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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 hosting a virtual celebration of the late Matt McCabe, owner of Saratoga Guitar, civic leader, and a friend to more people than we’ll ever know. Sadly, I have learned of more passings that mean a great deal to our Caffe Lena family. Though I have dedicated this space to remembering lost friends on more than one occasion lately, I can’t let these treasured community members go without sharing their stories with you.

We are mourning the unexpected loss of a great volunteer and music lover, Brett Bydairk, who has for the last several years maintained a complete-as-possible list by date of the performances that have taken place on Caffe Lena’s stage since 1960. Brett spent countless hours researching newspaper archives, talking to long-time Caffe Lena friends, and reaching out to performers to check our records against theirs. It was a labor of love, and we use his list day in and day out.

And then we bid farewell to former Caffe Lena treasurer and Board president Jack Hellman. Jack was an important part of transitioning Caffe Lena from “Lena’s cafe” to an independent nonprofit with it’s own style and values. He saw that the staff was treated with fairness and respect and the books were balanced. He gave his all to his community, students and family. We thank Jack for the gift of his talent and send our love to Lois Hellman and the rest of the family.


Three Presidents of Caffe Lena: David Steindorf, Stanley McGaughey, and the late Jack Hellman. (Dave and Stan are fine!)
All shows feature three cameras & premium audio.
Until it’s safe, there will be no live audience at the venue.

1. Click a photo below to go directly to that broadcast, OR
2. Go to www.CaffeLena.org and click the red box for “Watch Live on YouTube”


Monday, Feb 15 / 7 PM

Rick’s Picks:
Jason Irwin & Corry Loveday

With a muscular, hook-laden style rooted as much in rock as folk, Jason Irwin’s songs are as welcome in a raucous bar room as they are in an intimate listening room. Corry Loveday is a remarkable pianist and singer-songwriter who trained at the conservatory at SUNY Purchase. He taps folk, jazz and pop to create delicious new songs.
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Tuesday, Feb 16 / 7 PM
Rochmon Record Club:
Linda Ronstadt “Simple Dreams”

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In order to give you the most authentic Rochmon Record Club experience, we stream these shows on Zoom. Chuck “Rochmon” Vosganian will get online at 6:30 PM and chat with early arrivals before he launches into a slideshow and album spin that will take you deep inside this 1977 Ronstadt classic.
Tuesday, 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show
Listen on WEXT 97.7 & 106.1 FM

One of Caffe Lena’s core artists, Michael Jerling is a balladeer who brings characters to life with fine detail and sets their stories to beautiful, bittersweet melodies. Tonight we’ll be listening to his live set with bassist Tony Markellis recorded at Caffe Lena on April 27, 2020.
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Thursday, Feb 18 / 7 PM

Tomasina Winslow
Tomasina is a second generation Caffe Lena artist, daughter of the late folk and blues singer Tom Winslow. She was raised with a six-string in her hands, and she plays her guitar like an extension of her truest self. Her fingerstyle blues is inspirational, but it’s only part of her fretboard talent. On stages around the world you can find her playing classical, funk & Afro Pop.
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Friday, Feb 19 / 8 PM

Kate McDonnell
Michael Eck and Jim Gaudet Open
Singer-songwriter Kate McDonnell brings humor, tenderness and unflinching realism to her folk ballads. Tonight she’ll play songs from her new album, Ballad of a Bad Girl. Her career highlights include appearances at Newport Folk Festival, NPR’s Mountain Stage, WXPN’s World Café & the Kennedy Center. Jim Gaudet & Michael Eck open the show with solo sets.
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Saturday, Feb 20 / 7 PM

Matt McCabe Memorial:
A Virtual Celebration of
his Life & Legacy

This celebration of the late Matt McCabe will feature songs, spoken tributes and photos all streamed via Caffe Lena’s YouTube and Facebook channels. As a local business man, civic leader and musician, Matt was a force for good in Saratoga. He passed away on January 12 from Covid-19.
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Sunday, Feb 21 / 7 PM

Opera Saratoga Presents “America Sings”
Luis Orozco &
Pianist Michael Lewis 

Celebrating the artistry of BIPOC performers, America Sings is a monthly series presented on the Caffe Lena stage by Opera Saratoga. Mexican-American Baritone Luis Alejandro Orozco has been praised for his “voluminous baritone and beautiful legato.” He has sung on stages around the world, and tonight brings us a program featuring music by Schubert, Brahms and Piazzola. Pianist Lewis, who plays regularly for opera companies, will lend accompaniment.
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