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Concerts & Music Classes Virtual & In-Person.
It’s All About Community
Saxophonist Kelly has rocked the jazz world with sold-out concert halls, 13 acclaimed albums and a resume that includes Barack Obama’s inauguration and a stint in the house band for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – all before reaching her mid-twenties. Her electric charisma and infectious positivity weave through jazz, funk, and ballads . . .
Our phenomenal summer season continues this week with major concert hall artists playing Caffe Lena’s historic stage. Just remember, folks, it’s never raining or buggy at Caffe Lena. 🙂 The wine is chilled, the homestyle desserts are baked here in our kitchen, and there are kind-hearted volunteers eager to make you feel at home. Where else can you discover . . .
“The deeper I’ve gone with this music, the more I’ve come to appreciate the melting pot of immigrant influences that make American music unique. And really, when you look at any beloved American style, from blues to jazz to country to rock, there isn’t just one culture, race, or ethnicity that defines it. These sounds that we love exist in a tangled web of cultural commingling. This is what defines our music, and really our country.” – Clay Ross, founder of Ranky Tanky & American Patchwork Quartet
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.