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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.

January 2020

We Banjo 3: Early Show

January 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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We Banjo 3 is the gold standard of Irish and American roots music.One of the best live acts to come out of Ireland in recent years, the multi-award winning We Banjo 3 combine supergroup credentials with a breath-taking command of the emotive power of fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo. Contrary to the band’s name, this Galway/Nashville-based quartet comprises two sets of brothers, Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley, on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bodhran, and percussion. Their…

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We Banjo 3: Late Show

January 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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We Banjo 3 is the gold standard of Irish and American roots music.One of the best live acts to come out of Ireland in recent years, the multi-award winning We Banjo 3 combine supergroup credentials with a breath-taking command of the emotive power of fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo. Contrary to the band’s name, this Galway/Nashville-based quartet comprises two sets of brothers, Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley, on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bodhran, and percussion. Their…

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Bill Staines

January 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A Caffe Lena favorite for over 50 years.New Hampshire troubadour Bill Staines has headlined the Caffe Lena stage twice a year since 1967. While our roster grows and flows, Staines is a folk music legend and he serves as an anchor to our heritage. His songs, including "River," "Roseville Fair," and dozens more, have become standards, recorded by artists ranging from Nanci Griffith and Jerry Jeff Walker to Grandpa Jones. Weaving a gentle blend of wit and humor into his…

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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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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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Poetry Night

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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EVERY 1ST WEDNESDAYDISCUSSION GROUP & OPEN MICPoetry Night is sponsored by Youth Harbor, a new Saratoga-based non-profit organization that provides space for tweens and teens with mental and emotional challenges to support one another in living creative, healthy lives.POETRY DISCUSSION GROUP6 PM TO 7 PMSPONSORED BY SARATOGA SPRINGS PUBLIC LIBRARYALL AGES WELCOME / FREEWarm up for Open Mic and get to know some fellow poetry lovers as Mary Ann Rockwell of Saratoga Springs Public Library leads a conversation about the…

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Ryan Montbleau (Solo) at Caffe Lena 2/6 – 2 Shows

February 6 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Ryan Montbleau performs two shows (6pm & 8:30pm) solo in Saratoga Springs, NY at Caffe Lena on February 6, 2020. Ryan Montbleau (Solo)February 6, 2020Caffe LenaSaratoga Springs, NYEarly Show: Doors: 5:30 PM | Show: 6:00 PMLate Show: Doors: 8:00 PM | Show: 8:30 PM RYAN MONTBLEAU http://www.ryanmontbleau.com http://www.facebook.com/Montbleau http://www.twitter.com/ryanmontbleau http://www.instagram.com/ryanmontbleau http://www.youtube.com/RyanMontbleau https://spoti.fi/2tGiri8 In 2005, Ryan Montbleau and his band headed into Applehead Recording in Saugerties, New York, to cut their debut album. With nothing more than ambition and a relentless…

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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 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…

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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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25 Years! Sarah Craig & Joe Deuel Dinner & Stories

February 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our Executive Director, Sarah Craig!Twenty-five years ago, Saratoga Springs Public Library was just breaking ground, there was a dusty parking lot next to Caffe Lena, and an empty lot and fruit market across the street. Lena Spencer had been gone for six years, and the now non-profit venue was ready to hire it's first Executive Director. The Board of Directors of perhaps the most famous folk music venue in the world took a chance…

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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

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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Tom Chapin

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…

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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…

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Bright Series: 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…

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Little Folks Series: This Land is Your Land, 80 Years On

February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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This special edition of the Little Folks Series celebrates the music and history of Woody Guthrie. February 23, 1940. In a small rented room at New York City’s Hanover House, Woody Guthrie, frustrated by the inescapable earworm of Kate Smith singing “God Bless America,” put pen to paper and wrote what many consider a new national anthem, “This Land is Your Land.” Join Tin Can Alley (Michael Eck and Brian Melick) as they celebrate the 80th anniversary of “This Land”…

