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2nd Generation. Lucy Wainwright Roche is the daughter of long-time Caffe performers Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche. Click photo for sample song.

Greetings – We’re going to keep you busy this week! We’ll be learning together, listening to great shows, and heading over to SPAC for the first of our new indoor series at Spa Little Theater. Please enjoy perusing all the offerings below, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Nippertown is the Capital Region’s online music magazine, jam-packed with news for music lovers. Tucked in among their reviews and concert listings this week was the first of a two-part series about my journey here at Caffe Lena as I’ve discovered ways that music changes us, gets us through hard times, and brings out the best in people. Here’s the article.

See you at the show,
7 PM Open Mic Night
4 PM Art of Community: Convo with Jefff Shinaman of Academy for LIfelong Learning / Free social hour with nonprofit staff, volunteers and donors
7 PM Empty Pockets
8 PM “Live From Caffe Lena” on WEXT 97.7 or 106.1 FM
10:30 AM Folk Club Kids
2:45 & 4:35 PM After School Folk Ensembles
7:00 PM Community Classroom Film & Discussion
7 PM & 12 AM “Live From Caffe Lena” on Folk Music Notebook
1:30 PM 10 Minutes with Mateo & Sarah: Weekend Preview Facebook Live
7 PM Rees Shad and the Conversations
12 PM Captain Fun Listening Hour
8 PM Sirsy with Opener Steve Hartmann  SOLD OUT
3 PM Little Folks Show: Dandelion WIne – Low Ticket Alert! (Free)
8 PM Lucy Wainwright Roche 
9 AM Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman
2 PM Playwrights’ Jam
7 PM Caffe Lena Presents The Steel Wheels at the Spa Little Theater
7 PM Marcia Ball & Tinsley Ellis

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

A soulful, 70’s-inspired blend of grooves, shifting time signatures and distinctive melodies. After earning their first Billboard #1 with the acclaimed 2022 release of Outside Spectrum (topping the Blues Albums Chart), this Chicago roots rock quartet blends sincerity, pathos and powerhouse vocals.

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Learn how low-income folks in NYC dreamed big, fought hard and eventually won the landmark Right to Counsel (RTC) legislation guaranteeing  tenants the right to a free lawyer when facing eviction in New York City’s housing court.
Panel discussion with local tie-ins to follow.

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

Shad is a master of alluring melodies and short story songs. The Conversations blend Shad’s distinct Americana songs with early blues, jazz, and Latin influences to produce “Swinging Americana Done Right.” With drummer Bobby Kay, bassist Jeff Link, and percussionist Carlos Valdez.

Sample Song |  Watch on Caffe Lena TV

An indie pop-rock duo based out of Albany whose passionate performances are full of folk intimacy, lots of heart, soul, and sass. Join us on Caffe Lena TV!

Register (Free Show – Low Ticket Alert!  / Watch from home

Deb and the band treat kids to American folk tradition with the mountain dulcimer, limberjack (a comical dancing doll), and delightful hand-crafted crankies (a rolling paper scroll that illustrates a ballad).

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

Armed with a guitar, deadpan humor, killer songs & a voice that makes tough guys cry, LWR has fans across the USA and Europe.
With “wry lyrics and gift of mysteriously beautiful vocals, Lucy leaves fans with no doubt that her music is her own, regardless of her family’s legacy.” – Billboard

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Rooted in the familiar sounds of the Virginia mountains where the band was formed, this progressive, thoroughly modern string band boasts stunning vocal harmonies, great grooves and deep hearts. They’ve sold out Caffe Lena’s intimate performance space year after year so we’re taking them to the big stage! This show kicks off our new, indoor partnership with SPAC in the Spa Little Theater!

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

A southern blues pairing that can’t be topped! Ball brings rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast piano blues. Blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist & songwriter Ellis delivers molten licks, melodic riffs & memorable original songs.

As a member of Caffe Lena, you’re helping to inject health and strength into the creative economy–which we’re discovering has a powerful, wide-ranging impact locally and nationally. The NEA released it’s economic impact statement this week and it contains the surprising news that in 2021 Arts & Culture contributed 3x as much to the USA’s gross domestic product as Mining. Who coulda guessed?! That discovery reminded us of this ballad by one of the greats of our past, Jean Ritchie.
Thanks for your generosity & for believing in the value of the arts.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!