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


Caffe Lena Photo of the Day

May 17th, 2010, 11:46 am by Greg

Saratoga Springs’ famed coffeehouse Caffe Lena is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week, and we’re joining in the celebration by publishing one photo a day all month long from the archives of eagle-eyed house photographer Joe Deuel.

One of the Caffe’s most frequent and beloved guests was singer-songwriter-storyteller Bruce U. Utah Phillips. He died two years ago, but this past Saturday was the 75th anniversary of his birth, so here’s an early ’80s photo of the Golden Voice of the Great Southwest:

Utah Phillips

Remembering Utah Phillips

May 13th, 2010, 2:47 pm by Greg

Utah Phillips

Utah Phillips

Pro-union folksinger George Mann rolls into Nippertown for a concert at the Altamont Village Hall, 115 Main St., Altamont, at 7:30pm on Friday. The concert is being presented by the James Connolly Upstate New York Branch of the IWW.

This concert will focus on the life, music and work of Bruce “Utah” Phillips, whose birthday is May 15. Phillips was a labor organizer, folk singer, storyteller, poet, sometime resident of Saratoga Springs and a regular at Caffe Lena. He was also the Golden Voice of the Great Southwest. Phillips died in 2008, but his work is carried on through like-minded singer-songwriters like Mann, whose upcoming solo album is “Songs for Jules and Bruce.”

Doors open at 7 PM, music starts at 7:30. Call (518) 861-5627 for more info.

Suggested donation: $5 – $10, all welcome. All proceeds go to benefit the Long Memory Project.

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