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June 10 – 16

June 10 – 16

With her powerful new album LEGACY and an opener for Jason Isbell, Nashville singer-songwriter KYSHONA has been putting her amazing artistry in front of tens of thousands of new fans. Catch her in the intimate setting of Caffe Lena this Thursday! As “One of the most compassionate and uplifting young voices
in Nashville today.” (NPR) Kyshona began her career as a music therapist, writing her first songs with students and inmates under her care. Her original roots, rock, R&B, and folk has drawn praise from Rolling Stone, NPR, Billboard and CMT.

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June 3 – 9

June 3 – 9

Many people have told us that a Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams show ranks among the Top 10 live concerts they’ve ever seen. Larry & Teresa are bringing their band along for this special two-night run at the Caffe on Friday and Saturday. There’s just nothing like the crackling creative energy of their decades-long union. They’re the bards of the long-term relationship, radiating love into every song they perform. Their impressive resumes include seven years in Levon Helm’s band, eight years in Bob Dylan’s band (Larry), and singing backup for Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris and Phil Lesh (Teresa). Accompanied by their band, you’ll hear fan favorites, dark ballads and barnburners & unexpected covers.

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May 28 – June 2

May 28 – June 2

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 coming to Lena’s on Thursday for her very first visit to the Capital Region. “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.

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Caffè Lena: The Story of the Longest Running Coffeehouse in America

Caffè Lena In the News

Eight Remarkable Artists That Played at Caffè Lena Before They Hit It Big

Pretty much every Saratogian knows that Bob Dylan performed at Caffè Lena back in the early ’60s, just as he was beginning to kick off his legendary folk career. But Bob wasn’t the only one.

According to Sarah Craig, Executive Director of Caffè Lena, most of the now famous musicians who have performed at the club weren’t famous when they first started performing there. “This was an important building block in their career and in building their skills, and that’s what Caffè Lena is really for,” she explains. “The shows are always great regardless of whether that person becomes a household name later down the line. That’s just a matter of lightning striking or not.”

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