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July 15 – 21

July 15 – 21

Glen David Andrews & his fabulous band bring the spirit and sounds of New Orleans to Caffe Lena this Friday night. He’s part of a famous musical family from NOLA’s famous Tremé, the oldest Black neighborhood in America. Along with a high-powered backing band, Andrews combines jazz, gospel, rock, blues & funk. Glen David Andrews is a warrior for cultural preservation. His commanding voice and fierce trombone channel beauty, hard-earned truths and – most of all – hope. 

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July 8 – 14

July 8 – 14

Marty Wendell marks 60 years as a professional musician with a show at Caffe Lena this Saturday. He’ll be accompanied by The Bluebillies for a fun romp through his rockabilly and country originals, along with tributes to the artists who inspired him, including Marty’s one-time band leader, Johnny Cash. On stage and on his 18 albums, some recorded at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, Rockabilly Hall of Famer Wendell weaves roots, Americana and, of course, Rockabilly. In addition to fronting his own band, he has toured with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Johnny Cash. Tonight’s 60th Anniversary Retrospective brings us the songs and stories old and new, classics and originals, that have shaped his remarkable life in music. Special guest artists The Bluebillies join in celebrating Wendell’s 60th Anniversary.

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July 1 – 7

July 1 – 7

Livingston Taylor is a consummate entertainer. He taps a vast catalog of songs, stories and insights to create a show that’s “taylor-made” for the folks in the seats. Equal parts Mark Twain and musical icon, Livingston has written hits for his brother James and performed with Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt & numerous others. He charms with brilliant stagecraft and a repertoire spanning folk, pop, gospel, and jazz. Pete Muller opens with original songs that foster optimism and joy. 

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Caffè Lena: The Story of the Longest Running Coffeehouse in America

Caffè Lena In the News

Eight Remarkable Artists That Played at Caffè Lena Before They Hit It Big

Pretty much every Saratogian knows that Bob Dylan performed at Caffè Lena back in the early ’60s, just as he was beginning to kick off his legendary folk career. But Bob wasn’t the only one.

According to Sarah Craig, Executive Director of Caffè Lena, most of the now famous musicians who have performed at the club weren’t famous when they first started performing there. “This was an important building block in their career and in building their skills, and that’s what Caffè Lena is really for,” she explains. “The shows are always great regardless of whether that person becomes a household name later down the line. That’s just a matter of lightning striking or not.”

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