Caffe Lena’s Update for the Week of April 12th
With room for just a dozen parties, the shows are “selling out” quickly. We all hope the virus recedes and the capacity rises, but in the meantime we’ll enjoy the elbow room you see in that cozy, spacious room above and encourage our mini-crowd to applaud and cheer with the gusto of a packed house.
Along with the sold out concerts below (Sunday still has some tickets, and there’s infinite room to watch online!), you’ll see a livestreamed Community Classroom on Solitary Confinement. This series represents our commitment to sharing and honoring the stories of all folks, including vulnerable and forgotten people. When we sing “Midnight Special” and “Down In the Valley,” we’re singing songs of prisoners. What’s life like in prisons now? Well, in NYS, with passage of the HALT Act, it just got a little better for those (nearly 9%!) held in solitary confinement. We have the incredible honor of hosting four of the leading figures in the national movement to end solitary confinement. If you disagree, join the conversation! If you agree, join the conversation and learn what’s coming next in this movement. This is our chance to learn from each other–a true community classroom!
See you at the show,
All shows are streamed live with three cameras & premium audio.
Limited tickets are available to attend in person.
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2. Visit our Livestream Webpage and click the red box labeled “More Info”
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Monday, April 12 / 7 PM
Rick’s Picks: Ria Curley & Jeanine Ouderkirk
Livestream Only – No in-person
Saratoga native Jeanine Ouderkirk is inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Blossom Dearie & Chet Baker. She practices and shares the deeply spiritual singing techniques of Bobby McFerrin. Ria Curley‘s jazz-pop is reminiscent of Carole King and Carly Simon. Her original songs have a joie de vivre that makes her one of Saratoga’s most popular downtown musicians.
Tuesday, April 13 / 10:30 AM
Folk Club Kids!
Find out what musical surprise is inside the box this week, sing along with the jaunty theme song, and learn a new folk song with Oona Grady, James Gascoyne and Dan Berggren! This folk music livestream for the little ones is sweet and relaxing for all ages.
Made possible by New York State Council on the Arts and Polyset.
Tuesday, April 13 / 7 PM
JAZZ AT CAFFE LENA
Chuck Lamb Trio with Greg Abate
LIVE SHOW SOLD OUT
Jazz at Caffe Lena, led by Brubeck Brothers pianist Chuck Lamb, always packs the house. It’s no wonder that 24 lucky people snapped up the tickets for the first in-person Jazz Night in a year! Special Guest Greg Abate has perform around the globe with the Ray Charles and Artie Shaw Orchestras before embarking on rewarding solo career.
Tuesday, 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show
Listen on WEXT 97.7 & 106.1 FM
Featuring: Robinson & Rohe
Enjoy the happy sounds of our (re)Opening Night! On 4/2 Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe came up from NYC to perform for Lena’s first in-person audience in more than a year. Enjoy folk songs, ballads and anthems by two truly superb multi-instrumentalists, arrangers and singers.
Wednesday, April 15, 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Five Muallim-Ak, Jerome Wright, Scott Paltrowitz
Moderator: David H. Cloud
LIVESTREAM ONLY – NO IN-PERSON
Gov. Cuomo just signed into law the HALT Act, which stands for Humane Alternatives to Long Term confinement. This Community Classroom will guide us through the improvements brought about by passage of HALT and will look at next steps in the movement to change how prisoners are treated in America. Our dynamic and knowledgeable speakers are national and state leaders in the movement to end a practice widely regarded as a form of torture. Two are survivors of long-term solitary who have dedicated their lives to illuminating the public about the harm of long-term isolation on prisoners, families and prison workers.
Friday, April 16 / 8 PM
LIVE SHOW SOLD OUT
Bill and his gentle folksongs have provided comfort to countless thousands during a career that has spanned more than 50 years. Humble, warm and humorous, Bill is a giant of the folk world. We count our blessings that we get to have him back on stage in Lena’s listening room, where he has played more than 100 shows.
Saturday, April 17 / 5 & 8 PM
The Gibson Brothers
LIVE SHOWS SOLD OUT
WATCH FROM HOME AT 5PM
WATCH FROM HOME AT 8 PM
Fully certified as one of the Bluegrass world’s topmost bands, New York State’s own Leigh and Eric Gibson have the songwriting, the close vocal harmonies, the musicianship and the charisma to make a lasting impact on American music. What a joy to have them back in front some adoring fans!
Sunday, April 18 / 7 PM
Warden & Co.
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Act quickly if you’d like to enjoy your first in-person show of the year! We have a few tickets left for this new band convened by Americana singer-songwriter Seth Warden. He’ll be joined by fiddler Doug Moody and percussionist Brian Melick.