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Greetings – Three years ago we decided it was time to develop a signature annual event to celebrate this community-driven venue, welcome newcomers, and thank everyone for making Caffe Lena an anchor of folk culture. Sing In the Streets was born! Each year it gets a little bigger, thanks to the sponsors who cover costs and put some extra money in our coffers for year round operations. If the sun is shining, you’ll find our six stages outdoors. If it’s raining, we’ll be at the Library, Misfits, upstairs at Caffe Lena, and upstairs at Walt & Whitman’s. But, it won’t rain.

The rest of our week leading up the festival is superb. Sara Caswell, Chuck Lamb’s featured guest this Tuesday, is a true artist of jazz violin. Grammy-nominated and celebrated for her lyrical style, she has been an oft-requested guest and we’re so pleased she accepted Chuck’s invitation. Liam Robinson & Jean Rohe are squeezing in a short tour around Liam’s work as Music Director for Hadestown. Like that smash Broadway hit, the duo’s music addresses contemporary issues with profound artistry. So does Ana Egge (Friday), and we can’t wait to have her back on stage. Then comes Lil’ Ed! What a rompin’ good time to put us in the mood for Sunday’s festival!

See you at the show,

Sample Tune | In-Person Tickets | Watch on Caffe Lena TVThis continuing series is hosted by resident composer, pianist and jazz master, Chuck Lamb (Brubeck Brothers Quartet), with support from music producer Joel Moss. Grammy nominee Sara Caswell is recognized as one of today’s foremost jazz violinists. Voted into the DownBeat magazine Critics and Readers Polls every year since 2013, Caswell has performed and/or recorded with esperanza spalding, Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Regina Carter and numerous others at venues including Carnegie Hall, Village Vanguard, Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center, SFJazz, and Blue Note (NYC and Tokyo). Currently on faculty at the Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The New School, and NYU, Caswell regularly appears as a guest artist and clinician at schools and festivals around the world.

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“A portrait of togetherness and honest, defiant joy in a messy world.”
Anaïs Mitchell, Playwright, Hadestown

Multi-instrumentalist Robinson is the Music Director of the smash hit Broadway musical, Hadestown. He and Rohe wow audiences with their effortless harmony singing, soulful grooves, playful humor, and razor-sharp lyrics inspired by poetry, literature, and the roots music they hold dear.

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“Listen to her lyrics. Ana is the folk Nina Simone.” – Lucinda Williams

Warm and modest, her music draws praise for its honesty, vulnerability, and beauty. She has been featured in BillboardRolling Stone, and on NPR to name a few. Her newest album, Sharing in the Spirit, is a collection of songs that touch on politics, addiction, sex, and love.

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“Electrifying, raucous, pure Chicago blues. . .” – Chicago Tribune

In a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials of Chicago stand tall. Fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously flamboyant slide work, string bending and soulful voice, the band is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets!

Folk Heritage Series: Steve Forbert Duo
Sunday June 9, 7:00 p.m. (SECOND SHOW JUST ADDED!)

An Evening with Phillip Lopate and Elizabeth Benedict
NYS Writers Institute: Wednesday June 26, 8 p.m.

Poetry & Jazz: Robert Pinsky, Todd Coolman, Bill Cunliffe and Pat LaBarbera
NYS Writers Institute: Friday July 5, 8:00 p.m.

An Evening of New Fiction with Adam Braver and Rick Moody
NYS Writers Institute: Thursday July 11, 8 p.m.

Judith Owen
Saturday August 31, 8 p.m.

An Evening with Mary Gauthier & Robbie Fulks
Sunday September 15, 4:00 p.m.

An Evening with Mary Gauthier & Robbie Fulks
Sunday September 15, 7:00 p.m.

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