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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 December 2014    Recent artists
December's Featured Visual Artist is Carol Loizides, Exhibiting "Paintings"

Sat Dec 20

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Tom Pacheco
Appearing Tomorrow
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,

Tue Dec 23

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Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin soft shoe shufflin' 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 Eliza and Sophie, Phil Rose, Lannie Bolde, Patrick Daley, The Saxy Santas, and the Wirtzian Revivalists.

Sat Dec 27

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The Duke Robillard Jazz Trio
The Duke Robillard Jazz TrioHere's a quick quiz: What do Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Jay McShann, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Hammond, the late Jimmy Witherspoon, Dr. John, Maria Muldaur, Roomful of Blues, and the Canadian band The Rockin' Highliners all have in common? Answer: Duke Robillard.

Guitarist, bandleader, songwriter, singer, producer, session musician... and a one-man cheering section for the blues, in all its forms and permutations. And every one of those names has shared recording studio space or stage time with a man who is a legend in the blues community.

The Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C. Handy Awards) have named Duke Robillard "Best Blues Guitarist" four years out of five (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004), making him the second most honored guitarist for that award! He was also nominated in that category in 2005, 2007. and again in 2008.

Reviews for his album "Wobble Walk'n" are as follows...

"Music that confirms Robillard's place among the great guitarists operating today." --Dan Bilawsky,

"Duke Robillard's finest release in over a decade, and an absolute must for the collector!" --Brent Black, Critical Jazz

"One drop dead gorgeous after-hours guitar jazz outing that's not to be missed." --Chris Spector, Editor and Publisher of Midwest Record

Wed Dec 31
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New Year's Eve with The Bedtime Kissers
New Year's Eve with The Bedtime KissersHere is an intriguing, infectious band of well-dressed gents, concerned only about your wellbeing, and state of dance and mind. John, Dean and Chris have been playing under different names for well over a decade; including Dog on Fleas, the Fighting McKenzies, and the For Sale by Owner Orchestra. Unpredictable, adventurous, good natured and good looking, The Bedtime Kissers originals and choice covers will set you to dancing, freaking, and weeping tears of joy.

Yes it's true that B. Kissers' members have played with Taj Mahal, George Clinton and P. Funk, Jon Hendricks and countless other luminaries; but their own alchemy conjures a show which ranges from dance partay(!), to melt-in-your-arms, to vaudeville, swing, and visits to far away lands... let us soiree' together this NYE!

This year, accomplished local guitarist Ken McGloin will be "special guesting" for the later sets.

The Cafe's regular dinner menu and specials will be served until 9:30pm, when the music starts and continues until 1:00am. We'll be offering snacks throughout the late night, and we'll have a free champagne toast at midnight.

File this event under: Funky, humorous, anachronistic, dance, trombone, win/win.
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Events for January 2015
January's Featured Visual Artist is Karen S. Schaffel, Exhibiting "Paintings"

Thu Jan 8, 2015
$10.00 with lesson, $5.00 for just dancing

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Chacha Thursday with lessons and dancing
Chacha Thursday with lessons and dancingThe Rosendale Cafe offers their continuing 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. Food will be served up to 10:00pm, after which there will only be bar service for the rest of the evening.

Basic Chacha will be taught on this night.

The instructor this evening with be Dojo Dance Company's Julia Farr, who has been dancing salsa and other forms of Latin dance for ten years. She began her studies in Chile and Mexico (the "on 1" style) and proceeded to pursue salsa intensively when she moved back to New York City. She focused on Cuban style Rueda de Casino at You Should Be Dancing in Manhattan, and then moved on to New York Style ("on 2") at Latin Fever in Brooklyn, where she performed on a student team.

Julia is a regular at the Rosendale Cafe's salsa night and is part of Maia Martinez and David Salvatierra's Dojo Dance Company.

Julia is an enthusiastic teacher with a fun-loving approach and attention to detail and expression. Her experiences living in Latin America, as well as being a certified ESL and Spanish teacher and translator, have given her a connection to Latin music and dance that she looks forward to sharing with you!

