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Chess Night - Every Wednesday night at the Cafe

Chess aficionados converge Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Players should bring their own boards & pieces.

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Events for the Rest of November 2017    Recent artists
November's Featured Visual Artist is Sandra Scheuer, Exhibiting "Here and There"

From the Artist: "The works in this show were inspired by my life in the Catskills, my travels in Maine, New Mexico and Wyoming, and Italy, Mexico and South Africa, as well as through my studies at the Woodstock School of Art." [more]

Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing

Thu Nov 23
$10.00 with lesson, $5.00 for just dancing

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Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancingThe 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 will lead dance forms that may include Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Cha Cha, Bachata, and now the fun style of Rueda de Casino.

Rueda de Casino is a style where several couples dance choreographically around a circle, with dance moves spoken by a "caller". This style was developed in Cuba in the 1950s, and is the greatest way to learn salsa as community. Everyone can join this class!
Tom Pacheco

Sat Nov 25

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Tom PachecoA Peace Concert

No one can advance the cause of peace and justice through songwriting like Tom, who once again returns to the Cafe for a night of masterful folk artistry. This is the voice you need to hear in this season of thanks.

Brian Hollander will be accompanying Tom, playing Dobro.

"Whilst Mr. Springsteen draws on the inspiration of Guthrie, Seeger, etc.; Pacheco is the real thing, cut from the same cloth as those guys, with the same dust on his boots, and the same song in his heart." --Steve Morris,
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Nov 28

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Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin desperate host John P. Hughes as he presents another in the Cafe's ongoing series of music showcases. Enjoy both veteran and up-and-coming performers playing 15 minute sets from 8:00pm-10:00pm.

The scheduled musicians for this evening are Kevin O'Connell, Geoff Samuels, Lucas Handwerker, Rachel and Will Van Carpels, Randy Niles, and David Meltzer.

Events for December 2017
Peter Karp Band

Sat Dec 2

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Peter Karp BandSinger-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist Peter Karp has carved out his own unique niche, raised both in the swamps of New Jersey and trailer parks in southern Alabama. That will leave a mark. Karp masterfully crafts music fueled with a Yankee-Rebel juxtaposition, infusing genuine emotion, humor and candor.

As a songwriter Karp first saw national attention through his collaboration with guitarist Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones, who recorded and toured with Karp on his first release. In 2008 Karp formed The Karp Foley Band with Canadian blues guitarist Sue Foley. With Karp as the principle songwriter, they released two CDs on Blind Pig that went to #1 on the Blues Chart.

In 2016 Karp released "The Arson's Match", a live show with Mick Taylor recorded by Sirius radio at The Bottom Line in NYC. This was nominated for 2 Blues Blast Awards in 2016, and Best Live Album from Blues 411 Jimi Awards.

This year's "Alabama Town" has been on the Blues Chart for most of the year also, and up for a few "Best Of" awards.

"Guys like Peter Karp, James Taylor and Bob Dylan embody Americana Blues, and us English guys are inspired by it." --Mick Taylor, The Rolling Stones

"Karp's one cool cookie, all right... from his muscular slide guitar soloing, to his observational and oh-so-true songwriting and, most of all, that soulful expressive voice of his, dripping with innuendo. Dude's entertaining as hell." --Mike Greenblatt, Goldmine Magazine

"Karp is his own man, an artist who blends roots music styles into something that transcends blues, country, R&B and swamp, John Prine's wordplay, Joe Ely's rocking instincts, Billy Joe Shaver's fatalistic outlook." --J. Poet,
Blind Crow

Fri Dec 8

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Blind CrowBlind Crow is a progressive string quartet from Albany, New York. The group blends technical proficiency, infectious rhythms, and insane amounts of energy to create an inspiring musical experience. Check out Forgo The Balance - their first EP!

After a series of crushing disappointments and glorious triumphs brought together the current quartet, the band has been blazing trails through the Northeast for the past year. It's an exciting time for Blind Crow, and they love that you are a part of it.

"As for the music, it was excellent - a sparkling mix of covers and originals... all in all, a real treat." --The Daily Gazette, Upstate New York
Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Sat Dec 9

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Brubeck Brothers QuartetChris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer Dan and bassist, trombonist, and composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966... nearly a half century ago. They've subsequently played a variety of styles in a number of different groups, as well as with their father, jazz giant Dave Brubeck, and with their own Brubeck Brothers Quartet. With Dan and Chris as the foundation, guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb complete this dynamic quartet.

