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Toronto singer-songwriter Abigail Lapell is our Bright Series pick for May. In the words of Brooklyn Vegan, “Abigail writes songs that stop you in your tracks.” She’s bringing her band to Lena’s on Thursday for her very first visit to the Capital Region. Click photo for a sample song.

Greetings – I love it when a Bright Series show and a Folk Heritage show land back to back in our schedule, as they will this week. For more than six decades, that has been the unique strength of this venue: honor those who have brought the music to this point, and fuel the success of those who are carrying it forward. Abigail Lapell (Bright Series) plays one night before Tom Rush (Folk Heritage). That’s cool. It can happen here because you show up, open up, and help songs new and old join the magic of this room. Thank you.

Turn on your speakers or don your headphones and enjoy sampling this week’s music! You’ll find serenity and grit, laughter and understanding.

See you at the show,
YOU DID IT! 65 wonderful people have signed up or upgraded their membership this month, giving Caffe Lena the resources to thrive in 2024. But the month isn’t over! Anyone who participates by May 31 will be entered into a drawing for an Impressario Membership, giving the winner 2 tickets for any and all shows for twelve months!

Sample Song | In-Person Tickets | Watch on Caffe Lena TV

This monthly showcase spotlights regional artists, who take turns playing their songs and telling stories “in the round.” Enjoy a night of all-original songs by Caffe regular Kate McDonnell, plus Seth Warden of Saratoga, and Jimi W., who wowed the crowds at last year’s Sing In the Streets and often accompanies Girl Blue. Our own Reese Fulmer will be filling in for regular host Erin Harkes, and will also share some of his own songs.

Sample Song | In-Person Tickets | Watch on Caffe Lena TV

Canadian Folk Music Awards Songwriter of the Year
“Traces of Natalie Merchant, Sharon Van Etten, Frazey Ford and Sandy Denny.”
– Folk Radio UK  

Her ’70s folk-rock vibe feels unhurried and other-worldly. Over the past five years, she has garnered two prestigious Canadian Folk Music Awards, hit number one on Canadian folk radio and currently has more than 350K monthly listeners on Spotify, and climbing fast. But as good as her recordings are, her live show is even better. She has wisdom and charisma that grabs your attention and doesn’t let it go.

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

Sample Song | In-Person Tickets | Watch on Caffe Lena TV (Subscribers Only)

Rush helped shape the folk revival of the ’60s, the folk-rock movement of the ‘70s, and then the singer-songwriter renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s. James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and Garth Brooks have cited Tom as a major influence. A natural showman, full of keen insights and a wicked sense of humor, Tom’s shows are filled with rib-aching laughter, sweet melancholy ballads & gritty acoustic blues.

The Folk Heritage Series is made possible by
the Charlie Pickett & Kathleen Rehl Endowment Fund.

Sample Song | In-Person Reservations | Watch on YouTube

The musicians of Folk Club Kids, our weekly preschool program, bring us a new album of original songs created for Folk Club Kids. You’ll be singing along with catchy songs filled with humor, life lessons and inspiration for little ones. Special guests from Caffe Lena’s School of Music will join the trio for a few numbers.

Sample Song | In-Person Tickets | Watch on Caffe Lena TV

Introspective folk-pop characterized by lush melodies & heartfelt storytelling. Adams has made his living as a solo artist and a session musician, playing on albums by Michael Penn, Juliana Hatfield, and Josh Groban, and forming duos eastmountainsouth and Down Like Silver, the latter with Caitlin Canty. His soothing voice, exceptional musicianship, and refined vision drive songs that verge on the philosophical and get under your skin.

Sample Song | In-Person Tickets | Watch on Caffe Lena TV

Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter is on tour with a radical new project, Naked Truth. Stripped of the electric fervor that has defined him, Ellis’ acoustic music carries a rawness that speaks directly from his soul. Timeless and immediate, No Depression says, “Ellis shines. When the tempo slows, the intensity doesn’t waver.”


Frank Vignola & Pasquale Grasso
Friday August 30, 8 p.m.

Friday September 27, 8 p.m.

Jeffrey Gaines
Saturday October 12, 8 p.m.

Reese Fulmer & The Carriage House Band Album Release
Friday October 25, 8 p.m.

Thursday October 31, 7 p.m.

Poetry Open Mic featuring Joseph Bruchac 
Wednesday November 6, 7 p.m.

Jazzmeia Horn
Sunday November 24, 4 p.m.

Jazzmeia Horn
Sunday November 24, 7 p.m.

Poetry Open Mic featuring Effy Redman
Wednesday December 4, 7 p.m.

Welcome to all our new members! You are fueling some great work this summer:

  • Six weeks of musical fun & instruction for the children of backstretch families at Saratoga Racecourse.
  • Summer music camp for ages 7 – 13.
  • A weekly social music jam for seniors.
  • The only all-ages-friendly, alcohol-free Open Mic in Saratoga.
  • An exciting, diverse and star-studded season of concerts.


In addtion to all this good work, members also get the best seats in the house, early access to special shows and some neat swag.

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