at his confident and creative peak, a milestone work in what has proven to be a most extraordinary artistic evolution.
When: Sat, Sep 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $17.00
Now a Linda alum Bobby returns hot on the heels of his latest release Ode To Thinking. He emerged from London's club scene with a reputation for creating memorable songs inhabited by hauntingly poetic lyrics. As anyone whose attended his previous concerts here will attest Bobby's captivating performances leave it all onstage. Since relocating to New York, he has released two CDs of powerful original material: the first -- A Winter Tale (2011) -- an homage to his acoustic roots, while the second -- Wishbone (2013) -- bears a grittier sound that showcases his sorrow-filled voice and his stellar guitar playing. Ode to Thinking, his third full album, marries his varied musical influences, resulting in a strong collection of compelling new songs. We can't wait to hear the new album onstage and off.
When: Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $28
Its the one and only Kinky Friedman touring behind his first all new studio album in nearly forty years. Kinky has reinvented himself yet again with the help of producer Brian Molnar and guitarist Joe Cirotti, The Loneliest Man I Ever Met Tour presents an "all new Kinky". Filled with never-heard-before Kinky originals and beautifully rendered covers of such artists as Tom Waits, Warren Zevon and Willie Nelson, the new cd is all about Kinky's ultimate ability to deliver much more than just a funny line or humorous tune. Happy to be finished with another round of politics, Kinky is once again concentrating on sharing his happiness with his fellow Americans.So there may never be a better time to see Kinky, the self-described Jewish Troubadour.
When: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $12
Hot Club of Saratoga, upstate New York Saratoga/Capital Regions's premiere gypsy swing quintet, plays a repertoire that reflects the spirit and style originated by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in The Quintet of the Hot Club of France most prominent in the 1930's and kept alive through a long line of gypsy jazz artists since that time. Most of the tunes we play were either written by, or recorded by, Django at some time in his musical life. Though Django is most closely associated with the quintet and with Stephane Grappelli on violin providing the other solo texture, he recorded in various other configurations. He often recorded with a clarinetist in place of Grappelli and his violin, as well as with big bands, and with on some occasions with small combos with drums as he began to explore amplification and more bebop stylings. The instrumentation of the full quintet of the Hot Club of Saratoga, solo and rhythm guitars, string bass, violin, and clarinet/sax, allows us to explore this style throughout the range of its roots. Since forming in early 2013, Hot Club of Saratoga has brought the hot swing sound to coffee houses, restaurants, bars, clubs, swing dances, festivals, weddings, and numerous private parties. If you're looking for gypsy swing true to its origins while subtly expanding the genre, music that just makes you smile and move, give us a listen.
When: Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $25.00
Thirty-five years after Steve Forbert's first release, Alive on Arrival, the muse of a true romantic continues to burn. Over With You, his 14th studio album, points out the lyrical brilliance of Forbert, an expert in capturing the essence of human interaction since bursting onto the global music scene in 1978. Forbert says, "The album's very personal, mainly about the friction in relationships...as in mine." His debut album, Alive On Arrival, now considered a classic, was recently featured in the book Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself. Originally from Meridian, Miss., he traveled to New York in 1976 and played for spare change in Grand Central Station while seeking work in the local folk venues. The crowds at CBGB's accepted his performances as much as the audiences in traditional clubs and theaters. He vaulted to international prominence with his second album, Jackrabbit Slim, which went gold behind the hit single, "Romeo's Tune", and his tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Any Old Time, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004. "I didn't invent folk-rock or country rock, I was keeping a particular American tradition alive," Forbert says. Forbert's lengthy discography has established him as an American treasure.

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