Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam


Every Fourth Wednesday

SIGN-UP 7 – 7:30 / FEATURED ARTIST 7:30 – 8 / OPEN MIC & JAM begins at 8

Every fourth Wednesday Caffè Lena and The Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society team up for a great evening of acoustic blues performed by amateur and off-duty professional blues players from around the Capital District. Whether you come to listen or play, you’ll be treated to some great performances! All ages and playing levels are welcome.

Our host is keyboard player and WRPI radio host & NYS Blues Hall of Famer Sonny Speed, a founding member of SABS.

Our full menu will be available from 7 to 7:30, and at intermission

Our featured artist kicks off the night at 7:30. Open Mic follows at 8 PM. The much-anticipated jam rounds out the evening, with all players invited to join in. $5 admission for adults, FREE for students.

November Feature: Mike herman

Mike started his solo career with his first CD ‘So-Lo’ consisting of nine originals and three traditionals recorded in 2008. His second CD, ‘No Hat Required’ was recorded Live at Fernando’s Lounge in 2009. The next recording ‘Roots Run Deep’ was his first all original CD, with his most recent also all original ‘Bluesman’s Lament’ being released 2017. Mike has blended his influences of acoustic blues, bluegrass, ragtime and most recently old-timey music into a style uniquely his own. His originals speak of life and the trials and tribulations it may dish out. His whole-souled talent and skill in composing is only heightened by his masterful marriage of words and music.

December Feature: Sonny Speed

Our gracious host, Sonny Speed, will be our featured performer for the month of December. Sonny is a professional bluesman, producer and writer with over 75 albums to his credit. Known as a master blues piano player, Sonny was inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame in 2015. He is also host of WRPI’s show “Stormy Monday Blues.”