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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 King Duke 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…

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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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Two time Eddie Award nominee, Golfstrom brings us on a journey around the world to many strains of music, both old and new. Jonathan Greene, Bobby Kendall, Brian Melick and Sergei Nirenburg are coming back to Caffe Lena with a program that highlights vintage Italian music. Selections include Nino Rota’s soundtracks from movies by Federico Fellini and familiar and forgotten vocal numbers on which Golfstrom will be joined by the tenor Nicholas Manzella. Accordionist Sergei Nirenburg sets the scene with…

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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…

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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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Jocelyn & Chris at Caffe Lena

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 with opener Corey Laitman

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…

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Chely Wright & Gretchen Peters

March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Two country stars are joining forces for a stellar evening of music at Caffe Lena. Chely Wright exists in the sweet spot between traditional and contemporary country. Named Top New Female Vocalist in 1995 by the Academy of Country Music, Wright propelled to the top of the country charts, with singles such as "Shut Up and Drive" and "Single White Female.” In 2010, she made history by being the first country star to publicly come out as gay, which she…

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The Everly Set

March 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Sean Altman & Jack Skuller Celebrate The Everly Brothers. In 1957, Phil and Don Everly supercharged the vocal sound of Rock n Roll by unleashing the sparkling vocal harmonies that would influence The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Eagles, Peter Paul & Mary, and the Bee Gees. Now, six decades later, two acclaimed NYC singer-songwriters combine millennial innocence with baby-boomer pluck to present The Everly Set. The group came together in 2017 after playing an Everly Brothers…

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Chris Pureka

March 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A singer-songwriter with a bold vulnerability in processing the intimacies of her life in song. Chris Pureka has long appealed to those listeners who crave authenticity. Pureka’s elegant emotionality as a vocalist, and her flair and immediacy as a lyricist have garnered her favorable comparisons to Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, and Patty Griffin. She’s earned accolades from such distinguished taste-making outlets as The New York Times, Paste, Magnet, and Billboard. She’s shared the stage with such diverse and…

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Cherish the Ladies: Matinee Show

March 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Grammy nominated Irish-American supergroup that celebrates women in Celtic music. One of the most highly regarded groups in Celtic music, the all-female collective Cherish the Ladies was born out of a brief concert series aimed at increasing the exposure of Irish-American women in the then-male-dominated Celtic music scene. Behind leader Joanie Madden, these ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of…

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Cherish the Ladies: Evening Show

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Grammy nominated Irish-American supergroup that celebrates women in Celtic music. One of the most highly regarded groups in Celtic music, the all-female collective Cherish the Ladies was born out of a brief concert series aimed at increasing the exposure of Irish-American women in the then-male-dominated Celtic music scene. Behind leader Joanie Madden, these ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of…

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JAZZ at Caffe Lena with Chuck Lamb Trio and Jon-Erik Kellso

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Second Tuesday Jazz Series. In an intimate listening room that combines the refinement of a concert hall with the comfort of a living room, Caffe Lena is devoting the 2nd Tuesday of each month to America's most original contribution to the musical palate, JAZZ. This continuing series is hosted by resident composer, pianist and jazz master, Chuck Lamb, with support from music producer Joel Moss. JAZZ at Caffe Lena features collaborations between Lamb and internationally touring jazz artists, as well…

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Tim O’Brien & Jan Fabricius

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Tim O'Brien is one of the spearheads of contemporary bluegrass. As co-founder and lead vocalist of Hot Rize, Tim O'Brien served as a bridge between the traditional sounds of the hill country and the modern styles of bluegrass in the 1980s. Since the band's breakup, O'Brien has continued to expand the music's borders as a soloist, a duo partner with his sister Mollie, and with his band, the O'Boys. O'Brien's songs have additionally been recorded by Kathy Mattea, the Seldom…

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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…

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Little Folks Series: Steptune

