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

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Events for the Rest of October 2016    Recent artists
October's Featured Visual Artist is Stephen Protoss, Exhibiting "New Work"

Halloween Hoedown with Bovine Social Club

Appearing Tomorrow
Sat Oct 29

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Halloween Hoedown with Bovine Social ClubJoin Bovine Social Club for an intimate listening set, followed by a rousing set sure to get you up on the floor. And if you are so inspired by the season, break out your best costume in the theme of music. The band will offer a grand prize merch package for the best costume in the house. Who knows what else could happen?

Bred on the northern banks of the Delaware River, Bovine Social Club is a grassy, twangy, swinging breed of Americana sounds sure to get your dancing cow on. One wicked lineup of seasoned jam musicians backs the thoughtful lyrics of vocalist, philosopher, memoirist and former monk, Samuel Saint Thomas. The Bovines' carefully crafted twangrass songs of longing, loving, picnicking, gardening, confessing, and making the days go slow have sure become something to moo about.

Produced by Railroad Earth's Tim Carbone and happily fertilized by country, bluegrass, folk, rock, old time, Celtic and gospel vocabularies; their self titled debut charted at #7 on the Roots Charts and #37 on the International Americana charts. BSC is one of the fastest growing and most highly respected new Americana bands in the Northeast, sharing some of the finest festival and concert stages with some of the finest talent. Bovine Social Club continues to grow their musical family while each new performance becomes another great experience for their avid fans.

"Every now and then you discover a band that delivers the goods. This one puts everything away in the cupboards, washes the windows, breaks your heart, makes you smile, slaps you on the fanny, and tucks you into bed. With the worldgrass vibe of Railroad Earth, and a grittiness all of their own that's nothing but real, Bovine Social Club is fun, fun, fun." --Brian Robbins,

"BSC combines poetic mentality, deep grooves, A-list song writing, and a musical sense of humor that leaves you with that 'what are they gonna do next good time feeling.'" --Lenny Bloch, WCBS, New York, New York

"Bovine Social Club created a backyard Brooklyn stage feel on Musikfest's Liederplatz Stage with hip bluegrass with a folk rock edge. The sound of stand-up bass and fiddles rang through the Sun Inn courtyard." --Tiffany Bentley,

Events for November 2016
November's Featured Visual Artists are Nita Steketee and Paul Mindell, Exhibiting "Abstracts and Cows"

Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing

Thu Nov 3
$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!
Tony Trischka's Early Roman Kings

Sat Nov 5

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Tony Trischka's Early Roman KingsTony Trischka and company's Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan features music from over half a century of insanely creative music... from the very beginning to the present, with a whole lot in between. As Jimmy Carter said at the 2015 Music Cares Grammy event, where Dylan received the Person of the Year Award, "There's no doubt his words on peace and human rights are much more incisive and much more powerful and much more permanent than those of any President of the United States". That side of his mercurial career, and many others, will be mined for hidden gems as well as the mother lode hits. Early Roman Kings are Tony Trischka on banjo and pedal steel; Stash Wyslouch on guitar and vocals; Sean Trischka on drums and vocals; and Jared Engel on bass.

Tony Trischka is considered to be one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. A 2012 United States Artists Friends Fellow, Trischka has, for more than 45 years, inspired generations of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many innovative and historical voices he has brought to the instrument. Tony maintains a national and international touring schedule. For these Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan shows, he is thrilled to play some tunes by a musical hero he met over 50 years ago, in honor of the artist's 75th birthday. He's equally thrilled to be enjoying this experience with Sean Trischka, Stash Wyslouch, and Jared Engel, brilliant musicians and fun guys!

Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass' great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in the structures of roots music as a member of progressive bluegrass act, The Deadly Gentlemen. Now paving his own way as a solo artist with a new group, bluegrass and metal collide to form an original, honest and thoughtful sound. His debut album, Stash! (2015), features 19 original songs and a stellar band... including Sean Trischka on drums and vocals, Duncan Wickel on fiddle, and Noam Wiesenberg on bass.

