Caffe Lena Launches New Concert Series with Peter Yarrow This Weekend

Peter Yarrow
Peter Yarrow

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Saratoga Springs’ Caffe Lena is making moves to hang onto its traditions while staying responsive to new musical trends. “After years of urging our audience to take a chance on new artists, we’re finding that the pendulum has swung,” says Sarah Craig, the Caffe’s Executive Director since 1995. “Now we need to rebuild an audience for more traditional folk music.” Toward that end, the venue is launching a new Folk Heritage Series. It kicks off on Friday & Saturday (January 11 & 12) with folk singer and activist Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary.

Yarrow, who played a central role in bringing the folk renaissance of the 1960s to a world-wide audience, is a good fit for a series that seeks to pass forward the tradition of sing-alongs and songs that can be shared across generations. “Singing songs together is an important part of culture,” says Craig. “Peter Yarrow is the
reason we can all sing ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and ‘Puff the Magic Dragon.’”

Yarrow’s trio popularized folk music while reclaiming it as a social, political and cultural force in the world. Today, Yarrow is one of the country’s more outspoken social activists, driven by his belief that music can unite people and bring about change in the world. His live performances combine the atmosphere of a concert, a party and a march.

While preserving the performance style of folk music, Yarrow stays current by working with rap and country artists on special projects. He is currently producing an album of songs created by students of Parkland, Florida.

WHO: Peter Yarrow
WHERE: Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
WHEN: 8pm Friday (January 11) & 3pm Saturday (January 12)
HOW MUCH: $60 in advance

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