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The Rosendale Cafe's Getaway Apartment for Rent Beautiful Newly Renovated Vacation Apartment
A large three bedroom apartment, just renovated. It has ten foot ceilings, lots of light, and a very open layout.
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Greg and Michelle and a Burrito, click for larger The Rosendale Cafe offers some of the best vegetarian food and performing artists in the Hudson Valley, serving weekly entrees, assorted salads, exciting homemade desserts, organic coffees, three tap micro brews, and wine. Weekend concerts feature both local and international musicians: singer-songwriters, jazz, blues, world, and experimental; and every other Tuesday we host Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays, a showcase of local musicians. Enjoy delicious, whole vegetarian cooking and hear great music in an intimate, smoke free restaurant environment.

Recognized by Chronogram Magazine as Best Vegetarian Restaurant and Best Performance Space, we also received a four star rating for food and value in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

After a concert by The Hunger Mountain Boys, enthusiastic audience member Ammuse wrote "... The Rosendale Cafe holds a special place in my heart, being among one of my favorite intimate music venues in not only my surrounding area, but in NY State itself."  Click here to see the full review, including some great photos.

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Today's Event at the Cafe:
Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Thursday, March 5 at 7:30pm  Cost: $10.00 with lesson, $5.00 for just dancing   iCal +Google

Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancingThe Rosendale Cafe continues their series of Latin dance events on most Thursday nights, each starting with an all-levels lesson from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, and dancing until 10:30pm. Argentinean instructor Maia Martinez leads dance forms that may include Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Cha Cha, and Bachata. Click on Maia's photo for more information about her work.

... and then...
Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew
Friday, March 6 at 8:00pm  Cost: $10.00   iCal +Google

Jesse Lege and Bayou BrewBack by popular demand:
Jesse Lege is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists from Southwest Louisiana. Beginning with Cajun accordion at age 16, Jesse has been playing traditional Cajun music for almost 40 years, with a variety of bands in various Louisiana dancehalls.

His ensemble includes Evie Schneider on five-string bass; Darren Wallace on fiddle, electric guitar; Jesse himself on accordion, guitar, vocals; and Erica Weiss on guitar, vocals.

Lege has garnered numerous Cajun French Music Association awards, known as the "Cajun Grammys". These include Traditional Band of the Year, Accordion Player of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Band of the Year, and for "Memoires Dans Mon Coeur", he won Song of the Year. He has recorded three CDs with the Lake Charles Ramblers, the Southern Ramblers, and the album Live at the Isleton Crawdad Festival, in California with master Creole fiddler Ed Poullard. Jesse has played many Cajun events in Louisiana and elsewhere in the U.S. and world, including Festivals Acadiens, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and the prestigious Chicago Folk Festival, major festivals in CA and FL, and in England and Canada.

In 1998 Jesse was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame.

"Jessie sings in the traditional high pitched, emotional style reminiscent of the late Iry LeJeune... and plays the accordion with equal power and conviction..." --Arhoolie Records

"Lege's soaring voice resonates with... piercing, yet beautiful heartache... [he] possesses one of the truly great voices in contemporary Cajun music. Listeners who do not experience frissons hearing him sing... had better check their pulse." --LSUE Office of Public Relations

"His penetrating style and emotion-laden lyrics can make veteran festival producers such as this one weep backstage." --Barry Ancelet, MC of the Liberty Theatre shows, producer of Festivals Acadiens, and Professor of French at USL.

... and then...
Tarantata
Saturday, March 7 at 8:00pm  Cost: $15.00   iCal +Google

TarantataA fiery percussive journey through the South of Italy, with a crossing of the Atlantic into Brazil. Through songs, dance, and rhythm; it will explore magic rituals, "tarantellas", used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. There will be healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna "Tammorriata" love ballads... creating a new sound with acoustic and electric violin and guitars, a new Italian techno dance beat, sure to get the audience to dance and trance out with the band!

The night features Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honoring Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro-Brazilian Yoruba tradition.

Performing are Alessandra Belloni on lead vocals, ritual dance, tambourines, and frame drums; Joe Deninzon on electric and acoustic violin; John La Barbera on guitar; and Peter Abazia on drum set and percussion.

"Alessandra Belloni and 'Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider' is a revelation, utterly fascinating." -- Don Hackman, The Los Angeles Times

"Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer." -- Drum Magazine


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The Rosendale Cafe®
434 Main St. • PO Box 436 • Rosendale, NY 12472 • 845.658.9048
Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm, seven days a week (except major holidays)