Caffe Lena Photo of the Day

May 28th, 2010, 2:29 pm by Greg

A big thank you goes out to Sarah Craig and the volunteers that helped make the 50th anniversary of Caffe Lena such a wonderful and memorable event.

We’d like to offer one last photo from the vast archives of longtime house photographer Joe Deuel. It’s a 1989 photograph of Dave Van Ronk clowning around after Lena Spencer’s memorial service. He’s surrounded by Anna McGarrigle, Utah Phillips and Roy Book Binder. It’s also the only one of Joe’s photos that we’ve published that wasn’t taken at the Caffe. This one’s from the Parting Glass:

Dave Von Ronk


Phishin’ for fans?

July 23rd, 2009, 2:01 pm by Greg

Of course, any self-respecting Phish fan (is that an oxymoron?) would suspect that the Parting Glass would be the post-concert destination of choice given that the Gordon Stone Band is slated to play there at 11pm following Phish’s reunion tour-ending show at SPAC on Sunday, August 16.

But now several area mainstream newspapers have announced that members of Phish are planning to join in the post-concert musical festivities at the Glass. Like the Glens Falls Post Star. And the Daily Gazette. And…

Which means total mayhem at the Lake Ave. pub. And let’s not forget that track season will be in full bloom, too. So will the Phish boys actually be foolhardy enough to make an appearance at the Glass?

I think not.

Personally, I think the press coverage is just a diversionary tactic from the Phish camp. I’ll bet that Trey and company will actually stop by Caffe Lena for an after-hours jam with acoustic bluesman Chris Smither.

Be Here Now: Frank Wakefield @ the Parting Glass

June 8th, 2009, 1:06 pm by Greg

“He split the bluegrass atom,” David Grisman said of his teacher and mandolin master Frank Wakefield. “And some of us, obviously, will never be the same.”

One of the most talented (and certainly one of the most colorful) characters to play bluegrass, Wakefield has picked and grinned alongside such greats as Red Allen, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Ralph Stanley, Jerry Garcia and Leonard Bernstein.

Frank Wakefield

Frank Wakefield

As likely to break into a bit of Bach or Beethoven as he is to blitz through a bluegrass breakdown, longtime Saratoga resident Wakefield brings his new band to the Parting Glass at 8pm Saturday, June 13 in a special musical celebration of his 75th birthday and his new CD, “Ownself Blues.”

Be Here Now: Good Sounds for a Good Cause

May 9th, 2009, 8:22 pm by Greg

The Wildwood School benefit concert at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs boasts eight bands in eight hours, so organizers just couldn’t resist naming the bash, WildwoodStock 2009.

The family friendly event – taking place from 1-9pm Sunday, May 17 – will raise funds for the not-for-profit school for students with neurologically based developmental disorders. Doors open at noon, and the day-long festivities will feature performances by Wait Until Dusk (1pm), Cooper Union (2pm), the Mark Frederick Band (3pm), 28N (4pm), Erin Harkes & the Rebound (5pm), Sirsy (6pm), Blackcat Elliot (7pm) and the Blisterz (8pm).

Tickets are $5 in advance; $10 at the door. And kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

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