Caffe Lena’s Update for the Week of February 22nd

Greetings – A nice thing about watching shows from home is that you don’t need to stress when the kids get a little too into the music. Folk music thrives on the fringes of the music industry, finding its warmest welcome in a family and community setting. Without really meaning to, we find that we’ve created a family theme this week. From the father and son duo playing Rick’s Picks on Monday, to the launch of Folk Club Kids online, to a husband and wife sea chantey duo and a pair of brother and sister rockers, we’re seeing how music creates a bond of love and closeness. And when the band lives together, there’s lots of time to practice!

I hope you have a healthy, safe and harmonious week.


All shows are streamed live with three cameras & premium audio.
Limited tickets are available to attend in person.

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2. Visit our Livestream Webpage and click the red box labeled “More Info”


Monday, Feb 22 / 7 PM
Rick’s Picks: Dan & JP Hubbs

Dad is an old time banjo player. Son is a jazz & classical composer and keyboardist. They’ve spent their quarantine working on some new music and we can’t wait to hear it!

Tuesdays, 10:30 AM to 11 AM

All ages are welcome to watch this fun, wholesome 1/2 hour of music and stories, but we especially hope you’ll enjoy this show with the little ones in your life. Fiddler Oona Grady, guitarist James Gascoyne and storyteller and folksinger Dan Berggren are the house band for Folk Club Kids.  This weekly virtual get-together features stories, songs and singalongs streamed live from the Caffe Lena stage. Folk Club Kids is for children 18 months to age six, and is free to stream courtesy of The New York State Council on the Arts and Polyset.

Tuesday, 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show
Listen on WEXT 97.7 & 106.1 FM
Featuring: Thomasina Winslow

Thomasina played our stage just last week, sharing gentle and powerful acoustic folk, blues and gospel. If you missed the show, or just want to hear it again, tune in on the radio for Live From Caffe Lena!

Tuesday, Feb 23 / 7 PM
Storytelling Night Featuring
Jesse Bruchac, Karen Glass &
Gwenne Rippon

A very talented trio of NYS storytellers will deliver Native American stories, stories from global cultures, and stories of the magic moments in everyday life. Relax and enjoy an hour of storytelling for adults. 

Wednesday, Feb 24 / 7 PM
Blues Night with the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society:
The Resonators & Mike Herman

The Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society is back on stage, streaming in real time! They celebrate the bedrock blues of the Delta and Piedmont, and add to the tradition with new songs.

Thursday, Feb 25 / 7 PM
Ryan Martin

Throughout the pandemic we’ve continued questing for new artists to bring you, which is very challenging given current travel restrictions. We found California-born songwriter Ryan Martin hanging out in the Hudson Valley, having just released a new record he recorded at Old Soul Studio in Catskill. Full of hooks, groove and a Laurel Canyon vibe, Martin is getting great reviews for the new release.

“Perfection is damn near impossible to come by and it almost never happens. Yet somehow, someway, Ryan Martin hit that rare pocket in time and captured perfection.” —American Songwriter

Friday, Feb 26 / 8 PM
Musicians of Ma’alwyck
Album Release & Fundraiser

Known for performing American music from the 18th and 19th centuries, this chamber trio has now taken a turn toward Europe. Their new album features instrumental transcriptions of operatic pieces by Bellini, Rossini, Auber and others of that era. Musicians of Ma’alwyck operates as a nonprofit. They serve as the house musicians for the Schuyler Mansion. The tip jar will help fund their performances & recordings.

Saturday, Feb 27 / 8 PM 
Joy Bennett & Chris Koldewey
Chanteys & Songs of the Sea

The craze for chanteys currently underway on TikTok left us scouring the land and seas for some real experts. We are thrilled that Joy Bennett of the Johnson Girls, a renowned maritime quintet out of NYC, and her husband Chris Koldewey accepted our invitation! Koldewey is a multi-instrumentalist with a vast repertoire of work songs, especially those sung by sailors. Joy is currently the Executive Director of Old Songs in Voorheesville, and proceeds will support the organization.

Sunday, Feb 28 / 7 PM
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt

They’re back! This brother and sister duo puts on a show like no other seen at Caffe Lena. With vocal comparisons to Janis Joplin and Grace Slick and guitar work likened to Jimi Hendrix and David Gilmour, Jocelyn & Chris have charted three consecutive singles in the Billboard AAA Top 40, taken two records to #1 on the Jamband’s Top 30 Album Chart, and appeared nationally on NBC’s Today Show.

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