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A brand new trio packed with foot percussion, dance tunes, and songs. Saratoga Springs-based fiddler Oona Grady and multi-instrumentalist James Gascoyne partner with pan-traditional percussive step dancer, Danielle Enblom. Together, they create a unique and innovative show with driving rhythms, contemplative arrangement, original compositions, and traditional favorites. Come on out and join STEPTUNE! as they sing, play, and step tunes and folk songs from across the North Atlantic.The Little Folks Series is made possible by Polyset and the New York…

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Conversation and Concert with Jack Tempchin

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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An architect of the Southern California Sound. Recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Tempchin has been on your playlist for years--though you never knew it! His show includes the songs he wrote for The Eagles, Tom Waits, George Jones, Glen Frey, Glen Campbell, Emmylou Harris, Sammy Kershaw, Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless, Tom Rush and Richie Havens. Starting with an interview with Chuck “Rochmon” Vosganian, you’ll hear the behind the scenes stories of Tempchin’s incredible career, and relive memories…

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Kokoro Healing Foundation Bluegrass Festival & Fundraiser

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Join Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys and more for a special benefit for the Kokoro Healing Foundation. The Kokoro Healing Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) that serves the palliative care population with a purpose to provide choices beyond the actions available through traditional healthcare options. Due to the high cost of holistic and whole person care, many individuals are unable to access the services could alleviate stress and symptoms. In fact, many of these services are overlooked and…

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Frances Luke Accord with opener Izzy Heltai: CANCELED

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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“The Definition of lean-in music.” - NPR Mountain Stage. When Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers put their songs and their voices together, there is a delicate and powerful magic that commands the room to attention. WIth a soulful and effortless brand of indie-folk, Frances Luke Accord weaves sophisticated acoustic threads into a lush backdrop for their intimate melodies. Rich, up-close tenor harmonies lend their timeless songwriting an urgency that honors the Simon & Garfunkel comparisons but pushes beyond into the…

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The Black Feathers: CANCELED

March 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Combining English folk influences, Irish heritage, and a large splash of Americana, all held together with close Bluegrass harmonies. Made up of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, The Black Feathers are a husband and wife duo that weave together traditional influences so thoroughly that they become fresh creations. Americana, folk, and indie rock coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands. Their music quickly draws the interest…

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The Acoustic Living Room: Songs and stories with Kathy Mattea – Early Show

March 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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One of the most respected female country stars of her era. Infusing country with a fresh, stripped-down style and a unique blend of traditional country roots, Kathy Mattea is a Grammy winning artist who has defined the role of country in modern music. Mattea offers the same commitment to country pop as she does to mining songs, honky tonk, and Celtic ballads. As her repertoire expanded in the '90s, so did her grasp on the country charts. Single after single…

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The Acoustic Living Room: Songs and stories with Kathy Mattea – Late Show

March 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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One of the most respected female country stars of her era. Infusing country with a fresh, stripped-down style and a unique blend of traditional country roots, Kathy Mattea is a Grammy winning artist who has defined the role of country in modern music. Mattea offers the same commitment to country pop as she does to mining songs, honky tonk, and Celtic ballads. As her repertoire expanded in the '90s, so did her grasp on the country charts. Single after single…

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A Joyful Noise! Gospel Brunch: CANCELED

March 22 @ 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 Gospel 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…

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The Barefoot Movement: CANCELED

March 22 @ 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 promising bands on the bluegrass scene" -CMT In the crowded field of young bluegrass bands, Barefoot Movement is a stand out. Winners of the Momentum Award (for best and brightest newcomers) from the International Bluegrass Music Association, this exuberant quartet crowds around a single mic and lets it rip with traditional barn-burners, tender ballads, lush harmonies, and classic rock-inspired originals. With two full length albums, an EP of traditional music, several cross-country tours, and appearances at…

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Michael Doucet

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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The leading light of contemporary Cajun music. The famous Cajun maestro of BeauSoleil is on tour with a new solo album. Having won a Grammy for his last solo album, Doucet delves into the “French île zydeco" or a French island sound with Lâcher Prise on Compass Records. The Southern rhythms of blues and cajun are sung and played by Doucet on accordion and New Orleans sensation Sarah Quintana on guitar and harmony vocals.

