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January 2020

Dirty Grass Players

January 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Get down and dirty in the bluegrass trenches!Four young pickers from Baltimore get down and dirty in the bluegrass trenches! They roam from festival to festival (including two appearances at regional superpower Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival) getting the audience pumped with blazing musicianship, down home tunes and spirited improvisation. Their setlists of traditional and original bluegrass are interspersed with Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd and southern rock classics for a show that's hitting the sweet spot of roots music fans up…

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A Joyful Noise! Gospel Brunch

January 26 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A soul-cleansing afternoon of musicGospel Music director & Soulist Garland Nelson leads Lena's Inspirational Voices gospel choir for an afternoon of joyful noise. Songs range from traditional gospel and contemporary church music to soulful pop classics. "Hymnals" are provided and audience participation is downright thunderous. It's impossible to stay quiet or in your seat as Garland Nelson stirs up the Spirit!Hattie's Brunch is available for purchase including fried chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy and pan perdue.. Food is also…

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Danny Barnes Album Release

January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Eclectic, ambitious banjo picker who takes the instrument to new horizons.Danny Barnes is a banjo playing innovator who’s earned high praise from everybody from Bill Frisell and Dave Matthews to Steve Martin, who presented Danny with the Prize for Excellence in Banjo in 2015. From the days with his groundbreaking Austin band, the Bad Livers, to his two decade solo career experimenting with electronic music, jazz, old time string music and more, he’s a genre bending, rule breaking original who…

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Maya DeVitry & Courtney Hartman

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Former frontwomen of The Stray Birds and Della Mae join forces for a night of transcendent lyrics and musicianship.Two songwriters fully attuned to their inner and outer world join forces for a night of transcendent lyrics and musicianship. Formerly of The Stray Birds, Maya DeVitry took a year off following the 2018 break up the band. The break resulted in a deep dive into themes of forgiveness, sovereignty and wholeness, and a re-emergence with two profoundly beautiful albums of new…

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Livingston Taylor: Friday Show

January 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Equal parts Mark Twain, college professor, and musical icon, Livingston delights audiences with his charm and vast repertoireAs the fourth child in a famously musical family (James, Kate, Alex and Hugh Livingston) Livingston Taylor got an early start on a career that has now spanned 50 years. His well-crafted, introspective and original songs include top-forty hits "I Will Be in Love with You" and "I'll Come Running," as well as "I Can Dream of You" and "Boatman" both recorded by…

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February 2020

Livingston Taylor: Saturday Show

February 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Equal parts Mark Twain, college professor, and musical icon, Livingston delights audiences with his charm and vast repertoireAs the fourth child in a famously musical family (James, Kate, Alex and Hugh Livingston) Livingston Taylor got an early start on a career that has now spanned 50 years. His well-crafted, introspective and original songs include top-forty hits "I Will Be in Love with You" and "I'll Come Running," as well as "I Can Dream of You" and "Boatman" both recorded by…

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The Restless Age

February 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Harmonious indie rock.Their harmony-rich indie rock of the Restless Age is not only technically masterful, it’s bright, catchy, and bewitching. Made up of Will Bryant, Lee Falco and Brandon Morrison, each player brings a unique song and voice to the bandstand, as the trio spans generations and genres.The members of The Restless Age have been a premier rhythm section throughout New York’s Hudson Valley for the past half-decade. They rose to national attention backing Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, as…

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Jack Broadbent

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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The new master of slide guitar.Hailed as “The new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “The real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Jack Broadbent has spent the the past few years wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar, and poignant folk and blues inspired vocals. The range of moods and styles on his new album, Moonshine Blue, prove that he’s more than a fretboard monster. From blues to…

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Ryan Montbleau: Early Show

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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For over a decade Montbleau has been winning the hearts of music lovers with his heartfelt songs and eclectic mash-up of genres.Singer-songwriter and bandleader Ryan Montbleau has quipped that his job would be easier if his music could be pigeon-holed, but fans love his electic mash-up of styles. Soulfully combining folk, R&B, Americana, and funk, Montbleau has a passionate voice and offers lyrics that bring hope and light in moments of darkness and doubt. NPR’s Mountain Stage compares Montbleau’s “eloquent,…

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Ryan Montbleau: Late Show

February 6 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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For over a decade Montbleau has been winning the hearts of music lovers with his heartfelt songs and eclectic mash-up of genres.Singer-songwriter and bandleader Ryan Montbleau has quipped that his job would be easier if his music could be pigeon-holed, but fans love his electic mash-up of styles. Soulfully combining folk, R&B, Americana, and funk, Montbleau has a passionate voice and offers lyrics that bring hope and light in moments of darkness and doubt. NPR’s Mountain Stage compares Montbleau’s “eloquent,…

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Johnny A.

