LIVE: Jack Landron & Bill Staines @ Caffe Lena, 1/22/10

January 28th, 2010, 11:14 am by Greg

(left) Bill Staines and (right) Jack Landron

(left) Bill Staines and (right) Jack Landron

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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Stocking Stuffer Suggestion

December 21st, 2009, 12:09 pm by Greg

The Seagull Coastline S6 Burst GT SF guitar

The Seagull Coastline S6 Burst GT SF guitar

Well, OK, you can’t really squeeze a new acoustic guitar into a Christmas stocking, can you? But you could do the next best thing…

Like a raffle ticket?

Saratoga Guitar is raffling off a brand new Seagull Coastline S6 Burst GT SF guitar with hardwood cherry sides and back.

Raffle tickets are available exclusively at Saratoga Guitar in Saratoga Springs and are priced at $1 each or 10 for just $5.

The proceeds from the raffle will go toward the purchase of an airline ticket for singer-songwriter Jackie Washington, who is kicking off Caffe Lena‘s year-long 50th anniversary celebration with a concert on Friday, January 22, sharing the stage with Bill Staines. Washington, who is flying in from his California home specially for this performance, was the performer on Caffe Lena’s opening night in 1960.

The winner of the raffle will be selected at Caffe Lena on Friday, January 8, during the concert by Bearfoot. You need not be present to win.

So buy a few raffle tickets.
Help out the Caffe.
And just maybe you’ll get yourself a new guitar, too.

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