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Greetings – A year ago this week we were watching the headlines with growing concern, thinking we might even possibly have to close the venue for a week or two if this coronavirus was actually as bad as they were saying it was.
As we approach one year without welcoming you to Lena’s listening room, we have learned the very surprising news that our neighboring state, Massachusetts, is reopening small concert venues at 50% this week. We don’t expect that to happen imminently in our area, but music is returning.

In the meantime, please take a moment to explore this week’s free, beautifully produced, and artistically diverse programming. That photo up there shows Joel Moss at the camera controls. Joel’s room is behind the stage, where he can safely engineer the sound and camera movements. If you have any words of gratitude for this essential worker, feel free to respond to this message and I’ll pass them along. Our pandemic experience would have been very different without Joel on our team.

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, March 1 / 7 PM

Rick’s Picks: Belle-Skinner and Gail Sparlin

Two strong female songwriters share the bill for this week’s local artist showcase. Belle-Skinner is a haunting lyricist, lilting soprano and rising talent who is making her mark nationally. Sparlin’s meaty, blues-influenced pop is radiantly confident and open-hearted. She accompanies herself on piano.

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Tuesday, 10:30 to 11 AM
Folk Club Kids!

Dan Berggren, Oona Grady
& James Gascoyne

This is the show you wish you grew up on. Geared toward pre-schoolers, it’s a wholesome and sweet half hour of folk music fun featuring learning, listening and playing.

This show can be watched live by anyone and everywhere, and we encourage you to invite your grandkids near and far to watch with you!

If you would like access to previous shows, please respond to this message with your email address and we’ll give you access to the archive.

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Tuesday, 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show
Listen on WEXT 97.7 & 106.1 FM

If you missed Kate’s album release show on Feb 19, here’s your chance to hear it. We were truly moved by her compassionate, true-life ballads, her beautiful soprano and uplifting folk-pop melodies. It was a special night!

Rescheduled from last week!
Thursday, March 4 / 7 PM

Old Songs Presents
Chanteys & Songs of the Sea
Our friends at Old Songs in Voorheesville bring us Joy Bennett of the Johnson Girls, a renowned maritime quintet out of NYC, and her husband Chris Koldewey, a multi-instrumentalist with a vast repertoire of work songs, especially those sung by sailors. Joy is currently the Executive Director of Old Songs and proceeds will support the organization.
Friday, March 5 / 8 PM

Curley Lamb Nu-Soul-Jaz Trio

The jazziest couple in town returns to Lena’s stage for a night of fun grooves that show off Ria Curley’s silky singing and original lyrics, Chuck Lamb’s keyboard magic, and a great jazzy pop vibe supported by Lance Comer on drums. Expect jazz classics and solo piano compositions mixed in with a set of originals.

Saturday, March 6 / 8 PM 
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix
How wonderful to have our dear friends from Woodstock back on our stage! There’s just nothing like The Crowmatix to make you forget your cares and woes. The band members are roots-rock royalty who have played and recorded with The Band, Bob Dylan, Commander Cody, Natalie Merchant, Joe Jackson, Randy Neuman, and the list goes on and on. They’re raucous, rollicking, tender, and true.
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Sunday, March 8 / 7 PM

Curious Comet
Album Release Concert
All Proceeds Benefit Caffe Lena!
Drawing inspiration from Wilco, Aimee Mann and REM, this new band of seasoned musicians is celebrating the release of their brand new album, “Authentic Earth.” With an alt-indie style this band sets out to not just rock, but to rock your soul with dynamic guitar work and emotive vocals.
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