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Traditional Black storytelling, banjo, guitar, and a night of backporch blues,
coming to Lena’s this Friday thanks to Guy Davis.
Greetings – The weather made this past weekend challenging. As the bad forecast slowed ticket sales to a trickle days ahead, we worried that our Friday night show might have two audience members in the house. Not good, as you always want more people in the seats than on the stage. But then we remembered those 13 months of the pandemic shutdown when we had no in-person audience at all. Instead of feeling embarassed, we felt unstoppable!

On nights like that, streaming is a great option. For the month of March we’re running a Caffe Lena TV Subscription Drive. I really hope you’ll consider signing up. Here are just three reasons:
1) It’s a low-stakes way to explore new music. Our subscribers say that Caffe Lena TV has led them to many wonderful new discoveries.
2) It puts more money in the pockets of musicians without having to raise in-person ticket prices.
3) Once we sign up 750 subscribers, the platform will not only benefit viewers and performers, it will serve as an endowment for Caffe Lena, underwriting programs that don’t bring in revenue, such as Little Folks Shows, Caffe Lena On the Road, and the Matt McCabe Scholarship Fund.

Many of us give a little something each month to nonprofits. Your Caffe Lena TV subscription will support the work of this nonprofit, and give you access to hours and hours of wonderful shows every month. Thanks for your support.

See you at the show,

7 PM Open Mic Night
11 AM Step in Time with Trish Miller
7 PM Storytelling Open Mic with Featured Teller Margaret French
8 PM “Live From Caffe Lena” on WEXT 97.7 or 106.1 FM
10:30 AM Folk Club Kids
Closed for private party
7 PM & 12 AM “Live From Caffe Lena” on Folk Music Notebook
2:30 PM Mandolin Solos with Alan Epstein (a few spots left)
The previously scheduled show with Dom Flemons moved to May 25
8 PM Folk Heritage Series: Guy Davis 
8 PM Kevin McKrell
9 AM Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman
1 PM Opera Saratoga presents America Sings!
7 PM HOMEGROWN! Songwriter Showcase w/ Rick Bolton
Sample Song |  In-person tickets | Watch on Caffe Lena TV

2-time GRAMMY nominee for Best Traditional Blues album. Whether he’s playing the six or twelve string guitar, the five-string banjo or harmonica, Davis uses music to confront social injustice, historical events and common life struggles with songs that are timeless, and storytelling that’s earthy, warm and bold.

The Folk Heritage Series is made possible by the
Charlie Pickett & Kathleen Rehl Endowment Fund

Sample Song |  In-person tickets | Watch on Caffe Lena TV

Celtic folk songwriting legend and Saratoga local Kevin McKrell returns with his vast catalogue of songs and wicked sense of humor. He is a masterful entertainer who has played festival stages, clubs and concert halls around the globe, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

  Sample Song | In-person tickets Watch on Caffe Lena TV

This 4-part series amplifies BIPOC artists through performances of classical, jazz & popular music. Featuring tenor WooYoung Yoon, a frequent guest of New York City Opera, & celebrated pianist Yeontaek Oh of Manhattan School of Music.

  Sample Song (Tom McWatters) | In-person tickets Watch on Caffe Lena TV

Curated by Rick Bolton, king of the Saratoga live music scene, this new quarterly series will showcase impressive emerging and established songwriters who frequent Caffe Lena’s “Best of the Capital Region” Open Mic Night. Tonight Rick will introduce you to Tom McWaters, Mark Oppenner and Hunter Frost.
Come sample what we’re growing!


HOMEGROWN launches on Sunday, which gives the best of our open mic artists a chance to prove themselves. We hope that this new performance opportunity will inspire these emerging artists to work hard at their craft, knowing that there’s a spot on the weekend stage available to them. Your membership donations enable an open mic that welcomes all ages and is alcohol-free. Countless musicians have gotten their start at Lena’s open mic. Thanks for helping us grow new songwriters!

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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There’s still time to see last weekend’s shows!