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Raising Arizona at The Linda
The Linda

Join our friends at The Linda for the first in a series of 6 Coen Brothers films presented the second Tuesday of each month for the next 6 months with “Raising Arizona," including opening commentary and post film trivia from The Linda's resident film connoisseur Cole Mead. 

For more information, visit The Linda's website.

The Top 97 of 2017

Jan 1, 2018
Exit 97.7 WEXT

2017 was a great year for new music. We had dozens upon dozens of fantastic shows come to town, too.  With listener feedback, we managed to put together a list of the Top 97 songs of 2017.

Click here for that list.

WEXT DJs' Best Music of 2017

Dec 23, 2017
Best of 2017

Here are the WEXT DJs' lists of best albums, songs, Local 518 of 2017. Let us know your thoughts by sending an email with this link

Dave Michaels

(Mon-Fri 5-9a)

Spend The Holidays With WEXT

Dec 12, 2017
Holidays on WEXT

Each year Christmas through New Year's WEXT has brought you some special programming to brighten and cheer for the holidays.  As we're about to enter our 10th anniversary year, this year continues the tradition.  Below you will find the special programming listed to help celebrate the season. 

Thursday 12/21
11p - The Local 518 Holiday Special
1130p - 518 Sessions with the Mountain Snow Orchestra

First Night Saratoga 2018!

Dec 8, 2017
Sawyer Fredericks

Join us December 31st at the Saratoga Springs City Center with Saratoga Arts!

The WEXT stage features the Shane Guerrette Band and Sydney Worthley, who are both currently dominating the Local 518 playlist with their hip brands of pop and soul.  At the end of the evening, Sawyer Fredericks, the 2015 winner of “The Voice”, returns form his national tour to perform for his local fans!

12th Annual Speedo Sprint

The Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy (ASAP), in association with the Albany All-Star Roller Derby, is pleased to present the 12th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint! Net proceeds benefit the Albany Damien Center and the HIV/AIDS program at Albany Medical Center.

Come out for a great day! December 16, 2017 -- The Albany Santa Speedo Sprint!

Donna The Buffalo

Friday, December 1

The Cohoes Music Hall

Donna the Buffalo have been playing their take on Americana music for over 25 years . Their live performances are legendary in the Northeast and beyond. Their fans "the Herd " are fanatical followers of their music and can be found dancing up a storm wherever they play . The Tom Hamilton Duo opens the show.

For more information, visit their website

Will Dailey

Will Dailey is an acclaimed independent singer-songwriter who is committed to the beauty of simplicity. His sound has a rich vintage vibe with a firm appreciation of AM rock, pop, and big hooks. He has shared the stage and studio with Eddie Vedder, T Bone Burnett, Tanya Donelly, Roger McGuinn, G Love, Ryan Bingham and Kay Hanley. The last time he played in Saratoga Springs was with Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young at Farm Aid in 2013.


Shemekia Copeland

WEXT is proud to present Shemekia Copeland in concert at The Massry Center for the Arts.

Shemekia Copeland
Saturday, December 16th at 8pm

For more information, visit the Massry website.  

Live At EXT

2017 Black Friday Live @ EXT Marathon

(all start times approximate, and subject to change)


Every Friday at 12n, we feature a session with a national touring artist who has passed through the area. The guest may have stopped at one of the amazing spaces to see live music, or the guest was simply out playing a radio tour to promote her or his latest album. The goal with these live sessions with interview is to help you get a little closer to the artist, to learn more about what motivates her/him. 


Dana Fuchs

Dana Fuchs, whose voice explodes in full rock bravado like a rushing torrent of emotion and expression, is coming to see us at The Massry Center at the College of St. Rose on December 2nd. 

For details, visit the Massry website.

This concert has been cancelled. See thMassry for details. 

So Percussion
Jeff Ragland (2012)

Wednesday, November 15th

So Percussion
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

See their NPR Tiny Desk Concert below.  Click on the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall website for more information.  

Tab Benoit Stops in Cohoes

Oct 29, 2017
Tab Benoit

November 11th
The Cohoes Music Hall

Visit the website for more details.  Enter to win tickets by sending email with this link.