Maia Martinez returns on January 15th for a resumption of regular Salsa Thursdays with lessons and dancing.

Sat Jan 10, 2015

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Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Steve Riley & the Mamou PlayboysThe band is called Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. The guy in the middle holds a button-box that squeezes like an accordion, but shouts hallelujah like a big brass band. The fiddle cracks wise and warm, the guitar falls off the edge of the earth, and the rhythm section is purring rumble like a Coupe DeVille of shark-fin vintage. It all flows as a liquid-smooth groove, topped with three heartfelt voices harmonizing in 17th-century French from the steamy sub-tropics.

The band began over twenty five years ago with a reputation for excellence. Their stunningly clean and cohesive performance of Cajun French music from the backwaters of Southwest Louisiana propelled them into the world music limelight early on, and by their third release, Trace of Time, had garnered them a Grammy nomination in the worldwide field of traditional folk music, another in 2004 for Bon Reve, in 2009 for Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and again in 2011 for their latest release, Grand Isle.

From the day they started, they have gone from strength to strength. Never before in Cajun music has a comparable wealth of skills been brought to the same table.

When all that heart and all that skill focus on the revelry of a hot two-step, then turn on a dime and deliver an a cappella ballad, then play something that sounds like Howlin' Wolf fell in lust with a Creole girl, you've found the most Cajun music you can find in any one spot. You've found Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys.

The rest of the band is Kevin Wimmer on fiddle, Sam Broussard on guitar, Kevin Dugas on drums, and Brazos Huval on bass.

Sun Jan 11, 2015

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Celtic Cafe
Celtic CafeJoin Sarah Underhill on vocals, Ian Worpole, and Jon Garelick 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.

Tue Jan 13, 2015

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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-10:00pm.

The scheduled musicians for this evening are Lipkin and Hitt, Pat Sheils and Jeff Boalt, "Flamingo" Jeff Pfeffer, Sara Lefkowitz, Jonathan Boulay, Mingo from Big Boss Sausage.

Thu Jan 15, 2015
$10.00 with lesson, $5.00 for just dancing

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The return of Salsa Thursday, with lessons and Latin dancing
The return of Salsa Thursday, with lessons and Latin dancingThe Rosendale Cafe welcomes back Argentinean instructor Maia Martinez, and she resumes her 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. Maia leads dance forms that may include Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Cha Cha, and Bachata. Click on Maia's photo for more information about her work.

Fri Jan 16, 2015

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Deni Bonet
Deni BonetDeni Bonet is a pop/rock singer/songwriter and classically trained violinist who has recorded and performed with R.E.M., Sarah McLachlan, Cyndi Lauper, Scissor Sisters, and Warren Zevon among many others. She was an original member of the cast of the nationally syndicated NPR radio show "Mountain Stage"; singing and performing in her own right and accompanying guests on the show. Deni left the show to pursue a solo career, with a mission to prove that there is more to the violin than concertos and hoedowns. She has performed at Lilith Fair, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, and just recently performed at the White House for the President, First Lady and Vice-President of the United States.

Deni Bonet has become an in-demand act, headlining various festivals, performing arts centers, clubs, colleges and international venues. Her music has been featured on HBO, NBC, American Airlines, several film and modern dance projects, and has been described by the Wall Street Journal as like "Sheryl Crow meets the B-52's".
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Sat Jan 31, 2015

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Roosevelt Dime
Roosevelt DimeWe all carry the Roosevelt Dime. It's not a relic of the past; it's the silver in your pocket. There was a time when Appalachian strings made romance with New Orleans rhythms, a love affair that yielded one of the most infectious beats the world had ever heard. For Roosevelt Dime that time is now. Some would call it Rock & Roll, others Americana, but "Mardi-Grass" is more like it... a bedrock of New Orleans rhythms that brings driving, melodic banjo, fat-back blues guitar, pure honky-tonk harmonies, and deliciously dirty R&B vocals along for the ride... it makes for a groove so inspired the New York Times has called Roosevelt Dime "a perpetual crowd pleaser."

