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June Highlights

June Highlights

Here is the June edition of Caffe Lena’s monthly concert guide to help you choose your live music! This guide includes artists who are brand new to the Caffe Lena stage, local favorites, special performances that might not be on your radar and concerts that are sure to sell out . . .

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Weekly Show Announcement (Don’t miss Tuesday!)

Weekly Show Announcement (Don’t miss Tuesday!)

Greetings – Join us for Andy Statman and Jake Eddy on Tuesday! Diverse audiences claim mandolinist-clarinetist Statman as one their own because he’s as likely to be seen on stage with David Grisman, Itzhak Perlman, David Bromberg and Ricky Skaggs. It’s a testament to young Jake Eddy’s growing stature in the jazz and roots world that Statman is touring with him in a duo format. This is music that crosses boundaries beautifully, and is utterly virtuosic. If you’re looking from something riveting, make time in your week for this show.

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62nd Anniversary Weekend! Free Festival Sunday

62nd Anniversary Weekend! Free Festival Sunday

Greetings – Happy 62nd birthday to Caffe Lena! Some of you may have just come for your first show. Others have memories of this room dating back decades. Every weekend brings wonderful new moments. Multiply that by more than 3,000 and you can see how many memories live in these precious old bricks. Sixty-two years of deep listening and courageous truth-telling, laughter and kindness, creativity and intelligence. Good job, folks . . . .

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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.

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