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 shows 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!
THE HOME OF GOOD FOLK SINCE 1960
Concerts all weekend and open mics, jams & poetry mid-week.
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The Caffè you see today operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our existence is made possible by concert revenue, private and corporate donors, grants and bequests, and an ever-evolving team of volunteers. Whether you have treasure, time or know-how, we invite you to become one of the Good Folk.
Breathing in ideas, dreams, and possibilities
Breathing out music, poetry and stories
Caffè Lena has always been a place where people renew their faith in the power of music. They come up the stairs and enter a room where a world-class performer is only feet away from the audience, where they can see every movement of fingers on frets and feel a foot tapping rhythm on the stage.
The Good Folk Coming Together
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Making Music History
From the archives | New York Times 10-23-13
Folk Music Heaven, Upstairs
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The first sign that Caffe Lena is different from other joints where guitars are strummed and coffee is sipped comes before you even enter the place. Next to it, off a picturesque side street here, runs Lena Lane, an alleyway commemorating the club and the woman who ran it and became a local legend.
Since 1960, tiny, unprepossessing Caffè Lena has hosted thousands of folk musicians, from first timers at the weekly open mike to Arlo Guthrie, Don McLean, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and Bob Dylan, who, by most accounts, played his first out-of-town show there after arriving in New York City.