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Joy Clark brings her soulful, intimate songs to upstate NY for the very first time. Her star is rising fast and she’s a perfect fit for our Bright Series. Friday at 8 PM.
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Greetings –  This is a great time of year to try new things. The weather has been dreary, the holidays are in the rearview, and most of us could use a little mood boost. Aleksi Campagne (Thursday) is a classically trained musician, son of one of Canada’s premier folksingers, and does incredible things with a looping pedal and a violin. His new bilingual album has critics raving. You’re probably not busy on Thursday, so come check him out.

And then there’s Joy Clark, with her contagious smile and an artistic practice focused on love and peace. After years of being mentored by Cyrille Neville, and accompanying Allison Russell and Rhiannon Giddens, she’s getting a barrage of gig offers across the country. You won’t want to miss her Capital Region debut this Friday.

In the words of either Bob Dylan, Roger Miller or Bob Marley (depends on who you ask), “Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” So, come soak up some music with us this week.

See you at the show,

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Musician/comedian Erin Harkes continues her songwriters’ series at Caffè Lena. This monthly showcase, curated and hosted by Harkes, spotlights rising talent taking turns playing their songs and telling stories “in the round.” Lena Go Round is inspired by the original music that has been the cornerstone of Caffè Lena from the start, and is quickly becoming a must-see event in the Capital District. This month’s featured songwriters are Kim Buckley, Buggy Jive and Zan Strumfeld.

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Son of Canadian folk icon Connie Kaldor, this fast-rising indie-folk artist studied under jazz violin legend Didier Lockwood in Paris and continued his jazz and classical studies at McGill University. His “performances are impressive not just sonically but also visually as you watch him seamlessly navigate different instruments and languages.” (Garnette Report) He blends beautifully sung folk lyrics with layers of voice and violin accomplished with a looping pedal.
Highly recommended!

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Rooted in Americana and folk-pop, New Orleans-born singer-songwriter Clark celebrates peace and the power of love. Her intricate rhythms and warm melodies reveal a sweet vulnerability that is enchanting audiences around the world. Her debut album, to be released on Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records, is coming out this spring.

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Enjoy a show with the kids! Bern’s songs have appeared in films including Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Get Him to the Greek, as well as TV shows such as “The Stinky & Dirty Show.” His album of duets with his 4-year-old daughter Lulu introduced the world to another side of this celebrated singer-songwriter.

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Crossing over and through folk, rock, singer-songwriter, and kids music, Dan Bern is a captivating live performer with a loyal, multi-generational following. Whimsical for the kids and acerbic for the adults, his witty, poignant and insightful shows are unforgettable. He has written thousands of songs, released dozens of albums, and played shows across North America and Europe – from coffee shops to Carnegie Hall,  and he most recently opened for The Who.

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Opera Saratoga x Juilliard School Recital Series features Shavon Lloyd, Baritone. Lloyd (b. 1997) is an award-winning composer, baritone, conductor, and music educator. In 2024 he will be performing in Puccini’s “Tosca” (Sacristan cover)and will make his professional debut as Simon in an all-black production of Joplin’s “Treemonisha”, including a world premiere of Damien Sneed and Karen Chilton’s prologue and epilogue detailing moments in Joplin’s life.

Opera Saratoga’s connection with the Juilliard School runs deep: previous General Director David Lloyd started the Juilliard Opera Company in 1985, and current General and Artistic Director Mary Birnbaum is on Juilliard’s faculty. This recital series at Caffè Lena gives talented young singers a space where they can thrive and experience the support of Opera Saratoga audiences.

Featuring Shavon Lloyd, Baritone
with Francesco Barfoed, piano

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Well known to Caffe Lena audiences, Carolyn is an award-winning old-time banjo player and songwriter from Glens Falls whose sound is rooted in Appalachian mountain music. Trained in the clawhammer style of banjo by Trish Miller and John Kirk, Carolyn blends tradition with her own unique sultry flavor to create honest music that feeds the soul like a good home-cooked meal. She’ll be joined by Connor Armbruster on fiddle, James Gascoyne on guitar and Oona Grady on bass.

“Art is our best hope for facing the most brilliant, most complicated and most frightening things we’ll ever face on earth–and that’s ourselves. If we want to share secrets, let out our most untamed feelings and thoughts, and show other people the way we see the world, we need recording studios, theaters, books, concert halls and galleries.” Your support keeps this stage available for all the songs that help us grow.

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