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The all-star Jacob Jolliff Band hits our stage with their fiery bluegrass Thursday night!
Greetings – Things are changing fast again in the world of Covid safety. NY’s indoor mask mandate has ended and individual businesses are once again allowed to make their own choice about mask rules. The MVP Center in Albany, a large arena, has dropped it’s Covid safety restrictions. Our attendance is picking up again. We are getting lots of questions about our current safety guidelines. Our advice: wherever you go to see a show, check the protocols before you arrive so you don’t get surprised at the door.

Before I share our current policy, please understand that the music industry is unique. First, the audience gathers in close quarters for two or more hours. Second, artists are living on the road, traveling from venue to venue across the country and the world. In some places, venues behave as if they never heard of Covid. In other places, like ours, they have extensive air purification and masked, vaccinated staffs. If an artist gets sick on the road, it’s a disaster. The tour ends and they may or may not be able to reschedule the dates. All income stops. Their careers have been on hold for two years, They cannot afford to get sick.

Here’s where Caffe Lena is at:
– We are still requiring vaccinations.* We do not require boosters.
– Please have a mask on when you arrive. You are welcome to remove it while you are seated.
– Our staff and volunteers are still wearing masks.
– We can often, but not always, provide you with a private table if you are concerned about sharing with unmasked people. Please arrange this advance by leaving a note for us in your ticket purchase, or by calling (518) 583-0022, or emailing sales@caffelena.org.
* We don’t require vaccinations for children’s shows or School of Music youth classes.

The Caffe Lena community–staff, volunteers, patrons and artists–has done a phenomenal job getting through two years of Covid safely while still presenting a full schedule of performances. It’s not over yet, but thanks to you, we’re making progress. Please let me know if you have other questions not addressed here.

See you at the show,

Monday, Feb 14 / 7 PM – Donation Jar

Tuesday, Feb 15 / 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show: DELLA MAE

Listen on WEXT 97.7 or 106.1 FM

Wednesday, Feb 16 / Tutorial, 6:30 / Jam, 7 PM / $5
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Wednesday, Feb 16, 7 PM & 12 AM, Sunday, Feb 20, 1 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show: ROBINSON & ROHE
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Tuesday, Feb 15 / 7 PM / $10
Rochmon Record Club:
Grateful Dead’s American Beauty
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This 1970 classic album includes “Box Of Rain,” “Friend of The Devil,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “Ripple,” “Truckin’” and 5 more. Learn about and enjoy hearing one of the Grateful Dead’s best and brightest albums.

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Thursday, Feb 17 / 7 PM / $22
Jacob Jolliff Band
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What a line up! Bluegrass mainstay Jolliff was a member of Yonder Mountain String Band, won the National Mandolin Championship and is regularly seen on stage with Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, and David Grisman, to name a few. He’ll be joined by top players Alex Hargreaves on fiddle, Stash Wyslouch on guitar, and bassists Myles Sloniker and Max Johnson.

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Friday, Feb 18 / 7 PM / $50 
Snow Day: A Flurry Fundraising Concert
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The Flurry Festival would have taken over Saratoga this weekend, but it had to be cancelled for the reason we all know too well. You can help the Flurry get through to 2023 by enjoying tonight’s show online or in person and making a donation.

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Saturday, Feb 19 / 8 PM / $45
Tinsley Ellis Album Release Show
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Veteran Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Ellis is a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. Molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos make him an in-demand collaborator for Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang and Widespread Panic. His new album, Devil May Care, has been called “propulsive, soul-searching, raw and cathartic.” (Rock & Blues Muse)

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Sunday, Feb 28 / 7 PM / $15
 Carolyn Shapiro Album Release
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Our own Carolyn Shapiro celebrates her first album, featuring her sultry vocals and Appalachian-inspired banjo. Her straight-from-the-heart songs are hitting the sweet spot of 518 listeners as she reached #2 on WEXT’s top 50 of 2021! Joined by Connor Armbruster on fiddle, James Gascoyne on bass and Jon Stewart on acoustic guitar and pedal steel.

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Volunteer Coordinator Holly McGarry has stepped down as her music career with her band, Honeysuckle, gets back in full swing. Holly has done a wonderful job strengthening and supporting our community of volunteers during a challenging time. We now welcome Hannah Stirzaker, who is a warm, energetic organizer and passionate music lover. Most of our volunteers are Members, and they are essential to the unique culture of Caffe Lena. If you’d like to usher at a show, work with the kitchen crew, contribute a professional skill, or stuff envelopes, Hannah would love to hear from you. Please reach out at kitchen@caffelena.org.

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