In celebration of Caffe Lena‘s 5Oth year as the oldest continuous running coffeehouse in North America, the hallowed folk music institution has organized a series of duo concerts celebrating each distinct decade of its existence. Kicking off the series on Friday night were guitar-toting singer-songwriters Jack Landron (formerly known as Jackie Washington) and Bill Staines representing the ’60s decade.
Caffe Lena manager Sarah Craig wanted to make the performance something extra special, so she invited Times Union arts writer and folk musician Michael Eck to moderate a Q&A discussion between these two folk music icons to kick off the evening’s performance. And they regaled the sold-out audience with their personal stories and tales about the Caffe’s early days.
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