SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Bob Dylan played there. So did Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Emmylou Harris and a long list of folk music's biggest names.
But none of them was the first to perform at Caffe Lena, the legendary coffeehouse in downtown Saratoga Springs. That honor belongs to Jack Landron, who returns to the Caffe Lena stage this weekend for just the third time since he opened the venue in May 1960.
Back then, he was known as Jackie Washington and was a rising star on the folk music circuit in Boston and Greenwich Village. Landron is performing Saturday night at Caffe Lena to celebrate the release of a new album.
He last played at the Saratoga landmark in 2010, when Caffe Lena celebrated its 50th anniversary. The venue is considered the nation's oldest continuously operating coffeehouse.