The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

339 Central Ave
Albany NY  12206

Phone: (518) 465-5233 Ext 4

The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

In 2001, WAMC President and CEO Alan Chartock had the idea to expand the station’s ability to provide on-air performances both live and recorded. He envisioned a place that would be a hybrid of performance venue, broadcast studio and cultural arts center that would give individuals, groups and organizations within the community access to its facilities, as well as provide the general public with a unique and intimate concert hall unlike any in the capital region. With this goal in mind, The Linda WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio opened its doors in September of 2002.

WAMC has been a pioneer in public broadcast dating back to its establishment by Albany Medical College of Union University in 1958. Chartered as a public radio station in 1970, it has been a staple of public broadcasting covering seven states. Its decision to base operations in the inner city region of Albany’s Central Avenue was a testament to its belief in the revitalization of the community. Less than 100 yards from the station’s broadcast facilities sat the Fleet Bank, an Albany landmark that had been abandoned and unused for years. Once it had been determined that the building was sound, a grant was obtained to fund the venture.

WAMC was given three years to match the grant, but with the motivation of executive director Alan Chartock, it was raised in just four months. Along with public and private support, donated labor and materials, WAMC converted the old bank and named it after the long time supporter and generous contributor to the station, Linda Norris. The Linda WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio was built with the same commitment to community that the station has so long been valued for.

Over the years, The Linda has focused on offering a wide assortment of programming provided by a variety of artists. Programming has included individual music, film, workshops, debates and community events and recurring series ranging from those focusing on roots, classical and jazz music, children’s entertainment, film, theater and spoken word. The goal is to increase local exposure to notable and national filmmakers, musicians and actors. Throughout its life, The Linda has become a perfect medium for WAMC to take its content from airwaves to live participation.

Since its inception, The Linda has collaborated and partnered with a variety of organizations to empower and give back to the community. The Linda has nurtured relationships with from all sectors, such as the City of Albany Mayor’s Task Force, the Black Women’s Association of Albany, the Central Business Improvement District and By helping organizations to channel information through the arts, provide a variety of entertainment, and cultivate a broad range of experiences, The Linda crosses cultural, political, social, and economic dimensions. Keeping WAMC’s greater mission in mind, The Linda brings relevant social issues to the public through the performing arts.

The Linda experience is truly unique and the connection between the performer and the patron is unlike any other. The intimate setting paired with impressive acoustics provides the audience with a personal exposure to art and artist on a local, regional and national level. It is much more than a venue as it is a state of the art broadcast studio; it is able to unite the artist and audience both live and over the airwaves. It presents the community with a wide variety of performances and events and in turn provides the artists with a broad and diverse audience. It has been and continues to be a medium for developing artists and empowers local talent by not only providing them with exposure, but also access to an enhanced venue for creative growth. By fostering the relationship between the artist, audience and radio, The Linda is the link that brings all three full circle.

The Linda has strived to be of service, advance the arts and support the community. It has provided a public space for art and cultural expression and is constantly evolving to meet the needs and desires of its audience and community. It remains a catalyst for revitalization by generating investment, creating positive change and exciting stimulation to Central Avenue.

The Linda always has and always will focus on what purpose an event holds and not what there is to gain. The Linda is a venue that has always exceeded its materials in every way. Like the station the venue has always thought of itself as “the little engine that could”. Its programming continues to be fluid to meet both the changing needs of the community and the innovations of new artists. The Linda has been a hidden gem in the Capital Region that continues to develop, serve and prosper.

One of the leading entertainment venues in the area, The Linda hosts everything from live music and theater to film screenings and discussions. Check our listings below for upcoming events! More info & tickets are available online at www.thelinda.org

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Past Events

This is the Kit wsg Adam Schatz (of Landlady)

This is the Kit wsg Adam Schatz (of Landlady)
08:00 pm - 05/24/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Thursday May 24, 2018 at 8 pm THIS IS THE KIT MOONSHINE FREEZE “I’ve been thinking a lot about truth and storytelling and the way that stories and truth change...

Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks

Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks
08:00 pm - 05/18/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Friday May 11, at 8 pm $15 presale $18 at the door The term troubadour is bandied about quite a bit these days, used to define anyone from a heartland hero to...

Fair City Fire wsg The Late Shift

Fair City Fire wsg The Late Shift
08:00 pm - 04/28/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

April 28 at 8 pm Formed in 2014, Fair City Fire is a groove-oriented, in-your-face Rock and Roll band out of Austin, TX. Their sound is marked by tasteful guitar...

