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I hope that if you never heard him before tonight is a turning point for you. He’s one of my favorite singers and songwriters… Y’all have a good time with Martin Sexton.

Returning to Caffe Lena on Sunday for two shows. Click photo for sample.

Greetings – If you want to explain what Caffe Lena is to a new friend, just show them this week’s schedule. Exquisite artistry, community-building, social justice, discovering new stories. Music for children and families. Music for discerning adults. Opportunities for hard-working amateurs to stand on the same stage, with the same lights and production, as internationally touring musicians. There’s a lot to be proud of for you folks who this place bursting with creative life and goodwill.

The Fiddles & Foliage Festival happening on Sunday is a first and we’d love to see you there in High Rock Park (112 High Rock Ave, Saratoga). We’ll be showing off the talents of our students and teachers, playing musical games, bidding on pies, jamming, and eating great food from PJ’s BBQSA and Twin Leaf Farms. The event will raise money to keep tuition affordable, maintain our loaner instruments, and fund our Matt McCabe Scholarship. All activities are under cover so it’s ON rain or shine.

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This month, Chuck “Rochmon” Vosganian dissects, analyzes & rebuilds each song from the Talking Heads 4th studio album. Remain in Light is a startling collection of songs including “Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On),” “Crosseyed and Painless,” “Once in a Lifetime” and 5 more. Remain in Light is the creative high point of the Talking Heads, a wonderfully innovative band.

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Join Dan Berggren and Drank the Gold’s Oona Grady and James Gascoyne for a 1/2 hour of songs, stories and guessing games! This is a perfect break in the morning for young children to learn, play and sing along. This is a free event presented by the Caffe Lena School of Music and does not require advance registration.

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Set during the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, this film focuses on the FBI sting targeting Yassin Aref, an imam at an Albany mosque, and Mohammed Hossain, owner of a nearby pizza shop. In the context of heightened distrust surrounding Muslims at the time, both were convicted of money laundering and terrorism and sentenced to 15 years in prison. The convictions were controversial, with many advocating for their release. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Masood Haque, and civil rights lawyer Kathy Manley, counsel for Imam Yassin Aref.

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In homage to National Hispanic Heritage month, Skidmore is hosting a series of events that will kick off with this duo from El Paso, Texas. They draw on a mix of history, music, and spoken-word poetry, exploring the liminal space of the border and its residents over time. They recreate the past using the voices of those who lived it, conjuring perspectives as diverse as legendary mystic Teresa Urrea, ancient footsteps in the White Sands of New Mexico, and the daughter of Pancho Villa’s bandleader.

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He fuses blues, folk and other roots sounds with pop showmanship and admirable lyrical ability. This Australian percussive fingerstyle guitar virtuoso plays upwards of 300 shows per year across the globe, sharing stages with Tommy Emmanuel, Lucinda Williams, Ani DiFranco, Judy Collins and Rodrigo y Gabriela.

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A day-long celebration of two decades of monthly poetry nights curated and hosted by Carol Graser. Mary Panza hosts an afternoon of open mic readings. Sign up is already full for this event. At 8 PM, we feature Martín Espada with openers Sarah Giragosian and Roger Wyze Smith. National Book Award winner Espada, a renowned poet and champion of social justice, has spent his career weaving powerful verses that resonate with the struggles and triumphs of marginalized communities. With an uncanny ability to illuminate the human experience through language, Espada’s work delves into themes of identity, history, labor, and the relentless pursuit of equality. After he reads, Espada will take questions from the audience, and will then be available to sign books.

MORE INFOStyled after an old-time carnival, the Fiddles & Foliage Festival will fill High Rock Park with the sounds of fiddles, banjos, guitars and singing on a fall afternoon. Help us raise funds for our School of Music while enjoying delicious food from PJ’s Bar-B-QSA and Twin Leaf Farms, music-themed games, performances and jams – in a charming, old-time atmosphere. Rain or shine!

Proceeds to benefit Caffe Lena’s School of Music, serving the community with classes for children, adults, and seniors. We thank our premium sponsors!

Sample Song |  4 PM  & 7 PM | Watch on Caffe Lena TV  (subscribers, only)

Sexton returns with what Rolling Stone calls his “soul-marinated voice,” acoustic guitar, and a suitcase full of heartfelt songs. Still fiercely independent and headlining venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, Sexton has influenced a generation of contemporary artists. His songs are often heard in film and TV, but it’s his live show that keep fans hooked.