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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 October 2014    Recent artists
October's Featured Visual Artist is Lora Shelley, Exhibiting "Recent work of paintings and handmade print-work"

Thu Oct 2
$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 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

Sun Oct 5

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Opening reception for Lora Shelley art exhibition
Opening reception for Lora Shelley art exhibitionAn opening reception from 2:00pm-4:00pm, for Lora Shelley's artwork displaying in the Cafe during the month of October 2014. The exhibit will feature the artist's recent work, paintings and handmade print-work.

Shelley's narrative paintings delve into the artist's inner world... with reflections on childhood, and the rich dream-scape of a creative mind.

Sometimes dark and sometimes playful, Lora's figurative works give a nod to her influences: Nolde, Munch, Gauguin, Kollwitz, Alice Neel, Bonnard, Van Gogh, Klimt, etc.

New paintings from Lora's Diner Series (featuring diner waitresses with a nostalgic view of the classic American diner) will be on display, inspired by her residency in Rome with RISD's European Honors Program.

Lora's work has been exhibited and is in private collections worldwide... residing in Australia, Africa, Germany, Italy and France.

The Art in Embassies Program selected Lora's work for exhibition in Lilongwe, Malawi from 2001-2003, then again from 2004-2007 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa. Her work was then purchased by the seated American Ambassador.

Locally, Shelley's work has graced the covers of The Valley Table, The Country and Abroad, and Chronogram. Featured Artist in the Catskill Mountain Region Guide (July 2005). Nationally in Decor Magazine several times as well as Art Business News.
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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 '90s, 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

Sat Oct 11
by donation... "Pay what makes you happy!"

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Meet and Greet Dance Party to Elect John Hughes to the Rosendale Town Council
Meet and Greet Dance Party to Elect John Hughes to the Rosendale Town CouncilCome and get energized to elect John Hughes to the Rosendale Town Council! At 8:00pm, meet and greet John and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, and then the dance party begins at 9:00pm!

John writes: "They say you should meet people halfway. I say, you've got to meet people more than halfway. You've got to let people know that you're not just neutral, but you're actively pulling for them."

"I believe in service to my community. During my 26 years in Rosendale, I have volunteered time and energy in many ways, performing or working behind the scenes at benefit concerts for people in need, building ramps, handrails, or just diving in with tools and skills to help out."

"I love our friendly, quirky little town and will help our town government become more of a natural extension of our town character, welcoming input from all and solving problems by working together."

John is a carpenter and contractor (John Hughes Fine Building), and a professional musician (Dog On Fleas, The Bedtime Kissers, The Dandy Knights). He lives in Bloomington with his wife Michelle and their two teenage daughters.

Sun Oct 12

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Sax Life Quartet
Sax Life QuartetSax Life is a saxophone quartet plus bass and drums, performing a CD release party at The Rosendale Cafe.

After 20 years of playing jazz concerts, club dates and swing dances, the band has recently released its first CD, The Saxophone and the Drum. The CD features the compositions of leader Bob Shaut, and basically spans the history of the band. Featured musicians are Bob Shaut on alto and soprano, Jim Perry on tenor, Dan Shaut on alto and tenor, the legendary Ed Xiques on baritone, Charlie Kniceley on bass, and Jeff "Siege" Siegel on drums.

Come on out and get saxed!

Tue Oct 14

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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 "Wild" Bill Drucker, Ellis Dodi, Monica Rose, Terry & Indigo, Jonathan Boulay, and Wally Nichols.

Sat Oct 25

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Ubaka Hill and Rhythm Dance
Ubaka Hill and Rhythm Dance"Music That Moves You"

Ubaka Hill and her ensemble Rhythm Dance will provide a rich tapestry of percussion, poetry and song to energize and feed the Mind, Body and Soul. Rhythm Dance features Aleah Long on vocals and percussion, Melissa Lovaglio on drums and percussion, and Julia Haines on Celtic harp and vocals.

With a variety of hand drums, percussive and melodic instruments, vocal harmonies, poetry, and didgeridoo; Ubaka Hill and Rhythm Dance will leave you feeling full of joyful possibilities!

Tue Oct 28

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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 John Derosalia, Karen Hudson, Laura Hersh, Antique Mascara, Fido, and Kevin O'Connell.
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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

Fri Nov 14

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Bluegrass Gospel Project
Bluegrass Gospel ProjectUnparalleled vocal harmonies... Eclectic, stirring repertoire... and roots planted in the bluegrass tradition that yield inspiring music from this group of incredible musicians. This is the Bluegrass Gospel Project, a group that's been doing something for over ten years: exploring and expanding the tradition of bluegrass gospel, from U2 to the Stanley Brothers, Sam Cooke to Steve Earle.

The six members of the BGP bring decades of experience to the group. Taylor Armerding, the group's front man, mandolin player and singer, was a founder and lead singer for Northern Lights, the progressive bluegrass group that took the bluegrass world by storm in the 1980s. He was invited by Gene White, Jr. (fiddle) to form the group in 2001 along with Paul Miller (vocals, guitar), Steve Light (banjo, Dobro, guitar, vocals) and other notable musicians to do a one-time performance to a packed house on New Year's Eve. The band's chemistry and the music's broad appeal was powerful beyond anyone's expectations, and the group continued to perform, with Colby Crehan (female lead vocalist) and Kirk Lord (upright bass) joining the BGP in 2007.

The group's natural on-stage abilities sweep the audience off their feet with smooth, blissful vocal work, seminal musicianship, and a camaraderie that few bands exhibit.

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.

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

Events for December 2014

Sat Dec 6

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Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess
Jessy Carolina & The Hot MessJessy Carolina & The Hot Mess is a New York City based traditional jazz band. The group, formerly known as the Bill Murray Experience, formed in 2008. Over the years, the band has performed throughout the East coast and has participated in many organizations including The Jazz Foundation of America, Music Under New York, Music That Heals, Healing Arts Initiative, and Make Music New York. Early on, the band was featured on The Simpson's 20th Anniversary Special and most recently, Jessy Carolina's musical performances were featured in the video game Bioshock Infinite. In 2012, the band traveled overseas and performed in Germany, Denmark, Israel, and Romania.

Sat Dec 20

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Tom Pacheco
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.

"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,
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Recent Events at the Cafe

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
Sep-01-14: Judith Hoyt
Sep-04-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-06-14: Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew
Sep-07-14: Opening reception for Judith Hoyt art exhibition
Sep-09-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Sep-11-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-13-14: Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys
Sep-18-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-20-14: The KC Three (for Tea) & More
Sep-21-14: Book reading and signing for Kevin Hurley's "Cut and Cover"
Sep-23-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Sep-25-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-27-14: Alash Ensemble
Sep-28-14: Celtic Cafe

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)