SIRSY
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Listen: At Home Conversation with Mel & Rich of SIRSY

We recently checked in with our dear friends Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti of Local 518 band SIRSY to see how they are doing. The duo average over 60,000 miles per year criss-crossing America. But amid COVID-19, these road warriors, like many others, have parked their van and begun performing virtual concerts as a way to stay connected with their fans, providing a sort of musical comfort food for all of us. The SIRSY Virual Tour is now in full swing.

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The White House coronavirus task force returns to brief reporters Wednesday, a day after offering a "sobering" preview of the weeks and months ahead.

At least 100,000 Americans are expected to die in the pandemic, task force members said, while detailing the models underpinning that projection.

"I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead," President Trump said. "We're going to go through a very tough two weeks."

City authorities in Moscow are rolling out new digital "social monitoring" tools targeting the public, after what officials say were constant violations of the city's quarantine imposed this week to fight the spread of the new coronavirus.

Under restrictions in place since Monday, most of the city's 12 million residents must remain indoors, barring a few exceptions — like trips to the supermarket or pharmacy, taking out the trash or briefly walking the dog.

Some devout Orthodox Jewish communities have been slow to follow lockdown orders in Israel, helping drive a surge in coronavirus cases that officials are struggling to contain.

Known in Israel as Haredim, or God-fearers, ultra-Orthodox Jews make up about 12% of Israel's population — but they account for as much as 60% of Israel's COVID-19 cases, hospitals estimate. More than 6,000 Israelis have been infected and at least 25 have died.

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Jim Gaudet
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Jim Gaudet and his Railroad Boys have a legendary live show. They're as entertaining as they are amazingly proficient performers. 

Tonight, a performance from last year as the Stay Home Session at Caffe Lena's YouTube channel. Hear Jim and I talk about music he finds solace in. We also learn he has new music coming.

SIRSY
Artist

We recently checked in with our dear friends Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti of Local 518 band SIRSY to see how they are doing. The duo average over 60,000 miles per year criss-crossing America.  But amid COVID-19, these road warriors, like many others, have parked their van and begun performing virtual concerts as a way to stay connected with their fans, providing a sort of musical comfort food for all of us.

Caffe Lena 60 Episode 21 1980

Mar 26, 2020
Huxtable, Christensen and Hood
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Known for their tight vocal harmonies, often a cappella, plus their inventive arrangements and lively humor-filled performances, they were favorites with audiences in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions for years. 

This is episode 21 of Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song. Thank you to Sarah for her work in compiling the list of artists for this feature. 

The Hunt
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Joe Jencks
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Joe Jencks started as a touring musician in 2000. For 20 years, he has made a name for himself as a folk singer with a special voice.  His latest album, "Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers" is a magnificent work of storytelling. He tells our stories.

Joe dropped by on his way to play an Old Songs concert. He played us some new songs, and discussed a bit about his career.

Caffe Lena 60 Episode 20 1979

Mar 19, 2020
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
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Growing up in Brooklyn didn't keep our singer who played at Caffe Lena in 1979 from wanting to be a cowboy when he grew up.

This is episode 20 of Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song. Thank you to Sarah at the Caffe for compiling the list of artists and songs for this feature.

Local 518 Show
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Want some new songs to make your Local 518 playlist grow? Sample the one's on this show by Eastbound Jesus, Sten Isachsen and Maria.Z., Jim Gaudet, Jay Maloney, Three Quarter North, and expatriate Annie Dressner. The Attic Classic is provided by ethereal chamber folk-pop quartet Swamp Baby. "The Sad Truth About Fun" comes from their 2012 'For Baby’s Babies' CD.

The Way Back
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Caffe Lena 60 Episode 19 1978

Mar 12, 2020
The Roches
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They were known for their "unusual" and "rich" harmonies, quirky lyrics, and casually comedic stage performances.

This is episode 19 of Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song. Thank you to Sarah at the Caffe for compiling the list of artists and songs for this feature.

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Day in and day out, my ears are filled with the most wonderful sounds. I've recorded and mixed over 600 artists at the Tiny Desk. But when it comes to sound quality, everyone's got an opinion. That's why the second volume of the best-sounding Tiny Desk concerts features selections from some of my favorite YouTube shoutouts.

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