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Janis Ian in 1967. Now 70 years old, she’s touring for the final time, stopping at venues that she especially loves. We’re incredibly fortunate to have been selected.
Click her photo to see her perform her break out 1967 hit, Society’s Child.
Greetings – I usually write this message on Saturday night in my office right behind the stage. I have a speaker that pipes the live music to my desk. I’m surrounded by musical gear for the kids in the School of Music, loads of old CDs and records, photos of all the beloved audience members and musicians I’ve lost over the years. I have a painting of Elizabeth Cotten and a poster of Pete Seeger. And one of Woody Guthrie where I slapped a Caffe Lena sticker over “This Machine Kills Fascists,” because I’ve always been a little uncomfortable with those words. There’s a wave of energy coming through the bricks as you all listen together. Whether you’re a nurse, teacher, farmer, truck driver, soldier, police officer, activist, mother or banker, I hope this place fills your heart and soul as much as it has mine over the years. Please help keep us strong by coming out for Wednesday’s benefit, listening to the one and only Janis Ian, signing up as a member, strapping on a volunteer apron, or bringing your song to open mic. Thanks for bringing YOU to this community.

See you at the show,


Monday, April 11 / 7 PM – Donation Jar

Tuesday, April 12 / 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show

Listen on WEXT 97.7 or 106.1 FM

Wednesday, April 13, 7 PM & 12 AM, Sunday, April 17,  1 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show: 
Listen on Folk Music Notebook Internet Folk Radio

Tuesday, April 12
10:30 to 11 AM
Folk Club Kids

Live music, stories & games for
pre-schoolers and their grown-ups.
No reservation needed.

Tuesday, April 12 / 7 PM / $25
Jazz at Caffe Lena
Chuck Lamb Trio with Adrian Cunningham
In-person tickets
Watch on Caffe Lena TV

Joining our illustrious resident jazz master, pianist Chuck Lamb, is Adrian Cunningham, an award winning multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and world traveler. Originally from Sydney, Australia and now based in New York, Adrian is proving to be one of his country’s top jazz exports. With fluent command of saxophones, clarinet, and flute, he is one of the finest multi-instrumentalists in jazz today.

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Wednesday, April 13 / 7 PM / $20
Caffe Lena Benefit
Johnny Irion and The On Honeys
In-person tickets
Watch on Caffe Lena TV

Please take a mid-week break on Wednesday night to enjoy some wonderful, fresh music and help raise $2,000 for Lena’s programming and educational mission. Blackwing Pencils is generously covering all the expenses so 100% of your ticket purchase goes straight to Caffe Lena. Expect delicious harmonies, acoustic guitar, and a mix of new and traditional folk music.

Can’t Come? Donate Here
Thursday, April 14 / 7 PM / SOLD OUT
Friday, April 15 / 8 PM / $65 LOW TICKETS
Saturday, April 16 / 8 PM / SOLD OUT
The Light at the End of the Line

Legendary singer-songwriter Janis Ian is on her final tour, wrapping up a five+ decade career by visiting intimate stages across the country where she can get close to her fans. Since her first breakout hit, written at age 14 (Society’s Child), Ian has been clear-spoken and courageous. More than others, she tackles tender, personal subjects as well as big global themes. Always, her songs tell stories, and her shows create a circle of friends. It’s a tremendous honor to be part of her farewell tour.

Watch on Caffe Lena TV / $10
Thursday  Friday  Saturday

Monday, April 18 / 4:30 PM / $50

In-person tickets / Stream

A two-hour presentation that includes live performance, the history of music “from cavemen to syphilis, and its effect on the arts,” personal anecdotes based on Ian’s decades of experience as writer, performer, and business person, and a “shoot from the hip” Q&A session.

One of the initiatives your membership makes possible is “Caffe Lena On the Road.” This program sends live music to people who don’t usually get to experience it. This past week Lilli Lewis came to town for a couple days to sing and heal. This beautiful note from WAIT House in Glens Falls is really for all of you:

“WAIT House is home to runaway and homeless youth in our community and many youth come to us with trauma, mental health concerns and feel hopeless about 
their future. During her visit Lilli took the time to listen to our residents’ stories of how they became homeless with incredible compassion that she carried into her performance. Our residents were inspired and uplifted. Lilli’s visit to WAIT House was truly a gift. My staff and I cannot tell you enough how much we appreciate the time and effort on the part of Caffe Lena and Lilli to bring light into the darkness faced by many of our residents.”

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

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