Caffe Lena’s Update for the Week of January 11th


Greetings – Let’s just acknowledge that we’re all going through a tough start to our new year. While there are no easy solutions to the virus-mess or the people-mess, there’s no doubt that music provides a refuge as well as a reminder of our potential. Whatever we’re facing ahead of us, we’re going to need our brains, our hearts and our creativity to get through to a better place. Everyone who is going to be making music on Lena’s stage this week knows that, and wants to put their best work into this moment. By watching and engaging, you are helping to create space for something positive and beautiful. I thank you, and I wish you good health and good thoughts in the coming days.


Singer-songwriter Mark Ereili brings his “12-string guitar jangle and straightforward vocal hooks” (Rolling Stone) to our stage on Thursday night

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Monday, Jan 11 / 7 PM
Rick’s Picks: Bob Redmond & Kate McDonnell

Kate has been part of the folk world since the ’80s and has earned top awards for her songwriting. She’ll be back in February to release a new album. Bob is an articulate singer and deft guitarist who will offer gentle originals tonight.

Tuesday, Jan 12 / 7 PM
JAZZ at Caffe Lena:
Special Guest Mike Tucker

With a deep love for Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B and Pop music, saxophonist Mike Tucker flows between styles with ease and integrity. Mike is currently the saxophonist with 10-time Grammy Award winning artist and legendary trumpet player, Arturo Sandoval.

Tuesday, Jan 12 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show
Listen on WEXT 97.7 & 106.1 FM

Covid delayed our annual homecoming weekend with Sawyer Fredericks from Memorial Day to the beginning of December, and when we still couldn’t host his fans from around the country (and world!), he went ahead anyway and streamed for two nights. This acoustic trio is intimate and exquisite.

Thursday, Jan 14 / 7 PM
Mark Erelli

Signature Sounds recording artist Mark Erelli is a top tier singer-songwriter based out of Boston. For years he has delivered riveting, high impact ballads. His new album is inspired by his love of Tom Petty and John Prine, wrapping Erelli’s wisdom and deep heart in a layer of jangly rock n roll. Our friends at Me & Thee Coffeehouse in Marblehead, MA will be co-hosting the show with us.

Friday, Jan 15 / 8 PM
Hayley Reardon

Only 23 years old, Hayley already has a decade of stage experience under her belt. With an incredible gift for observation, melody and performance, Hayley was mentored by such notables as Lori McKenna and Anais Mitchell. Her early gifts have only gotten stronger with age, and you can expect a concert that is intimate, genuine and memorable.

Saturday, Jan 16 / 8 PM
Tin Can Alley

Featuring two of the most dedicated and versatile music-makers in the Capital Region, this duo reprises the earliest repertoire of the great Greenwich Village folk revival. Enjoy songs of The Weavers, The Almanac Singers, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger.

Sunday, Jan 17 / 7 PM

Anchored by the massive, rich accordion sound of Sergei Nirenburg, this band has a truly unique and delightful repertoire. They play European gems from films, cafes, music halls, and folk traditions. Their sound is full, romantic and captivating. Pop open a bottle of wine and relax!

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