We hope music is helping you get through this difficult time. We cannot have an audience in the house, but we haven’t shut down! Watch live stream concerts in real time broadcast from Caffe Lena’s stage. Your tips help offset the loss of work for musicians, and help our legendary, non-profit venue survive the shutdown. Click the tip jar to lend your support!
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Concerts & Music Classes Virtual & In-Person.
It’s All About Community
Greetings – With room for just a dozen parties, the shows are “selling out” quickly. We all hope the virus recedes and the capacity rises, but in the meantime we’ll enjoy the elbow room you see in that cozy, spacious room above and encourage our mini-crowd to applaud and cheer with the gusto of a packed house.
Greetings – (Re)Opening Weekend went off without a hitch. In fact, it went off with smiles and cheers and applause and a whole lot of blessings being counted. The Channel 10 news story above will give you a taste of opening night. The HEPA filters are humming, the pods are spacious, the masks are on and it’s all systems go!
Greetings – Whether the State of New York intended it or not, there’s real poetry in reconnecting us with live music on a weekend when many gather to celebrate rebirth and renewal. We’ll open our doors to two dozen pre-registered, masked audience members on Friday, April 2nd. Opening night is sold out but we have a few tickets for Saturday, and it’s a really special show.
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.