Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Echo in the Canyon," "The Dead Don’t Die," "Men in Black: International," "Rocketman"


  • Quiet Riot, Bad Mothers - Alive at 5, Jennings Landing, Corning Preserve, Albany, Thursday 6/27, 5 PM
  • Buck Meek - Hangar On the Hudson, Troy, Thursday 6/27, 8 PM
  • Madison VanDenburg, Moriah Formica - Times Union Center, Albany, Friday 6/28, 7:30 PM
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket - The Egg, Albany, Friday 6/28, 8 PM
  • Old Songs Folk Festival - 30+ performers including Emma’s Revolution, Bill Staines, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train - Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, Friday 6/28, 2 PM-1 AM; Saturday 6/29, 9 AM-1 AM; Sunday 6/30, 9 AM-7 PM
  • The Boxcar Lilies, Carolann Solebello - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Saturday 6/29, 7 PM
  • Heather Maloney: Soil in the Sky Album Release Show - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Saturday 6/29, 9 PM
  • Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, Amphitheatre & Discovery Stage, SPAC, Saratoga Springs - Saturday 6/29, noon: George Benson, James Carter Organ Trio; Sunday 6/30, 11 AM: Norah Jones, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Joshua Redman Quartet
  • Opera Saratoga, Spa Little Theater, SPAC, Saratoga Springs - Saturday 6/29, 7:30 PM: "The Daughter of the Regiment;" Sunday 6/30, 3 PM: Ellen West
  • Shanghai Quartet (music of Dvorak, Tan Dun, Beethoven) - Maverick Concerts, Woodstock, Sunday 6/30, 4 PM

New movies: "Yesterday," "The Last Black Man in San Francisco," "You Can Choose Your Family"

David Bromberg at City Winery in NYC
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Decorated multi-genre multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and a godfather of Americana David Bromberg is bringing his quinet on the road this summer and the WAMC listening area will be host the group at three different venues in the first half of July.

They’ll play Songs at Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, New York on July 2, The Stationery Factory in Dalton, Massachusetts on July 7, and Cohoes Music Hall in Cohoes, New York on July 13.

Established in 2010 - the Solid Sound Festival kicks off at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts on Friday evening. The art and music festival is curated by Chicago-based rock band, Wilco, and features an eclectic line-up of music, art, comedy, food, and family activities.

John Stirratt has been Wilco’s bassist since the band was founded in 1994. He’ll be on hand at Solid Sound to play with Wilco, and his other band, The Autumn Defense will play an acoustic set with strings on Sunday in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center. Stirratt is also one partner responsible for Tourists, a new motor-lodge in North Adams.

George Benson
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George Benson's career spans five decades, more than 30 recordings as a leader and ten Grammy Awards. NEA Jazz Master, Benson, has used his jazz roots as the foundation for an engaging mix of pop, R&B and other shades that add up to a style that appeals to a broad mainstream audience. Along the way, he has also established himself as a formidable jazz singer, one whose biggest career hits have showcased his vocals as well as his guitar chops. In short, this guitar man is the complete package.

He'll headline the Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC on Saturday, June 29.

Erin McKeown
Joanna Chattman

Musician, writer, producer  - and one of our favorite guests - Erin McKeown will return to the stage at Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York tomorrow night for a LGBTQ Pride Night concert with opener Crystal Rose.

McKeown is a singer-songwriter, composer, and producer. Her albums encompass pop, swing, rock, and folk. In 2018 her first musical, "Miss You Like Hell," opened Off-Broadway at The Public Theater earning 5 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Lyrics, Best Music and Best Orchestration. The Wall Street Journal named it Best Musical of 2018. She is working on a new musical entitled "Terrarium Behavior" and a new singer-songwriter album.

Hudson Hall celebrates iconic dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham and the Merce Cunningham Centennial with a 6-week program of dance, music, film, and photography to showcase the work of the iconic artist and the enduring power of his living legacy.

Titled “Cunningham at 100,” the program opens at 5pm on June 22nd with an exhibition of photographs by James Klosty and Stephanie Berger.

Stephanie Berger and Executive Director of Hudson Hall Tambra Dillon join us.

American Public Media’s “Live From Here,” with host Chris Thile, will broadcast live from Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed in Lenox, Massachusetts this week. For the show, Thile will be joined by special guests musician Ben Folds, comedian Tig Notaro, and Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan - a.k.a I’m with Her.

