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One of the world’s top mandolinists, Andy Statman, will be joined by guitarist Jake Eddy for a don’t-miss show that bridges jazz, Jewish music & bluegrass.
Tuesday at 7 PM. Click photo for sample.

Greetings – First, a big thank you to everyone who turned out for “Sing In the Streets,” our 62nd anniversary celebration. It’s hard to imagine what the world will be like in another 62 years, but we know that music will be part of it. Thanks to the community that sustains this iconic venue, there’s a darn good chance that Caffe Lena still will be one of the rooms where people gather to hear what’s new, celebrate what has endured, and feel the power of songs to bring us together.

The show you don’t want to overlook this week is Andy Statman and Jake Eddy on Tuesday. Diverse audiences claim mandolinist-clarinetist Statman as one their own because he’s as likely to be seen on stage with David Grisman, Itzhak Perlman, David Bromberg and Ricky Skaggs. It’s a testament to young Jake Eddy’s growing stature in the jazz and roots world that Statman is touring with him in a duo format. This is music that crosses boundaries beautifully, and is utterly virtuosic. If you’re looking from something riveting, make time in your week for this show.

See you at the show,


JULY (New!)

Monday, May 23 / 7 PM – Donation Jar
(Please note: NO OPEN MIC on May 30th)

Tuesday, May 24 / 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show

Listen on WEXT 97.7 or 106.1 FM

Wednesday, May 25 / 7 PM / $5
Featuring Elly Wininger

Wednesday, May 25, 7 PM & 12 AM, Sunday, May 29, 1 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show:  Liz Longley
Listen on Folk Music Notebook Internet Folk Radio

Tuesday, May 24 / Free!
10:30 – 11 AM
Folk Club Kids
In-person & Streamed

Live music, stories & games for
pre-schoolers and their adults.

Made Possible by the New York State Council on the Arts

Tuesday, May 24 / 7 PM / $35
Andy Statman & Jake Eddy
In-person tickets
Watch on Caffe Lena TV
Described by Ricky Scaggs as “Bill Monroe and John Coltrane poured into one person,” Andy Statman is a virtuosic musician known for his pioneering fusion of bluegrass, klezmer, jazz and other disparate styles. He’ll be joined by incendiary young multi-instrumentalist Jake Eddy, who began playing professionally on banjo at the age of fourteen with bluegrass legend Melvin Goins. His bluegrass-jazz guitar playing is showcased on his debut album (2021).

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Thursday, May 26 / 7 PM / $20
Dylan Perrillo Quintet
In-person tickets
Watch on Caffe Lena TV

One of the treasures of the Capital Region jazz scene, Perrillo will be bringing his newest ensemble specially to Caffe Lena to present a large body of his original compositions for the first time. His accompanists this evening are the phenomenal Brad Brose, Tyler Giroux and Adam Siegel.
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Friday, May 27 / 12 PM / Free
Captain Fun Lunchtime Listening Hour
Songs Presented by Julius Barbanel
with DJ Chuck “Rochmon” Vosganian

More infoTry this program once and you’ll be hooked! This listening hour is all about nostalgia, discovery & connection. Julius Barbanel is our volunteer curator for May. He’s going to explore the folk and blues roots of The Grateful Dead, a topic about which he’s well-versed. Bring your own lunch. The coffee is on us.

Friday, May 27 / 8 PM / $25
Annie and the Hedonists
In-person tickets
Watch on Caffe Lena TV

Annie & the Hedonists transport us back to an age when heartache, boozing, and all sorts of romantic mayhem amounted to one big stylish adventure. From the gospel-rock of Sister Rosetta Tharpe to the high-lonesome bluegrass of Claire Lynch and the irresistible swing of Fats Waller, the torchy, honey voice of Annie Rosen takes center stage. Super-tight backing provided by husband Jonny Rosen on guitar, Peter Davis on clarinet, Don Young on bass and Jerry Marotta on drums.
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Saturday, May 28 / 8 PM / $25
Suitcase Junket
 Album Release Show
In-person tickets
Watch on Caffe Lena TV
Matt Lorenz, AKA The Suitcase Junket, builds his instruments from scratch and salvage. Music that sounds like it’s made by five players, he performs alone. The spectacle of his one-man set bears constant comparison to legends of showmanship, brilliance, madness, and invention. His sound is raucous, bluesy Americana and his shows pack the house.

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Lena’s annual Membership Drive is underway and the ranks are swelling! Your immediate, unrestricted donations are funding some really great stuff in the coming months.
  • The concert line-up is more diverse and international than ever before.
  • This summer you’ll see two affordable music camps for children, with full tuition and free instruments for families who need that support.
  • There will be a show called “More Music. Less Violence” featuring emerging local voices in rap and hip-hop, along with a big, shared joint art project involving the entire audience.
  • You’ll see grandparents and grandkids coming to build harps and cigar box ukuleles together.
And all of this happens because of your generosity and belief in the power of music to bring people together. 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

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