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Dancing with Dasein... by Mark Morganstern
Dancing with Dasein... a book by Mark Morganstern
A collection of fourteen stories
by Cafe co-owner Mark Morganstern
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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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The Rosendale Cafe's Famous Japanese Salad Dressing
Our famous Japanese Salad Dressing
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popular feature of the Cafe.
They make great gifts!

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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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Salsa Thursday with "Los Angeles Style" dancing and lessons
Thursday, February 22 at 7:30pm  Cost: $10.00 with lesson, $5.00 for just dancing   iCal +Google

Salsa Thursday with 'Los Angeles Style' dancing and lessonsThe Rosendale Cafe continues their series of Latin dance events on Thursday nights, each starting with an all-levels lesson from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, and dancing until 10:30pm.

Instructors Maia Martinez and David Salvatierra lead the "Los Angeles Style" of salsa for all of February 2018.

The Los Angeles dance style is danced strictly on the "1", using elements of various North American and stage dances. This helps keep dancers from hitting other couples on a crowded dance floor. It is strongly influenced by the Latin Hustle, Swing, Argentine Tango and Latin Ballroom dancing styles. LA style places strong emphasis on sensuousness, theatricality and acrobatics.

... and then...
Frank Vignola, Martin Pizzarelli, and Aaron Weinstein
Friday, February 23 at 8:00pm  Cost: $20.00   iCal +Google

Frank Vignola, Martin Pizzarelli, and Aaron WeinsteinFrank Vignola and Aaron Weinstein perform violin and guitar duets in the style of, and reminiscent of, the great Venuti and Lang and Grappelli and Reinhardt.

Frank Vignola, born December 30th, 1965, is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world's top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignole to his "Five Most Admired Guitarists List: for the Wall Street Journal." Vignola's jaw-dropping technique explains why the new York Times deemed him "...one of the brightest stars of the guitar".

With over 1000 engagements in the last five years alone, Frank Vignola has become one of the most popular and sought after guitarists on the international music scene. His dynamic genre-spanning music has brought him to 14 countries on three continents "and still growing", performing in some of the world's most illustrious venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Carnegie Hall, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New York's Lincoln Center, and the world's oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy.

Often featured on National Public Radio, Frank Vignola has also become a familiar figure on Public Television, featured previously on three popular shows, including the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends. His own PBS special, "Four Generations of Guitar" produced by Peter Berkow, premiered in the 2015 season as part of the 13 episode series "Music Gone Public", where they were joined by special guests Bucky Pizzarelli, Joe Craven and Tommy Emmanuel.

Martin Pizzarelli is a jazz bassist who has worked with brother John Pizzarelli for 25 years, and from there worked with 7-string guitarist Ed Laub, and 7-string guitar master (and father) Bucky Pizzarelli. For the past two years, Martin has been working and recording with Brazilian drummer Duduka da Fonseca (of Jobim fame) as well as with international Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Mark Sganga.

Aaron Weinstein has been called "the Groucho of the violin" by Tony Bennett and "a perfect musician" by jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli. Aaron "...is rapidly establishing himself as one of his instrument's rare jazz masters." (Don Heckman, International Review of Music).

As a featured soloist, Aaron has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Blue Note, and abroad at jazz festivals in England, France, Switzerland, Iceland, and Israel. Aaron has performed and recorded with an array of jazz icons including Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Dave Frishberg, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross, as well as musicians as varied as New York Pops conductor Skitch Henderson, and rock guitarist Jay Geils. He has written arrangements for vocalists including Christine Ebersole, Linda Lavin, and the Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel. Additionally, Aaron is a respected mandolinist, widely regarded as one of the instrument's leading exponents in the jazz idiom.

Note: This show was rescheduled from a week earlier because of snow.

"Vignola and Weinstein brought the house down with their rendition of Rachmaninoff's 9th, arranged for violin and guitar." --Nebraska Times

... and then...
Maeandros Duo
Saturday, February 24 at 8:00pm  Cost: $10.00   iCal +Google

Maeandros DuoHaving performed together in the Maeandros Ensemble and numerous other Greek, Near Eastern and Jazz-inspired ensembles for over a decade, Megan Gould and Mavrothi Kontanis have forged a strong musical bond. Whether performing a traditional Greek or Turkish tune, an original composition, or supporting each other's heartfelt improvisations, this duo makes the most of each note... some of which you just can't play on a piano...

Mavrothi Kontanis (oud, voice): Mavrothi is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and teacher born and raised in the US, but with roots in Halkidiki, Greece. Mavrothi's main instrument is the oud, though guitar, baglamas and bouzouki are also often in the mix. Mavrothi has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, can be heard on numerous recordings and movie soundtracks, and is the leader and founding member of both the Maeandros Ensemble and Mild Mannered Rebel. When not performing with various groups in the NY/NJ area, Mavrothi teaches music at Elliott Street Elementary in Newark, NJ.

Megan Gould (violin): Megan Gould is one of NYC's most versatile performers of Middle Eastern, Greek and popular music. Her comfort within a wide range of styles, her responsiveness to other musicians on stage, and a soulful improvisational style make Megan a sought-after element in many musical projects. She has performed onstage with popular artists such as David Byrne, Natalie Merchant, and John Mellencamp, and her work has appeared on recordings and film soundtracks for artists including Lou Reed, Philip Glass and Metallica. She has performed with notable Greek musicians Alkistis Protopsaltis, Kostas Makedonas, and Mario Frangoulis, and with renowned composer Giannis Markopoulos. While taking on a significant amount of freelance work, her ongoing positions include Assistant Music Director of the NY Arabic Orchestra under Lebanese master musician Bassam Saba, a violinist in Natalie Merchant's touring ensemble, violinist and baglama player in the popular Greek ensemble Mikrokosmos, and a member of the National Arabic Orchestra in Detroit, Michigan.

"These aren't musty re-creations... the arrangements are lively, the performances are vigorous, and Kontanis' singing glows with soulfulness and sorrow." --Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

"The Barbes website billed them as 'probably the best Greek ensemble around,' high praise from a generally reliable source. For once, putting cynicism on hold paid off: Mavrothi Kontanis and his spectacular backup band are the real deal... Megan Gould provided eerie sheets of sound on violin...get to know this amazing band." --Lucid Culture


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434 Main St. • PO Box 436 • Rosendale, NY 12472 • 845.658.9048
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