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Holiday Music Begins!

Holiday Music Begins!

This Eddie Award-nominated stringband is the region’s premiere purveyor of historic American music. Tonight they’ll don Santa hats and invite you to step back in time to sing along with a seasonal program guaranteed to set your bells a-jingling! Expect bluegrass versions of classic carols, Robert Frost poems set to traditional melodies, plus Hannukkah tunes, forgotten topical gems and more!

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Do we owe you a free show?

Do we owe you a free show?

This husband and wife duo pairs the intimacy and immediacy of ’90’s folk with the sonic explosion of ’60’s pop. Molly Venter (Red Molly) is a viscerally potent singer, à la Fiona Apple and Tracy Chapman, whose songwriting is redemptive and playful. Consummate musician and producer Eben Pariser (Roosevelt Dime), is a devotee of Ray Charles, Wes Montgomery, The Beatles and The Band . . .

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Try something new this week!

Try something new this week!

Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler, the Rough & Tumble, have been living on the road since 2015. Their relentless high spirits have made life in a 16′ camper shared by two 100-pound rescue dogs not only bearable but joyful. Their commanding stage presence and sharp banter, hooky melodies and heartstring lyrics have won this dumpster-folk/thriftstore Americana duo fans across the land.

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Caffè Lena In the News

Caffè Lena at 60: Still ‘Essential’ After All These Years

While New York City wrote itself into music history with its sheer volume of folk venues—The Gaslight Cafe, The Bitter End, Cafe Wha?—Saratoga Springs needed just one. Caffè Lena, opened by Lena and Bill Spencer on Phila Street 60 years ago last month, typified a decade marked by great cultural upheaval and the transformation of societal norms. “The first show that ever happened on Caffè Lena’s stage was a Jewish woman opening for an African-American man,” says Sarah Craig, Caffè Lena’s executive director of 25 years, referring to Maxine Abel and Jackie Washington Landron. “It was very clear that Lena and Bill, while they may not have been out at the front of marches and might not have been making speeches, were having the Caffè take a position.” That same month, the Civil Rights Movement was in full tilt in the segregated South, with lunch-counter sit-ins in Nashville, TN. And the soundtrack of that cultural revolution—the punk rock of its time—was folk music.