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Rosendale Cafe Music, Arts and Events Calendar

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Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays twice every month

Join us for our musical showcase on second and fourth Tuesdays at the Cafe. Click here for more information.
Chess Night - Every Wednesday night at the Cafe

Chess aficionados converge at the Cafe on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Chess players should bring their own boards and pieces.

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Events for the Rest of September 2014    Recent artists
September's Featured Visual Artist is Judith Hoyt, Exhibiting "Mixed media collages, and jewelry"

Thu Sep 4
$10.00 with lesson, $5.00 for just dancing

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Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
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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.

Sat Sep 6

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Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew
Jesse Lege and Bayou BrewJesse 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.
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Sun Sep 7

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Opening reception for Judith Hoyt art exhibition
Opening reception for Judith Hoyt art exhibitionAn opening reception from 2:00pm-4:00pm, for Judith Hoyt pieces displaying in the Cafe during the month of September 2014.

Judith's works will include paper collage with encaustic medium, and found metal collage and jewelry.

Hoyt, once characterized as "bending media to her artistic whims", creates a diverse array of work that has been shown in galleries as local as the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, and as distant as the Velvet DaVinci Gallery in San Francisco.

Tue Sep 9

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Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
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-9:45pm.

The scheduled musicians for this evening are Sarah & Iza, Lola Johnson, Jeff Padovani, Mark Pawlowski, Matthew Kobalkin, and Jan Ross.

Sat Sep 13

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Jim Gadeut and the Railroad Boys
The band has played four International Bluegrass Music Association Events of the Year: Wintergrass (WA); Joe Val (MA); Podunk (CT) and Grey Fox (NY); and was selected to fill a coveted spot in IBMA's Bluegrass Ramble in Raleigh, NC.

They also recently answered an invitation to perform live on WAMU's Katy Daley Show in Washington, DC—arguably the most sought after radio show in the U.S. Their performance so impressed the NPR station's producers that it was chosen to be rebroadcast on the popular show, Editor's Picks.

"Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys specialize in a Cajun flavored bluegrass often containing wickedly funny, all original, satirical lyrics. They are consistently entertaining and have attracted an avid, loyal audience. Don't miss an opportunity to see this band which offers a change of pace and a lot of uptempo fun."
--Ted Lehman, Finalist for the 2014 IBMA journalist of the year 

Sat Sep 20

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The KC Three (for Tea) & More
The KC Three (for Tea) & MoreFeaturing the legendary Marvin Bugalu Smith on drums; the eminent and venerable Christopher Dean Sullivan on contrabass; and Harvey Kaiser on saxophones, woodwinds, and vocals.

Admission includes a copy of their new CD, Here & There.

"Harvey's playing starts with a great respect for Lester Young, but doesn't imitate him. His sound on all his instruments is more vigorous than Lester's. He is a strider, not a floater, a Pavarotti rather than a Sinatra. He is bold, clear, agile and resonant, and his sense of humor accompanies his sense of artistic design... Here he has chosen material that ranges from Armstrong to Monk, and in his imaginative renditions he always speaks in his own unique voice." --Bill Crow

Sun Sep 21

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Book reading and signing for Kevin Hurley's "Cut and Cover"
Book reading and signing for Kevin Hurley's 'Cut and Cover'"Terrorists Openly Killed on American Streets - A Conflicted Operative Mentored by the CIA and Pursued by the FBI"

A book signing for author Kevin Hurley's new, timely spy thriller "Cut and Cover"

Recruited by the CIA for his exemplary skills in hand-to-hand combat, and small arms weaponry, John Rexford completes a string of successful kills, eliminating terrorists and their money supply in the New York Metropolitan area. With the FBI hot on his trail and wanting to prosecute him for these illegal assassinations on U.S. soil, John must find a way to stop an international team of explosives experts from destroying NYC's aqueducts, killing thousands with chlorine gas and burning the five boroughs to the ground. To avoid life in prison and an untimely death, John will have to survive a battle with the most lethal assassin the underworld has known, save the innocent people of NYC, and escape the FBI's tightening noose. The price of his success and a path away from this life of killing, were he to know it, may be too high for even John Rexford.

Kevin Hurley draws his inspiration from a family history of military service, spanning the Korean War to present day Afghanistan, as well his martial arts interests. His professional career includes corporate and government agency consulting, and is a Board Certified Entomologist specializing in EPA regulations. He lives in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, where he is an avid cyclist and practitioner of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. His current novel combines personal knowledge of the warrior's mind, hand to hand combat, and government bureaucracy.

Tue Sep 23

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Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
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-9:45pm.

The scheduled musicians for this evening are Matthew O'Neil, Pat Lamanna. Marc Delgado, Justin Tracy, Sal Casabianca, and Brianna Mahaney.
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Sat Sep 27

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Alash Ensemble
Alash EnsembleAn evening of Tuvan world fusion music and multi-tonal throat singing.

The ensemble is named for the Alash River that runs through the northwestern region of Tuva, a waterway that has also inspired two Tuvan songs which carry its name.