February 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Only the finest musicians have the ability to capture the nuances of life in sound. Johnny A is one of those musicians.Gibson and Epiphone Guitars have released three signature Johnny A models, a testament to this artist’s stature as an international guitar virtuoso. He creates a rock, pop and jazz highway of imagination and emotion that encompasses Wichita Lineman, Walk Away Renee and a rich array of Beatles hits. After a brilliant career as a sideman to Bobby Whitlock, Mingo…

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Cyrille Aimée

February 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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An award winning jazz vocalist who mixes Gypsy swing, Brazilian bossa nova, and Latin rhythms.Improvisation is not just a technique for Grammy Nominated artist Cyrille Aimée, it’s a way of life. The acclaimed vocalist ventured from singing on street corners in Europe to dazzling audiences at the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals; from sneaking out to sing in gypsy encampments in her native France to acting on Broadway; from braving the notoriously tough audiences at New York’s Apollo Theatre to…

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Seamus Egan Project Album Release

February 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Seamus Egan has been at the center of the new Irish music scene in America for over twenty years, at the helm of supergroup Solas.From his founding of Irish-American powerhouse band Solas, to his current work as one of the leading composers and interpreters of the tradition, Seamus Egan has inspired multiple generations of musicians and helped define the sound of Irish music today. As a multi-instrumentalist, he’s put his mark on the sound of the Irish flute, tenor banjo,…

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The California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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For guitar enthusiasts, it just doesn’t get any better!Featuring six virtuoso guitarists from four countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium, and US), California Guitar Trio (CGT) and Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3) fuse over 45 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-6-string ‘phenomensemble’. In a pleasantly surprising way, CGT’s steel stringed-guitars blend naturally with MG3’s nylon-stringed guitars, as each trios fret boards chase the others’ original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music.

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Valentines Day with the Lovestruck Balladeers

February 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Woo your love with an enchanting night of ragtime, jazz and beautiful songs from around the world.The Lovestruck Balladeers enchant audiences with their masterful performances and inspired repertoire of ragtime, jazz and beautiful songs from around the world. They might whip out a lost melody from a forgotten mandolin folio or they might play a Mexican waltz. They might push into a renegade rearrangement of a swing standard or get down with a country rag. Together or on their own…

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Tom Chapin: Early Show

February 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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"One of the great personalities in contemporary folk music." - New York Times.Three-time Grammy winner Tom Chapin is a renowned singer/songwriter for both family and adult audiences. His career spans Broadway, TV, documentary and feature films, and the concert stage. With 24 recordings and hundreds of songs in his repertoire, Chapin delivers an irrisistable concert of ballads, comedic and political songs, family music, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics and a favorite song or two of his late brother Harry's. Tom accompanies…

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Tom Chapin: Late Show

February 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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"One of the great personalities in contemporary folk music." - New York Times.Three-time Grammy winner Tom Chapin is a renowned singer/songwriter for both family and adult audiences. His career spans Broadway, TV, documentary and feature films, and the concert stage. With 24 recordings and hundreds of songs in his repertoire, Chapin delivers an irrisistable concert of ballads, comedic and political songs, family music, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics and a favorite song or two of his late brother Harry's. Tom accompanies…

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The Ladybugs: Dance Flurry Decompression

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Cap off Saratoga’s Flurry Festival with a dreamy concert of lush female harmony backed by percussion, ukulele, two trombones, guitar & bass.With a lush sound that uplifts and attracts all audiences, the Ladybugs’ repertoire includes favorites from the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, infused with country, blues, Latin, and classical music. The band has received high praise for recent performances at the Kennedy Center, Jazz At Lincoln Center, the NY Hot Jazz Festival, the NYC Winter Jazzfest, and the Catskill Jazz…

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Low Lily

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Start with excellently matched vocals, add some world-class playing, sprinkle with raised-off-grid Americana and you get Low Lily.With deft playing and a meticulous vocal blend, this Vermont-based string band puts a little pop twist on traditional folk and Americana. Flynn Cohen’s deft flatpicking on guitar and mandolin and Lissa Schneckenburger's virtuosic fiddle-playing are grounded by Liz Simmons ’s percussive rhythm guitar playing, the sounds of which combine joyously in this stunning ensemble. All three members have deep relationships to traditional…

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Jane Monheit

February 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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"A voice of phenomenal beauty." -New York Times.A vocalist with remarkable virtuosity and innate interpretative skills, Jane Monheit puts her own unique touch on beloved jazz standards, classic torch songs and contemporary pop. Monheit has cemented her place as a top jazz vocalist through her Billboard charting albums, multiple Grammy nominations, and collaborations with top artists such as Michael Buble and John Pizzarelli. Inspired by legends such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, Monheit is an old soul who takes…

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JigJam

February 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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One of the best Irish groups in bluegrass today.From the heart of the Irish midlands comes JigJam, a string band that fuses traditional Irish music with Bluegrass and Americana. Raised in Irish music and culture, the four members have won more than twenty All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann competitions. The sharply dressed outfit delivers an energy-fuelled, foot-stomping live performance with banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and double bass. They’ve headlined Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Milwaukee Irish Fest as well…

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Duke Robillard

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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"One of the great players" -BB KingDuke Robillard has been at the forefront of Blues, Swing and classic R&B/Jump blues. In addition to touring with his own band for three decades he has served as guitarist for Tom Waits and recorded with Bob Dylan, Pinetop Perkins, Maria Muldaur and many more. Recent years have brought two Grammy nominations for Traditional Blues Album. He has won the Blues Music Award for guitarist of the year 5 times.

