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It’s All About Community
This week we offer you the best of the season: opportunities to slow down and relax, fun times with friends, and a chance to be awed. Give yourself a breather by coming to a show this week, staying put for a couple hours, and soaking up the goodwill and beautiful sounds. We also invite you to go beyond buying that ticket. Caffe Lena is a place to find new friends by volunteering, or a new hobby by joining a group music class. You can keep your own creative practice on track by . . .
Michigan singer-songwriter May Erlewine takes the stage at Caffe Lena for the first time this week. Her lyrics are rooted in wisdom, joy, sorrow, simplicity, and love. She uses her platform for positive change, stressing the importance of environmental advocacy, social justice, creative empowerment, and community-building. One fan commented about Erlewine’s “Grateful” – “I think this song just saved my life.” Erlewine caps a fabulous week of jazz, bluegrass and singer-songwriters.
TrueSongs 2023 will capture true stories in song and narrative, shining a light on neighbors helping neighbors in our local community. Participating organizations include Saratoga PLAN, Veterans & Community Housing Coalition, Glens Falls Association for the Blind, Hudson Crossing Park, and STEP (Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program). Our songwriters will be Peggy Lynn, Cassandra Kubinski, Holly McGarry, Sean Rowe, and Joel Moss & Dave Maswick. TrueSongs is made possible by the generous support of Live Music Society “Music In Action.”
Caffè Lena In the News
sarah craig leads caffe lena – part 1 of 2
NIPPERTOWN (Michael Hochanadel) — For Sarah Craig, learning to lead Caffe Lena, the legacy-rich Saratoga Springs listening room and American roots music shrine, meant learning to listen. She also made peace with a ghost and shared a love of music with her deaf dad.
Craig’s father’s Depression-era training at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf included music appreciation classes. “Music class was a bright spot for my father,” said Craig. “Tuning into vibrations, he could feel drum beats. (Students) placed hands on the piano to feel the pulse of the soundboard.” Craig said, “He loved music; he took it very seriously.” Depression-frugal, her father splurged on Hartford Symphony concerts, a piano and a stereo for his wife.