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Caffè Lena School of Music: Slide Guitar Workshop with Robin O’Herin

October 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Enjoy a dynamic slide guitar workshop with Delta and Piedmont Blues guitarist Robin O'Herin. Learn right and left hand technique, alternating bass lines, beginning slide guitar techniques, how to use open tunings--chord shapes, slide licks and runs, as well as repertoire by Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson, Fred McDowell and more. Students will need a guitar, capo, thumb pick (and finger picks if you like), a bottleneck that fits on your pinkie, just covering the top of your finger. Also,…

Jake Brillhart & Alex Smith Live from Caffe Lena

October 24 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Jake Brillhart and Alex Smith is the duo project of fiddler Jake Brillhart and singer-songwriter Alex Smith. Alex Smith grew up in Long Lake, in the rural heart of New York's Adirondack Park, and his music strives first and foremost to echo the people and culture of that area. He builds songs from a blend of traditional folk harmony and strikingly modern lyrics, confronting today's most pressing issues with a style of honest and accurate observation often compared to songwriters…

Rick’s Picks Local Showcase: Deena Chappell and Pete Pashoukos

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Saratoga's beloved Rick Bolton has given a mic and an opportunity to hundreds and hundreds of aspiring musicians at his weekly Open Mics. He was among the first to spot the exciting potential in now-popular artists Sean Rowe, Ashley Sophia and Moriah Formica. With our Lena's open mic on pause due to the pandemic, we've asked Rick take over our stage each Monday to play some tunes and showcase two of his current favorites. Don't miss this chance to discover…

ANDY IORIO: Open for Take-Out Virtual Concert Series

October 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Composer/Pianist Andy Iorio’s new release, “Awakening” is grounded in his trademark emotionally moving melodies and taken to new heights as he weaves them together with a lush, vibrant string section – bound to pull at listeners’ heartstrings. His original compositions give quiet impressions of serenity while carrying simple tonality. Its harmonies fluid and controlled run toward something both bare and natural. His goal is, and has always been, to engage, inspire and underscore the emotional connections between people and to…

Storytelling Night with Karen Pillsworth, Alan McClintock, Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The fourth Tuesday of every month is storytelling night at Caffe Lena. Tonight's show will feature some of the finest storytellers from around the Capital Region who often serve as the featured artists for these monthly open mics. Tonight's features are Karen Pillsworth, Alan McClintock and Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi.

Caffè Lena School of Music: Blues Guitar with Guy Davis

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 28, 2020

Learn the blues from master blues player, Guy Davis in this four week online course. From the traditional to the contemporary, from the rural to the urban, Guy Davis’ mastery of the blues knows no limits. Guy will weave this workshop experience together with laughter, compelling story and song as well as clear instruction in technique. With his voice, his poetry, his tasteful playing and his song, Guy will provide students with an example of the sincere approach to music…

Caffè Lena School of Music: Clawhammer Banjo Course with Bruce Molsky

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 11, 2020

A four week online course taught by renowned old-time musician Bruce Molsky. We’ll look at a couple of classic tunes and focus on the important elements, like phrasing and rhythm, and work on techniques such as pull-offs, drop thumbs and rolls. Solid time is the engine behind good banjo playing, and so we’ll come back to some of the right hand basics as well that give the drive we’re all looking for. Time: The course will take place on Wednesdays…

Blues Night with the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society Featuring Perennial Unplugged and Bill Martin

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Every fourth Wednesday Caffè Lena and The Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society team up for a great evening of acoustic blues performed by amateur and off-duty professional blues players from around the Capital District. Tonight's featured acts will be Perennial Unplugged and Bill Martin

Caffè Lena School of Music: Old Time Fiddle Course with Bruce Molsky

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until November 12, 2020

A four week online course taught by renowned fiddler Bruce Molsky. We’ll take a fun and intense hands-on approach in Bruce’s old time fiddle workshop. Tunes are taught a phrase at a time, first melody, then bowing, and then piecing things together. We'll dig into old-time music's unique phrasing, rhythm and syncopation, intonation, etc. The tune is the vehicle, so mostly we'll be playing! If enough folks are interested, we can also spend some time working on singing with the…

Mostly Modern Ensemble Presents Robert Paterson’s “In Real Life.”

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

World premiere chamber ensemble version of the song cycle In Real Life II, featuring Jorell Williams, Baritone, with In Real Life, featuring Marnie Breckenridge, Soprano, both written by Robert Paterson, with words by David Cote. STREAMED live with Music at Caffe Lena — CHAMBER MUSIC Exclusive Limited Seating • RSVP TODAY ARTISTS Marnie Breckenridge, soprano Jorell Williams, baritone Blair McMillen, piano Tune in on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRNEpyIlmsc

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