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The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

(518) 465-5233
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, May 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $18
Cassidy is the former lead singer, main songwriter, and driving force behind the all female rock quintet, Antigone Rising. Since leaving AR, Cassidy's talent for songwriting has earned her invitations to co-write with legends and Grammy winners including Beth Nielson Chapman and Annie Roboff (Faith Hill), Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty, Santana) Siedah Garrett (Michael Jackson-Man In The Mirror) Motown pioneer Lamont Dozier (Marvin Gaye, Supremes), and Darrell Scott (The Dixie Chicks). Cassidy and The Music began recording in 2013. Cassidy calls this music the best she has ever produced. The self-titled album was a collaborative production between herself, LA-based pianist/producer Brother Sal, producer John Siket, best known for his work with Steve Lillywhite on U2, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads and Dave Matthews. "I'll always have that 70's sound. And I'm a rock singer", she says, "but if you listen to some of my older stuff you'll hear that I lean at times in a more rhythmic, soul-driven direction. Up to this point I haven't had the freedom or maybe the guts to take it fully there although, I did go a bit more pop on the Bohème record. I'm finding my way after being in a band for almost a decade. It's been fun to explore".
When: Fri, May 8, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $15.00
With special acoustic performance by Doobie Decibel System Moonalice is a psychedelic, roots-rock band of seasoned musicians mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. Everyone is a part of the experience and the music inspires dancing and other acts of self expression. Every show has an original art poster created by a well-known artist memorializing that event and given to all attendees...each poster has its own Moonalice legend. All concerts are broadcasted live in HD and available in archive shortly after their set. Moonalice plays mostly original material mixed with several covers, and during their extended freeform jams the band moves as one, drawing from many musical genres honed from years of experience playing with various major acts. Their single "It's 4:20 Somewhere" has been downloaded over 5 million times. John Molo: Drums, Vocals (Bruce Hornsby & The Range, John Fogerty, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Other Ones). Barry Sless: Lead Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Bass (Phil Lesh & Friends, David Nelson Band, Kingfish, Cowboy Jazz). Roger McNamee: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Bass Guitar. (Guff, The Engineers, Random Axes, Flying Other Brothers) Pete Sears: Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals, Bass (Sam Gopal Dream, Rod Stewart, original Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, John Lee Hooker). Big Steve Parish: Road Scholar, Medicine Man, Story Teller. (Grateful Dead crew for 26 years, co-founder of Jerry Garcia Band)
When: Fri, May 15, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $17
Sponsored By WEXT 97.7 "If Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem offer to cook at your place, you better open up all the doors, and borrow every table and chair you can, because the whole town should come." -- Folk Alley Magazine "Playful and profound" -- The Boston Globe Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem are a steadily deepening, 12-year brew of band chemistry, life experience and musical evolution. In 2007, the San Francisco Guardian called them "one of the most song- and arrangement-oriented bands in a field overgrown with pyrotechnic, jam- and solo-conscious virtuosos." Nice. And true. But what really sets this band apart is their connection -- to each other, to the audience, and to the music. Simultaneously loose and tight, their playing seems to tick by invisible radar; it's exciting, cathartic, and fun to watch. It's a band. On stage, they are Rani Arbo (fiddle, guitar), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, uke), Anand Nayak (electric and acoustic guitars) and Scott Kessel (percussion). Kessel's percussion rig is 95% recycled, featuring a cardboard box, tin cans, caulk tubes, and a vinyl suitcase in lieu of a bass drum. All the band members sing, and their four-part harmonies soar, whether on a haunting Appalachian ballad, a Springsteen rocker, or a Bahamian a capella song. Many of their songs plumb the human condition, with topics ranging from joy to death (a favorite), loss, aging, blackbirds and red-haired boys. The band has jokingly dubbed itself an "agnostic gospel" revival show, but there's truth in it; the refrain they hear time and again from audiences all over the country is that their performances really do heal. Musically, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem reuse and recycle (but try hard not to reduce) 150 years of American music. They hang a Georgia Sea Islands song on a New Orleans groove. They write lyrics for an Irish fiddle tune and underpin it with an Afro-Cuban cajon. Leonard Cohen gets clawhammer banjo; Springsteen gets bluegrass harmonies. Their originals range from blues, to bluegrass, to Unitarian funk gospel, to crooner swing, to spooky folk-pop. With influences from Doc Watson to Django Reinhardt, from Fiddlin' John Carson to the funky Meters, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem celebrates America's past and takes it into the present. Of their signature style, Vancouver's Rogue Folk Review wrote, "It's as hard to classify as it is to praise highly enough...an intoxicating blend of roots music styles, with deep traditional roots and a healthy futuristic outlook. Strongly recommended."
When: Sat, May 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $20
With Special Guests Jefferson Grizzard Anyone who's paid attention to his recent output knows that Willie Nile is currently in the midst of a creative renaissance that's produced some of the most compelling music of his 35-year career. Back fagain at The Linda with the full band Willie always lives up to the reputation for writing songs that are as impassioned as they are infectious, and performing them with the fervor of a true believer. Having launched his recording career at the height of the major-label era, and never comfortable with the baggage that comes along with being a major-label commodity, Nile has in recent years embraced the autonomy and freedom of his current indie status. Willie Nile's fans include Bruce Springsteen, with whom he's guested onstage on multiple occasions, and Pete Townshend, who personally requested him as the opening act on the Who's 1982 U.S. tour. Other avowed Nile admirers include Bono, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Ian Hunter, Graham Parker, Jim Jarmusch, Adam Duritz, Little Steven and Lucinda Williams, who once remarked, "Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I'd be opening up for him instead of him for me."
When: Sat, May 23, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio 339 Central Ave., Albany, NY
Cost: $18
It's time once again for our annual Phil Ochs Song night broadcast live from The Linda on WAMC. Hosted by Phils sister Sonny Ochs and our own Wanda Fischer host of WAMC The Hudson River Sampler. We have a phenomenal lineup featuring : Kim & Reggie Harris, Dom Flemmons, Greg Greenway, Sharon Katz and David Buskin. Join us for what has become known as an exceptional night of great music celebrating this distinctive voice in American songwriting.
When: Sat, Jun 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $15
Join Graham Alexander and his band to celebrate the release of "REPEAT DECEIVER." This sophomore album by Graham Alexander has been critically heralded as a modern day rock, funk, and pop fusion masterwork which in turn has pushed Graham Alexander to the top of critics' best of lists. Graham Alexander & Co. will perform selections from the album at the event. In addition, ticket holders are invited to a meet & greet with Graham and his band after the performance. Come celebrate the first release from the legendary record company and experience the birth of a new era in music. With a style incredibly eclectic and signature, Graham Alexander's life has been dedicated to performing, composing and producing music from an early age. Graham's upbringing brought in an incredibly diverse palette of pop artists from Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and American folk music of the early 20th century, to Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and 2Pac Shakur. Born in a severely depressed post-industrial Camden, N.J., Graham's first guitar was picked from the garbage on account of not being able to afford one on his own. From that point, he and music of every kind became inseparable.
When: Sat, Jun 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $15
Jennifer brings another great night of comedy to The Linda!
When: Sat, Jun 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Where: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Center, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Cost: $18
He's been called an edgy urban poet, the sound of New York, a confessional singer-songwriter, and an explorer of the links between rock, race and rebellion whose work should be taught in schools. With songs covered by artists as diverse as punkpioneers The Circle Jerks ("Wild in the Streets") and the neo-folk band Vetiver ("Lon Chaney"), Jeffreys is truly unclassifiable. The Lindas proud to have him back and this time hes bringing the whole band.
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