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 Streamed Live.
It’s All About Community
Greetings – A year ago this week we were watching the headlines with growing concern, thinking we might even possibly have to close the venue for a week or two if this coronavirus was actually as bad as they were saying it was.
A nice thing about watching shows from home is that you don’t need to stress when the kids get a little too into the music. Folk music thrives on the fringes of the music industry, finding its warmest welcome in a family and community setting. Without really meaning to, we find that we’ve created a family theme this week.
Matt McCabe often donated guitars to help raise money for the causes he believed in. Here's Joanne Silverman with the gorgeous Breedlove she won in our raffle. It was donated by Matt to Caffe Lena in 2019. Greetings - This coming weekend we'll be...
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.