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Jay Ungar and Molly Mason: CANCELED

March 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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The heart and soul of American roots music with a well-loved repertoire of original tunes. Since joining forces in the late 1970s, Jay and Molly have become one of the most celebrated duos in the traditional music scene. Playing everything from fiddle tunes to stirring Civil War classics to sassy songs from the golden age of swing and country, Jay and Molly’s performances warm the heart, feed the soul, and appeal to music lovers of all ages. They've garnered legions…

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March Musical Madness: A Fundraiser for SFIL

March 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Join us for a special benefit concert for the Saratoga Foundation for Innovative Learning. Saratoga Foundation for Innovative Learning (SFIL) is a non-profit organization, comprised of parents, educators, and community leaders that share a common goal of fostering forward-thinking and creative opportunities in the Saratoga Springs City School District. SFIL’s mission is to raise funds and distribute grants for programs and projects that extend the mission of the Saratoga Springs City School District to promote the idea of innovation. In…

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Alash Ensemble

March 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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The sound and spirit of the Republic of Tuva. Hailing from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia, Alash is inspired by the music of their throat-singing ancestors as well as bold western artists such as Sun Ra and Jimi Hendrix. They never sacrifice the integrity of their heritage to make their music more hip for an American audience. Rather, they look for contemporary ideas that mesh well with the sound and feel of traditional Tuvan music,…

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The Gibson Brothers: Matinee Show

March 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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"Bluegrass superstars." — New York Times. In their decades-long career, Eric and Leigh Gibson have made their name as one of the premier acts in bluegrass, accruing honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association in pretty much every major category, from the Emerging Artist of the Year award in 1998 to Entertainer of the Year in both 2012 and 2013. As players and vocalists, they are superb, harmonizing as only siblings can with a catalogue of songs that feel both…

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The Gibson Brothers: Evening Show

March 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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"Bluegrass superstars." — New York Times. In their decades-long career, Eric and Leigh Gibson have made their name as one of the premier acts in bluegrass, accruing honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association in pretty much every major category, from the Emerging Artist of the Year award in 1998 to Entertainer of the Year in both 2012 and 2013. As players and vocalists, they are superb, harmonizing as only siblings can with a catalogue of songs that feel both…

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April 2020

Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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This band’s steadfast brew of wit, camaraderie, and musicality leaves audiences everywhere humming and hopeful, spirits renewed. Harmony, rhythm, indelible songs – these are the hallmarks of New England based folk quartet, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem. The band’s signature lockstep harmonies can shake the rafters or hush the room. Arbo’s fiddle is sweet and sinewy, while Anand Nayak’s guitar stretches across genre lines. Andrew Kinsey’s bass anchors the deep groove of Scott Kessel’s homemade percussion kit — a truly…

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Pierre Bensusan

April 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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‘One of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today" - LA Times. Back in 1974, Pierre Bensusan was cutting his teeth in the Paris folk scene when banjo great Bill Keith offered the teenager paid work touring Western Europe with Keith's bluegrass band. The French-Algerian prodigy thereby humbly launched a four decade career which would earn him the nickname "Mozart of Guitar." As a musician, Bensusan has long been fascinated with his North…

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Professor Louie & the Crowmatix

April 4 @ 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 This beloved Woodstock supergroup brings us another night of roadhouse blues, roots rock and sweet ballads played by Professor Louie on keyboards and accordion, joined by Miss Marie (Commander Cody, Mercury Rev) on vocals and percussion, Gary Burke (Bob Dylan, Joe Jackson, Graham Parker) on drums, Frank Campbell (Levon Helm, Asleep At The Wheel) on bass,…

