LIVE: Jeremy Wallace @ Caffe Lena, 3/4/11

March 8th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Sara

Jeremy Wallace

Acoustic singer-songwriter and blues master Jeremy Wallace rolled into the cozy, little second-floor coffeehouse that is Caffe Lena last Friday evening, reeling through an evening of his patented blues style that fuses instrumental prowess to gruff, whisky-soaked vocals that fall somewhere between early Tom Waits and classic Leon Redbone.

Accompanied by upright bassist and long-time collaborator Matt Gruening, the retro-looking Wallace sat in a chair on the stage playing his guitar, telling a joke or two and singing his heart out to a near-capacity crowd of fans.

Wallace has become a favorite at the legendary Saratoga coffeehouse because of his wry, wiry songs, tongue-in-cheek humor and classic blues guitar style. Last year, Wallace’s Caffe Lena show was part of the coffeehouse’s sold-out 50th anniversary Decades concert series. This time around, his performance was the linchpin concert of the Caffe’s annual Acoustic Blues Festival Weekend. And you can bet that Wallace – and his fans – will certainly be back for more again next year, too…

Review and photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk


Caffe Lena Photo of the Day

May 12th, 2010, 10:01 am by Greg

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Caffe Lena, we’re proud to present one photo each day this month from the archives of soundman/house photographer Joe Deuel.

Here’s a photo from 2007 of Jeremy Wallace, who is bringing his trio back to the Caffe on Saturday night to serve up some blues-soaked Americana for the final show in the Decades Concert Series:

Jeremy Wallace

Celebrating Caffe Lena from 2000-2010, the Jeremy Wallace Trio splits the bill with Ramblin Jug Stompers at 8pm Saturday for the final show of the Caffe’s Decades Concert series retrospective. Tix are $25.

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