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October Concert Guide

October Concert Guide

  This is Caffe Lena's concert guide to help you plan your shows for the month of October. This guide includes artists who are brand new to the Caffe Lena stage, local favorites, special performances that might not be on your radar and concerts that are sure to...

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See who’s coming this week!

See who’s coming this week!

Joy can be wonderfully infectious. 🙂 Especially when it involves Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo & Chuck Lamb. We’ve squeezed in a last minute show this Thursday at 7 PM. And that’s just the start of a fabulous week of music, poetry, storytelling and more!

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It’s Festival Weekend!

It’s Festival Weekend!

Are you coming to the festival this weekend? This is the one that usually happens in May, but we decided to try October this year. If the weather doesn’t cooperate we’ll be in the Spa Little Theater at SPAC so this wonderful FREE event is ON rain or shine! We’ve got the ethereal Dreamers’ Circus from Denmark, and anthemic folksinger Crys Matthews, and four other diverse bands. What a great chance to gather and renew our spirits!

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Looking for fun this week?

Looking for fun this week?

It really is mysterious that music changes our mood, our motivation, our sense of optimism or tenderness. Why does that happen? Why do melody and timbre make us suddenly decide to forgive someone, or notice the scenery, or pick up the pace on a morning run? Don’t forget that the magic of music is always available to you when you need it. Live music is the most . . .

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A special month at Caffe Lena

A special month at Caffe Lena

Bill Staines was a wise and gentle songwriter from New Hampshire who performed on the Caffe Lena stage more than any other performer in our 62 year history. Twice a year from 1968 to 2021, Bill would make his way back to Saratoga to sing original songs that have become universal in the folk world. Bill passed away on Sunday, December 5th, 2021. Tonight we gather in his name to keep the flame burning bright. Emcee Joe Bruchac will be presenting Reggie Harris, Taylor Whiteside (Bill’s long-time fiddler and harmony vocalist), Joy Bennett & Chris Koldewy, Vivian Nesbitt & John Dillon, and Kate Blain. Each will perform two of Bill’s songs, plus one original that connects to his legacy.

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September Concert Highlights

September Concert Highlights

Here are a few inside tips for September’s exciting concert line-up! This guide includes artists who are brand new to the Caffe Lena stage, local favorites, special performances that might not be on your radar, and concerts that are sure to sell out.
Something New:

Patrick Sampson │ Sunday, September 11th, 7pm
Only in his early 20s, Patrick Sampson has been channeling the maturity of an older, seasoned songwriter ever since he wrote his first song at the age of 15. The depth of his lyrics and storytelling abilities could’ve been created by

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Summer’s Grand Finale!

Summer’s Grand Finale!

If summer has to end, at least its ending in a blaze of musical glory. We’re just getting off the incredible high of a weekend with Doc Severinsen, Martin Sexton and Stacey Kent, and now we’re rolling into Richard Thompson and Sawyer Fredericks. It’s an honor to present musicians who are “big names,” but what’s really special is the impact of their art. People far and wide have found their way . . .

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Quick Peek at a Saxy Week

Quick Peek at a Saxy Week

Saxophonist Kelly has rocked the jazz world with sold-out concert halls, 13 acclaimed albums and a resume that includes Barack Obama’s inauguration and a stint in the house band for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – all before reaching her mid-twenties. Her electric charisma and infectious positivity weave through jazz, funk, and ballads . . .

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Hard to top these shows

Hard to top these shows

Our phenomenal summer season continues this week with major concert hall artists playing Caffe Lena’s historic stage. Just remember, folks, it’s never raining or buggy at Caffe Lena. 🙂 The wine is chilled, the homestyle desserts are baked here in our kitchen, and there are kind-hearted volunteers eager to make you feel at home. Where else can you discover . . .

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Come and get it!

Come and get it!

“The deeper I’ve gone with this music, the more I’ve come to appreciate the melting pot of immigrant influences that make American music unique. And really, when you look at any beloved American style, from blues to jazz to country to rock, there isn’t just one culture, race, or ethnicity that defines it. These sounds that we love exist in a tangled web of cultural commingling. This is what defines our music, and really our country.” – Clay Ross, founder of Ranky Tanky & American Patchwork Quartet

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