The group performs at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe, including the Newport, Detroit, Montreal, Playboy/Hollywood Bowl, and Monterey Jazz Festivals. The Quartet's last CD, "LifeTimes", was a hit on the Jazz Week radio chart, where it made the Top Ten list as one of the most played jazz recordings of the year. The Seattle Times wrote of "LifeTimes", "The playing that takes place on 'LifeTimes'... the wondrous combination of swing, melodic majesty, masterful arrangements and a truckload of truly inspirational solos... just adds a vibrancy and color to songs I thought I knew and loved on a deep level. It turns out that there was still plenty of depth I could have discovered. I just needed someone to point the way, and that is exactly what these four gentleman have done through 'LifeTimes'."

These versatile musicians also collaborate with orchestras all across the U.S. as well as internationally. With Chris Brubeck's compositions as a vehicle, the BBQ has joined with chamber groups to collaborate with musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russian National Symphony Orchestra.

Although the Quartet's style is rooted in "straight-ahead" jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures, while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music. The group's creativity, technique, and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.

"Capping it off was 'Take Five', in which Dan Brubeck breathed new life into the obligatory drum solo, taking a turn that might have become de riguer, and treating the audience to as fine an extended performance as has been rendered on one of jazz's most famous tunes." --M.J. Katz, Monterey Jazz Festival
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Dec 12

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Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin itchy host John P. Hughes as he presents another in the Cafe's ongoing series of music showcases. Enjoy both veteran and up-and-coming performers playing 15 minute sets from 8:00pm-10:00pm.

The scheduled musicians for this evening are Jerry Mitnick, Trudy Poux, Daniel Villegas, Rob Darnell, Lynn Margileth, and John Hughes.
Frank Vignola Trio

Sat Dec 16

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Frank Vignola TrioThe Frank Vignola Trio, with Vinny Raniolo and Gary Mazzaroppi, returns to the Cafe to perform music by Gershwin, Van Heusen, Berlin, Porter and more.

This is Frank's first show since a very serious accident sidelined him for over 8 months.
Bunkhouse Boys

Sat Dec 23

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Bunkhouse BoysThe Bunkhouse Boys play Cajun/Creole roots music. Louisiana rice fields, wind over the prairies, gumbo cooking, and back porch music are close to their hearts. They discovered each other in a bunkhouse in Ashokan, New York, while studying the music they all love.

The Bunkhouse Boys are Mark Sagar on rhythm guitar... who brings his life-long love of Country Blues to the band; Roger Weiss playing soulful Cajun fiddle; and Laren Droll... who brings his many years of playing Creole Zydeco accordion. Their beautiful vocals and locked-in rhythm produce the authentic sound of the bayou. Their music makes you want to dance and tugs at your heart.

"Kick-ass accordion and fiddle, soulful vocals and rock-steady rhythm make this authentic, high-energy Cajun group high on my list of favorite dance bands." --N. Berlind
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Dec 26

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Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin amorous host John P. Hughes as he presents another in the Cafe's ongoing series of music showcases. Enjoy both veteran and up-and-coming performers playing 15 minute sets from 8:00pm-10:00pm.

The scheduled musicians for this evening are Band of Angels, Patrick Collins, Kelsey Kroemer, Rick Snyder, Bill Buttner, and Janelle Jarvis.

Events for January 2018
Michael Francis McCarthy

Sat Jan 6, 2018

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Michael Francis McCarthyMichael Francis McCarthy is an American roots musician. Born in South America, he has lived and performed throughout the Northeast and the deep South, absorbing elements of Delta Blues, bluegrass, old country, Andean folk music, 70s jam, and thrash metal. A lifetime wandering with a guitar has formed a musical vision that is at once both original and traditional, spanning across many American roots music genres.
Richie & Rosie

Sat Jan 20, 2018

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Richie & RosieRichie Stearns and Rosie Newton are a dynamic duo, performing music rooted in the Americana tradition. Over the past four years they have collaborated in various projects and formed the duo after hours of jamming in Stearns' kitchen, experimenting with traditional and original songs. Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton take the fiddle, banjo combination to new levels as they continue to expand the boundaries of this tradition.

Richie Stearns is a legendary banjo player and singer, and has led bands including the Horse Flies, and Donna the Buffalo. He has also played with countless others, and tours with Natalie Merchant. He is steeped in the traditions of American old-time music, Appalachian folk, blues, African, rock, and country music.

Rosie Newton is a talented fiddler and singer at the beginning of her music career. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in viola performance, and has become an integral part of the Ithaca old-time music community. Newton tours with The Duhks, Louisiana legend Preston Frank, Red Dog Run, the Evil City Stringband, Home Remedy and occasionally The Pearly Snaps. She has taught fiddle at Sunshine Coast School of Celtic music, the Taylor Music Festival, and the Black Pot Camp.