All members of Alash were trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, first learning from their families, and later becoming students of master throat singers. In 1999, as students at Kyzyl Arts College, they formed a group called Changy-Xaya. They practiced in the damp college basement on Kochetovo Street, and soon became the resident traditional ensemble on campus. At the same time they learned about western music, practiced on hybrid Tuvan-European instruments, and listened to new trends coming out of America. In 2002 under the guidance of Kongar-ool Ondar (best known to western audiences for his role in the film Genghis Blues), they began to forge a new musical identity. They introduced the guitar and sometimes even the Russian bayan (accordion) into their arrangements, alongside their traditional Tuvan instruments. They experimented with new harmonies and song structures. The effect is an intriguing mixture of old and new.

"Imagine a human bagpipe - a person who could sing a sustained low note while humming an eerie, whistle-like melody. For good measure, toss in a thrumming rhythm similar to that of a jaw harp, but produced vocally-by the same person, at the same time." --Newsweek

Sun Sep 28

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Celtic Cafe
Celtic CafeJoin Sarah Underhill on vocals, Ian Worpole, Jude Roberts, Jon Garelick and Rob Stein on strings and vocals. They'll be performing traditional and contemporary Irish, English, and American ballads and tunes. They'll also be taking requests, and encouraging the whole Cafe to join in some rousing choruses to bring on that Celtic ray.

So, come on out for great music, company, veggie food, and a large selection of draft beers and wines.

Events for October 2014

Sat Oct 4

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The Lowest Pair
The Lowest PairThis is a quirky duo, influenced by old-time roots and featuring the high lonesome harmonies of banjo pickin' songsters Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. They perform both traditional and original music, often nestling-in somewhere between. Arkansas born and homesteading in Olympia Washington, Kendl is a solo artist on indie record label K Records and was one of the founding members of the popular string band The Blackberry Bushes. Palmer hails from Minneapolis, MN; and is the front man of high energy festival favorites bluegrass outfit, The Boys n' the Barrels. The two met in early 2013 and began discussing the idea of collaborating. Shorty thereafter they hit the road with their banjos and an old guitar. A few months after the duet formed they teamed up with Dave Simonette of Trampled By Turtles to record their debut record "36 cents" released on Team Love Records. They are road warriors with a city folk front and back porch sentiment.

"Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee write about living and dying the way you'd write about waiting for a cake to bake." --Sean Moeller, Daytrotter

"Wonderous Banjo Duet" --Marc McGovern, SPIN

Fri Oct 10

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Roy Book Binder
Roy Book BinderThe rambling country blues legend returns to the Hudson Valley for a night of frightfully good music and humor.

This stirring folk/blues guitarist and vocalist has been playing country blues since the mid-'60s, when he began recording for Blue Goose. Greatly influenced by Rev. Gary Davis and Pink Anderson, Book Binder played in East Coast coffeehouses in the early '60s, then began accompanying Rev. Davis on tours in the mid-'60s. He also played with Larry Johnson, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, and Homesick James. Besides constant concerts and tours, Book Binder's made additional recordings for Blue Goose, as well as Adelphi and Rounder.

Book Binder began playing blues guitar while he was enlisted in the navy. Following his discharge from the military, he enrolled in Rhode Island Junior College. After a brief spell there, he attended New York's New School for Social Research. Book Binder quit school in 1967, after he met the Rev. Gary Davis. Roy became Davis' chauffeur, during which he took extensive lessons from the blind guitarist. Book Binder started his recording career slowly, cutting some singles for Kicking Mule and Blue Goose in 1968. In 1969, he toured England with Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup and Homesick James. The following year, he released his first album, Travelin' Man on Adelphi. After the release of Travelin' Man, he began touring America extensively.

Book Binder began playing with fiddler Fats Kaplin in 1973, recording Git Fiddle Shuffle the same year. Roy and Fats were a duo for three years, playing numerous concerts and recording a second album, Ragtime Millionaire in 1976. Following the release of Ragtime Millionaire, the duo stopped performing together and Book Binder bought a motor home, which became his permanent residence. Live performances became his primary concern after the release of Goin' Back to Tampa in 1979. For nearly ten years, he toured the country in the motor home, driving himself from club to club, hitting numerous coffeehouses and festivals along the way.

Book Binder returned to recording in 1988, releasing Bookaroo! on Rounder Records. During the '80s, he recorded regularly... releasing an album every two to four years... in addition to his constant touring.

"Roy's one of the Great Ones, unearthly pickin', story tellin' wit... he's an ambassador of the tradition and a legend himself." --Cafe Guide

Events for November 2014

Sat Nov 8

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Slam Allen
Slam AllenFor over 20 years, Slam Allen has been entertaining audiences with his unique blend of soul and blues. Playing the famous Chitlin' Circuit as well as performing around the world, Allen's music and enthusiasm has been shared with thousands of people.

For the past eight years he has played an important role, as the lead singer and guitarist, in the legendary James Cotton Band. "It's one of the highlights and privileges of my life to play with Cotton" says Allen. "He is one of the last living legends, and there's so much history there. Cotton was directly connected to Muddy Waters, who was a major factor in the blues world, as well as being one of my all time favorites. Playing with Cotton is such a great experience for me and there are things you can learn from him that you can't learn from any school. It's a great honor."

