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  • Caffe Lena - Decoda

    This show was on Jul 23rd, 2019 | 45 people watched
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  • Caffe Lena - Cindy Cashdollar, Happy Traum & Mary Flower

    This show was on Jul 21st, 2019 | 78 people watched
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    • 2d
      Fantastic choice of musicians tonight. The sound was great. Thanks so much. Please schedule these three again soon.
    • 2d
      I've been to workshops with Happy and Mary, got their instructional DVD's, and seen Cindy in concert before. To see them all together riffing off of one another so effortlessly, with such camaraderie sure made my Sunday night. Please have them back!
    • 2d
      All wonderful, with good sound and excellent camera work! Mary Flower's crooked rag was especially great. It made my mind itch!
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Welcome to one of America's best known small venues! Thanks for welcoming us into your living room tonight.

The Library of Congress calls Caffè Lena "An American treasure," and we have been recognized by The GRAMMY Foundation for our important contributions to the development of American music.

First built as a boarding house and then converted to a woodworking shop, the 2nd... more

Welcome to one of America's best known small venues! Thanks for welcoming us into your living room tonight.

The Library of Congress calls Caffè Lena "An American treasure," and we have been recognized by The GRAMMY Foundation for our important contributions to the development of American music.

First built as a boarding house and then converted to a woodworking shop, the 2nd floor of 47 Phila Street became a folk club in 1960 operated by Lena and Bill Spencer. The Caffé's early years were entwined with the social movements of that era. Emerging artists such as Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton, The Freedom Singers, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris and Don McLean took their turn on the stage, alongside esteemed veterans such as Clarence Ashley, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James and Pete Seeger.

Caffe Lena is beautiful and energized these days thanks to a top to bottom donor-funded renovation completed at the end of 2016. The renovation rebuilt the bones of the building, enabled 100% handicap-accessibility to our second floor performance space, and led to a rebirth of programming. We are now able to deliver a listening experience in line with our international reputation in a community gathering space that is inspiring and inclusive.

The Caffè Lena you see today operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported by concert revenue, private and corporate donors, grants and bequests, and an ever-evolving team of volunteers.

Your Tips help support our diverse and impressive concert schedule, free and low-cost musical jams, poetry and storytelling open mics, children’s concerts, record parties, and daily events that inspire creativity, fellowship and engagement.

Please check in at CaffeLena.org/Support

We hope to meet you in person soon!

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