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Campbell Brothers lifted our spirits high on Saturday night as we celebrated MLK.
Click photo for a concert highlight. Full show on www.caffelena.tv this week only.Please check out Chris Pierce’s video below for another powerful Black voice.

Greetings – This weekend brings us two farewells. We gather in honor of Josh Chambers on Thursday, and in honor of Bill Staines on Saturday. We will see friends, share stories, listen to the old songs once again. We’ll experience the bittersweet mix of gratitude for gifts received, and sadness that the givers are now gone. We’ll put our worries aside, and we will do what we do best: love, remember, and move forward.

Caffe Lena’s schedule has taken some hits as bands fall ill or cancel tours. While you will find the venue doors open nearly every night, we will offer you a “Watch Party” when we can’t be open. (And we will offer you a live stream nearly always.) Click here to see a revised schedule for January and February. Anything still blank will be filled ASAP. Thanks for bearing with us. Heck, thanks for way more than “bearing with us.” Thanks for being a life life, a cheerleading squad, a reason for applying our elbow grease every day.

See you at the show or in the chat,


Monday, Jan 17 / 7 PM / Donation at the door

Tuesday,  Jan 18/ 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show: JOE JENCKS & CRYS MATTHEWS

Listen on WEXT 97.7 or 106.1 FM

Wednesday, Jan 19,  7 PM & 12 AM, Sunday, Jan 23, 1 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show: THE QUEBE SISTERS
Listen on Folk Music Notebook Internet Folk Radio

This Week on CaffeLena.TV

This Week Only:
Hayley Reardon
The Campbell Brothers Sacred Steel Band

In the Vault This Month
David Ryan Harris
Slaid Cleaves
Sloan Wainwright & Cosy Sheridan

$5 per show, or $15/month basic unlimited
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Tuesday, Jan 18 / 7 PM / $10
Rochmon Record Club:
David Bowie “The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust
In-person tickets
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Wednesday, Jan 19 / 7 PM / FREE
Watch Party – YouTube Premiere
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This Irish band has taken the USA Bluegrass scene by storm! Sadly, they had to delay their much-anticipated USA winter tour so we’ve dipped into our video vault to share their 2019 show with you. Members of the band will co-host the chat while we watch, so be sure to stop in and let them know they’re not forgotten!
Thursday, Jan 20 / 7 PM / $25
The Figgs Celebrate Josh Chambers
In-person tickets
Watch of Caffe Lena TV
Born in Saratoga in 1987, The Figgs developed an international fanbase for their hearty, joyful rock and punk. Mike Gent, Pete Donnelly and Pete Hayes reunite for this hometown show that will honor their friend, Josh Chambers, who passed away in the spring of 2021. Chambers was an explosively talented playwright, actor, director, composer, lyricist, guitarist, pianist, collage artist, music producer and sound engineer. His NYC-based theater company, Fovea Floods, got its start in Lena’s Black Box Theater and he performed here numerous times as a classical guitarist & with his rock band, Throwdown Bouquet.
Read the Albany Times Union article about this event.
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Friday, Jan 21 / 8 PM / $20
Chris Pierce
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Chris Pierce’s recent album, American Silence, “carries a mission of social activism against racial injustice in this country and around the world… American Silence is poised to become one of the most resounding Folk albums of 2021″
– The Bluegrass Situation 
Possessing a soulful voice and tremendous songwriting talent (his songs are regularly heard in top television series) Pierce hit #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart in 2021. This is going to be an extraordinary show and we very highly recommend either coming in person or tuning in online. In Chris’s words: “Remember, music always makes it’s way through the darkness and it’s also a main ingredient of what heals us.”
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Saturday, Jan 22 / 8 PM / $25
Crossing the Water: A Tribute to Bill Staines
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Folksinger Bill Staines played twice a year at Caffe Lena from 1968 until 2021. He passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2021. Tonight’s loving tribute will be emceed by Christopher Shaw, with songs and readings by Dan Berggren, Kate McDonnell, Vivian Nesbitt & John Dillon, Wanda Fischer, Kevin McKrell, Jonny & Annie Rosen and John Kirk & Trish Miller. Via video footage from his final show on our stage (9-17-21), Bill will lead us in a sing-along to finish the evening.This is a free, easily-accessed event that will stream on YouTube. Please spread the word as there are many people out there who will want to watch.

Listen to WAMC’s radio story about this event.

What would have been Bill’s winter paycheck will be sent to his family to help cover considerable medical expenses.

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Sunday, Jan 23 / 7 PM / $22
Faux Paws
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From exquisite tradition to raging fiddle tunes and saxophone solos, the music of The Faux Paws represents a feel-good melting pot of folk music with a contagious groove. Brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand (Great Bear Trio) along with Chris Miller (The Revelers) have an experimental but cohesive vision rooted in the raw humanity of folk dance and traditional music.
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One of our members, Glenn K., sends Lena’s staff cartoons and funny photos like this one–especially when things get rocky and we’re struggling to stay open. The words of encouragement and appreciation we get from so many of you really go a long way. Thank you, and back at ya.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