SARATOGA SPRINGS – There’ll be music in the streets of Saratoga Springs on Sunday.
A dozen bands are set to perform throughout the city as part of Caffe Lena’s Sing in the Streets celebration. Acts including Angelina Valente, Bill & Finnegan Ackerbauer, Blue Ranger, Jimi W. and more will perform at Caffe Lena, the Saratoga Springs Library terrace, Ben & Jerry’s and Impressions of Saratoga.
The celebration marks 63 years of presenting shows at the Caffe and is also a fundraiser for the folk music venue, a nonprofit that runs a music school and program called On the Road, which brings concerts to underserved communities in the area.
Sing in the Streets had an unlikely start. During the pandemic, the Caffe celebrated its anniversary by partnering with Bonacio Construction to have musicians perform music around town on the company’s trucks. Then, last year, as safety guidelines shifted, organizers had bands performing at venues around the city. Between 500 and 700 people came out to watch and dance along.
Sing in the Streets was one of the first projects that Mateo Vosganian was involved with when he came on board as director of operations at Caffe Lena last year.
“It’s a lot of people to coordinate,” Vosganian said. “Just trying to get 12 acts booked on the same day and in a three-hour space is no easy feat. But we were able to pull it off. And I think that’s one of the best things about an organization like us, is we’re small enough to be able to do things relatively quickly and the community always rallies around us, because we’re big enough where we have a good name and a good reputation in the area.”
This year’s lineup is a mix of folk, blues and alternative music.
“We try to stay true to what the Caffe is at its core,” Vosganian. “We’re a folk music venue. We’ve got some blues acts and stuff like that, but also there’s Blue Ranger from Troy, they’re more on the alternative side of things.”
While some of the stages will host acoustic solo/duo acts, the Caffe will feature performances with two full bands, including Angelina Valente and Reese Fulmer & The Carriage House Band.
“There’ll be plenty of raucous happening in the Caffe,” Vosganian said.
The celebration is meant to connect people in the Capital Region and spread the word about the Caffe.
“This is really raising awareness, too, in the local community, because as many people know us, there are maybe more . . . that don’t know us,” Vosganian said.
Attendees can pick up stage passports, stamp them at each stage and drop them off at Caffe Lena to enter into raffle drawings. Prizes include tickets to shows, memberships and more. Visit caffelena.org for information.
Here’s a look at the day’s schedule:
Impressions of Saratoga
12:15–1:05 p.m.: Steve Candlen
1:40–2:30 p.m.: Travis Gray
12:30–1:20 p.m.: Rick Bolton
1:50–2:40 p.m.: Rees Shad & the Conversations
Noon–12:50 p.m.: Bill & Finnegan Ackerbauer
2–2:50 p.m.: Novus Cantus
Caffe Lena Courtyard
Noon–12:50 p.m.: Jimi W.
1:30–2:20 p.m.: Keanen Stark & Orion Kribs
Caffe Lena Upstairs
12:30–1:20 p.m.: Angelina Valente
2:10–3 p.m.: Reese Fulmer & The Carriage House Band
Ben & Jerry’s
12:15–1:05 p.m.: Margo Macero Duo
1:50–2:40 p.m.: Blue Ranger
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