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The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

339 Central Avenue
Albany , NY 12206
(518) 465-5233

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: $20
Foghorn Stringband continues to stand out as the shining gold standard for American Stringband music known for "reaching into the heart of the songs, pulling out the deep emotions that made them so enduring in the first place." Combined with Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys penchant for creating one big "down home" family every time they play offering hard driving mountain music, personal vocals and contemporary songwriting this is one evening you don't want to miss.
When: Sat, Feb 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $25 advance, $30 at the door
The play 2014 is thought provoking n its intent is to make you examine yourself and society as a whole! "2014" was written to address the rise of social injustice on various levels! As we attempt to make change remember...power is always in numbers! United we shall stand or divided we shall fall! When I wrote 2014 explained Antoinette N. Lawson, writer, prodecer, director and CEO of Women with Voices, I wanted to highlight the noted rise in police brutality in the year 2014. Also, the injustice in the minority community as a whole! We are subjected to various forms of injustices in the minority communities day by day. As a result, this play also makes rise to the question...if we march for one death...why aren't we marching for all deaths regardless what color the killer is? In 2006 Women with Voices was create as an organization dedicated to speaking to today's women by addressing their issues and concerns through theatrical productions and literary works.
When: Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 7:00 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, a feature film screening, and an open panel discussion. This Months Film: AUTISM IN LOVE
When: Sat, Feb 20, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $12
Dolly Dagger is a fresh, dynamic band, based in western Massachusetts, dedicated to the celebration of Jimi Hendrix and his music. Members of the trio, Arthur Holmes, John Worth, and Brian Forfa, have been playing music together for most of the last 2 decades, delivering hard hitting blues/rock shows across the tristate area. In an era filled with countless tribute acts, “Dolly Dagger” stands tall, and sets itself apart from the rest, capturing the vibe and the intensity of a real Jimi Hendrix show. The thing about us is that we started this tribute act out of a deep love of Jimi Hendrix and his music. I guess if we were looking to make a ton of money we could have picked a more mainstream band to do a tribute to. I think our love of his music shines through when we perform, and the people who are there, pick up on it and respond.
When: Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $17
Since its inception in 2006, the Matt Flinner Trio has been performing its own brand of acoustic music around the country to rave reviews. Mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin cover a wide variety of musical styles---all with the common ground of originality. Bluegrass, jazz and Celtic music are all present here, but not necessarily overtly or in a contrived sense. Call it Americana Music, or New Acoustic, or Chamber Grass, or just call it Great Music; whatever label you put on it, it is guaranteed to be fresh and original, and definitely something you've never quite heard before. On select tours, the Trio performs music that is as fresh as it gets---music written the day of the show. In these “Music du Jour” Tours, each member of the Trio writes music each day of the tour, and each day?s music is debuted on that evening?s show. The results are stylistically varied, unpredictable and always exciting. The Matt Flinner Trio released their first two CDs, "Music du Jour," and “Winter Harvest” in 2009 and 2012 on Compass Records. The CDs feature selected compositions from various "Music du Jour" tours the trio did between 2006-12. Bluegrass, jazz and Americana are all part of the mix, and both CDs break new ground in acoustic string band music. Their new CD, “Traveling Roots,” will be released on Compass Records on January 22, 2016.
When: Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $20
Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s global brand. Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times, London), the Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent), and “conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time” (New York Times). The band’s musical alchemy has been described as “another breathless journey in the Texas tardis” (The Times, London), while American Songwriter observed that “The excellent three players of this band could be doing anything but have chosen to honor the greats of jazz and swing with their sound.” The Belfast Telegraph calls them “a pretty much perfect country trio at the very top of their game,” while the New York Times, reviewing a live performance in New York City in 2011, describes the trio as armed with “an arsenal full of technique and joy.” Along with the Hot Club’s dedicated cult following worldwide — they have toured for the U.S. State Department as musical ambassadors to Azerbaijan, Armenia, the Republic of Georgia and the Sultanate of Oman — certain titans of the industry have also taken notice. Bob Dylan, with whom the band toured and with whom James has toured and recorded, is a continuing inspiration. The Hot Club has opened several shows for Willie Nelson, toured with Nelson and Dylan during a summer-long stadium tour, and recently opened seven nights of Roxy Music’s sold-out “For Your Pleasure” U.K. stadium tour in early 2011. In the U.K. the Hot Club of Cowtown continues to tour extensively and has been featured at the Glastonbury Festival and has also been a returning guest on Later With Jools Holland, the Cambridge Folk Festival, and BBC Radio 2’s Radcliffe and Maconie and Bob Harris Country shows.
When: Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
With colorful anecdotes and incisive memories, and the aid of vintage photos and music clips, Happy Traum relates some of his adventures as an active member of the New York folk revival; his arrest for civil disobedience; his participation in what has become known as the “Great Folk Singer’s Riot” in Washington Square; and his friendships with some of the leading folk artists of the day.
When: Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $20
Willie Nile – a New Yorker for decades has been riding a later-career renaissance since the 2004 release of “Beautiful Wreck of the World.” That album kicked off a renewed interest in the poetic rock troubadour, earning him plaudits from peers, critics and listeners alike. Nile has been on a roll ever since, releasing the strongest albums of his lengthy career, all of them peppered with lyrical insights and bolstered by indelible hooks.
When: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
David Wax Museum, made up of David Wax and Suz Slezak, is known for their up tempo instrumentation featuring driving synthesizer, a quijada (a donkey's jawbone), keyboards, and fiddle. Having met in Boston while Wax was at Harvard, the pair blended his love for Mexo Americana sounds and her passion for classic folk styles into an indie Americana that took the folk scene by storm. Performing under the moniker David Wax Museum, they won their way onto a Newport side stage in 2010, and dominated the main stage just one year later. Flash forward five years and three albums later, and Wax and Slezak are married with a new child. As their relationship has progressed, so too have their style. On their forthcoming release Guesthouse, the David Wax Museum take their Mexican-inspired folk in completely new directions.
When: Sat, Mar 26, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $20
You’ve probably heard about this amazing group as they’re selling out venues across the country. So here’s your chance to come see and hear for your self. And who doesn’t love the music of Van Morrison ? They play all Van’s hits, some great album tracks and their lead singer is not only spot on when it comes to the vocals but he’s as entertaining as Van himself. Rock and roll doesn’t get any better than Van Morrison. Van the Man has done it all - from classic rockers like Brown Eyed Girl and Domino to legendary tunes like Tupelo Honey and Into The Mystic, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has never failed to impress music lovers around the globe. Moondance is the ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert. This incredible show captures the Van Morrison concert experience like no other. You’ll hear classic tunes - Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance, Domino, It Stoned Me, Tupelo Honey, Wild Night, Into The Mystic, Caravan - just to name a few. The show is packed with one VM classic after the next.
When: Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $17
Heather Nova emerged in the early 90s. Her first record was hailed as “A stoned black olive among drab greens” by NME and her second album “Oyster” went on to top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and took her on her first world tour. Her next album, “Siren”, established her firmly in the world of alternative rock, with singles charting worldwide, and invitations to play major festivals in Europe , the UK and America, as well as song placement in major TV shows and film soundtracks.

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