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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: 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: Thu, Sep 17, 2015 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.
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: Sat, Sep 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $25
Meet the Exes examines the concept of trust and communication within relationships. The play addresses the question should one have an ongoing relationship with your ex while in a committed relationship with someone else? If so what should the nature of that relationship be? 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: 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: Sat, Oct 3, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $10
Did you ever watch the Academy Awards when they were presenting the Best "Live Action" Short Film or Best Short Animation Oscars and say to yourself..."where are these films, and why haven't I seen any of them?" Well, the "The Asbury Short Film Concert" has been giving people the opportunity to see these little gems in a real theater format on a big screen since 1980. The Asbury show covers it all: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Documentary and Experimental. Our show is like a trip to the best film festivals in the world where you sample the elite of the short film genre but without competition and plenty of live surprises! The Abury Short Film Concert is a touring exhibition of award-winning short films specially selected from major US & International film festivals! The program features films that have won Academy Awards or "Best of Show" honors from such festivals as Sundance, Chicago International, Aspen Shorts,The Berlin Film Fest, Melbourne and South by Southwest. Asbury's purpose is to present these highly entertaining films to the general public in a real theater setting and not on an iPod or computer. Live music performance and an occasional celebrity Guest Host enhance the Asbury Shorts experience.
When: Sat, Oct 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $17
Owen Benjamin is a comedian and actor, best known for his hilarious blend of stand-up and musical comedy. He has appeared in the movies The House Bunny (2008), All's Faire in Love (2009), Jack and Jill (2011), and the soon to be released Staten Island Summer with the cast of SNL. Owen is no stranger to television, having recently held one of the lead roles on TBS's Sullivan & Son. He's performed his unique stand-up sets on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately, Inside Amy Schumer, and Comedy Central Presents: Owen Benjamin. His first hour-long special High Five Till It Hurts premiered on Comedy Central in 2014. Owen can be also heard on an upcoming episode of the long-running Fox comedy Family Guy.
When: Thu, Oct 15, 2015 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.
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, Oct 17, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $10
Jack Empie is a regular at The Linda, where he (and friends) perform Live prior to the "Food for Thought" film series. Jack's band performs original, inspirational music with an ever changing cast of his talented musician friends. Our original songs have a flavor, zest, that comes straight from the heart & soul says Jack. There about watching a sunset, listening to summer in the evening darkness, barreling down a country road,being in love, on fire with desire or getting dumped and wondering why? Our music is life!! Whether performing songs he's written or great covers, Jack and the band always delivers a fantastic show.
When: Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
What happens when you pair Veterans with Grammy-winning songwriters? Come find out! Enjoy cocktails, performances from award-winning singer-songwriters featuring Darden Smith, Jay Clementi, Mary Gauthier and James House and area veterans! Songwriting With:Soldiers holds retreats where active-duty and Veteran service members share stories and write songs with professional songwriters to help "put their packs down" and build connections.
When: Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $14 in advance, $17 at the door
Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement -- the first winner of the Women's World Poetry Slam -- Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature.
When: Sat, Oct 31, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Halloween Special TWO SHOWS 8PM & MIDNIGHT Seating is limited (with additional standing room) so ticket holders need to arrive no later than 7:45 or 11:45 or be prepared to stand. Join us for our traditional Halloween presentation with Albany's own shadowcast troupe, The Whip It Outskirts! Join the cast for a live show before the film, then see the performers take the night to a whole new level as they act out the film in full Transsexual Transylvania regalia! In keeping with Rocky Horror tradition, get ready for an evening of interactive entertainment: participation is optional, but verrrrrrry desirable!
When: Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $20
Known best for her single "Breathe (2AM)" (which has sold nearly 3 million copies to date) Nalick has continued writing introspective, emotive and highly personal music. Her concerts are like a chat with an old friend who brings you up to speed on what's been going on in her life. She's the kind of singer/songwriter that makes a personal connection with her audience and draws them in with her stories, her melodies and her raw, heartfelt lyrics.
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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