Crys Matthews Brings Her Black History Month Tour to Caffe Lena, Feb. 9


SARATOGA SPRINGS – Caffe Lena is set to host Crys Matthews Feb. 9. The activist/singer songwriter is a “drum major for justice,” tackling heavy topics with powerful lyrics and inspirational music.

For those who wonder what happened to the folk song tradition that inspired union organizers, peace marches and the civil rights movement, you’ll want to check out this songwriter. Crys Matthews’ hope-fueled, love-filled album, “Changemakers,” shows her taking the torch from the greats of social justice music, such as Sweet Honey in the Rock and Holly Near. She’s a powerful lyricist who tackles heavy topics such as immigration, the opioid crisis, Black Lives Matter, and gun safety with a warm heart and strong voice that “lifts our spirits just when we need it most in these troubled times.” (ASCAP’s Eric Philbrook)

In her TedTalk about difficult conversations, called “Sing, Don’t Shout – An Alternative Approach,” Matthews describes her childhood in rural North Carolina, as the daughter of an A.M.E. preacher, where she witnessed the power of music from an early age. A former drum major and classically trained clarinetist turned folk singer, Matthews is on a mission to use her voice to answer Dr. Martin Luther King’s call to be “a drum major for justice.”


Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $22 for general admission, $20 for members, and $11 for students and children. To purchase your tickets, please click here. For those that wish to catch the show via livestream, they may purchase access for $5.00. Purchase access to the livestream by clicking here.

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