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Bringing the finest contemporary and traditional folk music to the Capital Region since 1967.


The 8th Step, a Capital Region arts tradition, was founded 1967 along Albany’s Washington Park. We are now in our 51st season and still singing strong!

For over five decades “The Step” has brought to Upstate New York, Western Massachusetts, the Hudson Valley and lower Vermont - and often way beyond - a steady stream of incredible acoustic music including folk, blues, jazz, bluegrass and celtic music, plus theater, dance and more!


Board of Directors

Amy Birchler / John Birchler / Bill Bracken / Ed Brown / Ed Guider / Steve Kozlowski / Kathleen O’Connor / Phillip Riback / Howard Mittleman / Cathy Winter / Margie Rosenkranz

Advisory Board

Len Chandler / Mary Kozlowski / Roy Donkin / Barbara Harris / Reggie Harris / Inge Doornbosch / Terry Leonino / Greg Artzner / Chet Opalka / Barbara & Graham Dean / Jeffrey Donofrio, Pllc / Sonny Ochs / Wanda Fischer / Barbara & Graham Dean / Danny Martinez / Sophia Morris