Caffe Lena’s Update for the Week of April 5th

(Re)Opening Weekend went off without a hitch. In fact, it went off with smiles and cheers and applause and a whole lot of blessings being counted. The Channel 10 news story below will give you a taste of opening night. 

While we’re thrilled to have you back, we’re taking this day by day. I expect we’ll be able to proceed as planned with the great live schedule we’ve lined up. But we’re watching the ever-evolving virus situation as closely as ever and if we feel it’s best to pull the plug and go virtual again, that’s what we’ll do. For now, the HEPA filters are humming, the pods are spacious, the masks are on and it’s all systems go! 

Please take note of Saturday’s just-added show with Grand Boubousse, a favorite of the Albany swing dance scene. You’ll recognize the all-star line-up of this Brazillian Choro and Early Swing ensemble. Their music is utterly dreamy and charming!

See you at the show,

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

1. Click a photo below to go directly to that broadcast, OR
2. Visit our Livestream Webpage and click the red box labeled “More Info”


Monday, April 5 / 7 PM
Rick’s Picks: Bob Egielski and Rich Clements

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From guitar instrumentals and original folk ballads to blues, country, light jazz and American Songbook standards, these local pros are experts at finding the sweet spot of the audience.

Tuesday, April 6 / 8 PM
“Live From Caffe Lena” Radio Show
Listen on WEXT 97.7 & 106.1 FM
Featuring: TEOA

We liked their first show, we loved their second show, we were totally transported by the their third show, and that’s the one you get to hear on the radio tonight. Seamless three-part harmonies color their acoustic indie folk originals with pure beauty.

Wednesday, April 7 / 7 PM
Poetry Night with
Stuart Bartow, Rana Bitar & Robert Bensen

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Syrian-born doctor and poet Rana Bitar shares the pain and beauty of her remarkable life story. Rivers, stars and the great poets of the past make an appearance in Bartow’s poems. Bensen’s work exposes the tragedy and humor in everyday lives.

Friday, April 9 / 8 PM
Tom Lehrer Birthday Tribute with Byron Nilsson

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Tom Lehrer celebrates his 93rd birthday today, and he probably wishes nobody would pay attention. Byron and Tom will reprise Lehrer’s his deathless classics, such as “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park,” “The Masochism Tango,” and “The Vatican Rag.” Lehrer quit the stage to teach math at Harvard and MIT after leaving his mark on the ’50s and ’60s with wicked, satirical songs that are side-splitting, timeless and well worth remembering.

Saturday, April 10 / 8 PM
Grand Boubousse

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Grand Boubousse or “Big Blowout” is an early jazz collective, featuring some of the region’s finest early jazz musicians. You’ll have a hard time keeping your tuchus on the couch when they swing into their fast, happy Brazillian Choros and early classics by Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, and Benny Carter.

Here’s a tip if you want to tell your friends about the show: Boubousse rhymes with caboose.

Sunday, April 11 / 7 PM
Dan Berggren
Co-Presented with HUBBARD HALL

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Folksinger Dan Berggren has helped us through the stresses of the last year with his soothing, uplifting songs that remind us of the good in people. We look forward to introducing new friends to Dan’s songs as we welcome Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY as a co-presenter of tonight’s show.

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