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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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January 22 – 28

January 22 – 28

Charming, eccentric showman Chandler Travis, longtime opening act for George Carlin, pairs two of his favorite new projects in this special split bill, both featuring Chandler. The Buttercups finds him getting noisy, nutty and electric with Legendary Casuals drummer Rikki Bates. Channy n Johnny shows us Chandler’s quiet, acoustic, dignified side in a duo with longtime string-bass partner John Clark. Tickets still available for Saturday’s show!

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January 15 – 21

January 15 – 21

The Brother Brothers hook the audience from the first song with exquisite singing and playing. They return to our stage this Thursday. “Right at home between the Everly Brothers and The Beach Boys”  — Wide Open Country With their close harmonies, bright wit and Simon & Garfunkel-esque songs, identical twins Adam and David Moss are instant crowd-pleasers. Their songs are streamed nearly a quarter-million times every month on Spotify because this is music everyone wants to hear!

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January 8 – 15

January 8 – 15

Haitian guitarist and singer Wesli Louissaint built his first guitar at age 8 by stringing an oil can with nylon fishing line. He has become one of Haiti’s most inspiring and celebrated musical ambassadors, bringing gospel, reggae, Afrobeat, funk and the diverse roots music of Haiti to the world. Full band show!

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January 1 – 7

January 1 – 7

Greetings & Happy New Year! Let’s start with some great news. This community of good folk has set Caffe Lena up for a busy and joyful 2024. The Annual Fund Drive passed its goal, thanks to the generosity and commitment of hundreds of caring donors. We can look forward to the shows, classes and outreach work to continue unabated in the coming months. Thank you for believing in the value of this grassroots venue.

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Dec 18 – 23

Dec 18 – 23

Thank you for taking a moment to read this weekly update from Caffe Lena. I’m sure you have no shortage of emails to read. I want this virtual visit to remind you of what it feels like to come in person to a place where tables are shared, kindness reigns, and the music is superb.

Tuesday’s Rochmon Record Club will be devoted to honoring all those musicians who went on to the angel choir in 2023. I know it will be a tender, heartfelt night of great songs. The Lost Radio Rounders (Friday) will be full of nostalgia, as well. They specialize in lots of laughter and songs of long ago, including some you’ll definitely sing along on. Nefesh Mountain (Saturday) has sold out in-person, but you can stream the show. Their Jewish-American roots music brings love and light during a time of heartbreak for all those affected by the war in Gaza–which is all of us.

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December 11-17

December 11-17

With “Heavenly harmonies on top of furious fingerpicking” (Time Out Chicago), the Henhouse Prowlers bend and squeeze bluegrass into a sound all their own. The quartet has toured more than 25 countries, including Siberia and the Middle East, where they have picked up a few worthy songs for their repertoire. Wherever they are, the Henhouse Prowlers forge warm connections through the universal language of music. They start our weekend early on Thursday night. Explore the rest of our schedule . . .

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December 4 – 10

December 4 – 10

This week we offer you the best of the season: opportunities to slow down and relax, fun times with friends, and a chance to be awed. Give yourself a breather by coming to a show this week, staying put for a couple hours, and soaking up the goodwill and beautiful sounds. We also invite you to go beyond buying that ticket. Caffe Lena is a place to find new friends by volunteering, or a new hobby by joining a group music class. You can keep your own creative practice on track by . . .

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Nov 13 – 19

Nov 13 – 19

Michigan singer-songwriter May Erlewine takes the stage at Caffe Lena for the first time this week. Her lyrics are rooted in wisdom, joy, sorrow, simplicity, and love. She uses her platform for positive change, stressing the importance of environmental advocacy, social justice, creative empowerment, and community-building. One fan commented about Erlewine’s “Grateful” – “I think this song just saved my life.” Erlewine caps a fabulous week of jazz, bluegrass and singer-songwriters.

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November 6 – 12

November 6 – 12

TrueSongs 2023 will capture true stories in song and narrative, shining a light on neighbors helping neighbors in our local community. Participating organizations include Saratoga PLAN, Veterans & Community Housing Coalition, Glens Falls Association for the Blind, Hudson Crossing Park, and STEP (Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program). Our songwriters will be Peggy Lynn, Cassandra Kubinski, Holly McGarry, Sean Rowe, and Joel Moss & Dave Maswick. TrueSongs is made possible by the generous support of Live Music Society “Music In Action.”

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