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Greetings – Thanks to our community’s creativity, determination, hope and donations, Caffe Lena is back on mission. But right now, it takes a lot of extra effort and resources to keep live music alive. That’s why I’m asking you to make a donation before the end of the year to Caffe Lena’s 2021 Annual Fund Drive.When we were all stuck at home, Caffe Lena’s nightly online shows were a light in the dark. This year, the challenges are different. Our doors are open and the cameras are streaming, but as we approach the end of 2021, revenue is down and we’re spending our federal “Shuttered Venues Operators Grant” to sustain operations.

There’s nothing we all want more than to get back to the packed houses and stunning program of 2019–and we will! In the meantime, what this music community needs from you is the most generous donation you can manage before our fiscal year ends on December 31, 2021.

Live music is worth saving. Let’s move it forward together!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Donate to Annual Fund Drive

Monday, Nov 22 / 7 PM / $5

Tuesday, Nov 23 / 7 PM / $10
Storytelling: Eshu Bumpus and Motoko

Tuesday, Nov 23 / 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show: Reese & Carriage House Band

Listen on WEXT 97.7 or 106.1 FM

Wednesday, Nov 24 / 7 PM / $5
Acoustic Blues Night
Featuring Donna Marie Tritico & Biscuits ‘n’ Gravy

Wednesday, Nov 24,  7 PM & 12 AM, Sunday, Nov 28, 1 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show: Grain Thief
Listen on Folk Music Notebook Internet Folk Radio

We love ’em all, but here are shows our staff is most looking forward to in December:
Holly & Joel – Amy Helm
Joe – Sirsy
Vivian – Holiday Family Jam
Reese & Sarah – The Fretless
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 23 / 7 PM / $10
Storytelling: Eshu Bumpus & Motoko
Two nationally acclaimed tale spinners join forces at Caffè Lena! Through personal narratives, world folktales, jazz and original songs, they offer a unique collaboration between cultures, entertaining music lovers and story connoisseurs alike. Eshu, a winner of the Storytelling World Award, specializes in tales from Africa and the Diaspora, leavened with humor and mystery. Motoko, the recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award, regales with her hilarious and poignant tales from Japan.
Friday, Nov 26 / 12- 1 PM / FREE
Captain Fun Lunchtime Listening Hour
Records Spun by Chuck “Rochmon” Vosganian
Songs Presented by Paul Dietershagen

Heading downtown on Black Friday? Bring your take-out lunch over to Caffe Lena and spend a fun hour listening to music from our big vinyl record collection. Paul D. has created a playlist featuring harmonica, with songs drawn from blues, rock & folk.
Friday, Nov 26 / 8 PM / $22
Seth Glier Album Release Show
with opener Izzy Heltai
In-person tickets
Watch on Caffe Lena TV

Seth is a born performer with a Grammy nomination to prove it. He makes rootsy pop songs that soar with passion, making the crowd cheer and sigh as one. He gives every show the full power of his keyboard and guitar talent, amazing songwriting skill, and sheer force of love for people and the earth. His new album, The Coronation, created during the pandemic, explores fear, destruction, hope, healing, love, and everything in between.
(Be sure to listen to the title track by clicking the photo above..)
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Saturday, Nov 27 / 8 PM / $25
Annie & the Hedonists
In-person tickets
Watch on Caffe Lena TV

This breezy, fun-loving band transports us back to an age when heartache, boozing, and all sorts of romantic mayhem  amounted to one big stylish adventure. Early jazz, blues & country performed with sultry, sassy attitude & tremendous musicality.
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Sunday, Nov 28 / 5 & 8 PM / $75
John Pizzarelli
5 PM SOLD OUT / 8 PM Tickets

 No live stream per the request of the artist.
One of today’s premiere interpreters of the Great American Songbook. Pizzarelli is a brilliant fretman with an intimate voice, utterly charming stage presence & knack for uptempo swing. He’ll be performing with his trio tonight.
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Please check your mailbox for a letter from Caffe Lena. It’s a request to donate to our Annual Fund Drive. Most of you wonderful Members make a year-end donation to our Annual Fund Drive. We need you this year more than ever! Your donation will be used where most needed and it is 100% tax-deductible. Thank You!

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