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This homegrown Capital Region project delivers exactly the message we’re all so hungry for. No matter what challenges we’re facing, we can come together to sing and make music. $20 suggested cover, but nobody will be turned away.
Let’s come together on Sunday for new music, joyful energy, and a chance to contribute your own brushstrokes to a giant collaborative painting.
Greetings – Two favorite festivals are happening this weekend. Old Songs is a wonderfully curated treasure of the folk world. Their line up has a strong mix of old favorites and new artists. And Freihofer’s Jazz Fest at SPAC is the not-to-be-missed kick off for Saratoga’s summer season. After two years of restricted festivals, this year will be fun the way you remember it.

But come evening, there’s no better place to be than Caffe Lena! I’m really excited about the legendary Bobby Rush, and the fabulous new project, Black Opry. Cliff Eberhardt is coming back! And I’m thrilled to be hosting More Music. Less Violence. on Sunday. Bring your goodwill and hopeful energy this weekend. I think you’ll find yourself in good company.

See you at the show,

Monday, June 20 / 7 PM – Donation Jar

Tuesday, June 21/ 3 PM / Free
Shelters of Saratoga Presents Diane Nilan
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Tuesday, June 21 / 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show

Listen on WEXT 97.7 or 106.1 FM

Wednesday, June 22/ 7 PM / $5
Acoustic Blues Open Mic and Jam

Wednesday, June 22,  7 PM & 12 AM, Sunday, June 26,  1 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show: Jeffrey Foucault
Listen on Folk Music Notebook Internet Folk Radio

Tuesday, June 21 / 7 PM / $10
Rochmon Record Club:
Elvis Presley “Rockin’ Retrospective”
In-person tickets
Watch on Caffe Lena TV
A look back at 20 songs that are guaranteed to get your hips and lips moving! Stories & songs perfect for kicking us off into summer.
Thursday, June 23 / 8 PM / $45
An Evening with Bobby Rush
In-person tickets
Watch on Caffe Lena TV

A GRAMMY winning blues legend, Blues Hall of Famer, 12x Blues Music Award winner and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. Bobby Rush is a colorful and enduring character with a unique style that brings together a cracked lyrical bent with elements of blues, soul, and funk. For decades, Rush worked under the radar on the Southern club circuit, but that changed in 2003 when he was featured in the acclaimed PBS documentary series The Blues.

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Friday,  June 24 / 12 – 1 PM / Free
Captain Fun
Lunchtime Listening Hour

Songs presented by Mateo Vosganian
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Join us for an hour of songs from the wonderful Al “Captain Fun” McKenney Music Library housed in Lena’s lobby. Each month a volunteer pulls records to create a song list based on a theme of their choice.
The coffee & friendship is free.
Bring your own lunch.

Friday, June 24 / 8 PM / $25
Roberta Lea, Nikki Morgan and Tae Lewis
In-person tickets
Watch on Caffe Lena TV

Imagine if the country music industry actually represented the full spectrum of real-world country experience. Black Opry Review is a fast-growing collective that is out to bring racial equity and new perspectives to country music. Enjoy three fresh new voices tonight: Roberta Lea, Nikki Morgan and Tae Lewis.  “More than just a rallying point for Black country artists or fans, it has turned into a touring revue that’s filling venues like Nashville’s Exit/In and Tennessee’s Dollywood.”
– Rolling Stone
North Carolina’s Tae Lewis brings his gospel upbringing to country pop music. Roberta Lea hails from Norfolk, VA. Her rich voice is leaving a mark on fans across the south. Nikki Morgan is based in Chicago, where she makes music that unapologetically grapples with real life.

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Saturday, June 25  / 8 PM / $22
Cliff Eberhardt
In-person tickets
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It’s been way too long since we enjoyed a visit from the brilliant songwriter Cliff Eberhardt. He had a major influence on the folk scene of the ’80s and ’90s and his songs have been covered by Richie Havens, Buffy St. Marie, Erasure, Lucy Kaplansky and many others. His raspy voice and bittersweet guitar and piano melodies find fresh, incisive ways to address the familiar themes of life gone good and bad. From melancholy to sweet optimism, Cliffs songs are the product of a mature and tested performer with the highest level of craftsmanship. And besides all the artistry, he has a devilish wit that will have you in stitches as you prepare for the next great song.

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Sunday, June 26 / 4 – 8 PM / $20 suggested donation
More Music. Less Violence.
In-person tickets
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We’re excited to host this do-right project organized by Albany’s DJ Hollyw8d, who believes music brings healing energy, joy, nostalgia, and good vibes. This event will showcase performances by area musical artists as young as 8-years-old and up, and will include a collaborative art project that everyone can participate in. As our communities struggle with violence and division, today we will create space for peace, harmony and joy. Please come out and support this grassroots event.

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People have been coming to Caffe Lena to discover new music for the past 62 years. Back in 1968 the audience got to discover Roy Book Binder. This past weekend, Roy came back for his 48th show. That kind of longevity is made possible by a dedicated community of supporters that stands by the venue and artists they love.
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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