Posts Tagged ‘Caffe Lena’

LIVE: The Nellies @ Caffe Lena, 4/6/14

Friday, April 11th, 2014
Karen Ann Gilpin and Peggy Lecuyer

Karen Ann Gilpin and Peggy Lecuyer

Photographs by Tom Lindsay

Two of Nippertown’s finest roots-oriented outfits teamed up for a Sunday matinee and a good cause at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, donating their time and considerable musical talents at a benefit concert to raise funds for the Amanda’s Journey Foundation, a local charity that assists children who are battling Mitochondrial Diseases and raises awareness about these genetic disorders.



LIVE: Timothy Mason & Hiroya Tsukamoto @ Caffe Lena, 3/7/14

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Timothy Mason

Timothy Mason

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

After several impressionistic guitar compositions mixed with Japanese traditional folk songs, including one where he sang in an Okinawan dialect, guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto apologized that his “accent” may be a little off and that he was not sure of the meaning of some of the words. Nevertheless, it was a treat for the audience assembled there on a recent Friday evening in Saratoga’s famed Caffe Lena.

Before the first set came to a close, Tsukamoto invited distinguished poet Timothy Mason up for an unaccompanied poetry reading or two. Mason launched into a refreshing poem about the wonders of chocolate syrup, and, really, how can you not love a guy who loves chocolate syrup enough to write a poem about it? That poem was a tasty morsel, to say the least.


Be Here Now: The Nellies & M.R. Poulopoulos @ Caffe Lena, 4/6/14

Friday, April 4th, 2014

At 2pm on Sunday (April 6) Americana band the Nellies and singer-songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos team up for a lovely afternoon concert at Caffe Lena in Sartoga Springs. The concert is a benefit for the Amanda’s Journey Foundation – which assists children who are battling Mitochondrial Diseases and raises awareness about these genetic disorders. Tickets are $18.

For Pete’s Sake: More Pete Seeger Tribute Concerts

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

The Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady
8pm Friday (April 4), $15

The Eighth Step welcomes several long-time musician friends and others whose performing lives were intertwined with Pete Seeger’s. Several of the performers appeared frequently with Pete Seeger including singer-songwriter Dan Einbender (Grammy Award winner for the CD Pete Seeger & the Rivertown Kids), the honey-voiced Hudson Valley quintet Betty & the Baby Boomers (who will be joined by Celtic harpist Lynn Saoirse) and Albany’s own Ruth Pelham (the Queen of the Music Mobile). The evening will also feature short video clips of Pete Seeger and an exhibit of Seeger images by photographer Robert Corwin. Wanda Fischer (host and producer of WAMC-FM’s “Hudson River Sampler”) and Eighth Step director Margie Rosenkranz (former artistic director for Seeger’s Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival festival) will co-host the festivities.


LIVE: The Boxcar Lilies @ Caffe Lena, 3/1/14

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
The Boxcar Lillies

The Boxcar Lillies

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The third (and final) installment of Caffe Lena’s Folk DJ Showcase series was curated by Wanda Fischer, the host and producer of WAMC-FM’s long-running “The Hudson River Sampler,” and to no one’s surprise, she presented some mighty fine musical talent at the venerable Saratoga coffeehouse.

Juno Award-winner, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter-storyteller Craig Werth had the honor of closing the show, but openers the Boxcar Lilies could just as easily handled the headlining slot with the devastating three-part harmonies from Jenny Goodspeed, Stephanie Marshall and Katie Clarke.


LIVE: Gurf Morlix @ Caffe Lena, 3/21/14

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Gurf Morlix

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

In the folk world, “Texas troubadour” is another phrase for what’s known in the Northeast as a “singer-songwriter.” But Gurf Morlix is much more than that. In addition to being a performer and songwriter, he’s also a producer and a multi-instrumentalist behind of – or in front of – the soundboard for a who’s-who of musicians, including Lucinda Williams, Warren Zevon and Patty Griffin, just to name a few.


LIVE: Garnet Rogers @ Caffe Lena, 2/28/14

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Video and photographs by Tim Raab

The veteran Canadian songsmith Garnet Rogers paid tribute to the late great Pete Seeger with a story and a sing-along classic during his concert at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs on Friday, February 28.


Five Firsts: Pete Heitzman

Friday, February 21st, 2014

NAME: Pete Heitzman
INSTRUMENT: Guitar and various strings

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … My mom and older sister had lots of Broadway and folk LPs, but my first purchase was Beatles ’65. I would jam my head right into the speaker for “I Feel Fine,” and that guitar tone still gives me chills.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … I remember Johnny Puleo & the Harmonica Gang in 1959 at age seven, and they were phenomenal and hilarious, but my first rock event was a package show at LeMoyne College, Nov. 1967: Buffalo Springfield, Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Soul Survivors and the Beach Boys. Springfield had been my fave band at the time, so that was heaven.


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