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Feb 19 – 25

Feb 19 – 25

There are no words to describe the power of blues-rock-soul singer Alexis P. Suter’s artistry. She’s coming up from NYC with her 6-piece band on Friday to play our Momentum Series. Her mother was a backup vocalist for Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Harry Belafonte, Mavis Staples and Dionne Warwick. Alexis is a vocalist with a gale force bass/baritone voice. She’s a fixture on the festival circuit with a repertoire ranging from old-time Delta blues (“John the Revelator”) to classic electric blues (“Got My Mojo Working”) to vintage soul (“Take Me to the River”).

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February 12 – 18

February 12 – 18

While the major pop stars get the lion’s share of attention, there are many awards given out at the Grammys and Caffe Lena artists had some wins! The biggest stand-out is Allison Russell (two Grammys!) who first played our stage with Po’ Girl in 2008, and then several times with Birds of Chicago. We also congratulate Bela Fleck, Molly Tuttle and Bobby Rush. Larry Campbell (at Lena’s June 7 & June 8), who played violin for the best moment of the night: Tracy Chapman and Luke Comb’s performance of “Fast Car.” Combs’ 2023 cover resulted in Tracy Chapman being the first Black songwriter to win the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year.

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Jan 29 – Feb 4

Jan 29 – Feb 4

This is a great time of year to try new things. The weather has been dreary, the holidays are in the rearview, and most of us could use a little mood boost. Aleksi Campagne (Thursday) is a classically trained musician, son of one of Canada’s premier folksingers, and does incredible things with a looping pedal and a violin. His new bilingual album has critics raving. You’re probably not busy on Thursday, so come check him out.

And then there’s Joy Clark, with her contagious smile and an artistic practice focused on love and peace. After years of being mentored by Cyrille Neville, and accompanying Allison Russell and Rhiannon Giddens, she’s getting a barrage of gig offers across the country. You won’t want to miss her Capital Region debut this Friday.

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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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