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62nd Anniversary Weekend! Free Festival Sunday

62nd Anniversary Weekend! Free Festival Sunday

Greetings – Happy 62nd birthday to Caffe Lena! Some of you may have just come for your first show. Others have memories of this room dating back decades. Every weekend brings wonderful new moments. Multiply that by more than 3,000 and you can see how many memories live in these precious old bricks. Sixty-two years of deep listening and courageous truth-telling, laughter and kindness, creativity and intelligence. Good job, folks . . . .

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Need ideas for this weekend?

Need ideas for this weekend?

Greetings – Take care of your heart, your mind and your spirit by getting out for some live music! What a fabulous run of shows we have for you this week. Enjoy sampling the music of these diverse artists by clicking the photos below. Pick one (or more!) that suits your mood and tastes. A reminder that . . .

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Ritter, Roche & Your Mom

Ritter, Roche & Your Mom

Greetings – Sister harmony trio The Roches were one of the most popular bands playing Lena’s back in the late ’70s. Just once in the late ’90s Suzzy came back on her own, so this return with her celebrated singer-songwriter daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche has been a long time coming! They are smart, warm, funny, open-hearted women and it’s going to be a night to remember.

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Caffè Lena In the News

Caffè Lena  – an example of how to flourish in a pandemic

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — It seems contradictory to say that when an organization has been severely hurt economically, it has also prospered. It is, however, true of Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. Established in 1960, in 2020 the venue saw the lowest earned revenue period in their history. Mostly because it has not had a ticket sale or income from food sales since last March. However, generous foundation grants, patron donations and earned income from unexpected sources have kept the organization afloat. Indeed, Caffe Lena has innovated to build new business models. They have become a leader in offering live streamed performances, opened an educational component to their operation and have been a type of outreach source for many individuals and groups needing a secure facility with digital capabilities. They have done more than survive. They are a model of how a performing space can be an inspiration to a community in troubled times and act as a supportive resource for musicians and other area arts organizations.

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