The Home of
Good Folk Since 1960
Concerts all weekend and open mics, jams & poetry mid-week.
Caffe Lena is…
Years of Entertainment
Shows since 1960
Unique, Historic Venue
Breathing in ideas, dreams, and possibilities
Breathing out music, poetry and stories
Caffè Lena has always been a place where people renew their faith in the power of music. They come up the stairs and enter a room where a world-class performer is only feet away from the audience, where they can see every movement of fingers on frets and feel a foot tapping rhythm on the stage.
Support Caffe Lena
The Caffe you see today operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our existence is made possible by concert revenue, private and corporate donors, grants and bequests, and an ever-evolving team of volunteers. Whether you have treasure, time or know-how, we invite you to become one of the Good Folk.
History of Caffe Lena
Making Musical History
October 23, 2013
Folk Music Heaven, Upstairs
Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Made Music History
The first sign that Caffè Lena is different from other joints where guitars are strummed and coffee is sipped comes before you even enter the place. Next to it, off a picturesque side street here, runs Lena Lane, an alleyway commemorating the club and the woman who ran it and became a local legend.
Since 1960, tiny, unprepossessing Caffè Lena has hosted thousands of folk musicians, from first timers at the weekly open mike to Arlo Guthrie, Don McLean, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and Bob Dylan, who, by most accounts, played his first out-of-town show there after arriving in New York City.
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