Do you remember the last time you saw live music? The drive to Saratoga to know you’re going to enjoy a live band and maybe a drink or two. Starting April 2nd, you’ll be able to experience it again.
A Saratoga staple has announced that they will be reopening to live audiences on April 2nd. According to Saratoga Living, Caffe Lena is reopening!
Caffe Lena, the longest continuously operating folk venue in the country, will be reopening to 33% capacity in a few weeks. Though the new guidelines allows for 35 ticket-holders inside the usual 110-seat venue, they will be capping it at 24. That’s to accommodate the various members of the bands, the staff, sound board workers, live streamers, etc. “Rather than the chaos of trying to figure out the math on every single show,” says Executive Director Sarah Craig, “we’re kind of in the ballpark here with this setup that we had created when we were beginning to welcome a live studio audience. So we’re just going to use that setup that we’ve already taped out and measured.”
Caffe Lena has been successfully live-streaming music during COVID but it’ll be nice to see music in person again! Tickets for the April shows will go on sale soon and due to COVID restrictions, they will not be selling food or beverages and ticket-holders must wear masks the entire performance, even when sitting at tables. They don’t yet have a new air ventilation system so they will be keeping windows open. Prepare yourself with sweatshirts and coats for the colder nights.