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!
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 . . .
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.
With true stories shared in word and song, this heartwarming annual event shines a spotlight on the positive impact of local nonprofits. This year’s participating organizations are Gateway House of Peace, the Saratoga Senior Center, Horns for Haiti, Shelters of Saratoga, and Steps for Stroke. Our songwriters are Mel Guarino, John Dillon, Hold on Honeys, Jeff Brisbin and Michael
These 2-time Grammy Award winners are an eclectic 2-woman folk festival! Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin and more. They’ve released 48 recordings, won recognition as both songwriters and tradition-bearers, and opened doors for countless other musicians . . .
Trained as an opera singer and classical pianist, Lilli Lewis uses her voice to bring “sacred songs” into secular settings. She’s a progressive, provocative, glorious powerhouse performer with a focus on social justice. Making her home in New Orleans, where she performs, produces events, makes good trouble and heals hearts, she’s an Americana voice for the voiceless, drawing praise from NPR & Rolling Stone. An exciting catch for our Bright Series!
A specialist in the early folk music of Black Americans, and a skilled performer of spirituals, blues and string band folk, Blount is star instrumentalist, scholar & activist. His new album, The New Faith,was released on Smithsonian Folkways last month. It is a stunning undertaking. The songs tell an Afrofuturist story set in a world devastated by climate change. The Black climate refugees perform a religious service, invoking spirituals that are age-old even now, familiar in their content but . . .
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...
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!
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!