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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.

July 2019

Decoda

July 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A Community Concert Brought to Us by the Skidmore College Chamber Music Summer Institute

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Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn: Early Show

July 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, are the king and queen of the banjo.

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Jamcrackers

July 26 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A trio that represents the heart and soul of folk music

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A Joyful Noise! Gospel Brunch

July 28 @ 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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Melanie: Early Show

July 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Melanie became the voice of an era in one magical instant onstage at Woodstock

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Melanie: Late Show

July 28 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Melanie became the voice of an era in one magical instant onstage at Woodstock

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Nordlys Global Voices: Ustad Shafaat Khan’s East Meets West

July 31 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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World-renowned Indian Classical musician

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August 2019

Buskin & Buskin

August 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Buskin & Buskin is a multi-generational hybrid of music that combines that songs and talents of father and daughter

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Claire Lynch with Jim Hurst

August 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre

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HMT Presents: The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Early Show)

August 4 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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This special production is presented as the pilot version of our revival of HMT to Go

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HMT Presents: The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Late Show)

August 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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This special production is presented as the pilot version of our revival of HMT to Go

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Conversation and Concert with David Finckel and Wu Han

August 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Presented by Saratoga Performing Arts Center at Caffe Lena

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Tracy Bonham

August 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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“One of alternative rock’s most steadfast and powerful singer-songwriters.” ––Consequence Of Sound

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John Pizzarelli: Early Show

August 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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This show is sponsored by Granite & Marble Works of Wilton, NY.

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John Pizzarelli: Late Show

August 10 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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This show is sponsored by Granite & Marble Works of Wilton, NY.

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Mipso: Early Show

August 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition

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Mipso: Late Show

August 11 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition

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Hawktail

August 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Top shelf musicianship grounded in timeless tradition, performed with jubilant comradery

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Bill Staines

August 16 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A Caffe Lena favorite for over 50 years

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Rochmon Record Club Listening Party – Billy Joel – “The Stranger”

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Presented in collaboration with Universal Preservation Hall

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Wallis Bird

August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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The sheer visceral energy of Wallis Bird could kick-start an entire economy." – The Irish Times

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Doc Severinsen: Friday Show

August 23 @ 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 trumpet players of the last 60 years

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Doc Severinsen: Saturday Show

August 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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This show is sponsored by Stat Staff

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Doc Severinsen: Sunday Show

August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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One of the best trumpet players in the last 60 years

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The Ballroom Thieves

August 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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An eclectic neo-folk trio with meticulous harmonies and passionate songwriting

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An Evening with Marcia Ball: Early Show

August 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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This show is sponsored by Saratoga Casino Hotel

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An Evening With Marcia Ball: Late Show

August 30 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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This show is sponsored by the Saratoga Casino Hotel

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The THE BAND Band

August 31 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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The THE BAND Band is keeping the sound and spirit of The Band alive and well.

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September 2019

Owl & Crow: Pappy & JP Biondo

September 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Cousins in blood. Brothers in life.

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October 2019

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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