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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 May 2016    Recent artists
May's Featured Visual Artist is Vicki Chesler, Exhibiting "Spring in the Catskills"

Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing

Appearing Today
Thu May 26
$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. Instructor David Salvatierra and Julia Farr 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!
Musical: Hubert's Block

Sat May 28

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Musical: Hubert's BlockWhy is it called Hubert's Block?

The Hubert's Block musical is set on a block in the west village, at Cornelia Street. Hubert is trying to find a cure for Alzheimer's for his father, Henry... thinking of ways to block the two different proteins that get tangled in the brain, which can cause Alzheimer's Disease.

What drives this musical's music?

The music is jazz and blues, with some Broadway styles weaved inside the melodies. You can hear layers of voices, harmonies, soft isolated moments, as well as three part counterpoint melodies. The lyrics are vivid, bold, and sweep you off your feet.

Written by Rebecca Coupe Franks, a composer, trumpet player and educator. She currently teaches music at SUNY New Paltz, and lives in the town. She is originally from the Bay area in California.

Events for June 2016
June's Featured Visual Artist is Gang of 17, Exhibiting "Group Show"

A group show of notorious graphic elaborators and fearless vegetarian artists.


Sat Jun 4

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MilkweedBorn out of the tight knit and rising Folk music scene of Binghamton NY, the band Milkweed has been drawing crowds and critical acclaim through their first year of full time touring. Their unique shows stand apart from the norm, with the raised platform and attention to lyrics, and their depth of three part harmonies. While both whimsical and melancholy, Milkweeds music bridges the gaps between genres, combining storytelling with poetry, flat picking with Piedmont blues, and gospel with some hints of rock and roll. Through great dynamics the band can produce fragile spellbinding moments, and then create a full sound far surpassing the expected limits of a trio. With the imminent release of their first full length album, Dream of an American Family, recorded by the great Don Sternaker (Railroad Earth, From Good Homes, Peter Gabriel, Blues Traveler) and mastered by the legendary Gene Paul (John Prine, Nora Jones, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack) Milkweed is on the list of 'must sees' and 'bands to watch for'. Comprised of Peter Lister, Jacqueline Colombo, and Joseph Alston, Milkweed can be seen and heard at the many great listening rooms and theaters in the Northeast and beyond. Bring your open ears and open hearts. You won't leave disappointed.

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Opening reception for 'Gang of 17' gallery exhibitionAn opening reception from 2:00pm-4:00pm, for the "Gang of 17" group show displaying in the Cafe during the month of June 2016.

A group show of notorious graphic elaborators and fearless vegetarian artists at the Cafe in June. Culprits include Richard Corozine, Robert Crimi, Ted Dixon,
Amber Kelly, Judy Hoyt, Ben Talutto, Kari Temming, Tom Sarrantonio, Barbara Piombino, Robert Barnes, Carol Loizides, Marlene Wiedenbaum, Staats Fasoldt, Kate McGloughlin, John Kleinhans, and Paula Nelson. They like art and food, and art.
Jessica Jones Quartet

Sat Jun 11

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Jessica Jones QuartetThe Jessica Jones Quartet is an improvising jazz ensemble which performs original experimental music. Their music derives from the jazz tradition, using structured original compositions as a framework for freer improvisation.

Combining two tenor saxophones with bass and drums, the group creates an exciting, robust new soundscape. The compositions of Jessica Jones and husband and fellow tenor saxist, Tony Jones, are given life at the Rosendale Cafe by local favorites Charlie Knicely on bass, and Harvey Sorgen on drums.

The Jessica Jones Quartet has played in the Knitting Factory Festival in New York City, the Bay Area Jazz Poetry Festival, and the Eddie Moore Jazz Festival in Oakland, California, where the group headlined with special guest Don Cherry. The group has been featured in venues on the East and West Coast including Yoshi's and Dizzy's Club, and released several CDs to critical acclaim including Nod, featuring Tristano-lineage pianist Connie Crothers and Joseph Jarman of the Art Ensemble of Chicago; and their most recent, Moxie. Poets, storytellers, and guest musicians have been augmenting the core quartet as the band continues to explore creative alliances.

"Their latest effort is a chordless marvel, a lean and grooving program of six tunes that maintains a taut liveliness from beginning to end." --Brian Zimmerman, Downbeat magazine

"The tenors move along with a combination of patience and attitude, enhancing the underlying feel with their cool-headed, hot-blooded moves... a program that's both unrestrained and structurally sound." --All About
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Jun 14

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Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin 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 Hudson Quinlan, Lydia Adams Davis, Gene Focarelli, Frank Migliorelli, Ben Seibert, and Fritzie's Bohemian Groove.
Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew

Sat Jun 18

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Jesse Lege & Bayou BrewBringing foot stomping' Cajun music to the world one dance hall at a time... Jesse Lege is the Real Deal.

