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Caffe Lena

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47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
https://www.caffelena.org

Caffè Lena presents extraordinary music in an intimate setting steeped in history. It is widely recognized as the longest continuously operating folk music venue in the United States. The Library of Congress calls Caffè Lena “An American treasure,” and we have been recognized by The GRAMMY Foundation for our important contributions to the development of American music. Yet we are proud to stay true to Lena’s founding vision of simplicity, kindness to strangers, and art above profit.

The Caffè Lena you see today operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. In 2016 we began a $2 million renovation of our 19th century building in Saratoga’s historic downtown. The transformation, completed in 2017, guarantees a home for Lena’s celebrated programming for decades to come, creates 100% handicap-accessibility to our second floor performance space, and brings the listener and artist experience in line with the club’s international reputation.

Opened in a former woodworking shop in 1960, the café has helped to launch many of America’s best loved songwriters, ranging from Bob Dylan in 1961 to Sawyer Fredericks in 2014, with an amazing “who’s who” list in between.
Upon the passing of founder Lena Nargi Spencer in 1989, Caffè Lena was converted to a non-profit institution supported by concert revenue, private and corporate donors, grants and bequests, and an ever-evolving team of volunteers.

In keeping with Lena’s devotion to presenting deserving talent regardless of fame, our diverse programming sets the stage for musical discovery year ’round. We invite you to come up to a room where your faith in the power of music will be renewed. You’ll see a world-class performer only feet away; watch every movement of fingers on frets, and feel in your heart the foot tapping rhythm on the stage.

October 2020

Johnny A

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A brilliant guitarist who channels every aspect of the human experience, through his instrument. Gibson and Epiphone Guitars have released three signature Johnny A models, which is a testament to this artist’s stature as an international guitar virtuoso. He creates a rock, pop and jazz with a 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 Lewis, J.Geils frontman…

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December 2020

Sawyer Fredericks: Saturday Evening

December 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Free Range Folk. Americana singer-songwriter, Sawyer Fredericks, hailing from his family farm in central New York State, cut his teeth at the age of 13, playing at Caffe Lena’s open mic. With his deep, beyond-his-years original lyrics and melodies, raw, soulful vocals, and powerful live performances, Sawyer seemed an unlikely match for reality tv, but having been scouted by casting directors at 15, he quickly won over broad audiences with his genuine delivery and unique arrangements of classic songs, going…

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Sawyer Fredericks: Sunday Matinee

December 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Free Range Folk. Americana singer-songwriter, Sawyer Fredericks, hailing from his family farm in central New York State, cut his teeth at the age of 13, playing at Caffe Lena’s open mic. With his deep, beyond-his-years original lyrics and melodies, raw, soulful vocals, and powerful live performances, Sawyer seemed an unlikely match for reality tv, but having been scouted by casting directors at 15, he quickly won over broad audiences with his genuine delivery and unique arrangements of classic songs, going…

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Sawyer Fredericks: Sunday Evening

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Free Range Folk. Americana singer-songwriter, Sawyer Fredericks, hailing from his family farm in central New York State, cut his teeth at the age of 13, playing at Caffe Lena’s open mic. With his deep, beyond-his-years original lyrics and melodies, raw, soulful vocals, and powerful live performances, Sawyer seemed an unlikely match for reality tv, but having been scouted by casting directors at 15, he quickly won over broad audiences with his genuine delivery and unique arrangements of classic songs, going…

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May 2021

Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche

May 6, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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With voices & brilliant minds intertwinined, this mother & daughter put on a glittering gem of a show filled with smart, thoughtful songs. Suzzy is the founder of The Roches, a sister band last seen on the Caffe Lena stage in the late ‘70s. The ensuing decades have seen her release 15 albums, write songs for film and television, publish a novel and teach performance to under-grads and graduate students at NYU and Princeton. Noted for her bell-tone voice, unshakable…

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September 2021

Chris Smither

September 10, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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…

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