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Another thing about the Caffe Lena renovation…

Doesn’t the design of the two buildings look awful? The new Caffe Lena will be the small green building, not the big one. The big building is gonna be nothing but offices and apartments. The big building just makes Lena’s look small. It’s just terrible, ya know? I also don’t like the green color on the new Lena’s.

So you have to wonder… Lena Spencer the founder of Caffe Lena, do you think she would have wanted this to happen if she were alive today? Think about that. In my opinion, I don’t think Lena Spencer would have approved of this at all. I think she would have been pretty angry at this. I wished the organizers of Lena’s would have used their heads and think about her and think about the important history of the venue.

Sure, the old Lena’s building was getting old and worn out which is probably the reason why it needed a reconstruction but who cares, ya know? I mean, christ… the CBGB’s in NYC stayed open for 33 years and it’s been the same shithole throughout the same years. You never saw Hilly Cristal do anything to improve the club. He always kept the club the same and I’m sure the CBGB’s had many problems with the building over the years too.

I’m not sure if I’ll ever support the new Lena’s or not when it re-opens. I guess I’m an old-school kind of guy and still prefer the old version of Lena’s. I don’t think I’m gonna like the new updated look. It’s a shame. I used to love Caffe Lena as it has always been my favorite venue to play and to see live music at. I’ve always had positive things to say about Lena’s and for the first time ever, the organizers disappointed me.

That’s the way it goes, I guess. That’s life. Venues come and go. Venues make changes and go forward. It happens all the time.


More on new Caffe Lena…

So let me get this straight… Caffe Lena is gonna go from this…

To this?

Sorry but I’m gonna give the new Caffe Lena the thumbs down. I hope I’m not the only one who is not so thrilled about the new renovations and new building.

I still prefer the old Caffe Lena. Such a shame ’cause I used to go to the old Caffe Lena all the time over the years in my life. Like I said, I’ve supported the old Caffe Lena greatly. I used to go there to perform their Thursday night open mics, played their Wednesday Night Emerging the Artist series and I went to see many other shows there as well.

When the new Caffe Lena opens, I’ll probably check out the new version sure but we’re all definitely gonna have to get used to the new place. I love Caffe Lena, it’s one of my favorite local venues but once again, I’m not so thrilled about the new change.

I still prefer the old Caffe Lena ’cause the place is so special in so many ways. Each time I play there or see a show there, I feel a part of their history each time I visited the place. There was a cool vibe at the old Lena’s. That vibe will be gone with the new change. Just my opinion and sticking with it.

Saratoga Springs is getting much bigger with all of these new buildings being constructed in the city and I don’t like it. Saratoga Springs is not a cool city anymore like it used to be.


Are you a struggling musician? You should learn from Bob Dylan’s career!!!

I went out Christmas shopping today and at Barnes & Noble… I was looking at the new Caffe Lena book. A history book about the legendary venue in Saratoga Springs. The American rock/folk icon, Bob Dylan played there before his fame…. back when he was unsigned. In Dylan’s earlier years, he was a struggling musician like the rest of us. I’ve read the Bob Dylan section in the book ’cause I wanted to know more about his story performing at Caffe Lena.

In his past, Bob was trying to get gigs all over the Upstate, New York area but nobody would book him at all. He tried to get a gig at Caffe Lena back when Lena Spencer was owner but even she didn’t want him at first. Probably because everybody thought Bob Dylan sucked back then and people had a hard time trying to take his music seriously. Another folk musician by the name of Dave Van Ronk heard that Dylan was trying to get a gig there and Dave happened to be a fan. Dave Van Ronk begged Lena to book Dylan at the venue and she did. After Dylan performed there, she ended up loving him. Lena booked Dylan more and they even became friends back in the day. There are a few photos of Bob Dylan and Lena Spencer hanging out at the venue.

It’s a really special book but it costs $50.00. I would buy it sometime down the road… not right now.

Back to Bob Dylan, he struggled like most of us. It wasn’t easy for Dylan to become big and successful. Look at him now. He’s an American icon and legend!

You see, if you’re a struggling musician and not many people like your music — keep going with the music. You’ll never know where you’ll end up. Just because people ignore your music doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a failure. Don’t give up and keep trying. Dylan never gave it up and he’s STILL doing his thing to this day. To those out there who think is a failure at music… don’t feel that way about yourself. Never.

All famous musicians and bands start off struggling at first. Sometimes it takes years to get big. Getting big and successful certainly doesn’t happen over night.

Just keep writing the songs and getting them out there before you know it… everyone will like your music and support you. You can never tell whether or not people like your music. Just put it out there and see what happens.

I thought reading about Bob Dylan at Caffe Lena was a pretty interesting read. He really fought hard to get where he is now. If he can do it… so can anybody! Even though I’m not that much of a Bob Dylan fan, he just got me a little more respect after reading that little piece. Bob’s past being a struggling artist kind of reminds me of myself.