FESTIVAL: Caffe Lena’s Folkathon Returns This Weekend

April 26th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg

42 hours…
40+ bands…
Three days…
One last song on the old stage…

The historic home of Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs is about to undergo a major renovation this summer – starting Monday, June 6, to be precise. But before the transformation, manager Sarah Craig and the other fine folks keeping the coffeehouse alive have designated the last weekend of April for a giant-size farewell to the “old” Caffe, and a celebration of the spirited community that will sustain the revitalized Lena into the coming decades.

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In celebration, the Caffe has revived the Folkathon, a weekend-long Caffe tradition during the ’90s, and invited dozens of top headliners – a parade of both Local 518 and national folk faves – to come play one last time in the old Caffe. The festivities start at 6pm on Friday (April 29) and, with just a couple modest breaks tucked into the early morning hours, will go virtually non-stop until 10pm on Sunday (May 1).

Come for the whole weekend, or for one day, or even for just one show – but don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

All weekend passes are now officially sold out. But individual day and evening passes are still available for $25, and single show tickets will be sold at the door for $10 when available.

Here’s the all-star schedule for the Caffe Lena Folkathon:

6pm: Opening Ceremony led by Joseph Bruchac
6:40pm: Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
7:20pm: Anne Hills
8:05pm: Stony Creek Band
8:50pm: Danielle Miraglia & Scott Ainslie
10pm: Broken String Band
11pm: Irish session
12midnight-4am: open stage

9am: Chantey Singers (of the Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’)
9:45am: Frank Jaklitsch & Friends
10:25am: Michael Eck
11am: outdoor sing-along
12noon: Sonny Speed’s Stretching the Truth
12:25pm: Paul Rishell & Annie Raines
1:05pm: Bovine Social Club
1:50pm: Rich Bala & C.B. Smith
2:40pm: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys
3:35pm: Jo Henley
4:10pm: Grainbelt
4:50pm: Roy Hurd & Frank Orsini
5:25pm: Thirteen Feet of Bluegrass
6pm: Martha Gallagher
6:30pm: Judy Wyle
7pm: David Roth & Mike Agranoff
8pm: Tracy Grammer with Cliff Eberhardt & Louise Mosrie
9pm: Jeremy Wallace Trio
9:50pm: Pete Donnelly & Mike Gent (of the Figgs)
10:35pm: Addie & Olin – Unleashed!
11pm: blues jam
12midnight-4am: open mic

9am: Gospel Singers (of the Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’)
9:55am: Schroon River String Band
10:30am: Lost Radio Rounders
11am: Rick & Sharon Bolton
11:45am: poetry
12:40pm: Don White
1:15pm: Tom Akstens with Brian Melick
1:55pm: Susan Trump
2:35pm: storytelling
3:50pm: Sara Milonovich & Greg Andersen
4:25pm: Jim Trick
5pm: Professor Louie & the Crowmatix
6pm: Jean Rohe, Mike Poulopoulos & Jeremy Aaron
7pm: Michael Jerling Trio
8pm: Jeanne O’Connor & the New Standard
9pm: Great Group Sing led by Dan Berggren