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Raul Midón is a folk-leaning, jazz- minded, song-loving fool! This 2x Grammy nominated, blind, A-list artist will play Caffe Lena for the first time this Sunday.
Plenty of you will appreciate his new song. Click photo to listen.
Greetings – Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 19! That weekend marks Caffe Lena’s 64th anniversary. We invite you to celebrate with us at the 3rd Annual SING IN THE STREETS Festival. This six-stage festival goes from Noon to 4 PM and the 14-band line-up is fabulous this year. Put a pin in May 19 and come celebrate this wonderful community that has kept Caffe Lena going strong for more than six decades!

Please enjoy sampling this week’s music below. This is a joyful line-up that suits the season and gives you plenty of reasons to treat yourself to a night out.

See you at the show,
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Benefits of living in a college town! Enjoy an evening of diverse jazz styles and inspiring talent with the  music students of Skidmore College. They never fail to put on a truly engaging show of jazz standards and contemporary compositions. Check out Saturday afternoon’s Skidmore reprise, as well!

Sample Song | In-Person Tickets | Watch on Caffe Lena TVThis monthly showcase curated and hosted by musician/comedian Erin Harkes is a relaxing evening of songs and stories “in the round.” Lena Go Round is inspired by the original music that has been the cornerstone of Caffè Lena’s 63 years in operation, and is quickly becoming a must-see event in the Capital District. The featured musicians this month will be Natalie Santini, Sydney Worthley and long-time Caffe Lena favorite Roseanne Ranieri.

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A virtuoso partnership of “one of the UK’s greatest guitarists” (BBC Radio 2) with “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (Scotland on Sunday). They’ve toured in 23 countries from the tiniest of village halls, to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul. They perform a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass, and baroque, along with striking new compositions interspersed with the sort of smart, delicious humor that British musicians have long been known for.

More infoSpend your lunch hour at the Captain Fun Lunchtime Listening Hour, featuring choice vinyl cuts from the Al McKenney collection played on the cafe’s stellar system of sound. It’s one hour of free and informative musical fun. Bring your brown bag lunch. Coffee and tea are provided. The tunes to be spun come from the Caffe’s lobby collection of 1,516 record albums (and several hundred CD’s) curated by the late Al “Captain Fun” McKenney.

Rochmon, AKA Chuck Vosganian, drops the needle in the groove and the playlist is presented by a different charismatic member of the local community. This month’s playlist was chosen by Thomas Dimopoulos.

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She’s a born trailblazer, racking up an impressive arsenal of honors (3x Blues Music Awards) and is absolutely one to watch. Backed by a fabulous band, she puts on head-turning, fiery performances. She weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues with soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting.

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Must be the end of the semester! Students are ready to show the world their new talents. Join Joel Brown and his class for a concert of sometimes nostalgic, sometimes fun, but always thoughtful songwriting. This community concert gives Saratogians a chance to experience the hard work going on in Skidmore’s celebrated music department. Free admission – donations welcome.

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Identical twins George and Charles of Lonely Heartstring Band offer “pitch perfect sibling harmonies and gossamer sounds.” (Americana UK) Their deceptively simple songs are enthralling and intimate, groovy and serene. They’ll be joined by drummer Mike Harmon for this show.

Scottish-American folk duo Hildaland opens with fiddle & mandolin tunes inspired by the traditional music of Scotland, Sweden & Appalachia.

The Bright Series is made possible by a generous gift from Kevin & Claudia Bright.

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Jazz virtuoso Midón is a singer-songwriter-guitarist who traverses pop, jazz, soul, urban, cumbia, and flamenco. His breezy, sweet, silky style can be heard on more than 60 recordings, many Grammy-winning. He has served as a sideman for Shakira, Snoop Dogg, Queen Latifah, and has recorded and written with Herbie Hancock, Bill Withers and numerous other major artists. In 2021 he was awarded the Disability Rights Ambassador of the Year award, presented to him by friend and colleague Jason Mraz.

This engagement is supported by The Audience Building Project, a program of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Governor and New York State Legislature.

Our friends at Glens Falls Symphony want to let the Caffe Lena community know about this special performance of Mozart’s magnificent final work.
Jazz at Caffè Lena with the Chuck Lamb Trio featuring Sara Caswell
Tuesday May 14, 7 p.m.

Nordlys Global Voices: Yacouba Sissoko & SIYA
Sunday September 29, 7 p.m.

Don Armstrong
Friday October 11, 8 p.m.

Robert Ellis
Thursday October 17, 7 p.m.

Sara Milonovich & Daisycutter
Sunday October 20, 7 p.m.

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