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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.

September 2019

Vanessa Collier

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Heart & Soul Saxophone

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Don Armstrong

September 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Hailed as a “Tucson legend” and a “folk treasure,” Don Armstrong has been performing on the Caffè Lena stage for many years

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Stephane Wrembel

September 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Rolling Stone has called Stephane Wrembel "a revelation."

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Nordlys Global Voices Series: Genticorum

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Traditional Quebecois trio with intricate fiddle, flute and accordion with gorgeous vocal harmonies, guitars and energetic foot percussion

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Bright Series: Tameca Jones

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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The Queen of Austin Soul named the best female vocalist at the 2018 Austin Music Awards

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The Figgs

September 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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The Figgs occupy the throne of rock royalty here in the Capital Region

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A 50th Anniversary Tribute to The Beatles “Abbey Road”

September 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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The Historic “Abbey Road” Side Two Performed Live On-stage!

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A Joyful Noise! Gospel Brunch

September 29 @ 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 music

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Steve Forbert

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Folk Singer. Songwriter. Guitar Player.

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October 2019

The Steel Wheels

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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With passionate hearts, fiddle, bass, mandolin and guitar The Steel Wheels have generated a truly magnetic revival

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Nordlys Global Voices: Kolonien

October 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A family band that reinvents their roots with rich Swedish harmonies, both instrumentally and vocally

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Darrell Scott

October 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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One of Nashville's most in-demand session musicians and songwriters

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Drank the Gold Album Release

October 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Come celebrate the release of Drank the Gold's newest album!

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Jeanne O’Connor & the New Standard

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A regional favorite from the Capital Region

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Warden & Co Album Release

October 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Singer-songwriter Seth Warden, percussionist Brian Melick and fiddler-vocalist Doug Moody are the heart of Warden & Company

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Slaid Cleaves

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Austin singer-songwriter whose rootsy songs have both a folk and honky-tonk feel to them

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Paula Cole, Revolution Tour: Early Show

October 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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“An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice” – Rolling Stone

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Paula Cole, Revolution Tour: Late Show

October 11 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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“An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice” – Rolling Stone

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Paula Cole: The Revolution Tour Late Show

October 11 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/428932867707051/ This is the late show at 8:30! Come celebrate Paula's new album "Revolution"!

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Professor Louie & the Crowmatix

October 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Professor Louie has emerged over his five decades in the music industry as the torch bearer of the true spirit of American Roots music

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Town Mountain

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A bluegrass band with a knack for bending the boundaries of traditional music

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Rochmon Record Club Listening Party – The Beatles – “Abbey Road”

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Abbey Road

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