Dark Star Orchestra 20th Anniversary at Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre
November 11th

19 Clinton Ave, Albany, NY 12207
Door Time: 7PM
All Ages

For information and tickets, visit the Palace Theatre website.

Saratoga Arts

The Official Button Stuffing event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14.  Be in touch with Saratoga Arts at the web link below to help out.


Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

January 31
The Palace Theatre

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
wsg James McMurtry

Tickets are on sale now! 

Ryan Montbleau

Guthrie/Bell Productions Presents :

The Ryan Montbleau Band

wsg The Eastern Highs

Friday Oct. 20
Cohoes Music Hall

7:00 doors / 8:00 show

Tickets available at all TicketMaster outlets , The Palace Theatre Box Office and the Cohoes Music Hall Box Office the evening of the show.

Bob Dylan and his Band at The Palace Theatre


7:30 PM


ON-SALE NOW! Tickets are nearly sold out. Act quickly. 

Get Lucky With Spafford!

Sep 29, 2017

S L P presents 4 piece funk rock band Spafford blending musical genres on Sunday, October 8th at Lucky Strike Social at Crossgates Mall at 9pm. Tickets and more at S L P concerts website.

Enter to win tickets by sending email with this link.

YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman

YES Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman

October 5 at The Palace Theatre

Get tickets at the Palace Theatre website

Valerie June

Hold on to your boots! Valerie June is coming to The Egg Performing Arts Center thanks to DSP Shows and WEXT. 


FEBRUARY 7! Tickets on sale now.


Get tickets at The Egg website.


Click the DONATE button to support WEXT and get a pair of tickets to see Valerie June. 


Todd Schaeffer of Railroad Earth
Anthony Tassarotti

October 6 at The Hollow

Freshgrass Festival 2017!

Sep 10, 2017
Freshgrass Festival
Mass MoCA

September 15-17
Mass MoCA

Get to Grand Point North!

Sep 10, 2017
Grand Point North

Grace Potter has a great lineup set for you including Trey AnastasioBand, 

Garcia Project at Cohoes Music Hall

September 15th
8p at The Cohoes Music Hall

The Garcia Project's performances are based on actual set lists performed by The Jerry Garcia Band. All of their shows are classic recreations of a Jerry Garcia Band set list from 1976 to 1995. These guys deliver the goods! 

For tickets and information, click here.

To win a pair of tickets, send email with this link.

Sydney Worthley
AMG Photography

It seems that every week we hear about a new Local 518 talent.  It was one of those weeks when we first heard Sydney Worthley.

Then she played a Local 518 Session (see below), and then we had her with us at Tulip Fest (see picture).  And on September 9th, she releases her debut album. Before that, you can hear the full album here at our website.

Don't miss the full band playing at Jupiter Hall for the CD release party on September 9th.  Click here for details.

Gregg Allman "Southern Blood"

Gregg Allman was taken from us on May 27th of this year. While no longer physically here, he did leave us with one final gift - a new album, Southern Blood. This exclusive one-hour special takes a look at Southern Blood with the help of Gregg, his manager, Michael Lehman, producer, Don Was, and longtime friend, Jackson Browne.

Boz Scaggs

“I’m at a point where I’m having a lot of fun with music, more than ever,” Boz Scaggs says about his spellbinding new album, A Fool to Care.. “It’s like I’m just going wherever I want to go with it.”

September 12 at 730pm, join us all at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. For information and tickets, visit their website

Enter to win tickets by sending an email with this link.

Local 518 Hurricane Harvey Relief

Everyone is doing what they can for their fellow Americans affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and the Local 518 music scene is no exception. Check this out: Friday September 8 at The Low Beat a veritable who's who of local music dignitaries take the No Pepper stage to help the Galveston County Food Bank with money raised at the door going directly to the folks that need help NOW!

Newport Folk Festival at The Fort
Newport Folk Festival

For several years, WEXT has brought you the most interesting Labor Day soundtrack - the concert sets from the current year's Newport Folk Festival. Maybe you were there, maybe you weren't able to make it, but our friends at NPR Music did, and we've got the sets...  From 5am until 6pm, join WEXT for great music from our favorite artists.

UPDATE! Here's the schedule for the concert sets from the 2017 Newport Folk Festival from this past July.  (Start times are approximate.)  Join us Labor Day for: