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Bring your dancing shoes! Haitian band leader Wesli Loussaint bring a high-energy concert on Sunday night at 7 PM – full band!
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(Also watch Wesli’s amazing new video linked to his show listing below!)
Greetings – January 1 is the first day of the new year around the world, but in Haiti it’s also Independence Day, when slaves wrested control of the country from France and became the world’s first black republic. We all know that everyday life is challenging in Haiti, but national pride is strong and the arts are flourishing all across the Carribbean. To celebrate MLK Weekend, we bring you powerful and joyful black voices from Cuba, the United States and Haiti.

And we have a new series starting this weekend! The Momentum Series is made possible by a generous donation from Luann and Joe Conlon. The Conlons love feeling the whole room crackling with energy as an artist they never heard before puts on a fabulous show. They want to build momentum for these artists so the bands can come back again and again and play to a full house. What a great concept! Friday’s kick-off is sold out, but keep your eye out for the Momentum Series every month in 2024.

See you at the show,

P.S. Checks are still rolling in for the Annual Fund Drive. We’ll have a final tally for you next week. Hint: it’s really good news!

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

A thrilling fusion of Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, resistance and love. Okan is led by classically trained Cuban-born violinist and vocalist Elizabeth Rodriguez and Santiago de Cuba percussionist and vocalist Magdelys Savigne, both Grammy and Latin-Grammy nominees.

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High-energy, international jazz ensemble with intricate arrangements and fiery improvisation. They update the retro nostalgia of Django-style jazz from the ’30s with an electric and eclectic vibe. If you’re a fan of fabulous musicianship, this is a don’t-miss show!

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Once called “the voice of a generation” (Rolling Stone), Gaines has been heralded for his soul-searching lyrics and his powerful live performances for 25+ years. With guitar, considerable charisma and an irresistible “soul-folkie’s sexy growl” (MoJo) his intimate show at Caffe Lena will be electrifying!

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Jump jive an’ wail to the big sounds of Roomful of Blues! This 8-piece band is led by Grammy-nominated songwriter/guitarist/producer Chris Vachon. Their jazzy, jump-blues, swing, R&B and soul raises the rafters every time!

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Haitian guitarist and singer Wesli Louissaint built his first guitar at age 8 by stringing an oil can with nylon fishing line. He has become one of Haiti’s most inspiring and celebrated musical ambassadors, bringing gospel, reggae, Afrobeat, funk and the diverse roots music of Haiti to the world. Full band show!

Look at the week you have made possible! Enjoying this level of music in a 110 seat performance space is really something special. You are part of a generous, engaged community that has built Caffe Lena into a leader among small venues everywhere.
Thank You & Congratulations!

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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