"Drummist" and singer-songwriter Sean Trischka, a 2015 Berklee College of Music graduate, was raised in a musically-rich household. To quote his website: "My name is Sean Trischka. I write songs, sing, play the drums, and wear pants. I'm currently living in Boston, MA (hometown of Whitey Bulger and birthplace of New Kids On The Block). In the past few years I've been fortunate enough to perform and/or record with The Deadly Gentlemen, Oteil Burbridge (The Allman Brothers Band), members of Lake Street Dive, Darol Anger, Sam Bush, Victor Wooten, Julian Lage and many others."

Jared Engel is an upright bassist and four-string banjoist in high demand in the New York Metropolitan area. His involvement in a wide array of musical groups is astonishing, as he is equally at home in all of them: bluegrass, Appalachian old time and so much jazz: New Orleans style, traditional, hot jazz, swing, you name it. He performs intimate venues and at large, world-renowned music festivals. Where there's great music, there's Jared Engel. Like the other Early Roman Kings, he's performed with each of them, but never all together as a group... He's stoked to be doing it now to the tunes of Bob Dylan.
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Nov 8

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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 Fred Nagel, Paul Stokes, Gil Villahermosa, Frank Migliorelli, and Mike Heaphy.
Krewe de la Rue

Fri Nov 11

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Krewe de la RueListen to Krewe de la Rue and you'll hear their energetic, heartfelt, punchy dance hall mix of Cajun and Creole music. Lead by Roger Weiss on fiddle, Laren Droll on accordion, Buffy Lewis on guitar and vocals, and Maggie McManus on triangle; The Krewe captures and preserves the music played at festivals, dance halls, and clubs in Southwest Louisiana.

"This is some free-wheelin', not over rehearsed, rough-edged throw down with its tail tied tight in Lafayette; my kind of gumbo." --Cafe Guide
Opening reception for Nita Steketee and Paul Mindell's gallery exhibition

Sun Nov 13

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Opening reception for Nita Steketee and Paul Mindell's gallery exhibitionAn opening reception from 2:00pm-4:00pm, for artist Nita Steketee and Paul Mindell's show of work "Abstracts and Cows", displaying in the Cafe during the month of November 2016.

Nita Steketee was born in Utrecht, The Netherlands. As a young child, she loved anything art-related; painting, drawing, sculpting, writing, dancing, and playing the piano. She graduated cum laude with a master's degree in Graphic Design and Fine Art from Holland's Academy of Fine Arts in St. Joost. Nita is the owner/director of YogaYoga in Rosendale NY. Her pieces in this exhibit represent a selection of her most recent works in abstract collage. These images display both power and beauty, using multiple layers of transparent color, and a muted palette. Nita's keen sense of design achieves a painterly and monumental feel, and are true delights!

Artist Paul Mindell writes, "I painted my first cows early in my career, while I was teaching high school art in rural Massachusetts. The interplay and patterning of black and white that I observed in the mid-1970s became an often revisited theme. I currently paint in studios in Accord and New York City, and my work reflects both the urban and rural experiences. I paint primarily in oil, and in recent years have integrated painted images with those of digital technology. My photo collage of an ageless artist studio, 'Align Through Time: The Painted Muse,The Pixelated Views', was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery during 2009-2010. Since 1988 I have been Professor of Art at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey."
Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet

Sat Nov 19

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Leonisa Ardizzone QuartetLeonisa Ardizzone is a juggler. Not a juggler of colorful balls or bowling pins, but of her interests, ideals and avocations. One by one, throughout her life she has added to her juggler's props... teaching, dancing, singing, writing, working for peace and justice, parenting... On occasion Leonisa's passions for music and live performance have been overshadowed by her roles as an educator and mother, but never for long. Music and entertaining is the thing that feeds her soul. And as a skilled juggler, she knows when to put a thing down to add another. Enter Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet.

