Great People. Great Music. 2nd Sat.
Atlanta's longest running monthly music coffeehouse and showcase!
Since 1984, Lena’s Place Coffeehouse is a monthly opportunity to experience an eclectic mix of acoustic artists in a coffeehouse atmosphere. Lena’s is staffed by volunteers who love (and, in some cases, play) music and who take pride in a professional presentation.
Second Saturday of each month.
We have a great space in Decatur at the Central Congregational Church, back in the woods about 1/3 mile south of I-85 at 2676 Clairmont Road, between LaVista & Briarcliff Roads.
Click here for map and directions.
8:00 ~ 10:00 pm
Doors open at 7:30 pm
Donations ($5 is suggested) are accepted to benefit Central’s “Lena Werking Fund” for local charities. All proceeds go directly to a different local charity each month. Charities are listed on the calendar page along with the performers for that month.
And if you are a singer/songwriter, contact us here for more info.
Candlelit coffeehouse setting. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, snacks, and yummy desserts available. Plenty of free parking. Wheelchair accessible. Great sound system. Wonderful, full audience of appreciative listeners.
Here are a few of the folks who have performed at Lena’s Place:
Allison Adams, The August, Judy Austin, Bob Bakert, Jerry Brunner, John Cable, Kim & David Chamberlain, Ray Chesna, Don Conoscenti, Courthouse Creek, Cyndi Craven, Steve Cullen, Rick Diamond, David Disharoon, The Dots, Ashley Filip, Juliana Finch, Jessica Fine, Tammy Fowler, Elephants Gerald, Billy Gewin, Bruce Gilbert, Tom Godfrey, Grubbs & Imes, Frank & Mary Hamilton, Chuck Henderson, Ron Hipp, Hot Club of Atlanta, Jim Infantino, Andy Offutt Irwin, Curtis Jones, Bill Kahler, Mick Kinney, LashBrooks, Keren Leppo, Derek Lorin, Jason Luckett, Joyce & Jacque, John McNicholas, Moira Nelligan, Nonesuch, Pat Walsh, Over The Wires, Heidi Pollyea, Playin’ Possum, Queenie, Lindsay Rakers, Craig Rafuse, Mike Rayburn, Tim Reis, Louis Robinson, Ken Shearer, Sandra Sparks, Margie Swint, Pat Terry, The August, The Good Graces, Carla Ulbrich, Ben Wakeman, The Well, Tom Wolf.
And here are a few of the charities you have helped with your attendance:
Decatur Cooperative Ministry, El Refugio, Plymouth Harbor, South GA Migrant Farm Workers, RRISA, Clifton Men’s Shelter, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Men Stopping Violence, Open Door Community, Toco Hills Community Ministry, Interfaith Children’s Ministry, Lena Werking Fund.
Saturday, July 12
Supported Charity for the month- Clifton Men’s Shelter
Bob was born in Buffalo, NY in 1950. While his parents were not performers they sang all the time around the house. Bob’s father was the proprietor of a small grocery store and Bob’s earliest remembrances of his father were of him singing in a beautiful baritone in the style of Bing Crosby… to this day every time Bob hears Bing Crosby he can see his dad. Bob’s mother raised seven children and sang to all of them. To Bob her voice was the best he ever heard. Bob’s grandmother played piano but Bob never heard her play.
Bob’s interest in music was first piqued when he saw Ricky Nelson perform on the popular show of the day, Ozzie and Harriet. Bob’s brother Howard brought home a guitar one day and while Howard never developed any skill he would lip sync folk songs from Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Eric Anderson.
While Bob was home “sick” from school one day he taught himself “Mr. Tambourine Man” from Howard’s Dylan song book. Bob was about 13 at the time and has been playing and singing ever since. All through High School Bob performed in folk and rock groups playing Beatles, Stones, Dylan, and later Hendrix and Cream. Bob went to college briefly in Iowa and found it not to his liking. He came home to Buffalo and met David Nehrboss. Together they formed a very popular local acoustic duo called “Gold”. While with Gold, Bob performed at he “Bitter End” in NYC and the “Riverboat” coffee house in Toronto. All the while performing with the likes of Dave Von Ronk, Biff Rose, Don McLean as well as several other nationally and internationally famous folk acts of the day.
Bob played clubs and bars in Buffalo until 1974 when he moved to Atlanta. While looking for a guitar as a gift Bob, who was playing mostly electric guitar at this time, was bit by the acoustic, singer-songwriter bug again. In 2009 Bob discovered Ragamuffin Music in Roswell and started playing at the open mics. Initially dusting off old originals and covers, Bob started writing songs again and has recorded several of them including “Spanish Rain,” “I’ve Been Thinking,” “Jeanne’s Song” and “Partners.”
Bob’s latest CD will be released in the Spring of 2014.
