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The Bright Series continues this Sunday with The Fretless. This JUNO Award-winning Canadian super group has been called ferocious, masterful and genre-bending as they take traditional music to new heights. Click photo for sample.
Greetings – Caffe Lena’s Board of Directors has adopted a new mission statement. Our previous mission statement went on for a full paragraph and spoke to the importance of carrying on the folk tradition by presenting both emerging and established artists. Well, we still do that, as you’ll see from this week’s schedule! But, as you may have noticed, these days you’ll find a lot more than concerts happening at Caffe Lena.

Here’s the new mission statement: “To provide music, connection and learning from a legendary venue.”

  • It acknowledges music as our heritage and strength.
  • It embraces community outreach, our culture of shared tables, volunteerism, and open stage offerings through the word connection.
  • Encompasses the School of Music, Art of Community conversation series, children’s activities, TrueSongs, Community Classroom and other educational programs with the word learning.
  • Acknowledges Lena’s unique heritage and history with the word legendary.
  • Acknowledges our brick-and-mortar Caffe with venue, and our growing streaming/digital presence with the word from.
  • Offers an enticing snapshot to someone who has found us online and is intrigued enough to investigate further.

I think you’ll agree that the world needs more Caffe Lena right now. Rising to the challenges and opportunities of today fills us with hope that music will keep showing how people can live in harmony, create beauty and learn from each other. Thank you for being part of this never-ending journey.

See you at the show,


Monday, Dec 13 / 7 PM / Donation

Tuesday, Dec 14 / 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show: MIKAELA DAVIS

Listen on WEXT 97.7 or 106.1 FM

Wednesday, Dec 15 / 7 PM / $5 at the door
Doors & Tutorial at 6:30, Jam at 7
Hosted by Red Spruce

Wednesday, Dec 15,  7 PM & 12 AM, Sunday, Dec 19, 1 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show: BILL STAINES
Listen on Folk Music Notebook Internet Folk Radio

Thursday, Dec 16 / 7 PM / $20
Koehler & Kelly
In-person tickets
Watch on Caffe Lena TV

“An instrumental marriage made in heaven.
A superb pairing of two musicians at the top of their craft.”

Fiddler Gretchen Koehler and jazz pianist Daniel Kelly blend the raw energy of dance fiddling with the lyricism and improvisation of jazz. Koehler, a champion fiddler and Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame inductee, is fluent in over a dozen distinct fiddle styles. Kelly, a U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassador, has brought his depth of knowledge of American jazz to audiences around the world.

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Saturday, Dec 18 / 10:30 AM / $20 per Family*
Yo Re Mi: Music and Yoga for Children
In-person tickets
Proceeds from today’s class benefit Franklin Community Center
Enjoy a half-hour of guided play with your little ones. As you and the kids sing and move to imaginative scenes, you’ll be learning basic yoga principles and developing musicality. Led by Rachel & Dan Costello.
*Financial Assistance is available through our Matt McCabe Scholarship Fund
Saturday, Dec 18 / 4 & 8 PM / $22
Holiday Folk Show
John Kirk, Trish Miller, David Kiphuth, Addie & Olin and Sara Milonovich.
4 PM: In-person tickets / Watch on Caffe Lena TV
8 PM: In-person tickets  / Watch on Caffe Lena TV

Every year folks from across the region come to Caffe Lena to enjoy this sweet, sentimental and silly celebration of the season complete with swanky décor, audience participation, and lovely songs.

Harmony, peace and goodwill towards all!

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Sunday, Dec 19 / 3 PM / $22
The Singing Anchors Holiday Matinee
In-person tickets
Watch on Caffe Lena TV
Jerry Gretzinger and Benita Zahn are familiar to Capital Region audiences as long-time co-anchors of the news on Channel 13. They both have extensive backgrounds in musical theater and had performed together on regional stages for 8 years before joining forces to deliver the news. The Singing Anchors’ Holiday Show, directed by accompanist Jay Kerr, has been a regional favorite for eleven years, featuring seasonal classics and more than a few musical surprises!

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Sunday, Dec 19 / 7 PM / $20
Bright Series: THE FRETLESS
In-person tickets
Watch on Caffe Lena TV

4X Juno Award-winning The Fretless is a Canadian supergroup of celebrated solo artists. They expand the idea of what a string quartet can be, transforming fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements that have won accolades around the world. Two fiddles, viola & cello.
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At long last, a six-year-old came to a Christmas show with her family last weekend! She had a wonderful time! Thanks to the availability of vaccinations for young children, she was our first little weekend audience member since March, 2020. We gave her a red Caffe Lena egg shaker and she got right to work making music as she left with her mom, dad and grandmother. All of you members are keeping musical traditions strong while the world bumps and grinds its way through this pandemic. 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