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Frank Vignola Hot Jazz Trio

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Frank Vignolas jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him one of the brightest stars of the guitar. An extremely versatile jazz guitarist of impeccable technique, Frank Vignola has demonstrated that he is capable of playing anything. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the worlds top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, Mark O Connor, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les…

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Tinsley Ellis

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A fiery guitarist and talented songwriter who plays a unique blend of Memphis R&B, southwest blues, and urban funk. Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis is among the blues worlds best-loved, hardest working and most well-travelled statesmen. Ellis is also revered as a guitarist's guitarist, with famous friends including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny…

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Che Apalache

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Che Apalache has taken audiences by storm with their fusion of Latin and American roots music. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, Che Apalache have curated an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives, evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes.The four-man string band is based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. With their stirring new GRAMMY-nominated record Rearrange My Heart, the band takes their global sonic sensibilities to…

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Slambovian Circus of Dreams

April 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Psychedelic Americana from the misty hills of Sleepy Hollow. The Slambovian Circus of Dreams harnesses a stampede of classic rock, folk, and psychedelia. Their songs juxtapose philosophical, mystical lyrics with jangly acoustic guitar jam-outs and wild solos a la Crazy Horse and Led Zeppelin. Their frontman, singer-songwriter, guitarist, shaman Joziah Longo, has headlined CBGB, Carnegie Hall, and writes for Broadway shows. The band includes multi-instrumentalist Tink Lloyd on accordion, cello, flute and theremin; guitarist, mandolinist, and sound engineer Sharkey McEwen;…

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Michael Jerling Trio with opener Rod Abernethy

April 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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One of Saratoga's favorite songwriters. Saratoga Springs is home to Michael Jerling, a singer-songwriter with four decades of poignant, poetic, wry songs. As a keen observer of American life, Michael has a special genius for touching, timeless ballads that continue to sound fresh down through the decades. His songs are eye-opening without being shocking, funny without being silly, and instructive without preaching. His immediately recognizable, rich, melodic folk-rock sound comes from his 6 and 12 string guitars, harmonica and mandolin.Opening…

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Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Bluegrass pioneer Laurie Lewis is a Grammy nominated fiddler, guitarist, and songwriter at the forefront of American roots music. Laurie Lewis is a rare musician. She’s best known as a fiddler, and yet she’s twice won Female Vocalist of the Year honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association, plays guitar in her current band The Right Hands and steps out on the upright bass as well. She’s at home in bluegrass, country, folk and Americana and both a celebrated songwriter…

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Bright Series: Tui

April 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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An old-time duo that breathes new life into traditional folk music. This month’s featured Bright performer is Tui, an internationally touring fiddle-banjo duo that brings incredible freshness, vitality and originality to 'old time' music. Made up of Jake Blount and Libby Weitnauer, Tui draws their inspiration from rare archival recordings, the music of their peers, and extensive experiences with other genres of music; Blount spent years as a funk and metal guitarist, and Weitnauer has an M.A. in classical violin…

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Express Yourself In Jazz: Improv Workshop for Women & Girls w/ Claire Daly

April 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Join world class Baritone Saxophonist Claire Daly in this special improv jazz workshop. This one-hour workshop led by Claire Daly will focus on individual expression. What do people mean when they say "Tell your story" in the jazz idiom? All levels are welcome at this foray into improvisation and jazz music. For Ages 10 and up.Claire Daly is a highly respected baritone saxophonist. She’s won the Jazz Journalist Association’s and Hot House’s Baritone Saxophonist of the Year awards and worked…

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Heard with special guest Claire Daly

April 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Energetic & upbeat, Heard will open your ears & hearts and get you up and dancing. The Capital District-based world jazz group Heard is a vibrant and multi-layered ensemble that shares energetic sounds from around the globe. With roots in jazz and the rhythms of West Africa, Brazil and beyond, Heard aims to enliven your heart and get you up and dancing! The group is made up of Woodbury Kasius on keyboards, Jonathan Greene on woodwinds, Bobby Kendall on bass,…

