LIVE: Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur @ Caffe Lena, 5/21/10

May 25th, 2010, 3:32 pm by Greg
Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur

Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur

For the last several months, Caffe Lena has hosted a series of concerts in celebration of its 50 years of continuous operation in the second-floor converted loft on Phila Street in Saratoga Springs. The gala fundraiser on Friday, May 21 – a concert featuring Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur – was the kick-off of the big anniversary weekend and yet another breakthrough for the Caffe in both a musical and, well, a fun, sense.

Being both an historic venue and a dry venue, the Caffe often has an earnest and respectful atmosphere: quiet conversation, coffee and tea, healthy snacks, maybe a “sinful” chocolate chip cookie.

In contrast, the Friday fundraiser was launched with an abundant reception in the adjacent theater. There was fine wine, boutique beer and plentiful finger food and designer pizza from local fine dining establishments. The tables in the Caffé were covered with crisp white linen tablecloths. Smartly dressed people were setting up and serving. About 45 minutes into it, the Caffe took on the mood and volume of a wedding reception – this was FUN! A local theater critic had red wine spilled on his white sport jacket – and he DIDN’T CARE! What’s going on here?

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Caffe Lena Photo of the Day

May 24th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

Saratoga Springs venerable coffeehouse Caffe Lena celebrated its 50th anniversary during the past weekend, and very soon we’ll have lots of photos from the various anniversary events. But we’re also going to continue running a photo a day from the archives of soundman/house photographer Joe Deuel til the end of the month.

Here’s a photo of Michael Cooney and Lena Spencer on stage together in the early ’80s:

Michael Cooney and Lena Spencer

Caffe Lena Photo of the Day

May 21st, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

That fabulous, little, unpretentious second-floor coffeehouse at 47 Phila Street in Saratoga Springs has been in operation for 50 years now, and over the course of that half-century, Caffe Lena has hosted some of the finest talent to be found anywhere – from Bob Dylan to Emmylou Harris, from Spalding Gray to Ani DiFranco. is pleased as punch to be a small part of the Caffe’s 50th anniversary celebration by publishing one of the fabulous photographs from the rich archives of house soundman/photographer Joe Deuel each day this month.

Here’s one of Joe’s photos of Lena Spencer – the heart and soul, as well as the founder and manager, of the Caffe from 1960 until her death in 1989:

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