Caffe Lena’s Update for the Week of December 21st

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How many times has music added depth or color to your life? More times than you can possibly count, right? We sing, we hum, we turn on a radio. We play instruments and make up melodies.

Amy Helm & Connor Kennedy (playing Sunday at Caffe Lena) delivered songs wherever they were needed last summer. Caffe Lena is now delivering music lessons and instruments wherever they’re needed. Please read about our Scholarship Fund.

Knowing that times are tough, and that music gives us strength and comfort, Caffe Lena’s Board of Directors has allocated $5,000 for scholarships to the Caffe Lena School of Music. Both tuition and an instrument will be provided to children and adults who are not in a position to spend money on music lessons. If you know a music-loving family that is tight on funds during this challenging time, please let them know about this opportunity.

Lessons are currently delivered online, so geography is no obstacle. For more information about enrolling as a scholarship student and obtaining a free instrument, please contact School of Music program coordinator Vivian Nesbitt at musicschool@caffelena.org. To explore our next round of classes, which launch in January, click here.
— Sarah Craig (Executive Director, Caffe Lena)

Monday, Dec 21 / 7 PM
Rick’s Picks: Carolyn Shapiro & Lucas Garrett

When she’s not running Caffe Lena’s social media, or managing one of our shows, or baking the best bread in town, you’ll find Carolyn writing inspiring songs and playing banjo–really well. Lucas Garrett is a baritone-voiced singer-songwriter and band leader with great pop stylings and catchy hooks.

Tuesday / 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show
WEXT 97.7 & 106.1 FM

Featuring Girl Blue & Dark Honey

Albany’s #1 pop singer-songwriter, Girl Blue, was accompanied by electric guitarist Dark Honey when she played Caffe Lena’s Stay Home Sessions last summer. They had all the verve and polish of a full band, yet the intimacy of a duo. Listen & enjoy!

Tuesday, Dec 22 / 7 PM
STORYTELLING NIGHT
Kate Dudding, Sandor Schuman & Betty Cassidy

Three of the Capital Region’s best known storytellers will share favorite seasonal pieces this Tuesday in a program called “Stories Of Joy & Laughter.” Relax at home with an hour and a half of intelligent and meaningful stories for adults.

Wednesday, Dec 23 / 7 PM
Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society Presents
ACOUSTIC BLUES NIGHT
Misty Blues & John Gillespie

2019 International Blues Challenge finalist Misty Blues is a female fronted trio delivering traditional blues with hints of jazz, soul, funk and tent revival gospel. Gillespie plays irresistible renditions of acoustic blues classics in the tradition of Son House, Sonny Boy Williamson and Lightning Hopkins.

Saturday, Dec 26 / 8 PM
The Racquette River Rounders
Annual Boxing Day Show!

Our musicians and staff went all out to rescue this beloved annual tradition from the jaws of Covid-19. John and Orion Kribs will be on Lena’s stage. Danny from NC is phoning it in with studio recorded collaborative pieces. Big gathering expected in the chat room!

Sunday,  Dec 27 / 7 PM
AMY HELM

We are truly excited to bring you an evening with Amy Helm, professionally produced live on Lena’s stage. As a founding member of Ollabelle, and a backing musician in her father Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band, her signature is an instantly recognizable, grainy, soulful alto that coaxes subtle shades of meaning from any song. She has stayed active during the pandemic with “Curbside Concerts,” free shows in driveways and front lawns.

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