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Dirck Toll: What You Burn Is What You Breathe

April 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Join storytelling humorist Dirck Toll as he brings us the world premiere of a twisted true story about true power. Hundreds of millions of dollars, hundreds of tons of poisons, thousands of schoolchildren, scores of angry townsfolk, plenty of lawyers, and more than enough politicians – all of them get mixed up in this raucous episode from modern local history. Does it have a happy ending? Probably not for everybody.The Albany Times Union says “Calling Dirck Toll an underground Mark…

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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…

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Derek Gripper CANCELED

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A South African guitarist known for blending African folk styles with jazz and classical music. Guitarist, violist, and composer Derek Gripper has produced some of South Africa’s most extraordinary musical works by fusing the country’s disparate creative traditions with styles throughout the world. His music draws on European classical traditions, avant-garde Brazilian works, Malian kora works, Cape Town’s folk styles such as ghoema/goema and vastrap, and even Indian classical music, all the while synthesising them into a style uniquely his…

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Jim Kweskin: The Jugband Slam Tour CANCELED

April 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Whether your bag be jugband, ragtime, or bluegrass, Jim Kweskin put the fun back into folk music. For nearly 60 years, Kweskin has championed American folk and blues and inspired countless musicians such as the Grateful Dead and the Lovin’ Spoonful. As bandleader of his legendary Jug Band, Kweskin created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting ragtime-blues fingerpicking to the complex chords of pop and jazz. His lifelong devotion to American folk styles continues to…

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Pickin’ and Pancakes for Neighbors in Need CANCELED

April 24 @ 11:30 pm - April 25 @ 12:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Join us for a special all-night folkathon and pancake breakfast to help raise funds for Code Blue and The Giving Circle. Beginning at midnight on April 25th, be a part of a special all night event featuring live music of all kinds for our neighbors in need. We will close up the marathon with a community pancake breakfast cooked up by the staff at Caffe Lena. If you would like to contribute and support these organizations, there are several ways…

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Roomful of Blues

April 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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The best of the blues. Even though Roomful of Blues lineup has changed over the years, the band has always been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world. Currently an eight-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon, the band has never sounded fresher or stronger. Vachon first joined Roomful in 1990, and has been leading the band since 1998. Guitar Player says Vachon’s guitar playing “burns with explosive solos and a delightfully greasy sense of rhythm.”…

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A Joyful Noise! Gospel Brunch CANCELED

April 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 music. Gospel 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…

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John Craigie with special guest Honeysuckle

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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When Craigie plays, he takes you on a musical journey that can make you laugh and cry in the same song. Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own. Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR performer who The Stranger appropriately dubbed, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.” His music speaks…

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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…

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Clawhammer Banjo Course with Bruce Molsky

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - May 20 @ 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A four week online course taught by renowned old-time musician Bruce Molsky. We’ll look at a couple of classic tunes and focus on the important elements, like phrasing and rhythm, and work on techniques such as pull-offs, drop thumbs and rolls. Solid time is the engine behind good banjo playing, and so we’ll come back to some of the right hand basics as well that give the drive we’re all looking for.Time: The course will take place on Wednesdays from…

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Guitar 1 for Kids SOLD OUT

April 30 @ 1:30 pm - June 25 @ 2:10 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A nine week online guitar course for players between ages 7-12 who are new to the instrument. All School of Music students from the children's program will be working from a common repertoire of songs that best fit their individual progress. Classes will be conducted in a Master Class format where each student will receive individualized attention and instruction on the piece they are currently working on.Classes will take place every Thursday from April 30th - June 25th from 1:30…