"The air left the room when Richie and Rosie sang their first notes together... everyone had their breath taken away at once." --Jen Hughes, Bluegrass Today

"Rosie Newton is a truly monster old-time fiddler, and seems to be at the center of a real scene in Ithaca, New York. Not only is she a marvelously dexterous fiddler, pulling a huge variety of syncopated rhythms out of old-time bowing, but she's also a ferocious fiddler, tearing into a fiddle tune like a lioness tearing into a gazelle." --No Depression

Events for February 2018
Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fi's

Sat Feb 10, 2018

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Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fi's"What makes Big Joe So Big?"

For sure he's a Big talent. Why does every venue in The Valley want Joe Fitz on their stage? Because he's more than an entertainer; not just a pretty face with a harp in his mouth, not just a first class purveyor of the blues and roots tradition. It's his soul, large, wide, real, and molasses sweet. That's what attracts people. He's one of those rare folks who you feel you are "in the presence of" and better off for it. He isn't just singing for us. He sings to the spirit that moves within him, this gentle man.

"The Lo-Fi's, a charming misnomer, are high up in musical stature. Robert Bard is a human clock of a bass player with a deep groove. Every note and pause he submits is minted with a silver touch. Mark Dziuba plays the guitar, but actually, he lifts it up as a living voice to the muse. The neon blue lines he tosses out there snag every catfish in the creek. Eric Parker is what you'd call 'a gift drummer'. He has a large toolbox, but he only uses the ones he needs; the ones that are called for at the moment. He can rock the foundations, but with a sense of dynamics that suit every phrase of the music. He's the drummer you hope to have behind you." --Cafe Guide

"Big Joe Fitz is a smooth singer, mellow and easy like a jazz singer, but deeply rooted in the blues. The sound is clean, refined and elegant... just jazzy enough to make it smooth and bluesy enough not to lose its edge; a first rate musician with a band to match." --Living Blues Magazine

'Should Known Better' is the latest CD: "Infused with quiet compassion, 4 Stars" --Downbeat Magazine
Maeandros Ensemble

Sat Feb 24, 2018

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Maeandros EnsembleHaving 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.

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. Since completing a Master's Degree in Ethnomusicology (with a concentration on the Middle East) from the University of London, she has performed around the world in cities as far-flung as Paris, London, Budapest, Copenhagen and Dubai; and has toured extensively throughout the US, appearing at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. 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

"What the 'Silk Road Ensemble' was to the early zeros, Kontanis is to the later part of this decade, a master of many styles but most of all his own, for that reason one of the most exciting new artists to come around in the last several years." --Lucid Culture

Recent Events at the Cafe

Aug-22-17: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Aug-24-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-26-17: Rhythm Matters: Joe Giardullo Late 20th Century Quartet
Aug-31-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-01-17: Patti Gibbons
Sep-03-17: Opening reception for Patti Gibbons' gallery exhibition
Sep-07-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-09-17: Bunkhouse Boys Hurricane Relief Benefit
Sep-12-17: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Sep-14-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-16-17: Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones
Sep-21-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-23-17: Alessandra Belloni & Steve Gorn
Sep-24-17: Celtic Cafe
Sep-26-17: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Sep-28-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-30-17: Bovine Social Club
Oct-01-17: Emily Landaira
Oct-05-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-06-17: Crawfish Royale
Oct-07-17: Rhythm Matters: Joe Giardullo's Late 20th Century Quartet
Oct-10-17: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Oct-12-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-14-17: The Lucky Five
Oct-15-17: Opening reception for Emily Landaira's gallery exhibition
Oct-19-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-21-17: Sheila Jordan with Rob Scheps, Cameron Brown, and Tony Jefferson
Oct-22-17: Celtic Cafe
Oct-24-17: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Oct-26-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-27-17: Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys
Nov-02-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Nov-03-17: Cedric Watson
Nov-04-17: Deni Bonet
Nov-05-17: Opening reception for Sandra Scheuer's gallery exhibition
Nov-09-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Nov-11-17: Jim Kweskin
Nov-14-17: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Nov-16-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Nov-18-17: The Lowest Pair

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Concert Information

Due to the limited seating and intimate setting at the Cafe, we have found the following policies to be neccessary:

  • No reservations will be accepted.
  • There are no advanced ticket sales.
  • Seating is on a first come, first served basis. We regret that we cannot hold seats for members of a party who have not yet arrived.
  • Dinner is served during the performances.
  • We require a $5 per person dinner minimum.
  • Avoid using portable electronic devices during a show, such as laptops, cell phones, and PDAs.
  • The cafe is a smoke-free environment. Please do not smoke within 20 feet of a door or opened window.

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