By day Leonisa works as a science educator and prepares for ordination as a Unitarian Universalist minister. Her evenings are shared with her ever-engaging daughter Rafaella. But in-between and whenever she can, she makes music. The Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet features Leonisa on vocals, Jess Jurkovic on piano, Justin Hines on drums, and Bob Sabin on bass.

Critics praise the group, saying the group " flexible and can turn on a dime... everyone is obviously having a good time with the music" (George Harris, All About Jazz, LA), and sounds "at home with each other so it's easy to feel at home with them" (Rob Lester). Leonisa is a "multi-faceted vocalist" with "a lovely textured voice" (John Gilbert, ejazz news), who "aces any musical twists and turns" (Rob Lester). She is a vocalist "who swings, articulates and phrases wonderfully from the first notes... to the last..." (Jersey Jazz). Her "vocalese, scat singing and original lyrics fit comfortably in the pocket." (Jim Santella, Cadence).

While reviewers may praise her, Leonisa does not consider herself a singer with a backing band but rather a member of the group. The band is a cohesive and creative unit and she is another instrument interpreting the repertoire. Because of this collaborative mindset, the interplay between the musicians is stellar; they complement and enhance one another. They share the spotlight and push the creative envelope.

Following-up on a critically acclaimed debut CD Afraid of the Heights (ardijenn music, 2007), Leonisa released the scent of bitter almonds... in 2008, which reflects a personally tumultuous year for Leonisa. The song choices, arrangements and overall feel of the music reveal heartbreak, uncertainty, loss, passion and rediscovery. The album tells of many kinds of love and conveys the roller coaster of emotion that deep love can evoke.

"Engaging and endearing" --Doug Boynton,

"A vocalist with deep chops" --Chris Spector, Midwest Record

"An adventurous spirit" --Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz

"A seasoned performer" --John Gilbert, Ejazznews

"Soft and sultry... warm and inviting" --Ray Hoffman, Jazz Improv NY

"Subtle yet effective" --John Book, Book's List

"A multi-faced vocalist" --Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

"Ardizzone reaches a sensual critical mass on 'The Scent of Bitter Almonds'" --C. Michael Baily, All About Jazz
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Nov 22

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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 Jerry Mitnick, Vienna D'Amato Hall, Andy Papula, Matthew Kobalkin, Tom Byrne, and maybe John Hughes himself.
Sax Life

Sat Nov 26

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Sax LifeSax Life is back at the Rosendale Cafe!

Bob Shaut began the band in 1986 as a vehicle to compose and arrange for saxophone quartet and rhythm section, and soon began performing concerts at schools, jazz festivals, clubs, weddings and swing dance parties. It became a sax quartet in the late nineties for a few years, then took a few years off after the loss of key players Ron Finck and Ed Summerlin. The band is back and better than ever, having released its first CD, "The Saxophone and the Drum" with music composed by Bob Shaut. Performances will also feature music by Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, and others; as well as selections from the great American songbook. Current members include Bob on alto and soprano, Dan on alto and tenor, Jim Perry on tenor, Ed Xiques on bari, Charlie Kniceley on bass, and Jeff "Siege" Siegel on drums.

Events for December 2016
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Dec 13

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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 Luci Aprilwine Windsong-Rain, Alec Cafaro, Emily Barnes, Mike Herz, Fritzie / Ethan / Wayne as Bohemian Groove, and Leo Glaser.
Tom Pacheco

Sat Dec 17

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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 dreidls and angels.

Brian Hollander will be accompanying Tom, playing Dobro. Bruce Milner on Keyboard.

"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 Dec 27

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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 Harmonay, Eric Sommer, Green Summers Band, Monica Rose, David S Meltzer, and Rob Darnell.

Events for January 2017
Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones

Sat Jan 14, 2017

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Lara Hope & The Ark-TonesNamed the "Best Up-and-Coming Band" 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, 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. 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.

