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A 30 year tradition of celebrating Chrismukkah!
This will be the final year of our beloved Annual Holiday Folk Show as we know it, so don’t miss it this Sunday! Matinee & Evening shows. Click photo for sample.
Greetings – I always thought Chrismukkah was a contemporary neologism created by the writers of sitcoms. Not so! I recently learned that it was coined by German Jews in the 19th century to embrace two holiday traditions that live side by side in the month of December. I like the even more inclusive Chrismahanukwanzakah, but it’s very hard to spell. For 30 years, the Annual Holiday Folk Show has helped us feel refreshed and optimistic as it embraces the many moods and stories of the season. With that said, it’s a lot of work to get the show ready, and our musicians are now far flung. This is the last year this traditional line-up will be featured. I’d love to see a packed house in the afternoon and evening to thank these folks for 30 years of sweet memories.

But if tradition leaves you feeling hemmed in, no worries! Our Bright Series returns this week with some really good folk rock. There’s superb jazz. There’s the fantabulous Henhouse Prowlers! There’s even a magic show that will blow your mind. Enjoy exploring!

See you at the show,

P.S. A few of our Caffe community members went on camera to say what this venue means to them. Did they leave anything out? Let me know!

= TUESDAY, DEC 12 / 7 PM =
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“Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist!” (BBC Music)

Hosted by resident composer, pianist and jazz master, Chuck Lamb, with support from music producer Joel Moss. Lamb, who has been a member of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet since 2002, is not only an exciting and emotive pianist in his own right, but also a prolific composer of jazz, fusion, classical and world music. Clarinetist Ken Peplowski is Lamb’s December’s guest. Peplowski has performed or recorded with some of music’s big names including Charlie Byrd, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Benny Goodman, and Madonna. His recordings have ranged from European folk tunes to avant-garde jazz and pop, to classical.

  In-person tickets – Low Ticket Alert!

This is show #2 in a four-part series. Let magician Mike Mills take you on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole of deception! From sleight of hand to optical illusion and beyond – even flirting with the dark arts of psychological manipulation. Laugh, gasp, and marvel! Ages 14+.

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“Heavenly harmonies on top of furious fingerpicking” –Time Out Chicago

The Prowlers bend and squeeze bluegrass into a sound all their own. The quartet has toured more than 25 countries, including Siberia and the Middle East, where they have picked up a few worthy songs for their repertoire. Wherever they are, the Henhouse Prowlers forge warm connections through the universal language of music.

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Inspired by James Taylor, Pete Seeger & Bob Dylan. Live lightly, seek truth, find empathy. These are the foundations of Keane’s life philosophy, and can be found throughout his songs. His blend of neo folk/Americana with indie rock and country is alternately anthemic and serene. This exciting new band has already shared the stage with James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma, Molly Tuttle, The Gin Blossoms, Blues Traveler and many others.

Sample Song | SOLD OUT | Watch on Caffe Lena TV

She carves a line through folk, blues, and country with songs NPR describes as having a “haunting urgency.” Her latest studio record, Quiet Flame, is about resilience, perseverance, and finding satisfaction in the mess and the mundane. With her “quietly devastating voice,” (SF Chronicle) she won the Troubadour songwriting competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and her song, “Get Up,” was nominated for Song of the Year in the Folk Alliance International Music Awards.

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For three decades, folks from across the region have come to Caffe Lena to enjoy a sweet, sentimental and silly celebration of the season complete with swanky décor, audience participation, and loads of lovely songs. John Kirk and Trish Miller, Addie & Olin, David Kiphuth and Sara Milonovich perform seasonal selections with harmony, peace and good will towards all.

Miss a show from last weekend? Watch HERE.
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