On Sunday, Caffe Lena will celebrate its 62nd anniversary with Sing In The Streets, a neighborhood music festival that will take place at six sites in downtown Saratoga. Each site will feature a display of photos and memorabilia associated with one decade of the venue’s 62 years of operation.
“Sing in the Streets celebrates our venue’s history but it’s also a celebration of the community that helped our historic venue survive the turmoil of the last couple years,” said Carolyn Shapiro, a Caffe Lena staff member and one of the performers for the afternoon. Shapiro was recently named the Thomas Edison Music Award (Eddie) Folk/Traditional Artist of the Year.
Performances will happen from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. and take place outside of Impressions at the corner of Broadway and Phila Street; the west side of the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Putnam Street, the Henry Street side of the library where there will be an enclosed area with music for children; Ben and Jerry’s at the corner of Putnam and Phila, the Caffe Lena courtyard at 47 Phila Street, and the Caffe Lena stage. In case of inclement weather, all performances will take place at Caffe Lena.
The festival features a wide variety of musical styles, including pop, country, folk, bluegrass, jazz and children’s music.
“We’re encouraging people to visit every stage and get their Folk Passport stamped for a chance to win an Emcee Membership, which entitles you to two free shows a month for an entire year,” said Shapiro.
Performances will be given by Girl Blue, The Bluebillies, Hot Club of Saratoga, North and South Dakotas, Jes Hudak, The Lost Radio Rounders, Reese Fulmer, Russel the Leaf, Cassandra Kubinski, Karl Bertrand, Carolyn Shapiro, and the trio of James Gascoyne, Oona Grady and Dan Berggren.
“Anyone can come down to the neighborhood and enjoy music for free,” said Kira Favro, Caffe Lena’s Board president. “There will also be opportunities to make a donation to our nonprofit to fund our community service. Donations fund free shows for kids, music in nursing homes and homeless shelters, free music lessons for families in need, and all-ages, alcohol-free open mics.”
This event is free and family-friendly. For more information visit caffelena.org.