Rock on at The Linda with The Hold Steady. Or, where are you, college kids?
When The Linda, WAMC's music hall in downtown Albany, announced it would be hosting The Hold Steady, my husband thought it would be fun to go, and I thought it would be fun to make him happy. We were only a wee bit wary about the warning: this would be a standing room only performance.
We were both right, on all counts. It was fun, even though the only seats in sight were for the keyboardist on stage and the sound tech way in the rear of the room. We claimed two places up against the back wall so we could listen and lean.
The Linda is a rehabbed bank building with remnants of its past life in the high ceiling and tall, arched windows. It would be like going into the Adirondack and finding the teller windows gone and a stage in place of the safety deposit boxes vaults.
One thing we wondered is where are all the kids. Here was a $20 concert on a Wednesday night in downtown Albany, with maybe 30,000 college kids within a 10-mile radius. Or is The Linda just one of Albany's best kept secrets?