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“Caffe Lena at SPAC” has been fun every year, but this one feels especially celebratory. (Click the header for details.) This 2-day festival is free thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, and our friends at SPAC. If you haven’t felt ready for an indoor show, this is your chance to get a taste of the music you love in an outdoor setting. Bring a picnic or . . .
Greetings – Two in from Texas this week! Ley Line and the Quebe Sisters. The number of national bands hitting the road is growing daily, with most organizing their tours around outdoor music festivals. Things are getting better for touring artists, but the music world is still nowhere close to normal. If you’re watching our livestream . . .
Greetings – We’ve been experiencing the most extraordinary concerts lately. The feeling is special in part because many in the audience and on the stage have been starved for live music for so long. And it’s partly that barriers crumbled during the pandemic. I refer to the barriers that would have prevented some of our recent artists from playing such a small room. Or barriers that would have defined a style of music as not appropriate for our room . . .
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.