"The #1 Ulster County Band to follow in 2014" --Come To Woodstock Magazine

"Best Up-and-Coming Band of 2015! --Hudson Valley Magazine

Both nostalgic and dancehall pounding!" --Rick Meek, Blue Suede News

Some retro acts reference old styles with a postmodern wink; others inhabit them as if the last 50 years had failed to transpire. Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones somehow manage to do both." --John Burdick, Hudson Valley Almanac (Nov 30, 2014)

Events for February 2017
Too Blue

Sat Feb 4, 2017

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Too BlueTraveling freely between bluegrass, swing, Celtic and jazz, a Too Blue show is a dynamic dose of serious fun. Smooth harmonies and adventurous musicianship bring stellar arrangements to life, and leave the listener anything but "blue". Original songs as well as fresh covers from Patsy Cline, to Bill Monroe, to Ray Charles; keep the show moving and toes tapping.

Seamlessly blending their vocals are flatpick guitarist Betsy Rome and melodic banjoist Joan Harrison. Mandolin powerhouse Michael Sassano astounds and amazes, while bassist Jamie Doris' jazz chops bring a creative perspective. On fiddle and vocals, the multi-talented Sofia Chiarandini is the 2014 recipient of the Grey Fox/Berklee Mark O'Connor Scholarship award.

"To quote Bill Monroe, 'This is powerful music!' ...Swing-grass, 9 original tunes, hot pickin' & sweet singin'." --Barry Mitterhoff, mandolinist with Jorma Kaukonen

"Smooth harmonies, adventurous musicianship, and eclectic material... Ah, music for grown-ups." --Eric Gibson, "The Gibson Brothers"
Irka Mateo Trio

Sun Feb 5, 2017

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Irka Mateo TrioDominican singer-songwriter Irka Mateo is reinventing Dominican Music. Fusing melody and rhythms from the Dominican countryside - itself a fusion of Afro, indigenous, and European influences - Mateo's embrace reaches deep into the traditions of her country, the Caribbean, and wider Latin America; especially accordion driven dance melodies.

Irka traveled for ten years in the rural areas of the Dominican Republic, documenting over thirteen genres of folk traditions - previously unknown to the wider Dominican culture and beyond. The Grammy Foundation in turn supported her extensive field research. As a critical influencer, Irka seeks to inspire a new generation embracing the Dominican identity. Her previous CD, Anacaona, was played widely worldwide, reaching the top ten position in Canadian and Spanish charts. On January 2017 she will release her second solo album with her six piece band Irka Mateo y La Tirindanga.

At the Rosendale Cafe, Irka will sing her original songs and Dominican folk music, accompanied by Plinio de la Cruz on Guitar, and Joel Guzman on percussion. The charismatic artist will bring her music to Rosendale to deliver a memorable night of high-energy and joyous performance.

"Irka's music... rooted in the past... reveals our essence and lights the road to our future" --Avelino Stanley, former Vice Minister of Culture, Dominican Republic, El Caribe 2015

Recent Events at the Cafe

Jul-30-16: Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones
Aug-01-16: Claudia Engel
Aug-04-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-06-16: Mark Brown
Aug-07-16: Opening reception for Claudia Engel's gallery exhibition
Aug-09-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Aug-11-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-13-16: Holy Crow Jazz Band
Aug-18-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-20-16: Pine Leaf Boys
Aug-23-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Aug-25-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-01-16: Joan E Dominus
Sep-01-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-04-16: Opening reception for Joan E Dominus' gallery exhibition
Sep-08-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-13-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Sep-15-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-17-16: Cricket Tell the Weather
Sep-18-16: Celtic Cafe
Sep-22-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-24-16: Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys
Sep-27-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Sep-29-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-01-16: Slam Allen
Oct-02-16: Opening reception for Stephen Protoss' gallery exhibition
Oct-06-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-08-16: The DMajor Project's album release party
Oct-11-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Oct-13-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-14-16: "Disturbing the Peace" documentary at Rosendale Theater, discussion at the Cafe
Oct-15-16: The Lowest Pair
Oct-20-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-22-16: Frank Vignola and Olli Soikkeli
Oct-23-16: Celtic Cafe
Oct-25-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Oct-27-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing

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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