In addition to hosting “Live from Here,” Thile is a virtuoso mandolin player and vocalist performing solo and with Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers. He is a multiple Grammy Award winner, a MacArthur Fellow, and held the 2018–2019 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall.

Mahaiwe marquee

This summer, The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA will present world class music, dance, theatre, film screenings, and comedy with performances from Momix, Buddy Guy, Patti LuPone, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, David Sedaris, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Natalie Merchant, Savion Glover, John Mulaney, and more!

Beryl Jolly is the Executive Director of The Mahaiwe and she joins us.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Dark Phoenix"


  • Travie McCoy, Stellar Young - Alive at 5, Corning Preserve Boat Launch (rain site), Albany, Thursday 6/13, 5 PM
  • Heather Maloney - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 6/13, 7 PM
  • Show People - Pine Hills Film Series, Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany, Friday 6/14, 7 PM
  • Peter Asher & Jeremy Clyde - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Friday 6/14, 7 PM
  • "Being John Malkovich" (Being in the Body Films Series/presented by Clark Art Institute) - Images Cinema, Williamstown, Mass., Saturday 6/15, 2 PM
  • "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Saturday 6/15, 7 PM
  • The Allman Betts Band, Jane Lee Hooker - Stanley Center for the Performing Arts, Utica, Saturday 6/15, 7:30 PM
  • Red Molly, Ellis Paul - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 6/15, 8 PM
  • Bombino - MASS MoCA, Courtyard C or Hunter Center, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 6/15, 8 PM
  • Buika - SPAC, Amphitheatre, Saratoga Springs, Wednesday 6/19, 8 PM

New movies: "Late Night," "The Dead Don’t Die," "American Woman," "Men in Black: International," "Shaft"

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," "Booksmart"


  • Art On Lark - Lark Street, Albany, Saturday 6/8, 11 AM-6 PM
  • Close Encounters With Music: Antoniv Dvorak & Josef Suk, featuring pianist Soyeon Kate Lee, violinists Irina Muresanu & Peter Zazofsky, violist Michael Strauss, cellist Yehuda Hanani - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Saturday 6/8, 6 PM
  • The Sun Still Burns Here: Kate Wallich + The YC Perfume Genius - MASS MoCA, Hunter Center, Northampton, Mass., Saturday 6/8, 8 PM
  • Margaret Glaspy - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 6/8, 8 PM
  • Todd Rundgren: The Individualist - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Sunday 6/9, 7 PM
  • Fishbone - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Sunday 6/9, 8 PM
  • "Waitress" - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, opens Tuesday 6/11 at 7:30 PM, through June 16

New movies: "The Secret Life of Pets 2," "Dark Phoenix," "All Is True," "The Tomorrow Man," "The Souvenir"

Frances Young Tang was a businesswoman, philanthropist, and 1961 Skidmore College graduate who died in 1992. In her memory, the Tang family made a substantial donation that led to the Tang Teaching Museum becoming a reality in 2000. Frances Day honors Frances Young Tang’s legacy of creativity and philanthropy with a day of free activities.

The museum’s sixth annual Frances Day is on Saturday, June 15. Visitors can experience multiple contemporary art exhibitions, art-making activities, tours, food, music, and more.

Dayton Director of The Tang, Ian Berry, joins us along with Elizabeth Streb, a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship recipient, acclaimed choreographer, and the founder of Streb Extreme Action. The company is known for physically demanding, gravity-defying performances that combine virtuosity, technical skill, and popular appeal. Streb Extreme Action is in residence at Skidmore and the subject of the exhibition at the Tang — Streb Action.

This summer, The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) will present perennial favorites such as Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, the New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Opera Saratoga, plus exciting new programming.

SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol joins us with a preview of the season.

This Thursday at 7:30 - The Rochmon Record Club will converge at The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio to listen, learn about and discuss the classic 1976 album “Hotel California” by the Eagles.

“Hotel California” marked a shift in sound for the easy going southern Californian rockers and remains the Eagles best-selling original album. “Hotel California” is the first Eagles album to feature the legendary Joe Walsh on guitar and his presence is felt all over the record.

The Listening Party begins with a live audio & video presentation by Chuck Vosganian aka “Rochmon” and he joins us.