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  • This Sunday, Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York presents “Sing in the Streets” – a neighborhood music festival featuring 14 area bands on 6 stages - rain or shine!Performers include Adirondack Song Dogs, Brule County Bad Boys, Caffè Lena Ukulele Ensemble, Erin Harkes, Girl Love, Mark & Jill, Owl & Crow, Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, Rachael Sumner & Traveling Light, Reese Fulmer & The Carriage House Band, The Wildmans, The Rolling Pebbles, Volunteers of America and a surprise band!Caffè Lena is a legendary venue that has been bringing great music to Saratoga for 64 years. Sarah Craig is the Executive Director of Caffè Lena and she joins us.
  • Michael Eck returns with special guests to Caffe Lena on Friday night for a combined 60th birthday party/album release show. Eck debuted at Caffè Lena in 1990 and offered a sold-out solo album release show in fall 2022.For this event, Eck will be joined by an all-star ensemble featuring Rosanne Raneri, Kevin Maul, and Sten Isachsen and Bob Buckley. Together they will join in on old favorites, new songs – from “Fermata,” being released at the concert.
  • Tonight, rising singer and banjo player Nora Brown and fiddler Stephanie Coleman will bring their take on traditional Appalachian-style and old-time music to folk music haven Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs.
  • Erin Harkes celebrates the release of her first video special (and second album) on Wednesday, December 6 at a special comedy concert event at Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs, New York.Oft voted “Best Local Comedian”, Harkes celebrates the release of the new album as a part of her monthly series: “Women Aren’t Funny at UPH!” Erin will shows clips from the special and then will perform an entirely new set of material.Having found great comfort in front of an audience she was able to make this transition smoothly. In a very short amount of time she achieved much local success and has since performed nearly every major club in NYC and in Toronto and Montreal. She is also a regular feature at Funny Bone Comedy Clubs across the country.
  • Starting on Sept. 29th, singer/songwriter, Vienna Teng will be at Caffè Lena in Saratoga for three consecutive nights. Teng, a classically trained pianist who composes in a dazzling, cinematic style she likes to call chamber-folk, is sure to light up the stage.
  • Loudon Wainwright III is a songwriter, author, and part-time actor, with a body of work that’s candid and confessional, witty yet self-deprecating, dark and light-hearted. He’s bringing his talents to Caffè Lena this week, a place the singer frequented five decades ago.
  • We welcome three powerhouses leaders for a conversation about the challenges and opportunities for the arts and what the future looks like.Our guests are Caffe Lena Executive Director Sarah Craig, Yaddo President Elaina Richardson, and SPAC President & CEO Elizabeth Sobol.
  • On Sunday, May 21, Saratoga’s famous Caffè Lena will hold “Sing In The Streets,” a six-stage music festival celebrating the 63rd anniversary of Caffè Lena.
  • Recent Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Hall of Fame inductee Michael Eck—along with select special guests— celebrates his 40th Anniversary in live music with a solo show at Caffè Lena on Sunday at 7 p.m. that both looks back across his career as a songwriter and introduces new music with an eye toward the future.Self-billed as a “roots scholar,” Eck, who plays in Caffe Lena favorites Lost Radio Rounders, imbues his tunes, covered by the likes of Mark Tolstrup, Kevin Maul and Steve Candlen, with a deep knowledge of and respect for American roots.
  • There will be a celebration on Wednesday August 24th for the launch of Little Liberty Library, a free library box in Caffe Lena's courtyard in Saratoga Springs dedicated to frequently banned books. Admission is a banned book or a donation to keep the library stocked.For more than 60 years, Caffe Lena has not only cared for free speech but presented a safe haven for it on stage—whether in the form of music, theater or the spoken word.The current national uptick in efforts to ban controversial books from libraries is a way to suppress conversation; to tame our ability to think for ourselves. This celebration will open and close with music by Dan Berggren. Twelve authors will each read for 3-5 minutes from titles that have been banned or challengedJoining us: Free Banned Books! Organizer Pat Nugent, Executive Director of Caffe Lena Sarah Craig, and Director of the New York State Writers Institute Paul Grondahl.