Black Opry Revue Comes to Caffe Lena

SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Friday, June 24th, Black Opry Revue will bring country, blues, folk, and Americana music to the stage of Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. The lineup will feature Roberta Lea, a singer-songwriter who blends soul, pop and RnB with thought provoking lyrics; Nikki Morgan, a singer-songwriter who was raised on traditional gospel music and now creates captivating melodies and insightful lyrics with a voice full of raw passion; and Tae Lewis, a fast-rising country music singer from North Carolina.

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“Country music has been made by and loved by Black people since its conception. For just as long, we have been overlooked and disregarded in the genre by fans and executives,” says founder Holly G. “Black Opry wants to change that and create a joyful, supportive space where Black artists can be heard and celebrated.”

In less than a year, a blog started to bring attention to racial inequality in country music has grown into Black Opry Revue, a national touring music collective bringing equality to a corner of the music world that has sidelined Black artists for decades.

Black Opry was born in Nashville in April 2021 by black country music lover Holly G., who was frustrated by the lack of diversity in the industry. Holly first formed Black Opry as a website to showcase Black country performers and connect with likeminded fans. The Black Opry Revue is currently on tour around the country and has performed sold out shows in Nashville, Memphis, Houston, Chicago, New York City and Atlanta with a revolving group of performers that represent a wide, diverse range of styles.

“Since 1960, our mission at Caffe Lena has been to provide a stage for American roots music to flourish,” says Carolyn Shapiro, marketing manager at the historic music venue. “This music wouldn’t be here without the contributions of Black culture. Black Opry Revue is a really special opportunity to celebrate that culture and the performers who are working to break down walls within the music industry.

The performance at Caffe Lena will be a writers-in-the-round concert where artists share the stories behind their songs.

TICKET INFORMATION:

The concert will begin at 8pm and doors will open at 7:30. The show will also be available to live stream for up to one week on Caffe Lena TV, the venue’s live streaming platform. In-person tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  Student rush tickets are available at the door for $5.

To purchase tickets to the show, please click here. To register for the live stream, click here.

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