"Slam's guitar is a generous blue fountain of love. His gospel is the kind you sign up for without hesitation. All are included in the circle of his light." --Cafe Guide

Photo by J.G. Riley

Sat Nov 22

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Jim Kweskin and Happy Traum
Jim Kweskin and Happy TraumJim Kweskin and Happy Traum have known each other for many years, and are finally joining forces for this Cafe performance. They'll be playing and singing songs both together and separately.

Jim Kweskin is regarded as one of the most influential performers to emerge from the 1960s folk revival, having led his famous Kweskin Jug Band with fingerpicking finesse and an energizing repertoire of folk, blues, string band and ragtime songs. During the five years they were together in the 60s, the group successfully transformed the sounds of pre-World War II rural music into a musical springboard for their good-humored performances. Featuring Geoff and Maria Muldaur, Mel Lyman, Fritz Richmond, Bill Keith, Richard Greene and other musical luminaries, they released six albums, toured the country extensively, and appeared often on national television. Because of their unrehearsed, impromptu interplay with the audience, their live performances were hailed as revolutionary. Jim continues in the same tradition, appearing at venues throughout North America, Japan and Europe. He usually performs with some of the best back-up musicians in the country. Because of Jim's vast repertoire, and obvious love of the music, he is considered one of the best interpreters of the great American songbook.

Happy Traum is a renowned folk singer, writer, teacher, recording artist and first-rate fingerstyle guitarist. He was a student of blues guitar legend Brownie McGhee, who was a major influence on his picking style. Happy has played in concerts, clubs and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan, both solo and with his late brother, Artie Traum, with whom he performed for more than 40 years. Happy has also appeared and/or recorded with Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, John Sebastian, Larry Campbell, Eric Andersen, Allen Ginsberg and and many other major figures in the folk music world. He has released numerous recordings and, as one of America's best-known guitar instructors, has taught at major guitar workshops throughout the country; is the author of more than a dozen best-selling guitar instruction books; and has produced more than 500 music lessons on DVDs and CDs for his internationally-renowned company, Homespun Tapes.
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Fri Nov 28

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Zoe Muth & the Lost High Riders
Zoe Muth & the Lost High Riders"Turn it all upside down," Zoe Muth sings on the opening track of her third full-length album, World of Strangers. "See the stars when we're looking at the ground, shining all around." Muth brings us ten heartrending tales of the leaving and the left behind in her trademark style of infusing moments of despair with hope and levity. This time around she has made some changes, channeling a wider array of influences ranging from classic country ballads to early folk-rock.

First making her name in the Pacific Northwest, where she's been called "Seattle's Emmylou," and heralded as one of the best songwriters to come out of Washington State, Muth spent the last three years touring across the U.S. and Europe. Playing bars and cafes as a young pre-school teacher, she saved up her minimum wage earnings and beer bucket tips to pay for her 2009 debut album, Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers. That album, along with her 2011 follow up, Starlight Hotel, went on to garner praise from the international press, and landed on No Depression's "Top 50 Albums" list in their respective years.

"One of the year's best country albums, even as it steps outside the genre." --The Fader

"Muth's most mature and interesting album yet." --Seattle Times

"Muth is a natural talent." --Peter Blackstock, Austin American-Statesman

Recent Events at the Cafe

Jun-05-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jun-06-14: Tricky Britches
Jun-07-14: John Abercrombie Trio
Jun-08-14: Opening reception for Ruth Wetzel art exhibit
Jun-09-14: 2014 Young Student Guitar Ensemble
Jun-10-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Jun-12-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jun-13-14: Mary Gauthier
Jun-14-14: Rosendale Street Festival fundraiser with Dylan Doyle
Jun-15-14: Irish and English Pub Songs Session - Pull a Pint for Dad
Jun-19-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jun-20-14: Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew
Jun-21-14: Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones
Jun-24-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Jun-26-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jun-28-14: Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Ed Laub
Jul-01-14: Jack Baran
Jul-03-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jul-05-14: Rosendale Theatre's "Music Invasion Film Festival"
Jul-06-14: Opening reception for Jack Baran photo exhibit
Jul-08-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Jul-10-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jul-11-14: Jim Hurst
Jul-12-14: Jim durst
Jul-12-14: Abby Hollander Band
Jul-13-14: Irish and English Pub Songs Session
Jul-17-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jul-19-14: Rosendale Street Festival 2014
Jul-22-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Jul-24-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jul-26-14: The Stillhouse Rounders
Jul-31-14: Tango Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-01-14: Tor Gudmundsen
Aug-02-14: Playing in Traffic
Aug-03-14: Opening reception for Tor Gudmundsen exhibition of paintings
Aug-07-14: Tango Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-09-14: Ross Rice & Company
Aug-12-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Aug-14-14: Tango Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-16-14: The Matthew Finck/Jonathan Ball Project
Aug-17-14: Irish and English Pub Songs Session
Aug-21-14: The return of Salsa Thursday, with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-23-14: Tony Trischka and his band
Aug-26-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Aug-28-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-30-14: Twelfth Night theater performance

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.

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)