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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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One of the most celebrated bands in bluegrass today.Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they were named IBMAs…

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Golfstrom

February 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Golfstrom brings us on a journey around the world to many strains of music, both old and new.Let Golfstrom take you through the music halls of old Paris and Warsaw, the famous Berlin cabarets of the 1920s, concert halls in the USSR, and the musical cafés of Vienna! Their repertoire includes the dramatic sound of Buenos Aires tango clubs, the joyful and wistful melodies of Gypsy and Klezmer bands at Jewish weddings, and music from French, Italian, and Russian cinema.…

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Jocelyn & Chris

February 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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With powerful vocals, retro-rock guitar, and lyrics that run deep, this duo is creating a new generation of retro-style rock.On November 23rd, siblings Jocelyn & Chris joined their band and special guests to record a rare semi-acoustic live album in front of an intimate audience at White Lake Studios in Upstate New York. On February 29th, join Jocelyn, Chris, their band, and special guests as they showcase the music from this recording, performing reimagined versions of several previously released tracks,…

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March 2020

Caitlin Canty

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A casually devastating voice and unshakable poise."Dreamy and daring” - ROLLING STONE With a dusky alto and haunting original songs, Caitlin Canty carves a line through folk, blues, and country ballads. Since moving to Nashville, this Vermont native has circled through the U.S. and Europe, warmed up stages for Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Milk Carton Kids and Josh Ritter, and won the Troubadour songwriting competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Her originals have recently appeared on CBSs Code Black and…

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An Evening with Josh Ritter: A Book of Gold Thrown Open

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bethesda Episcopal Church, 26 Washington Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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One of the greatest songwriters alive today.An American singer-songwriter with a deep, expressive voice, a keen wit, and an evocative way with words, Josh Ritter has built a loyal following as one of the leading lights on the Americana scene with his incisive songwriting. Emerging in 2000 with his eponymous debut album, Ritter hit his stride in 2007 with the release of The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter, which introduced elements of rock, country, and blues into the mix. What…

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John Paul White

March 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Alabama-bred singer, songwriter, producer, and one half of Americana duo the Civil Wars.Born and raised in Muscle Shoals, Alabama John Paul White has a knack for deep soulful lyrics and complex melodies. As an artist, White’s music spans multiple genres, from rock to folk to country. It is this chameleon like quality of being able to adapt his music to multiple audiences that make him a true talent. He has cultivated his career in Nashville for two decades, first as…

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April 2020

Chris Smither

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A profound songwriter, who draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers.Chris Smither is a veteran of the music industry. Accompanying himself with masterful finger-picking and amplified foot-taps, his elegant lyrics are packed with little punches that land on your heart. A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. "His finger-picked guitar lines are sleek,…

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Griffin House

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Beautiful songs and a wealth of soulfulness and sincerity well beyond his years.An amber smooth voice with subtle grit, driving guitar, and an unassuming stage presence create the backdrop for Griffin House's deliciously catchy and utterly personal original songs. A Nashville musician with a Midwestern upbringing, House launched into a music career as a college student after discovering Bruce Springsteen, Woody Guthrie, and the Mermaid Avenue albums by Wilco and Billy Bragg. In addition to several albums and 15 years…

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June 2020

Larry Carlton Plays Steely Dan

June 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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One of the world's greatest guitar players pays tribute to the music of Steely Dan.Nineteen-time Grammy nominee, Four-time Grammy winner Larry Carlton, a.k.a. Mr. 335 (named for his iconic 1968 Gibson ES-335) is indisputably one of the all-time guitar greats and it's a massive honor to welcome him back to Caffe Lena's intimate stage. Since the '60s Carlton has wowed audiences and critics alike with his virtuosity, his unique bluesy rhythmic melodies and warm, ringing guitar tone. His performances combine…

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Larry Carlton Plays The Crusaders

June 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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One of the world's greatest guitar players pays tribute to the music of The Crusaders.Nineteen-time Grammy nominee, Four-time Grammy winner Larry Carlton, a.k.a. Mr. 335 (named for his iconic 1968 Gibson ES-335) is indisputably one of the all-time guitar greats and it's a massive honor to welcome him back to Caffe Lena's intimate stage. Since the '60s Carlton has wowed audiences and critics alike with his virtuosity, his unique bluesy rhythmic melodies and warm, ringing guitar tone. His performances combine…

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