This weekend Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs is celebrating its 50th anniversary, making it the longest-running, continuously operating coffeehouse in America.
We joining in the celebration by publishing one photo each day this month culled from the vast archives of the Caffe’s soundman supreme and house photographer Joe Deuel.
Here’s one of our favorite of Joe’s shots, showing singer-songwriter Ellis Paul at the piano during soundcheck for a 2005 performance. It’s a beautiful, moody shot that perfectly captures the intimacy and magic of the coffeehouse before the doors are opened:
Ellis Paul will be performing at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson on Saturday night as part of the fifth annual Hudson Valley Songfest and Music Expo. Andy Pratt opens the show at 7pm. Free admission with a Songfest ticket; otherwise $20 in advance.