For over 40 years, Lege has been bringing traditional Cajun dance hall music from the dusty back roads of southwest Louisiana, coast to coast and around the world, playing everywhere from local neighborhood dance halls to the largest international festivals.

Today, Lege is one of the most-admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists from Southwest Louisiana, and has garnered numerous Cajun French Music Association awards, known as the "Cajun Grammys." They 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.

Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew brings you deep into Cajun tradition, with accordion (Jesse), fiddle (Darren Wallace), guitar (Erica Weiss) and bass (Evelyn Schneider), and songs that melt your heart too. For dancers and listeners alike, a Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew event is always like a party, filled with old and new friends!
Dan Brubeck Quartet

Sat Jun 25

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Dan Brubeck QuartetThe Cafe welcomes this exceptional jazz quartet, featuring Dan Brubeck on drums, Mike DeMicco on guitar, Tony Foster on piano, and Adam Thomas and bass and vocals.

Dan is a renowned jazz drummer, with Adam and Tony being regular members of the Dan Brubeck Quartet. They are joined by Mike DeMicco, virtuoso guitarist and longtime member of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet.

About Dan

"Dan turned in one of the most masterful and inspiring performances I have ever witnessed." --Modern Drummer Magazine

Dan Brubeck is a renowned jazz drummer, and a member of one of America's most notable musical families. He is the son of legendary American jazz icon Dave Brubeck, and the rhythmic force behind the highly successful Brubeck Brothers Quartet, whose CDs have consistently been at the top of the jazz radio charts. Dan's recent CD with the Dan Brubeck Quartet, "Celebrating the Music of Dave and Iola Brubeck", is Juno-nominated for best jazz vocal album of 2016.

Dan was producer and drummer for the 1993 Grammy nominated Trio Brubeck album, and performed in the 1996 annual Grammy Award Ceremony as well as The 2009 Kennedy Center Honors. Dan has toured the international music circuit since his early teens, as the leader of his own groups, and as a featured soloist with many of the world's top symphonies, pop and jazz artists. Dan has recorded and toured the world extensively with Dave Brubeck.

Dan's original drumming style, distinctive solos, and his mastery of polyrhythms have earned him the respect of critics worldwide.

"Dan's extended drum solo adds a display of drama, potency and virtuosity..." --Downbeat Magazine

About The Dan Brubeck Quartet's New CD

The Dan Brubeck Quartet is an internationally recognized group that resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. Their recent CD, "Celebrating the Music of Dave and Iola Brubeck", features the talents of Adam Thomas on vocals and bass, Tony Foster on piano, and Steve Kaldestad on saxophone. It is Juno-nominated for best jazz vocal album of the year.

This live CD pays homage to the music and lyrics of Dave and Iola Brubeck. The group draws from some of the most recognizable Brubeck standards, to more obscure songs that are representative of the life and work of Dave and Iola's 70 year partnership.

Dan and Adam searched through the Brubeck archives and picked the songs with lyrics that resonated the best for Adam's unique, soulful voice. The music has been overwhelmingly well received by audiences and critics alike.

"This (recording)...does honor to the music of the Brubecks. It's good to hear these classics presented here with love and vitality." --George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon

"There are some great love stories in the music business, but none greater -- or longer­lasting -- than Dave and Iola Brubeck... a labor of love on many levels, and it shows." --James Hale, Downbeat Magazine

"With heartfelt devotion, drummer/composer Dan Brubeck pays tribute to his parents... with his new, consummately crafted, unpretentious release. The album shines well-merited limelight on the largely unsung but gifted Iola Brubeck." --Owen McNally, WNPR
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Jun 28

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Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin 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 Leo Glaser, Wally Nichols, Mike Herz, Peter Sando, Jerry Mitnick, and Shabbat.

Events for July 2016
Chris Murphy

Sat Jul 2

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Chris MurphyFor 25 years, and with no sign of slowing, violinist Chris Murphy has made a living by writing, performing and recording original music. For Murphy, the path forward is charted by looking backward, to the troubadours and minstrels of ages past. "In another era," he says, "I would have played square dances. I would have been a court musician in Versailles in the 17th Century, or a violinist in a circus orchestra."

Born into an Irish-Italian family near New York City, Murphy was surrounded by the disparate and eclectic sounds of his neighbors' traditional music. "I heard and was influenced by everything - from Italian-mandolin music, to bluegrass and folk, to Latin, to Turkish, to Indian...", he says. "My real hero was David Lindley. Hearing him play fiddle and lap steel with Jackson Browne - that kind of esoteric, enigmatic soloing over songs is originally what I loved."

