47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
$22 advance, $24 at door
For Tickets phone: 1-800-838-3006
Come join us at the newly renovated Caffe Lena. The outstanding acoustics and intimate setting of the Caffe make it a wonderful place to hear music
Mandolin icon Frank Wakefield’s shows are famous for the power and raw beauty of his mandolin playing and for his liveliness and humor on stage. Frank’s performances cover a wide range of music from traditional bluegrass to many of Frank’s own incredibly beautiful tunes. The Frank Wakefield Band features fine singing and hot, innovative picking. Band members include Frank on mandolin and vocals, Deane Lewis on banjo and vocals and Pat Mullaly on guitar and vocals.
Frank is notable as a great bluegrass player and for his significant innovations that have shaped the way generations of musicians play the mandolin. Ever since the release of his first original tune, “New Camptown Races” in 1953 at the age of nineteen helped revolutionize the sound of bluegrass music, Frank has constantly been exploring new musical frontiers, paving the way for other musicians. Historically, Frank is a transitional figure, bridging the gap between the strict format of traditional bluegrass and the wide-open spaces being explored by some of today’s pickers.
Besides his own recordings and performances, Frank has also performed and collaborated with a broad spectrum of musicians, from country and bluegrass artists to folk and rock performers. Some of these include Red Allen, Jerry Garcia, Don McLean, Linda Ronstadt, Ralph Stanley, Jimmy Martin, Don Reno, Chubby Wise, The Greenbriar Boys, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Tony Rice and Mike Seeger.