Posts Tagged ‘Saratoga Springs’

LIVE: Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show @ Caffe Lena, 5/10/15

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Jean Rohe (guitar, vocals); James Shipp (vibes, percussion); Liam Robinson (accordion, keyboards); Matt Aaronoff (bass); Jordan Peterson (drums)

Sarah Craig has been hitting them out of the park lately, both musically and with attendance records at Caffe Lena. The Mothers Day concert by Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show was more of a musical triumph then one of breaking attendance records, but this is an artist that Craig, the Caffe’s executive director, intends to bring back to the Caffe time and again in the future to build up a regional following for them.

That’s a smart move because the band – made up of Berklee School of Music and Purchase School of Music grads – is one of the finest ever to play the Caffe. Their ability to traverse the most subtle note to the hardest, is uncanny. The five-piece outfit shot out one song after another from Rohe’s newest, self-titled album with the most exquisite interwoven rhythms from India, the Middle East, Europe and, of course, the American roots-music pantheon, with Rohe’s lovely voice sailing in and around every note.

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LIVE: Wild Adriatic @ Vapor, 4/18/15

Monday, May 18th, 2015
Wild Adriatic

Wild Adriatic

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Led by frontman Travis Gray, Wild Adriatic hosted a wild CD release party for their new EP, Never Enough, last month at Vapor in Saratoga Springs. Sharing the stage for the Saratoga rock trio’s big bash was Vermont’s Gang of Thieves.

It was a double-barreled blast of rock ‘n’ roll fun, and it was free, too, thanks to the folks at WEQX-FM.

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A FEW MINUTES WITH… Caffe Lena’s Sarah Craig

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
Sarah Craig

Sarah Craig

By Don Wilcock

“I remember I was going for a walk with my brother once in Greenwich Village,” says Sarah Craig, the Executive Director of Caffe Lena, “and we passed an iconic Greenwich Village folk venue, and I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. There it is,’ and I thought that was really cool, until I examined it and realized that it basically offered some music, but really what it was was a t-shirt outlet for the once great institution. And I said, ‘I don’t ever want Caffe Lena to go down that road.’ My brother said, ‘There’s a lot of money to be made in it. You’re probably the last person who will hold the line against that.’ And I said, ‘I’m gonna stay forever.’

On Saturday (May 16), the venerable Saratoga Springs coffeehouse Caffe Lena presents a double celebration at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center. It’s the 55th anniversary of America’s longest running coffeehouse and Craig’s 20th anniversary as executive director of the venue that has outlived its Greenwich Village and Harvard Square prototypes as a premier showcase for folk music. Perhaps more important than its tenure, under Craig’s leadership the Caffe has progressed beyond the scope of places like Café Wha and the Bitter End in Greenwich Village and Club 47 in Harvard Square to present an overview of “folk music” today that assures this vaunted venue will be credited with discovering as much new talent in 2015 as it did in 1960.

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LIVE: Melissa Ferrick / Alice Stuart @ Caffe Lena, 4/11/15

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Melissa Ferrick

Melissa Ferrick

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was the first night of Melissa Ferrick’s back-to-back Nippertown shows, headlining at the venerable, intimate Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. In an evening that was dubbed “6-String Pioneers,” Ferrick was joined by trail-blazer Alice Stuart, who was an original member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, toured the U.S with Mississippi John Hurt and hit the road in the UK with Van Morrison.

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Dave Matthews Band Adds Very Special Guest for SPAC Shows

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Bela Fleck

Bela Fleck

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Dave Matthews Band has announced that banjo-man extraordinaire and longtime friend Bela Fleck will join them onstage when they make their annual summer tour stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Friday & Saturday, July 3 & 4.

Fleck is expected to join the band for a few songs as part of the bands’ two sets each night. The SPAC shows are one of only two DMB tour stops to feature Fleck as a special guest; the other is August 28 & 29 in Englewood, Colorado.

Reserved amphitheater tickets are sold out for both of DMB’s SPAC shows, although general admission lawn tickets are still available.

LIVE: Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ Putnam Den, 4/3/15

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Photographs by Eric Gleason

How do you make a Good Friday even better? Throw Robert Randolph & His Family Band onstage and let ‘em cut loose with their rip-roaring melange of blues, rock, funk and gospel. If you were at Saratoga Springs’ Putnam Den, well then, you know what I mean.

Steel guitar master Randolph and his funky crew are no strangers to Greater Nippertown, having played a wide variety of Local 518 venues big and small since the days of ye olde Saratoga Winners. And they never disappoint.

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LIVE: The Steel Wheels @ Caffe Lena, 3/30/15

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

There aren’t many guarantees in the fickle music biz, but if there’s one thing for certain, it’s this: When the Steel Wheels roll into Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, you’d better get your tickets early.

The four-piece, harmony-laden Americana stringband from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia returned to the Spa City’s venerable coffeehouse on a recent Monday night for their third annual appearance. And just like their previous two performances, this one was completely sold out well in advance of the concert.

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LIVE: Chuck Pyle @ Caffe Lena, 3/27/15

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

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Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

From Colorado, Chuck Pyle is a down to earth, warm and sincere singer, songwriter and storyteller. At his recent concert at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, the self-proclaimed “Zen Cowboy” weaved simple guitar melodies with complex and sometimes acute observations about everything from bumper-sticker philosophy to the ever-changing socio-political landscape of the country.

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