Now based in Los Angeles, Murphy earns his living by teaching - guitar, mandolin and violin - working on music for films, and, mostly, by performing his work for audiences.

To wit, Murphy has amassed a deep catalog of solo and collaborative albums and made cameo appearances on records by Har Mar Superstar and The Dandy Warhols, among others. In the last year alone, Murphy has written and recorded six new albums in a vast array of styles. Chris has also been featured on television programs such as ‘Til Death and The Ellen Degeneres Show; his diverse and chameleon-like talents make him a sought-after composer and collaborator for film and television.

Murphy finds his element on the stage, where spontaneity and improvisation reign. "To me, the music is liquid, and I'm looking to have some kind of experience," he says. "I'll twist and turn and hammer and mold and shape cut and paste the music to do that. We've never done a song the same way twice."

"Haunting and enchanting...A talented and innovative player traveling on the edge." --Dirty Linen Magazine

"Find Murphy - the Los Angeles fiddle master foraging for lyric themes in the underbelly of folk-rock tradition, turning up gems of Dylanesque guile, Tom Waits-approved gothic cabaret, and the kind of emblematic story-songs that have sustained songwriters from Neil Young, to Richard Thompson and Old Crow Medicine Show. 'Surface to Air', Murphy's American pastiche, suggests that rambling souls are just as likely to spin their weathered tales in LA as they are in Dixie." --James Rotondi, Brooklyn, NY
The John Abercrombie / Rob Scheps QuartetThe John Abercrombie/ Rob Scheps Quartet is a collaborative band, with four of the NY area's finest jazz musicians and good friends.

John Abercrombie is a legend: 45 years of recordings for the ECM label, he has worked with Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette's Directions, Lester Bowie, Ralph Towner, Kenny Wheeler, Richie Beirach, etc. He is a living icon.

Tenor/ soprano saxophonist Rob Scheps has performed with Gil Evans Band, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Scofield, George Russell, Bob Moses, Terumasa Hino, Al Grey, Clark Terry, Sam Rivers, Julius Hemphill, Duffy Jackson, Cecil Taylor, Joey Calderazzo Quartet... He leads his own bands; Magnets! with Kim Clarke; The Rob Scheps Big Band in Portland, Oregon; and the Rob Scheps Core-tet in NYC; which has a new CD entitled Live at Smalls on the way.

Eliot Zigmund has been world famous as the drummer in the Bill Evans Trio for 4 years. Other credits include Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, and many tours of Japan and Europe.

Bassist David Kingsnorth is a new voice on the scene. A strong, versatile player, he is busy freelancing in New York and New Jersey.
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Jul 12

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Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin 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 Billy Manas, Saya Santaquilani, Leo Harmonay, Ricky Stein, Michael Hollis, and Alec Cafaro.
Otter Creek

Fri Jul 22

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Otter CreekWith 10 instruments between them, and 53 strings to tune, Otter Creek (Peter & Mary Danzig) have toured from the Golden Gate Bridge to Plymouth Rock with their virtuosic instrumentals, adept songwriting, and visionary arrangements of traditional and original tunes. They have drawn praise from around the country, leading one critic to describe them as "a duo that is both a technical marvel and tastefully perfect."

The title track to their third album The Fiddle Preacher debuted at #10 on the Folk Charts (November 2015).

Otter Creek's classical training, combined with Peter's deep roots in the folk tradition, enable them to cross boundaries among musical genres. They have performed with the Salt Lake Choral Artists and the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society in the Utah and Nevada premieres of Carol Barnett's Bluegrass Mass, and performed with the Utopia Early Music Ensemble in programs that blend classical and folk traditions. Their arrangement of "Down in the River to Pray" was featured in the 2015 Season Finale of TLC's Sister Wives.

In addition to their polished sound as a duo, Peter and Mary's daughters The Three Muses often appear on stage with them. Drawing frequent comparisons to the Peasall Sisters, their three-part harmony and infectious charm never fail to put a smile on every face in the room.

