Caffè Lena and SPAC offer free weekend of folk and world music – The Daily Gazette

After several months of live music under the towering pines of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the SPAC season is now largely over for the year.

The highlights of the SPAC summer for me kicked off with British music legend Robert Plant and bluegrass figure Alison Kraus conjuring up magic on tunes like Everly Brothers’ “The Price of Love” and Led Zeppelin classics. like “When the Levee Breaks”. And it ended with Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival, as Nelson plucked his trusty Trigger guitar and brought his well-worn vocals to classic Americana tunes like “On the Road Again.”

Luckily, SPAC season isn’t quite over yet, as the venue and legendary Saratoga Springs folk cafe Caffè Lena are jointly hosting two days of music this weekend, October 1 and 2, on the smaller stage. Charles R. Wood Gazebo. The event and parking are free and no reservations or tickets are necessary. Just bring a chair or blanket to the SPAC grounds and settle in for sets by world and American folk artists.

Saturday’s lineup includes Asheville, North Carolina bluegrass and dark-folk band The Resonant Rogues, who take inspiration from Appalachia to the Balkans to New Orleans. Cock! Brass Band promises dance music influenced by Eastern European and New Orleans music as well as Afrobeat, Klezmer, Reggae and Western Classical. And Dreamers’ Circus is a string trio from Copenhagen, Denmark, who tour the world with inventive interpretations of Nordic folk and traditional music.

Sunday’s lineup features minimalist indie folk vocal trio Hold on Honeys, social justice lyricist Crys Matthews and The Oshima Brothers, made up of siblings Sean and Jamie Oshima, who were raised in a musical family in rural Maine where they have perfected a harmoniously rich blend of contemporary music. folk and acoustic pop. For more information and a full schedule, visit

Bacchanalia Fest takes over Troy

James and Erin Kehoe, owners of Whiskey Pickle, one of Troy’s hippest bars, came up with the idea of ​​a multi-venue music festival in downtown Troy in the spirit of South by Southwest ( SXSW), Austin’s famous music showcase. , Texas. The Kehoes have involved a handful of bars and restaurants in downtown Troy, and this weekend from Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2, the inaugural Bacchanalia Arts & Music Festival features talent from across the state and the world, with a main outdoor stage on Fulton Street and live performances at venues across the city.

For $75, a wristband gets you access to all events, but single-event tickets will be available at the door at various venues for less. Visit for the full program, which includes Chali 2na and Cut Chemist from hip-hop group Jurassic 5 on Saturday on the main stage, New York soul DJ Jonathan Toubin on Saturday at No Fun, and the Nude Party and King Buffalo Sunday on the Main Stage.

Yo La Tengo Thrill Fans at Lark Hall

After the long hiatus during which COVID-19 put a stop to most gigs, it looks like live music is back in the area – and better than ever. We now have the new venues Empire Live and Lark Hall booking tons of shows in Albany, while Troy continues to add live music venues (or bars with live music) like No Fun, the Whiskey Pickle , Rare Form Brewery and the El Dorado Bar a quick clip away. Meanwhile, area stalwarts like Proctors in Schenectady, The Egg in Albany, and SPAC and Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs have largely returned to full programming.

Of all the new spots, Lark Hall – located in an elaborately renovated former theater in Albany’s Center Square neighborhood on Lark Street – is one of the hot spots for audiophiles and music fans everywhere. The sound and vibe here is great, as Yo La Tengo discovered on Monday night when the longtime indie rock band took a detour off their tour to play Albany on the venue’s upstairs stage. . The first set showcased their hushed, hypnotic side on tracks like “You Are Here” and “Deeper into Movies,” while the second set got much louder, with guitar panics from Ira Kaplan on tracks like “Shaker” and “Pass the Hatchet”. , I think I’m Goodkind.

The week ahead

– Massachusetts folk-pop group Darlingside bring their lush sound – characterized by classic strings, tightly knit vocals and clever lyricism – to Universal Preservation Hall (25 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs) on Friday, September 30. With Caitlin Canty. 7:30 p.m.
– Longtime audience favorite Cheryl Wheeler returns to the 8th Step stage at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady) on Friday, September 30, bringing her funny New England spirit, seductive folk ballads and incisive social commentary at the GE Theater. With Kenny White. 7:30 p.m.
– The first-ever Wild in The Trees Music and Skate Festival takes place this weekend, October 1-2, at Lake George Skate Plaza (17 W. Brook Rd, Lake George). The two-day music festival and skateboard competition, a fundraiser for the Capital Region’s Ronald McDonald House, features indie, punk and jam bands including Annie in the Water, Glass Pony, Neon Avenue, El Modernist, The Sugar Hold, The Hauntings and the Skunches. 11am-7pm
— Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright graces the stage at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday, October 1. the Rules”, his last album, which finds him at his peak. With Carsie Blanton. 8 p.m.
– Catch a rare duo appearance on Sunday, October 2 from great instrumentalists Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Louisiana slide guitar master Landreth and Cashdollar, a dobro and steel guitar icon, will perform a mix of original songs as well as contemporary and traditional blues and roots music. 7:30 p.m.
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