Five Firsts: Mary McCaslin

March 11th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

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INSTRUMENT: Guitar, banjo

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Marty Robbins’ “Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs” (Vol. 1 – followed by Vol. 2)

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Marty Robbins

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … an accordion!! (Took up guitar at age 15 – accordion taught me rudimentary music theory)

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Beautiful Brown Eyes”

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … solo / Mary McCaslin

Mary McCaslin returns to the stage at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 8pm Friday, as the coffeehouse continues its Decades Concert series in celebration of the Caffe’s 50th anniversary. McCaslin will team up with Garnet Rogers to represent the ’80s.

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Celebrating Caffe Lena With Mary McCaslin

March 9th, 2010, 9:55 am by Greg

The decades are rollin’ by up at Saratoga Springs’ venerable Caffe Lena, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. As part of the celebration, Caffe manager Sarah Craig has put together a series of Decades Concerts – each one representing one of the five decades that the famed second-floor coffeehouse has been in continuous operation.

The series started off on Friday, January 22 with Jack Landron (aka Jackie Washington) and Bill Staines playing the ’60s Decade Concert. Livingston Taylor took over for the ’70s Decade Concert on Saturday, February 27.

And longtime Lena’s regular Mary McCaslin returns for the ’80s Decade Concert on Friday, March 12.

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