"Otter Creek combines folk music with old time, sprinkles it with a seasoning of Celtic and western roots, and produces a wonderful sound that is both unique and refreshing. Peter sings right from the heart while, at the same time, brings a magical musical talent to whatever instrument he picks up. Not only does Mary have a captivating voice, she coaxes tones from her fiddle that can only be matched by a first chair violinist in a national acclaimed symphony. Together they make a duo that is both a technical marvel and tastefully perfect. These are two of the nicest people I have ever met and two of the finest musicians America has to offer." --Gene Bach, Siskiyou Bluegrass Show, KSYC 103.9FM, Yreka, California
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Jul 26

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Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin 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 Nick Collins, David Meltzer, Blair, Rob Darnell, Milan Anderson, and Frank Critelli.
Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones

Sat Jul 30

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Lara Hope & The Ark-TonesNamed the "Best Up-and-Coming Band" in 2015 by Hudson Valley Magazine, and nominated for "Best Rockabilly Female" at the 2016 Ameripolitan Music Awards, Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones are NY's premier rockabilly, roots rock n' roll, and rhythm & blues outfit. With the release of their fully crowd-funded debut album, Luck Maker, a music video for their single "Whiskey Pick" (official selection of the Woodstock Film Festival, and in WDST's top 100 songs), and a relentless performance and touring schedule, it has proven to be an exciting time for the Ark-Tones.

Born from a hybrid of Lara's former Rockabilly band The Champtones, and upright bassist Matt's international psychobilly act The Arkhams, The Ark-Tones hit the ground running in 2012 with the addition of Chris Heitzman on guitar and Dave Tetreault on drums. This fun-loving bunch packs the dance floor with their own original musical offerings in the vintage style, as well as re-workings of classics and standards. This "travelin' band" is out there pleasing listeners of all ages and walks of life... wherever they roam.

Events for August 2016
Pine Leaf Boys

Sat Aug 20

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Pine Leaf BoysLouisiana's finest, the four-time Grammy-Nominated Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Cajun music with youthful exuberance. Hailing from southwest Louisiana, the Pine Leaf Boys, known for their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements, have breathed new life into Cajun music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand.

Being described as, "... the link that connects the young and the old generations," and, "the best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time," the Pine Leaf Boys play the old-fashioned dance hall standards while making a priority to bring many of the more obscure songs of past masters into their repertoire and play them with gusto. Their mission is to present the real Cajun music of their ancestors to the world and prove that it is still thriving and full of life.

All five members, in their early 20s... Wilson Savoy, Courtney Granger, Jon Bertrand, Drew Simon, and Thomas David... have been steeped in music since childhood. Hailing from farms and villages in Cajun country, the Pine Leaf Boys have been making a name for themselves not only for their youth, but also by preserving the traditional Cajun sound while allowing it to breathe and stretch. They present their music on twin fiddles, accordion, bass, and drum.

"The live performances of the Pine Leaf Boys are a revelation of anarchy and reverence and manic exuberance funneled through traditional musical forms. Full-throttle and wide open, The Pine Leaf Boys heat the tubes of the old music until they break up into the sweetest distortion imaginable." --Josh Caffery

Events for October 2016
Frank Vignola and Olli Soikkeli

Sat Oct 22

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Frank Vignola and Olli SoikkeliFrank Vignola and Olli Soikkeli will pay tribute to the great Django Reinhardt. They will be performing Django compositions and songs associated with the great legendary gypsy jazz guitarist.

Frank has been performing Django's music since the late 1980s, when he tributed the Hot Club of France at Michael's Pub in Manhattan. Later, in the year 2000, he was the musical director and co-organizer of the Django Reinhardt festival in NYC.

The Wall Street Journal calls Olli Soikkeli "...a riveting finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul, in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django."

Recent Events at the Cafe

Feb-27-16: Slam Allen
Mar-01-16: Jo-Ellen C. Bosson
Mar-03-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Mar-05-16: Ida Blue
Mar-06-16: Opening reception for Jo-Ellen Bosson exhibition
Mar-08-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Mar-10-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Mar-12-16: Frank Vignola, Matt Flinner and Gary Mazzaroppi
Mar-13-16: Pre-Saint Patrick's Day Celtic Cafe
Mar-17-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Mar-19-16: G Rockwell and the Still River Ramblers
Mar-22-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Mar-24-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Mar-26-16: Holy Crow Jazz Band
Mar-31-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Apr-01-16: Andrea McFarland
Apr-02-16: Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew
Apr-07-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Apr-09-16: Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters
Apr-10-16: Opening reception for Andrea McFarland art exhibition
Apr-10-16: A Russian Salon in Rosendale
Apr-12-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Apr-14-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Apr-16-16: Phoebe Legere and Bon Appétit
Apr-21-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Apr-23-16: Sax Life
Apr-24-16: Celtic Cafe
Apr-26-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Apr-28-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Apr-30-16: Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine
May-01-16: Opening reception for Vicki Chesler exhibition of paintings
May-05-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
May-07-16: Armen Donelian & Friends... with Rich Syracuse and Jeff Siegel
May-10-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
May-12-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
May-14-16: Mama's Broke
May-15-16: Celtic Cafe
May-19-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
May-20-16: Abby Hollander Band
May-24-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Click here for all past events since the middle of 2004.

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 mem-
    bers 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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