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Greetings – Every week we put between us and the worst of the pandemic brings greater comfort to our staff, musicians and audience. Things aren’t rushing back to normal, but here at Lena’s every month is a little better. I hope things are feeling better in your life, too.

Our double-header with Kathy Mattea on Tuesday is one of those bucket list shows, and the timing just couldn’t be better. She is a serious environmental activist who has done amazing work to shine a light on the perils of West Virginia’s coal industry (click photo above). She’s from a mining family and she has seen it all first hand. As leaders from across the globe meet in Glasgow to address the climate crisis, we welcome this Grammy-winning songwriter to sing us stories that inspire understanding and action.

See you at the show,

Monday, Nov 1 / 7 PM / $5 at the door

Tuesday, Nov 2 / 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show: SLAID CLEAVES

Listen on WEXT 97.7 or 106.1 FM

Wednesday, Nov 3 / 7 PM / $5 at the door
Poetry Night with Jessica Cuello

Wednesday, Nov 3,  7 PM & 12 AM, Sunday, Nov 7, 1 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio: HEATHER MAE & CHRYS MATTHEWS
Listen on Folk Music Notebook Internet Folk Radio

TUESDAYS @ 10:30 AM: Join Yo Re Mi anytime! 
Try it out for a week for $20 (paid in person at the door). If it’s a fit for your child, we’ll sign you up for the rest of the sessions in person.
WEDNESDAYS @ 10:30 AM: Stream Folk Club Kids!
This Week’s Show / Sample Past Show
Tuesday, Nov 2 / 5 & 8 PM / $69
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Thursday, Nov 4 / 7 PM / $18
Grain Thief
In-person tickets
Watch on Caffe Lena TV

If you love the downhome joy of good roots music, you’ll love Grain Thief. This Boston-based band has been working the bluegrass festival circuit since 2011 and fans just love them! With an old-timey string band sound at its core, they deploy every instrument in the acoustic arsenal to deliver everything from progressive bluegrass to country to mariachi.
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Friday, Nov 5 / 8 PM / $35
The Blues Project
The Projections Tour

In-person tickets
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Adjectives such as “unique”, “genuine”, “influential”, “innovative”, “exciting”, “dynamic”, “incandescent,” and “trail-blazing”, were often used by peers and music critics to describe the sounds of the Blues Project. They made a huge impact on the mid-60s music scene with their electric brew of rock, blues, folk, pop, and even some jazz, classical, and psychedelia. This reunion tour features original members Steve Katz and Roy Blumenfeld with Woodstock, NY heavy-hitters Chris Morrison, Ken Clark and Scott Petito. This is roots music, but it definitely ain’t your grandpa’s folksongs so come prepared to rock!
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Saturday, Nov 6 / 3 PM / FREE

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(Pod seating – No Vaccination Required)
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Sisters Ida Mae and Lila are the daughters of legendary Vermont fiddler John Specker. They grew up in a fiddling family and they’ve never stopped playing and singing! Families will love their high-energy old-timey songs with plenty of room for everyone to sing, clap and dance along!The Little Folks series is made possible by a generous gift from New York State Council on the Arts & Polyset

Saturday, Nov 6 / 8 PM / $30
Duke Robillard Band
In-person tickets
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Duke is back! His “stunning force and originality” (New York Times) has won him two Grammy-nominations in recent years and five Blues Music Awards. Across the world he delights audiences with jump blues, swing and classic R&B. He has served as guitarist for Tom Waits and recorded with Bob Dylan, Pinetop Perkins, Maria Muldaur and many more. Duke is bringing his full band for a fun night out in Saratoga!Made possible by a generous gift from The Adelphi Hotel

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Sunday, Nov 7 / 7 PM / $27
Folk Heritage Series: Jim Kweskin
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We round out our weekend with another big name from the 60s music scene, Jim Kweskin, founder of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. He’s credited with inspiring countless musicians, including the Grateful Dead and the Lovin’ Spoonful. His authentic ragtime-blues fingerpicking is just perfect for our Folk Heritage Series.

Made possible by the support of the Douglas A. Mercer Foundation

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Starting Tuesday we’ll be raffling off several lovely instruments donated to us by our members for the School of Music. These instruments are either too big or too fancy for the children, so with the blessing of the donors we’re using them to raise money to keep the school growing. Luthier (and member!) Alan Mapes put in a lot of hours getting the instruments in tip-top shape for the lucky winners! Tickets will be available in the lobby at shows – $20 for 5. GOOD LUCK!Caffe Lena has nearly 1,000 active members. These folks are planting songs and growing community with their annual donations. They also get the best seats in the house, early access to special shows and some neat swag. Learn More