It’s a very busy weekend at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs with two shows by Red Molly on Friday, dobro master Stacy Phillips on Saturday and Michael Eck‘s CD release party on Sunday night, but somehow the coffeehouse managed to find time to squeeze in an additional pair of benefit concerts for the SAM Fund on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Dedicated to the memory of beloved banjo and mandolin player Chan Goodnow, the Southern Adirondack Musicians Fund was formed following Chan’s sudden death in 2001. The not-for-profit organization raises funds to help local musicians and their families who may fall on hard times due to health issues or accidents.
The concerts are slated to run from 1-4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday, and among the many musicians donating their time and talent to the cause are Bob Warren, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, the BlueBillies, Addie and Olin-Unleashed!, Wanda Fischer, the trio of Phil Henry, Kate Blain & Gary Moon, the Stony Creek Band, John Kribs with Dannielle Spindler-Swart & Doug Moody, Michael Jerling & Terri Huxtable, the Whippersnappers and more.
Admission is $15; students $10; children free. Seating is general admission.