Caffe Lena’s Update for the Week of March 15th
The American Rescue Plan just signed into law includes funds to rescue and restart performing arts. As we all know, these things don’t just happen. You’ve seen the #SaveOurStages hashtag in the bottom left corner of our livestream screen for months now. That hashtag has been the rallying cry of the myriad entities that make up the live music industry. If you wrote a letter or made a call to get #SaveOurStages funds included in the rescue package, please know that yours was one of well over one million messages delivered.
We are proud to say that our congresspeople, Rep. Paul Tonko and Rep. Elise Stefanik, as well as our senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand, were all advocates for the arts bailout. However, Senator Schumer deserves an extra thank you. At the last minute, he removed a significant barrier in the bill so that qualifying venues can have a much better chance of securing meaningful assistance.
This money will preserve the diverse ecosystem of performing arts venues, and will therefore have a lasting impact on the music we will hear for many years to come.
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Monday, March 15 / 7 PM
Rick’s Picks: Kevin McKrell
Here in Saratoga, St. Patrick’s Day IS Kevin McKrell. In normal years, festivities completely take over the city. This week Kevin will grace our stage twice. Tonight he’ll play solo, and on Wednesday he’ll play with the full McKrells band. We’re so used to his friendly presence that we sometimes forget people around the globe sing McKrell’s proud, poignant and stirring Irish-American ballads.
Tuesday, March 16 / 10:30 AM
Folk Club Kids!
Here’s a 30-minute respite from all the hullaballoo. Bouncy tunes, funny jokes, sing-alongs and little lessons are what Folk Club Kids is all about. Geared toward the littlest music lovers, we’re finding that “kids” of all ages are enjoying this weekly show with Dan Berggren, Oona Grady and James Gascoyne.
Made possible by the generous support of NYS Council on the Arts & Polyset
Tuesday, March 16 / 7 PM
Rochmon Record Club
Loggins & Messina: Sittin’ In
Pre-show socializing 6:30 PM
Do you have this album in your record collection? Tonight you can learn about the challenges, inspirations, and all the fascinating details that went into creating the debut album of this best-selling ’70s folk-rock duo.
Tuesday, 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show
Listen on WEXT 97.7 & 106.1 FM
Featuring: JOCELYN & CHRIS ARNDT
This high-energy, passionate, blues-rocking brother-sister duo has become a regular favorite on our stage. This is their recent show from February 28, which by all accounts was one of their best ever. Full band with drums, keyboards, bass, guitar and vocals.
Wednesday, March 17 / 7 PM
St. Patrick’s Day!
Of course we’d love to be sloshing and singing along in person with this best of all possible St. Patrick’s Day bands, but we 100% guarantee that the chatroom will be overflowing with craic. Grab a beer and add your voice to the chorus!
Thursday, March 18 / 7 PM
Health Care Justice: The NY Health Act
LIVE STREAM: “Health Care Justice: The NY Health Act – a move to greater justice?” will explore how health care injustices relate to race, immigrants, and income while considering what healthcare justice looks like, especially as it impacts the disadvantaged groups in our society, i.e. people of color, those living in poverty and immigrants. In addition to highlighting these disparities in our healthcare system, presenter Dr. George Jolly will provide details concerning the NY Health Act and insights as to the potential justice and relief the NY Health Act could provide. While institutional racism, immigrant prejudice and poverty are not eliminated by such programs, they offer the possibility of moving us in a more just and healthier direction.
Friday, March 19 / 8 PM
Stony Creek Band
Stony Creek Band is responsible for a statistically significant portion of the good times ever had in the North Country. They are musically top-flight, overflowing with good spirits, and simply masterful on stage. They had a brush with fame in the ’80s, but mostly we love them for their decades of great shows at Stony Creek Inn, Caffe Lena, The Parting Glass and countless festivals throughout the area.
Saturday, March 20 / 8 PM
They’re back! TEOA is a fast-rising folk-rock trio from Philadelphia that makes our hearts soar with their tight vocal harmonies and exciting, emotional songs. Travel restrictions forced the cancellation of their last planned stream from Lena’s, but as our country gets healthier with each passing week, we are thrilled to bring them back to our stage!