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Good Folk, Good Vibes

Good Folk, Good Vibes

Fronted by Afrobeat and Juju veteran Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta, a singer/guitarist trained in Lagos, Nigeria where Afrobeat was born. Kaleta’s guitar chops earned him decades of touring and recording with Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade and other celebs of the genre, as well as tours with American rapper Lauryn Hill. Now based in NYC, Kaleta leads his fabulous Super Yamba Band of drums, percussion, sax and

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July Highlights

July Highlights

Our monthly concert guide helps you plan your live music schedule. Here are some artists who are brand new to the Caffe Lena stage, local favorites, special performances that might not be on your radar, and concerts that are sure to sell out. Enjoy discovering great music!

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Fun shows for your holiday weekend

Fun shows for your holiday weekend

When Tia Fuller picks up her saxophone, something amazing happens. Blending technical brilliance, melodic creativity, and precision drawn from her academic and stage experience, this GRAMMY-nominated artist is a force to be reckoned with. She has made a name for herself in the worlds of jazz, pop and R&B. Many know her as Beyonce’s sax player. For this special concert for the people of Saratoga presented at Lena’s by the Skidmore Jazz Institute, Fuller will be joined by . . .

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Caffè Lena In the News

Caffè Lena  – an example of how to flourish in a pandemic

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — It seems contradictory to say that when an organization has been severely hurt economically, it has also prospered. It is, however, true of Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. Established in 1960, in 2020 the venue saw the lowest earned revenue period in their history. Mostly because it has not had a ticket sale or income from food sales since last March. However, generous foundation grants, patron donations and earned income from unexpected sources have kept the organization afloat. Indeed, Caffe Lena has innovated to build new business models. They have become a leader in offering live streamed performances, opened an educational component to their operation and have been a type of outreach source for many individuals and groups needing a secure facility with digital capabilities. They have done more than survive. They are a model of how a performing space can be an inspiration to a community in troubled times and act as a supportive resource for musicians and other area arts organizations.

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