Caffe Lena’s Update for the Week of November 23rd


We’re In This Together 

There’s no denying that Thanksgiving is different this year. Instead of instructions for feeding a crowd, the internet is full of “turkey for two” recipes. We’re keeping our favorite people safe by staying apart. But Caffe Lena has a way you can be together safely and enjoy a homestyle, heartfelt, uplifting experience: invite your friends and relatives to watch the Caffe Lena live stream with you! You can share greetings and reactions in the chat stream, and know that you’re laughing and clapping and listening together. Our three holiday weekend shows have been carefully selected to please all ages, and all musical tastes. 

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch the video at the top. Turn on the sound and hear some folks share their thoughts about the value of being together online as we kick off Caffe Lena’s 2020 Annual Fund DriveWe thank Fiona in North Carolina, Jim in Ohio, and Paul in Glens Falls for sharing their pandemic stories with us. Lena’s musical family has kept the lights on when nearly every other venue across the country has been closed for months. Let’s keep it going! Click here to donate now.

With gratitude,

All shows are streamed live with three cameras & premium audio.
Limited tickets are available to attend in person.

1. Click a photo below to go directly to that broadcast, OR
2. Visit our Livestream Webpage and click the red box labeled “More Info”


Monday, Nov 23 / 7 PM
Rick’s Picks Local Showcase: 
Had The Radish & Drew Wardle

Loren Swears and Christina Nash are “Had The Radish.” Unlike this comical Vermont saying, which essentially means broken down beyond fixing, this duo is anything but! Enjoy their close vocal harmonies on new and familiar acoustic pop songs. Drew is a singer-songwriter with passionately beautiful lyrics full of poetic drama.

Tuesday, Nov 24 / 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show
Patty Larkin Rebroadcast

If you missed our 11/15 live stream with celebrated Boston singer-songwriter Patty Larkin, here’s your chance to hear the show captured live by Joel Moss, our 7-time Grammy-winning broadcast sound tech!

Tuesday, Nov 24 / 7 PM
Barbara Chepaitis, Siri Allison
& Alden (Joe) Doolittle

Barbara Chapaitis is a prolific novelist and nonfiction writer whose talent for creating stories extends to the stage. She founded Capital Region storytelling trio Snickering Witches. Siri Allison is a seasoned actress who brings dramatic voicing and tremendous energy to her storytelling. Joe Doolittle radiates warmth and affection as he shares stories of family & real historical events.

Wednesday, Nov 25 / 7 PM
John Long & Juan Becerra

Presented by the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society

Raised in the bedrock blues city of St. Louis, MO, Long fell in love with the early acoustic blues of Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Buster Brown. Trained by Homesick James, he mastered the guitar and vocal style of pre-war country blues. But what made his name is not his ancient Delta pieces, but originals that carry the tradition forward. Juan Becerra is a Capital Region blues guitarist and singer-songwriter with an exquisite touch on the fretboard.


Friday, Nov 27 / 8 PM
Oshima Brothers
Live from Home!

With interstate touring currently verboten, Shawn and Jaime Oshima will be joining us live from their beautiful home studio on the coast of Maine. Once the music world reopens, keep your eye on this brother duo because they’ve been on a fast climb. Meticulous arrangements, gorgeous harmonies and the kindest of hearts elevate their acoustic pop to the next level. This is a ‘don’t miss’ show!

Saturday Nov 28 / 8 PM
Annie and the Hedonists

Our longstanding Thanksgiving Weekend tradition is to pack the house a couple times over for Upstate New York’s own Annie & The Hedonists. Fronted by sultry vocalist Annie Rosen, the band is fun, sassy, versatile and blazingly good. They play old-school blues and jazz, to hand-picked gems of the folk and bluegrass world.

Sunday, Nov 29 / 7 PM
Dan Berggren

Centering, grounding and timeless are words that come to mind when thinking about Adirondack folksinger Dan Berggren. His gentle acoustic songs paint musical portraits of life in the North Country, from our rugged mountains and sparkling streams to our indomitable people. These are the healing sounds we need this weekend.

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