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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: Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 at 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $20
After a yearlong hiatus on a friend’s ranch in Marfa, Texas Tift Merritt is back on the road, back with a new album and, thankfully for us, back to The Linda.
When: Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 at 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $15
Matuto’s songs can sway hips just as easily as spark insights. On stage, instruments (accordion, guitar, bass, drums, cavaquinho, zabumba, and triangle) whirl around the core of Matuto’s sound: the syncopations of Brazilian music and the folk traditions of the American South. It’s Bluegrass meets Brazil. It’s an unlikely combination on paper, but on the dance floor, it just feels right. Now Matuto is emerging internationally as a festival main-stage sensation. Rolling drums and quicksilver accordion licks, earthy vibes and thoughtful reflections mingle on the latest refinement of their Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound. Matuto revels in cultures colliding and in the ongoing exchange of ideas. They know its history is not without tension, but those very tensions can fire creative expression and good times.
When: Friday, Apr 14, 2017 at 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Originally from New York, now dividing his time between Buenos Aires, Argentina and New York’s Hudson Valley, Richard Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song may be. From his first record, Sparrow’s Point (1992) to his current release, Careless (September 2016), Shindell has explored the possibilities offered by this most elastic and variable of cultural confections: the song.
When: Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $8.00
Food For Thought is a monthly evening of food, film and discussion with a focus on films of social, political, environmental and community interest. Held on the third Thursday of each month, the night will feature food samples by Honest Weight Food Co-op, music by Jack Empie, a feature film screening, and an open panel discussion.
When: Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $20
The New York Times called Buffalo, NY born Willie Nile “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.” Uncut Magazine called him “A one-man Clash.” His album Streets Of New York was hailed as “a platter for the ages” by Uncut. Rolling Stone listed The Innocent Ones as one of the “Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011” and BBC Radio called it “THE rock ‘n’ roll album of the year.” His single from that album, “One Guitar,” was the “Top Pick of the Week” in USA Today. Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, and Little Steven are among those who have sung his praises.
When: Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 at 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $15
The Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America’s story from New Orleans’ brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78’s, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style. Honored as the region’s 2015 “Artist of the Year” and “Best Folk Band” from 2013-2015 at the Washington Area Music Awards, the Bumper Jacksons are playfully creative with their originals and re-imagining roots music with both power and tenderness. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone’s invited and the dance floor never sleeps.
When: Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $20
Crafting a unique style that mixes poetic ballads with swinging rockers, Eilen Jewell ranks among the best in the Americana genre today. As the reigning Queen of the Minor Key, Jewell leads a tight quartet who blend influences of surf-noir, early blues, rockabilly, and 1960s era rock and roll.

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