LIVE: Caffe Lena’s Inn Take-Over @ Union Gables Inn, 3/10/16

April 13th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
Kevin McKrell

Kevin McKrell

Photographs by Joseph Deuel

Q: When is a gorgeous Victorian mansion like a folk festival?
A: When it’s Caffe Lena’s Inn Take Over!

On a Thursday evening last month, the Union Gables Inn in Saratoga Springs was transformed into a fab folk fest with 20 bands performing during the fun-filled three-hour event. It was a benefit for the Spa City’s historic Caffe Lena, and the Caffe’s effort to restore and preserve the legendary venue’s 47 Phila Street building.

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The first floor of the Union Gables Inn was a gathering place – check in, enjoy the fine food & drinks and bid on the items in the silent auction. Upstairs, it was a cornucopia of amazing acoustic music – five rooms on the second floor each became intimate, mini-concert venues, as were five more on the third floor. That’s 10 musical acts all going on at the same time under one roof. Stand in the middle of the hallway, and your head was instantly spinning, as Gypsy jazz, Celtic bluegrass, washboard blues, flamenco guitar and old Uncle Dave Macon foot-stompers all mixed together in the air. When the first round of music was over, a second batch of 10 more musical acts took over the inn’s well-appointed rooms. That’s 20 acts in all – from folk-rock to ragtime, from indie pop to Dixieland.

The smorgasbord of sounds were supplied throughout the evening’s festivities by Dubl Handi, Gathering Time, the Hot Club of Saratoga, Greg Klyma, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Olivia Quillio, Kevin McKrell, the Whippersnappers, the Bluebillies, MaryLeigh Roohan, Maria Zemantauski, Huxtable, Christensen & Hood, Mark Tolstrup’s Brass & Blues, Bob Warren & Joy Mackenzie, Phil Drum & Friends, Robin O’Herin, Mike Gowans, the Trophy Husbands, the Phil Henry Duo and Fennig’s All-Star String Band.

Huxtable, Christensen & Hood

Huxtable, Christensen & Hood

Bob Warren and Joy MacKenzie

Bob Warren and Joy MacKenzie

Gathering Time

Gathering Time

The Bluebillies

The Bluebillies

Robin O'Herin

Robin O’Herin

Phil Drum and Rob Adkins

Phil Drum and Rob Adkins

Ramblin Jug Stompers

Ramblin Jug Stompers

Mike Gowans

Mike Gowans

Olivia Quillio

Olivia Quillio

Maryleigh Roohan

Maryleigh Roohan

Mark Tolstrup’s Brass & Blues

Mark Tolstrup’s Brass & Blues

Maria Zemantauski

Maria Zemantauski