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Dom Flemons, founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops. Building on the Black-American musical tradition he’s long championed, Dom’s new album uses hope and humor to “rise above the hard times with strength and lightheartedness.”
Dom comes to Lena’s this Thursday. Click photo for sample song.
Greetings – Yesterday’s Sing In the Streets was blessed by great weather and the crowd was at least double last year’s. What a feeling to see Phila Street filled up with live music, smiling faces, too many ice cream cones to count, tie-dyed t-shirts, strollers and happy hugs. This was all made possible by business sponsors, volunteers, generous musicians, a hard-working staff and YOU. Plan to come for Sing In the Streets #3 on May 19, 2024!

We have a short, sweet week of music ahead of us followed by a couple days off to celebrate Memorial Day with friends and family. A tradition for many in this area is the wonderful GottaGetGon Folk Festival at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds taking place May 26 to 29. It’s kid-friendly, adult-friendly, and if you play an instrument be sure to bring it with you. There are headline concerts and workshops all days, and jam circles into the wee hours of the morning.

See you at the show,

7 PM Open Mic Night
8 PM “Live From Caffe Lena” on WEXT 97.7 or 106.1 FM
7 PM & 12 AM “Live From Caffe Lena” on Folk Music Notebook
1 PM Slow Jam beginner song circle with Adirondack Song
1:30 PM 10 Minutes with Mateo & Sarah on Facebook Live
7 PM Don Flemons Album Release
12 PM Capt Fun Lunchtime Listening Hour w. Chuck Vosganian & Michael Lambert
8 PM The Eastern Highs
8 PM The Slambovian Circus of Dreams – Unplugged!  SOLD OUT
9 AM Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman
Sample Song |  In-person tickets | Watch on Caffe Lena TV

Grammy-winning folk musician Dom Flemons reflects the Black experience in rootsy, banjo-based songs. In addition to his Grammy, his work has been recognized with two Emmy nominations, a USA Fellowship Award, and inclusion in the Country Music Hall of Fame. His new album is original Black country music that reflects our culture, environment, and values while still sounding rooted in tradition.

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

The Capital Region’s own dream-pop rock ’n roll craftsmen. They combine classic and modern sounds that owe as much to the roots/Americana flavor of The Band and Wilco as to the cosmic sounds of Pink Floyd and Radiohead. Throw in a jazz vibe, straightforward songwriting and a touch of whimsy, and you have an experience that is uniquely The Eastern Highs.

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

Journey into Americana one trippy tune at a time with Woodstock-tinged psychedelia, southern rock, roots, folk & blues. Voted “Best Band of 2022” by Chronogram Magazine, charismatic frontman Joziah presides center-ring with vocals that are as soothing and bewitching as a snake oil tonic, joined by bandmates Tink (accordion, cello, mandolin, flute) and guitar-slinger Sharkey McEwen.

Sunday’s Sing In the Streets Festival welcomed a crowd of music lovers to the neighborhood to enjoy local bands under blue skies. It was a grand afternoon, with hundreds of people discovering or getting reaquainted with this world famous folk club on its 63rd birthday. We’re here because of the devoted community of members that donates, volunteers and fills the seats year after year.
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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