"The perfect mix of talent and showmanship to make the audience feel they're witnessing something special, of those gems that sound better even live than they do on record." --Poppy Galloway, Feast of Music (July 2014)

"Sizzling... Their live shows are kinetic and energetic." --Michael Witthaus, Hippo Press (Apr 2014)

Events for February 2015

Sat Feb 14, 2015

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Town Mountain
Town MountainTown Mountain's hard drivin' bluegrass sound, tight harmonies, and stellar in-house songwriting have become the band's trademark. They light up the stage with their honkytonk edge and barroom swagger, featuring a Jimmy Martin-style bounce and confidence that is countered at times by a laid-back John Hartford-esque groove.

The past two years have pushed Town Mountain into the upper tier of acoustic bands, and they have found themselves at some of the most prestigious festivals in the country... such as MerleFest, Grey Fox, Rockygrass, Suwannee Springfest and the Targhee Bluegrass Festival... earning them a nomination for IBMA's 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year, a natural follow up to their two 2013 IBMA Momentum Awards.

With the release their first official live album, Town Mountain: Live At The Isis in August 2014, fans and critics alike celebrate the high energy of their one-of-a-kind live show. With plans for the studio in early 2015, Town Mountain is certain to continue their ascent in the world of roots music.

Town Mountain includes Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, and Nick DiSebastian on bass.

"Sometimes you can't help but notice the growth of an enterprise... Sporting a sound rooted in string band tradition, but with a fearsome instrumental drive that makes its music anything but a museum piece, the band has watched its audiences grow younger, larger and more feverishly enthusiastic." --Walter Tunis,

"There was such an instant energetic spirit felt from this band, that made you want to
kick up your heels and promenade around the square at a barn dance all night long."
--Tanya Vega, Southside On The Town Blog

Sat Feb 28, 2015

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Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones
Lara Hope and the Ark-TonesLara Hope and the Ark-Tones are the Hudson Valley's premier rockabilly / rhythm 'n' blues / rock 'n' roll outfit. They are an all-star cocktail of musical talent, driven by Lara Hope's powerful and sultry vocals, Matt "The Knife" Goldpaugh's (of the Arkhams) relentless upright bass slapping, Dave Tetreault's undefeated drum stylings, the guitar heroics of Chris Heitzman, and co-starring the cheery attitudes of all of the above members. This fun-loving bunch packs the dance floor with reworkings of rockabilly and rhythm and blues classics and standards as well as their own original musical offerings, sure to please listeners of all ages and walks of life.

Events for March 2015

Sat Mar 28, 2015

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RaquyRaquy Danziger is a celebrated performer, teacher and composer known worldwide for her expertise on the dumbek, the Middle-eastern hand drum. Hailing from unlikely Western roots, Raquy has distinguished herself as a unique phenomenon and earned a place of renown in the genre. In demand on several continents, she has collaborated and performed with several of the most famous Middle Eastern drummers in the world.

Now based in Istanbul, Turkey; Raquy specializes in a style know as the Turkish Split Hand technique. Her study, practice, and perfection of this technique with her teacher Bunyamin Olguncan and other master Turkish drummers has helped her realize a mission: to incorporate what she has learned into her original music and share it with audiences and students world wide through performances, workshops and instructional materials.

Raquy has had the honor of performing several times in Egypt as a soloist with Said El Artist (The Egyptian "King of Tabla") and his drumming orchestra at the Cairo Opera House, the Alexandria Opera House, the Cairo Citadel, the historic Ewart Hall in downtown Cairo, and the Great Hall in the Bibliotheque in Alexandria. In 2005 she was the recipient of the Meet the Composer grant, which enabled her to perform her original composition with Said El Artist's orchestra in Egypt. Raquy has appeared on Good Morning Egypt, Leila Kebira, O TV, the Culture Channel, and Turkish Television, and has been interviewed on Al Gezira.

In addition to the dumbek, Raquy also plays the twelve-string Kemenche Tarhu, a rare and exotic bowed instrument designed after the Iranian spike fiddle. She currently studies the kemenche with Iranian kemenche master Arlsan Hazreti in Istanbul. Raquy has composed many melodic pieces for the kemenche, which she plays in her concerts and which can be heard in her albums. She is currently compiling a book of her melodic compositions.