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Guitar 2 for Kids SOLD OUT

April 30 @ 2:15 pm - June 25 @ 2:55 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A nine week online guitar course for novice and intermediate players between ages 7-12. All School of Music students from the children's program will be working from a common repertoire of songs that best fit their individual progress. Classes will be conducted in a Master Class format where each student will receive individualized attention and instruction on the piece they are currently working on.Prerequisite for Guitar 2: must know a few basic chords, especially G, D, and C.Classes will take…

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Fiddle 1 for Kids

April 30 @ 3:00 pm - June 25 @ 3:40 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A nine week online fiddle course for children ages 7-12 who are new to the instrument. All School of Music students from the children's program will be working from a common repertoire of songs that best fit their individual progress. Classes will be conducted in a Master Class format where each student will receive individualized attention and instruction on the piece they are currently working on.Classes will take place every Thursday from April 30th - June 25th from 3:00 -…

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Fiddle 2 for Kids

April 30 @ 3:45 pm - 4:25 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A nine week online fiddle course for novice and intermediate players between ages 7-12. All School of Music students from the children's program will be working from a common repertoire of songs that best fit their individual progress. Classes will be conducted in a Master Class format where each student will receive individualized attention and instruction on the piece they are currently working on. Prerequisite for Fiddle 2: must be able to play a 2 octave G major scale.Classes will…

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Banjo for Kids

April 30 @ 4:30 pm - June 25 @ 5:10 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A nine week online banjo course for beginner and intermediate players between ages 7-12. All School of Music students from the children's program will be working from a common repertoire of songs that best fit their individual progress. Classes will be conducted in a Master Class format where each student will receive individualized attention and instruction on the piece they are currently working on.Classes will take place every Thursday from April 30th - June 25th from 4:30 - 5:10pm.The workshop…

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Ukulele for Kids

April 30 @ 5:15 pm - June 25 @ 5:55 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A nine week online ukulele course for beginner and intermediate players between ages 7-12. All School of Music students from the children's program will be working from a common repertoire of songs that best fit their individual progress. Classes will be conducted in a Master Class format where each student will receive individualized attention and instruction on the piece they are currently working on.Classes will take place every Thursday from April 30th - June 25th from 5:15 - 5:55pm.The workshop…

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The Tannahill Weavers CANCELED

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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One of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms, the Tannahill Weavers have made an international name for their special brand of Celtic music. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, original ballads and lullabies, and humorous tales of life in Scotland. The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect for over 50 years. They have that unique combination of traditional…

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Old Time Fiddle Course with Bruce Molsky

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - May 21 @ 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A four week online course taught by renowned fiddler Bruce Molsky. We’ll take a fun and intense hands-on approach in Bruce’s old time fiddle workshop. Tunes are taught a phrase at a time, first melody, then bowing, and then piecing things together. We'll dig into old-time music's unique phrasing, rhythm and syncopation, intonation, etc. The tune is the vehicle, so mostly we'll be playing! If enough folks are interested, we can also spend some time working on singing with the…

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May 2020

Front Country CANCELED

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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As exciting a band on stage as they are in the studio, Front Country stands strong and tall in today's American roots music scene. For a band with a genre in their name, genre has always been elusive for Front Country. With a foundation in traditional roots music, this up and coming group is creating their own sound with grace, poise, confidence and skill. Described as “roots pop," Front Country lies somewhere between bluegrass, indie folk & Americana. As you…

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The Suitcase Junket

May 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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The Suitcase Junket is Matt Lorenz's internationally touring, throat-singing, slide guitar playing one-man-band. Painting with a fantastic sonic palette that includes jangly folk, fuzzed out blues and oddly textured psych rock, The Suitcase Junket makes an undeniable case for infinite curiosity as a potent antidote to jadedness and despair. He sits atop of a one-of-a-kind handcrafted percussion kit compiled of found materials, tears into a metal body guitar retrieved from a dumpster, and sings about characters in various states of…

