Caffe Lena’s Update for the Week of May 17th

You may have heard that guidelines for small indoor music venues like Caffe Lena are changing again, allowing an unlimited number of attendees as long as they are seated in pods. We will, therefore, begin pod seating in June. To simplify ticketing within the pod system, all seats will be priced at the non-member rate and you’ll be able to buy for 2, 3 or 4 people at time. Members will receive a rebate at the show equal to their member discount. We thank you for continuing to bear with these temporary accommodations while we work our way back safely and steadily to normal operations.

A huge thank you to all of you who have responded so far to our 61st Anniversary May Membership Drive! Our goal is 61 new members by May 31st to fund our wonderful concert schedule, deliver music to neighbors in need, teach folk music to kids and adults, and build the artists and audiences of tomorrow. We are currently at 32 new members since May 1 and we hope you’ll join, too! Whether you stream from home or join us at the venue, we have membership options that will give you a great experience and fund this important mission. 

See you at the show,

Monday, May 17 / 7 PM
Rick’s Picks: The Bluebillies
In-person tickets

Rick Bolton is bringing us an all-star band from Hartford, NY tonight! Melody and Mark Guarino front the band, backed by John and Orion Kribs. With close harmonies, bluegrass picking, folk and gospel lyrics, this is true-blue, old-time country music played with authenticity and passion.

Tuesday, May 18 / 7 PM
Rochmon Record Club Presents
Rolling Stones: Let it Bleed
* In-person SOLD OUT *

Pre-Register to Watch From Home

This album contains “Gimme Shelter”, “Midnight Rambler,” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” With stories, photos & the songs themselves, Rochmon helps us appreciate this album like never before.

Wednesday, May 19 / 7 PM
Bluegrass Night with Red Spruce
In-person tickets

Bring your instrument and pick along from your seats, or join in from your own living room via livestream. This is a beginner-friendly jam full of bluegrass, folk and gospel classics.

Thursday, May 20 / 7 PM
Friction Farm
In-person tickets 

Hailing from Greenville, SC, Friction Farm is a husband-and-wife duo that’s wholesome, harmonious, and all about inspiring people to feel good and do good. They can be riotously funny, bouncy, sentimental and very motivational. If you need a dose of hope and harmony, this is the one!

Friday, May 21 / 8 PM
Opera Saratoga Presents America Sings!
Justin Austin & Damien Sneed

No in-person audience tonight.
Praised in Opera News as “a gentle actor and elegant musician” and The Wall Street Journal for his “mellifluous baritone,” Justin Austin, an alumnus of Opera Saratoga’s nationally acclaimed Young Artist Program, will be accompanied by Damien Sneed for a selection of songs featuring texts by Langston Hughes.

Saturday, May 22 / 8 PM
Annie and the Hedonists
* In-person SOLD OUT *

On the strength of Annie’s seductive lead vocals, the band’s impeccable musicianship and an abundance of joie de vivre, Annie & The Hedonists just won yet another Eddie Award for Blues Artist of the Year!  The band is equally at home playing 1920s and ’30s classic blues and jazz, Western swing, classic country, doo wop, early r&b and early rock and roll.

Sunday, May 23 / 7 PM
Matt Nakoa
In-person tickets

Nakoa first took our stage as folk icon Tom Rush‘s opener and accompanist. Our audience quickly drew the same conclusion as The Boston Globe: “Between his piano chops and heartfelt originals on guitar, he drops jaws.” Over the past decade he has won multiple songwriting awards for his classically-influenced pop and soul.

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