My Albany “homecoming show” is tonight at 8pm at the Hudson River Coffee House, 227 Quail St, Albany, NY.
Last week, I reached out to Tom Keyser at the Albany Times Union, about the show and what I am doing with music in NYC. He wrote a great article which was published on the TU arts blog, as well as in Friday’s print edition. I cut and pasted the blog below, but the original version can be found at: http://blog.timesunion.com/localarts/casey-dinkin-comes-home-pursues-dream/19583/
Casey Dinkin, who grew up in Guilderland with the dream of becoming a musician, will perform in concert Saturday at the Hudson River Coffee House in Albany. This will be her first show outside New York City since moving there this summer to try to turn her dream into reality.
“I’ve always had music in my life,” Dinkin says. “But people told me it’s not a great way to make a living. It’s better to do it as a hobby.”
She performed in musicals growing up in the Capital Region. But as an adult, playing in bands and writing songs, she worked a day job lobbying for a non-profit, anti-hunger organization in Albany. That led to a lobbying job in Washington.
“One night last spring it hit me: If I die tonight, all my songs are going to die inside me,” she says. “I started feeling really strongly that this wasn’t what was supposed to happen. I was supposed to focus on music. My songs were what my life’s work was supposed to be.”
When the grant that was funding her job expired in June, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in music. So far she has played seven shows (the first on Oct. 1, her 30th birthday), including one at the Bitter End.
At her homecoming concert in Albany, she says, she will perform original songs and a few covers and also play with a couple of musicians she played with here in her early to mid 20s.
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