Saturday, August 9
Supported Charity for the month- Atlanta Food Bank
8:00 :: Atlanta Bluegrass Allstars aka the Sonny Houston Band
The Atlanta Bluegrass Allstars is an ensemble of the best local bluegrass performers including Atlanta Country Music Hall of Famer Buck Peacock, multi-instrumentalist Sonny Houston, mandolinist David Mold, bassist Elizabeth Perry, and maybe a few other folks on any given night. They play all sorts of bluegrass tunes, both traditional and original, with amazing vocal harmonies and superb musicianship.
Born and raised in North Carolina and playing professionally since 1963, Buck Peacock cut his bluegrass teeth on the Union Grove and Galax fiddler’s conventions and the first ever Bluegrass Festivals at Fincastle, VA. Always teetering on the cutting edge of Bluegrass trends, Buck was a part of the movement that changed the face of Bluegrass into “Newgrass” as part of the New Deal String Band. Moving to Atlanta in 1971, he continued that approach with Rosebud, the house band at Muhlenbrink’s in the original Underground Atlanta until 1981.
Sonny Houston is a Dahlonega resident originally from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. He has maintained a life-long interest in the music and culture of the Appalachian coalfields. Born and raised in an East Kentucky coal camp, he learned the rudiments of four-part a cappella harmony singing from his family and the Hemphill Church of Christ. He sought out local musicians who taught him to play guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and bass. He is known for the haunting power of his Appalachian folk music singing and his dexterity and versatility as an instrumentalist.
9:00 :: Andy Liechty
Andy Liechty is a multi instrumentalist singer songwriter who stays true to his roots honoring his hero’s in every performance. He draws from a wide variety of influences ranging from Hank Williams to Waylon Jennings to Elvis Presley to Peal Jam to Neil Young. While every artist says their music is hard to fit into a genre, Andy’s recent recording show definite traces of Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan. Andy’s strong points are his live performances where he rarely works with a setlist. He plays by feeling for the room, taking request if someone shouts one out, or mostly just playing by feeling for what the room wants at that time.
Saturday, September 13
Supported Charity for the month- Men Stopping Violence
Ron Hipp w/Carol Statella ~Out of the Rain~ is a folk duo noted for innovative arrangements and unusual expressive power. Ron Hipp has been known in the Atlanta area as an accomplished solo artist and Carol Statella has played and sung in various groups over the years. Their joining forces to regularly perform and record music together has created a compelling, poignant sound that is both timeless and fresh.
Ron is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist/singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. A native of Atlanta, he’s been performing both solo and in various band combinations since about the age of 16. His rich baritone voice, consummate fingerpicking, and mesmerizing songs make his shows a memorable experience. Ron has graced many a recording project by other artists over the years as a studio musician, and has many CD cover photos to his credit.
Carol (string player/singer) has played in backup orchestras for Joni Mitchell, The Moody Blues, and Brian Wilson. As a music journalist, she interviewed Robert Shaw for a national publication. and also spent several years as an announcer/producer in public radio. In the classical performance realm, Carol has played in the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, and sang for seventeen seasons with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus/Chamber Chorus.
Ron and Carol have known each other and crossed paths musically for a decade and a half, through many artistic and personal evolutions. Their sound together has been described as warm, eloquent, and vivid. Onstage, Ron and Carol draw audiences in with artful musicality, occasionally inane humor, and absolute focus on inviting the listener into the depths of a song.
Saturday, October 11
Supported Charity for the month- Open Door
Saturday, November 8
Supported Charity for the month- Toco Hills Community Ministry
Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards are a folk duo from Massachusetts whose songs resonate with the lover of Americana and old country music, commanding familiar traditional melodies and poignant, introspective lyrics, and backing them with delicate arrangements on ukulele, clarinet, guitar and banjo. They began in the basements, coffee shops and art spaces of New England, and have since tested the stages of more traditional folk music venues, colleges, living rooms and bar rooms from Boston to Austin, Denver to Nashville, Asheville to Portland, and back ’round again. Hundreds of concerts have been given and thousands of records have been sold, all on their own steam and without the support of major industry assistance. Over the years, Mandeville & Richards have shared the stage with acts like Garnet Rogers, Melanie Safka, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, John Gorka, Pierce Pettis, Pokey LaFarge, Joan Osborne, Mustard’s Retreat, Atwater & Donnely, Antje Duvekot, The Low Anthem, David Wax Museum and Brownbird.
In 2011, Mandeville and Richards began rehearsing with pedal steel/dobro player Peter Hart and multi-instrumentalist Doug Williamson, among others, to release a collection of songs as Mark Mandeville & Old Constitution. This album stands alone, containing both folk rock arrangements and the sparse bluegrass-country tinged songs expected from the duo’s recent performances, with the gamut at times drifting into the mainstream. The final cut, indie rock ballad Sleep When You’re Dead, was recently used in the film “March Sisters At Christmas” (2012) which aired on the Lifetime network, while the more traditional bluegrass Take A Little Home has been in steady rotation on regional folk radio.
Saturday, December 13
Supported Charity for the month- Interfaith Children’s Ministry
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013 (29th Anniversary Show)
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012