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste: Free Screening

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste: Free Screening
06:00 pm - 04/23/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Doors for the event will open at 6:00 PM with live music and snacks provided by Honest Weight. The screening will start at 7:00 PM followed by a panel discussion...

Bully / LVL UP / Shellshag / Swither

Bully / LVL UP / Shellshag / Swither
07:00 pm - 04/22/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

We’ve moved! This show is now happening at The Linda! We here at WCDB are so excited to announce that for our yearly spring concert, we have the excellent bands...

The Cactus Blossoms w/ Frankie Lee

The Cactus Blossoms w/ Frankie Lee
08:00 pm - 04/21/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

April 21, 2018 at 8 pm The Cactus Blossoms Bio: When my brother and I started making music as The Cactus Blossoms there wasn’t a big plan. We cut our teeth performing...

Kim Richey wsg Jackie Bristow

Kim Richey wsg Jackie Bristow
08:00 pm - 04/19/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Thursday April 19th, 8 pm Kim Richey: “Kim Richey would rule the charts in a land where Marshall Crenshaw was king, Aimee Mann queen, and the The Beatles never...

Clearwater Benefit Concert

Clearwater Benefit Concert
04:00 pm - 04/15/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Sunday April 15, 2018 at 4 pm -6:30 pm Featuring: Annie and the Hedonists LOTS OF SING-A-LONG PERFORMANCES Featuring an array of musicians, all performing music...

Roots Music Festival 2018 Featuring Ruby Boots

Roots Music Festival 2018 Featuring Ruby Boots
08:00 pm - 04/14/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Roots Music Festival 2018 at the Linda Featuring: Ruby Boots, James Edmond's Heavenly Echoes, The Coveralls, and Red Haired Strangers Saturday April 14th at 8pm Hosted...

Moondance: The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert

Moondance: The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert
08:00 pm - 04/12/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Rescheduled from March 2, 2018 . All purchased tickets for original March 2, 2018 concert will be honored Rock and roll doesn’t get any better than Van Morrison....

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
02:00 pm - 04/08/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Sunday April 8, at 2 pm, 4:30 pm, and 7 pm 7 pm showing includes post film trivia presented by Cole Mead In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts...

John Primer wsg Jimy Graham

John Primer wsg Jimy Graham
08:00 pm - 04/06/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Friday April 6, 2018 at 8 pm Join us for Chicago blues legend John Primer w.s.g. Jimy Graham April 6, 2108 at 8 pm John Primer: John Primer has undisputedly helped...

The Slow Dance Tour in Albany, NY

The Slow Dance Tour in Albany, NY
08:00 pm - 04/04/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Join Irish singer, songwriter, and actor Damian McGinty in spring 2018 for his biggest solo tour to date, showcasing music and behind-the-scenes insights from his...

Mike Doughty Performs Soul Coughing's "Irresistible Bliss"

Mike Doughty Performs Soul Coughing's "Irresistible Bliss"
08:00 pm - 03/30/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Friday March 30, 2018 at 8pm Mike Doughty is coming to back The Linda WAMC's Performing Arts Studio with longtime sideman Andrew "Scrap" Livingston. Mike and Scrap...

Verifiable Voting: How Secure Is Our Voting System?

Verifiable Voting: How Secure Is Our Voting System?
06:00 pm - 03/22/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Thursday March 22, at 6pm Sierra Club is collaborating this year with WAMC’s The Linda Performing Arts Studio, and with the Honest Weight Food Coop’s ‘Food...

The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski
02:00 pm - 03/15/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Thursday March 15th at 2 pm, 4:30 pm, and 7 pm 7 pm showing includes post film trivia presented by Cole Mead Synopsis – A slacker known to his friends as “The...

Brian Dunne wsg Girl Blue

Brian Dunne wsg Girl Blue
08:00 pm - 03/10/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Saturday March 10, at 8 pm Based out of Brooklyn, NY, singer/songwriter Brian Dunne’s music has won the attention and praise of many with his sharp lyrical prowess...

Moondance: The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert

Moondance: The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert
08:00 pm - 03/02/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Show is to be rescheduled. All purchased tickets will be honored Rock and roll doesn’t get any better than Van Morrison. Van the Man has done it all – from...

Robbie Fulks wsg Zan Strumfeld

Robbie Fulks wsg Zan Strumfeld
08:00 pm - 03/01/2018

At The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Nominated for two 2017 Grammy Awards: Best Folk Album (Upland Stories) and Best American Roots Song (“Alabama at Night”) Named in 2016 best-of-the-year lists...

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