Thursday, 14 May 2020 14:03

Caffe Lena: Live at Noon Rolling Through a Neighborhood Near You

Sarah Craig, executive director of Caffe Lena, looks on as Sarah Lee Guthrie – Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter, performs with Jeremy Irion during the café’s 55th anniversary bash in 2015 at the Zankel. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos. Sarah Craig, executive director of Caffe Lena, looks on as Sarah Lee Guthrie – Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter, performs with Jeremy Irion during the café’s 55th anniversary bash in 2015 at the Zankel. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — At precisely noon on a May day in 1975, the Rolling Stones emerged atop a flatbed truck instruments in hand and performed live for a group of pedestrians lining Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village. 

Fast-forward to 2020: precisely at noon on Thursday, May 21, Caffe Lena will kick-off a celebration of the café’s 60th anniversary. 

Billed as “Thursday, May 21: Caffe Lena Celebrates 60 Years of Song,” flatbed trucks will roll around town starting at noon with live bands playing music on the back. The café will announce the route in advance and say: we'd love to see you parked on the shoulder, waving and bopping in your decorated car.

At 7 p.m., a two-hour online program of stories, songs and photos will be livestreamed to celebrate each of the café’s six decades. The Tip Jar will be open for business and voluntary support for the event is welcome. The anniversary concert had originally been planned as Lena’s major fundraiser for 2020. 

Meanwhile, Caffe Lena’s “Stay Home Sessions” broadcast at 8 p.m. and upcoming performances feature: Dan Berggren Friday, May 15; Chuck Lamb & Jorge Gomes Saturday, May 16; Peter Mulvey Monday, May 18, and Deena Chappell on Tuesday, May 19. For more information, go to caffelena.org. 

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