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“The deeper I’ve gone with this music, the more I’ve come to appreciate the melting pot of immigrant influences that make American music unique. And really, when you look at any beloved American style, from blues to jazz to country to rock, there isn’t just one culture, race, or ethnicity that defines it. These sounds that we love exist in a tangled web of cultural commingling. This is what defines our music, and really our country.” - Clay Ross, founder of Ranky Tanky & American Patchwork Quartet
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Greetings - Thanks for taking a moment during your summer day to read this weekly missive. I read a sentence in a book recently that really jumped out at me: "We must take some time each day to restore the soul." For a lot of you, music does that. There's an abundance of opportunity in life to strengthen our ability to get things done, stay on task, meet our obligations. But that ain't the whole story. I hope these shows will send you back out into the world with your soul restored for another day.

Enjoy sampling this week's music by clicking the photos above and below. See which one speaks to you and buy a ticket. If you haven't been out for a show in a while, I think this is the perfect weekend to come back to Lena's.

See you at the show,
Sarah
Monday, Aug 1 / 7 PM - Donation Jar
OPEN MIC NIGHT


"Live From Caffe Lena" Radio Show
Tuesday / 8 PM

Listen on WEXT 97.7 or 106.1 FM

Wednesday, 7 PM & 12 AM, Sunday, 1 PM
Listen on Folk Music Notebook Internet Radio
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Thursday, Aug 4 / 7 PM / $24
The Bright Series: The RT's
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Recognize that bridge? Yes, the band is from Brooklyn. In the words of Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive, “The RT’s are the pizza of bands - you’re always in the mood for it!” We're including them in our Bright Series because it's their first time in the venue, but we know they'll be a hit because we presented them a couple summers ago in our "Caffe Lena at SPAC" annual festival. Boisterous horns, impassioned vocals, and a driving groove. It's rock, funk and acoustic pop all rolled into one swaggering, blazing good time!

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Friday, Aug 5 / 8 PM / $35
Radney Foster
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After 30 years in the music business, Texas singer-songwriter Radney Foster has an uncanny knack for connecting with an audience. With numerous Billboard Country Top Ten hits to choose from, his shows are a perfect blend of new treasures and beloved classics. Maybe you even have one of his records in your vinyl collection!

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Saturday, Aug 6 / 3 PM / FREE
Little Folks Show with Novus Cantus
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With a love of storytelling and theatricality, these brothers have created a show for kids that draws on their love of world music, rock and classical. Parents will recognize nods to Jethro Tull, Rusted Root, Gypsy Kings and Metallica. Our kids' shows are a delight for the whole family. Dance your hearts out, kids!
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Saturday, Aug 6 / 8 PM / $35
American Patchwork Quartet
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Their music ranges from romping to ghostly. Every single piece is exquisitely arranged and jaw-droppingly well executed! Made up of Grammy-winning guitarist/vocalist Clay Ross (who was recently at Lena's with Ranky Tanky), 3x Grammy-winning drummer Clarence Penn, Grammy-winning vocalist Falu Shah, and highly acclaimed bassist Yasushi Nakamura, APQ interprets centuries-old American folk songs that highlight America’s immigrant roots, building bonds across cultures and color lines. This is an experience you won't find anywhere else!

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Sunday, Aug 7 / 7 PM / $28
Let it Be and Abbey Road
Back to Back!
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Won't it be great to hear some of your favorite songs performed live by an all-star band from Woodstock! Joey Eppard on vocals and guitar, Leslie Ritter on vocals, Scott Petito on bass, Jeff Mercel on drums, Danny Blume on guitar, Dave Payette on keyboard & Andy Stack on guitar. Their studio and stage credits read like an encyclopedia of American roots and pop music. Pure fun and nostalgia tonight!

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MEMBERS' CORNER
When things like this happen at the Caffe, we know we're part of a living community that is creating a strong & healthy future for independent music. Thank you for honoring the diversity of American roots music with your membership.

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Caffe Lena has nearly 1,000 active members. These folks are planting songs and growing community with their annual donations. They also get the best seats in the house, early access to special shows and some neat swag. Learn More
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Executive Director, Programming & Development
SARAH CRAIG
sarah@caffelena.org

Director of Operations
MATEO VOSGANIAN
mateo@caffelena.org

Program Coordinator, School of Music
VIVIAN NESBITT
musicschool@caffelena.org

House Manager / Volunteer Program Coordinator
HANNAH STIRZAKER
kitchen@caffelena.org

Marketing Manager
CAROLYN SHAPIRO
carolyn@caffelena.org

Caffe Lena TV
REESE FULMER
reese@caffelena.org

Production Manager 
KRISTINE REYNOLDS
kristine@caffelena.org

Broadcast Sound
JOEL MOSS

House Sound
JOE DEUEL

Kitchen Supervisor
JUSTIN WILCOX

Our mailing address is:
Caffe Lena, PO Box 245, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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