Raquy's infectious enthusiasm for Middle Eastern music has attracted students from around the globe. She has released three dumbek instructional kits each of which includes a book, a DVD and a CD. These have helped to spread "Dumbek Fever" far and wide, opening new horizons for students, a number of who often perform with her as "The Messengers". Raquy hosts drumming retreats for her students in the Catskill Mountains, NY, the Sinai Desert in Egypt and Istanbul, Turkey, and taught a course in Arabic Drumming at the American University of Cairo. She has also created her own line of custom-designed dumbeks that are available through her online store - The Raquy Drum Store.

Performing this evening will be Raquy Danziger on king kemenche and darbuka, Rami El Aasser on darbuka and saz, and Joacim Colon on darbuka.

Events for April 2015

Sat Apr 4, 2015

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Foghorn Stringband
Foghorn StringbandCredited for igniting the Old Time Renaissance in the Northwest, Foghorn Stringband continues to stand out as the shining gold standard for American Stringband music. Seven albums, thousand of shows, and over a decade of touring under their belts, it's no surprise they have two entirely new generations of old-time musicians following their lead. Through all of this, they've never let the music grow cold; instead they've been steadily proving that American Roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.

Today Foghorn Stringband features the intertwining harmonies of founding members Stephen "Sammy" Lind and Caleb Klauder, along with powerhouse vocalists Reeb Willms and Nadine Landry. They all bring a wealth of songs, instruments and traditions making them a festival favorite from coast to coast and around the globe.

"Talk about a band that deserves more due. The Foghorn Stringband has quietly become one of the country's longest-tenured underground stringbands, releasing now 7 albums, playing thousands of shows..." --Saving Country Music

"[Foghorn Stringband]... is among the finest practitioners of American old-time music on the globe, a string band whose faithful renditions of songs from bygone decades are no less than living, breathing history." --Ned Lannamann, The Portland Mercury

"The Foghorn Stringband play old-time American string-band music - and they play it with all the passion, warmth, bite and fire of an illicit spirit. And I'm here to tell you that their latest album 'Outshine the Sun' is as close as you'll get to treading the boards of genuine, smooth-distilled, double-rectified American roots music." --Tom Franks, Folk Words

Events for May 2015

Sat May 2, 2015

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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.

"This is just the kind of hot mess you want your ears to get into. It's slaw, barbeque, and the sweet sauce of Jessy's voice--a delicious blue plate of Bessie Smith."
--Cafe Guide
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Recent Events at the Cafe

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
Oct-01-14: Lora Shelley
Oct-02-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-04-14: The Lowest Pair
Oct-05-14: Opening reception for Lora Shelley art exhibition
Oct-09-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-10-14: Roy Book Binder
Oct-11-14: Meet and Greet Dance Party to Elect John Hughes to the Rosendale Town Council
Oct-12-14: Sax Life Quartet
Oct-14-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Oct-16-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-19-14: Irish and English Pub Songs Session
Oct-23-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-25-14: Ubaka Hill and Rhythm Dance
Oct-28-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Oct-30-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Nov-01-14: WSA Printmakers
Nov-06-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Nov-08-14: Slam Allen
Nov-09-14: Opening reception for the Woodstock School of Art Printmakers
Nov-11-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Nov-13-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Nov-14-14: Bluegrass Gospel Project
Nov-16-14: Celtic Cafe
Nov-20-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Nov-22-14: Jim Kweskin and Happy Traum
Nov-25-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Nov-28-14: Zoe Muth & the Lost High Riders
Nov-29-14: Dance Fundraiser for Pam and Jorge
Dec-04-14: Maia farewell Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-06-14: Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess
Dec-09-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Dec-11-14: Bachata Thursday with lessons and dancing
Dec-13-14: Miss Tess and the Talkbacks
Dec-14-14: Holiday Irish and English Pub Songs Session
Dec-15-14: Bloom
Dec-18-14: Bachata Thursday with lessons and 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.

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)