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Do we owe you a free show?

Do we owe you a free show?

This husband and wife duo pairs the intimacy and immediacy of ’90’s folk with the sonic explosion of ’60’s pop. Molly Venter (Red Molly) is a viscerally potent singer, à la Fiona Apple and Tracy Chapman, whose songwriting is redemptive and playful. Consummate musician and producer Eben Pariser (Roosevelt Dime), is a devotee of Ray Charles, Wes Montgomery, The Beatles and The Band . . .

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Try something new this week!

Try something new this week!

Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler, the Rough & Tumble, have been living on the road since 2015. Their relentless high spirits have made life in a 16′ camper shared by two 100-pound rescue dogs not only bearable but joyful. Their commanding stage presence and sharp banter, hooky melodies and heartstring lyrics have won this dumpster-folk/thriftstore Americana duo fans across the land.

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TrueSongs 2022 is here!

TrueSongs 2022 is here!

With true stories shared in word and song, this heartwarming annual event shines a spotlight on the positive impact of local nonprofits. This year’s participating organizations are Gateway House of Peace, the Saratoga Senior Center, Horns for Haiti, Shelters of Saratoga, and Steps for Stroke. Our songwriters are Mel Guarino, John Dillon, Hold on Honeys, Jeff Brisbin and Michael

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Caffè Lena In the News

LIVE: RICHARD THOMPSON @ CAFFE LENA, 08/31/2022

By Michael Hochanadel for Nippertown — Even after seeing Richard Thompson charm more than 10,000 people on the outdoor Gentilly stage at Jazz Fest in New Orleans and hypnotize smaller crowds in much cozier spaces, the focused force of his music felt astounding at Caffe Lena Wednesday.

In the second of three sold-out solo shows, the singer-songwriter/guitarist played two of my big-three favorites: “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” and “Beeswing,” but not “Ghosts in the Wind.” That’s not a complaint; these two towering tunes did what they always do. “1952” wove a tender noir motorcycle murder-romance and “Beeswing” rued the love-versus-freedom paradox for peak pathos. Trusting the crowd, Thompson introduced several new songs; those worked well, too.

In fact, the show’s only rough spots were old songs whose lyrics he temporarily forgot. But he shrugged this off as confidently as he dismissed the awed applause for his “oh-my-GOD!” solo in the overdrive rocker “Valerie.”

Thompson took the measure of the capacity crowd right out of the box with “Walking on Stony Ground” – he said it was a tale of senior lust, correcting himself to “mature lust.”

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