Caffe Lena announces free two-day festival at SPAC

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Caffe Lena announced a free two-day music festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

The festival, scheduled for Saturday, July 24, and Sunday, July 25, will take place on the Charles R. Wood Gazebo Stage and features renowned performers from around the world. No reservations or tickets are needed.



12 p.m. Lost Radio Rounders

1:30 p.m. The Sea The Sea

3 p.m. Jean Rohe Trio


12 p.m. Rad Trads

1:30 p.m. The Kruger Brothers

3:00 p.m. Kiran Ahluwalia Trio

About the acts


Originating in Switzerland, the Kruger Brothers seamlessly blend elements of bluegrass, jazz and classical music into a sound all of its own. Brothers Jens and Uwe were first drawn to American folk music after discovering artists such as Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe and Lester Flatts. Over the course of two decades, the Kruger Brothers have become a fixture of the folk world, gaining the attention of the musicians that once served as role models to the duo. Doc Watson said, “The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I’ve ever played with.”


Chuck E. Costa and Mira Costa are an Upstate New York indie folk-pop duo featuring what Bob Boilen (NPR’s “All Songs Considered”) calls “excellent harmonies,” and The Huffington Post called, “Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.” The band has garnered features across all music platforms including Apple Music “Best of the Week” and “A-List Singer/Songwriter,” gathering 20+ million streams on Spotify to date.


Jean Rohe writes one-of-a-kind narrative songs, concerned as much with the internal world as with the external. Her latest record as a bandleader, Sisterly, produced by longtime collaborator Liam Robinson (music director, “Hadestown”), is a collection of songs about communication and missed connections, and tackles topics from love, lust, and longing to prisons, police violence, and migration. Her sound is jazzy, rootsy and global.


Kiran Ahluwalia is a modern exponent of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan which she honors intensely yet departs from in masterful, personal ways. Her original compositions embody the essence of Indian music while embracing influences from Mali and Western blues, rock, R&B and nuances of jazz. With her trio of guitar, organ and vocals, Ahluwalia creates boundary-breaking songs that invite us to explore the human condition, transcending the self by losing ourselves in a trance of groove and melody.


Based in New York City, The Rad Trads have quickly gained a reputation for being one of New York’s most entertaining live acts. It brings its love of the game to soulful American music, with influences ranging from early jazz to New Orleans brass, R&B, Chicago and delta blues, and rock ‘n roll. Featuring three powerful horns, a driving rhythm section, and three captivating lead vocalists, The Rad Trads consistently win over audiences with its relentless energy, charisma, and enthusiasm. 


Revisit the early days of live radio with Lost Radio Rounders’ broad selection of favorites and re-discovered relics from classic shows such as Grand Ole Opry, the National Barn Dance and King Biscuit Time. In addition to a mixed bag of hillbilly ravers, gospel favorites, string band curios and classics from the folk tradition, expect nuggets from the likes of the Delmore Brothers, Cousin Emmy and Hank Williams. Guitarist/vocalist Tom Lindsay and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck make up the Lost Radio Rounders with Evan Conway on bass. 

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