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Darlingside CANCELED

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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In honor of Darlingside's 10th anniversary, the band is celebrating with a tour through the rooms that launched their career. Darlingside's signature superpower harmonies draw frequent comparisons to late-60's harmony bands Crosby, Stills & Nash; Simon & Garfunkel; and The Byrds. And yet, their penchant for futurism counteracts any urge to pigeonhole their aesthetic as "retro". NPR Music dubs the result "exquisitely-arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop.” Ten years after first bringing their music to small clubs in the Northeast, they are…

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Bettye Lavette

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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An R&B diva with a sharp, distinctive vocal style that balances passion, ferocity, and confidence. Five time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Lavette is one of very few of her contemporaries who was recording during the birth of soul music in the 60s and is still creating vital recordings today. Her first single “My Man – He’s a Loving Man,” was released on Atlantic Records, and over the next…

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Frank Wakefield: 86th Birthday Celebration CANCELED

May 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Be a part of this bluegrass legend's 86th birthday at Caffe Lena! Tennessee-born Frank Wakefield is a hero to generations of bluegrass musicians for the power and raw beauty of his mandolin playing and his yearning tenor voice. His lively, zany humor on stage delights the crowd and his setlists run the gamut from bluegrass to classical, including many of his own beautiful tunes. Ever since the release of his first original tune, "New Camptown Races" in 1953, his significant…

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Nordlys Global Voices: Bon Débarras

May 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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“Wow!” is the typical response to Bon Debarras’ thrilling percussive dance and passionate, global musicianship. Montrealers Dominic Desrochers, Jean-François Dumas and Véronique Plasse fuse Quebecois folk music, traditional step-dancing and global influences for a show that instantly banishes sadness. Percussive dancer Desrochers’ passion for sound and movement comes from family gatherings, where singers, poets, dancers and accordionists shaped his artistic vision. Multi-instrumentalist Dumas left home at 17 to journey across the United-States, Latin America and Europe. His boundless passion for…

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Mother Jones in Heaven

May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A Musical by Si Kahn. Singer-songwriter Si Kahn’s musical “Mother Jones In Heaven” profiles a woman once described as “the most dangerous in America” – Mary Harris Jones.Vivian Nesbit brings Mother Jones to life accompanied by John Dillon on guitar.After losing her family to yellow fever in the late 1860s, and then losing her home and livelihood to The Great Chicago Fire, Mary Harris Jones found a new calling as a labor organizer. Jones’ success in organizing mine worker strikes…

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June 2020

Caffè Lena School of Music: Clawhammer Banjo Course with Bruce Molsky

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - June 24 @ 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A four week online course taught by renowned old-time musician Bruce Molsky. We’ll look at a couple of classic tunes and focus on the important elements, like phrasing and rhythm, and work on techniques such as pull-offs, drop thumbs and rolls. Solid time is the engine behind good banjo playing, and so we’ll come back to some of the right hand basics as well that give the drive we’re all looking for.Time: The course will take place on Wednesdays from…

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Kevin McKrell

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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As a pioneer of Celtic music in the Capital Region. Kevin McKrell has had a legendary career. His first band, Donnybrook Fair, released Tunnel Tigers in 1982 and the record remains a landmark of Irish American music. Over the years, McKrell founded the Fabulous Newports, Hard Times, the Hard Road Ceilidh Band, the Mountain Snow Orchestra, Tin Can Alley and others. In 1998, McKrell — who has three solo albums to his credit — formed The McKrells, merging the Irish…

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Old Time Fiddle Course with Bruce Molsky

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - June 25 @ 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A four week online course taught by renowned fiddler Bruce Molsky. We’ll take a fun and intense hands-on approach in Bruce’s old time fiddle workshop. Tunes are taught a phrase at a time, first melody, then bowing, and then piecing things together. We'll dig into old-time music's unique phrasing, rhythm and syncopation, intonation, etc. The tune is the vehicle, so mostly we'll be playing! If enough folks are interested, we can also spend some time working on singing with the…

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