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July 15 – 21

July 15 – 21

Glen David Andrews & his fabulous band bring the spirit and sounds of New Orleans to Caffe Lena this Friday night. He’s part of a famous musical family from NOLA’s famous Tremé, the oldest Black neighborhood in America. Along with a high-powered backing band, Andrews combines jazz, gospel, rock, blues & funk. Glen David Andrews is a warrior for cultural preservation. His commanding voice and fierce trombone channel beauty, hard-earned truths and – most of all – hope. 

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July 8 – 14

July 8 – 14

Marty Wendell marks 60 years as a professional musician with a show at Caffe Lena this Saturday. He’ll be accompanied by The Bluebillies for a fun romp through his rockabilly and country originals, along with tributes to the artists who inspired him, including Marty’s one-time band leader, Johnny Cash. On stage and on his 18 albums, some recorded at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, Rockabilly Hall of Famer Wendell weaves roots, Americana and, of course, Rockabilly. In addition to fronting his own band, he has toured with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Johnny Cash. Tonight’s 60th Anniversary Retrospective brings us the songs and stories old and new, classics and originals, that have shaped his remarkable life in music. Special guest artists The Bluebillies join in celebrating Wendell’s 60th Anniversary.

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July 1 – 7

July 1 – 7

Livingston Taylor is a consummate entertainer. He taps a vast catalog of songs, stories and insights to create a show that’s “taylor-made” for the folks in the seats. Equal parts Mark Twain and musical icon, Livingston has written hits for his brother James and performed with Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt & numerous others. He charms with brilliant stagecraft and a repertoire spanning folk, pop, gospel, and jazz. Pete Muller opens with original songs that foster optimism and joy. 

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June 24 – 30

June 24 – 30

We celebrate the last week of Pride Month with Flamy Grant, an acclaimed drag queen from western North Carolina who blends folk, gospel, and roots, transporting audiences with therapeutic, theatrical storytelling and song. Her debut record, Bible Belt Baby, garnered international attention when it reached the #1 spot on the iTunes Christian Charts. She won the 2023 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition. With a bold lip, a big lash, and a blistering voice, Flamy takes audiences to a soulful, uplifting church of her own making. Flamy is sharing the night with Canadian non-binary songwriter Taylor Abrahamse, who floats blissfully between the borders of song, gender & genre with their deftly crafted, hook-laden pop. A Paul Simon/Jim Carrey crossbreed, they’ll leave you laughing, touched, and even singing along – if you can reach that high. 

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June 17 – 23

June 17 – 23

If you’re new to our legendary venue, Roy Book Binder, playing this Saturday, is a must-see. Roy takes us back to the Real Deal Caffe Lena. This six-decade veteran of the folk circuit has the stories, the licks, and sounds of America’s heritage in his fingers. His eclectic repertoire includes blues, country tunes & originals. He’s been featured on PBS, NPR’s “Fresh Air,” and is a regular teacher at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch. His one-man bluesfest has been an annual treat for Lena’s audiences since 1967.

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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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May 20 – 26

May 20 – 26

This coming week really does feel like the start of a fun summer. Willi Carlisle reminds us of one of Lena’s most famous discoveries, Utah Phillips. Like Utah, Willi is a big-hearted rabble-rouser who isn’t afraid to call out the bad guys and stand up for the good guys. If that’s the kind of folk music that puts wind in your sails, do not miss Wednesday’s show. Saratoga’s own Cassandra Kubinski completely blew us away when she brought her full band for the first time last year. We can’t wait for another dose of her smart songs and brilliant pop arrangements. The Slambovians will be raising the spirits of the lucky ones who got tickets in time (7 left!).  And, as is our tradition on Memorial Day weekend, Sawyer Fredericks will be gathering his fans from near and far for “Sawyertoga,” a weekend of friendship, music and relaxation. Join us!

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May 13 – 19

May 13 – 19

Three years ago we decided it was time to develop a signature annual event to celebrate this community-driven venue, welcome newcomers, and thank everyone for making Caffe Lena an anchor of folk culture. Sing In the Streets was born! Each year it gets a little bigger, thanks to the sponsors who cover costs and put some extra money in our coffers for year round operations. If the sun is shining, you’ll find our six stages outdoors. If it’s raining, we’ll be at the Library, Misfits, upstairs at Caffe Lena, and upstairs at Walt & Whitman’s. But, it won’t rain. And the rest of our week leading up the festival is superb . . .

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