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Rosendale Cafe Music, Arts and Events Calendar

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Death Cafe - Gather to eat cake, drink tea or coffee, and discuss death

"Death Cafes" are held at our cafe & all around upstate New York. Click here for the latest schedule.
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 July 2015    Recent artists
July's Featured Visual Artist is Susan Singer, Exhibiting "Paintings"

Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing

Appearing Today
Thu Jul 30
$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. 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.

Events for August 2015
August's Featured Visual Artist is Amber Kelly, Exhibiting "The Rosendale Community"

The Saturday Night Bluegrass Band

Sat Aug 1

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The Saturday Night Bluegrass BandDeep in bluegrass, country, Americana, acoustics, some electrics... and always eclectic, the Saturday Night Bluegrass Band returns to the Rosendale Cafe, one of its absolute favorite venues, where the crowds are lively and loving, the beer is fresh, the food is vegetarian and delicious, and the reputation for quality music is impeccable.

The band features Brian Hollander on guitar, Dobro and vocals; Tim Kapeluck on mandolin, guitar and vocals; Geoff Harden on bass and vocals; the incredible Guy 'Fooch' Fischetti on the electric table (pedal steel guitar) and fiddle. And the one change in the band, since the semi-retirement of banjo legend Bill Keith, is the addition of another absolute five-string master, Eric Weissberg. And of course, the wonderful singer Francine Hollander will be the extra special guest on this auspicious evening.

You get no CDs, no tee shirts, and no hats or key chains; with the Saturday Night Bluegrass Band. You just come and hear the old and new music, the great picking, and the fine three- and four-part harmonies of the seasoned singers. Catch it quickly, as it slowly disperses into the universe.

"Ulster County's answer to Nashville, these boys spit bluegrass like a threshing machine." --Big Pick Newsletter
Opening reception for Amber Kelly exhibition

Sun Aug 2

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Opening reception for Amber Kelly exhibitionAn opening reception from 2:00pm-4:00pm, for Amber Kelly's exhibit of paintings, displaying in the Cafe during the month of August 2015.

Amber was influenced at a young age by exposure to the rural landscape paintings of Central America, a style which is folksy, saturated, detailed, and thickly applied. Having grown up outside of popular culture, Amber reveals a unique perspective in her work that communicates the feeling as well as the visual.

She began painting landscapes in 1998, and Rosendale village scenes in 2010, inspired not just by the outstanding landmarks and historical sites, but more so by the vibrant spirit of the community.

Join her on August 2nd and share her vision of our town.
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James Reams & The Barnstormers

Fri Aug 7

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James Reams & The BarnstormersJames Reams formed The Barnstormers in 1993. Coming from a family of traditional singers in southeastern Kentucky, James has played both old-time and bluegrass music since he was just a little sprout. James is known as an "ambassador of Bluegrass" for his dedication to, and deep involvement in, the thriving bluegrass and Americana music community. To date, he has released eight CDs including a special DVD documentary of the band. His original songs (alone and co-written with Tina Aridas) are important additions to the bluegrass repertoire, keeping this tradition alive with contemporary issues and new sounds. His guitar playing was highlighted in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine's "Masters of Rhythm Guitar" column. James is also the organizer of the Park Slope Bluegrass Oldtime Music Jamboree, an annual music festival he started in 1998, that attracts musicians and fans of traditional music to its workshops, jamming, and concerts... the only event of its kind in or around New York City.

Mark Farrell, like James, is no stranger to bluegrass and old-time country music, having played and recorded for many years with a number of bluegrass and old-time string bands, including Major Contay & The Canebrake Rattlers. He also contributes his great arranging talent to many of the band's recordings. His great hoedown fiddling and edgy mandolin playing (as well as his sometimes unpredictable humor) earns him friends wherever he goes.

Doug Nicolaisen has been playing banjo with bluegrass bands in the NY tri-state area for over 17 years. His music incorporates many of the best elements of all the major banjo players, yet his style reflects an individuality of its own, and adds to the hard-driving energy of the band.

Nick Sullivan has been playing bass since he was a tot. Back in the northern woods of Wisconsin, he started playing 1950s rock and roll when he was 12, and has covered lots of musical terrain since that time, from ragtime jazz and West African traditional music, to early country music and bluegrass. He adds rock-solid bass and great singing to the Barnstormers' sound.
Irish and English Pub Songs Session

Sun Aug 9

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Irish and English Pub Songs SessionLubricate your vocal cords as we celebrate summer with a rousing round of traditional Irish and English pub songs, led by Boston area singer Ben Bath and local folkie Sarah Underhill and friends. This will be a participatory event, so come prepared to sing if you are so inclined. These activities go well with a cold beverage, and the Cafe offers a fine selection of brews on tap. That's why we call them drinking songs. Come early for a meal, with the singing commencing at 7:00pm. Prepare to thump mugs on the table, rhythmically.
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Aug 11

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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 Ronnie Vuolo, Janturan, Wally Nichols, Brittani O'Hearn, Liam Kirby, and The Princes Of Serendip.
Cricket Tell the Weather

Sat Aug 22

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Cricket Tell the WeatherCricket Tell the Weather is a Brooklyn based string band with its roots deep in the bluegrass tradition, and its branches stretching wherever the sun shines. Winners of the 2013 FreshGrass Award, Cricket combines indie folk songwriting and traditional bluegrass instruments. As a listener, you can expect Cricket's core to beat with the heart of a restless spirit, determined to play it out and move along. Whether you want to call it a folk roots string band, or an indie bluegrass quartet; it's going to be personal in a way that stretches against categories, and familiar in a way that honors those who have come before... most certainly, it will take you on a trip.

Award-winning songwriter Andrea Asprelli (fiddle) came to the east coast from Colorado's front range, and was shaped by local bluegrass communities scattered across Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York; before co-founding Cricket Tell the Weather and setting up shop in Brooklyn, NY. Winner of the 2011 Podunk Songwriting Competition, Andrea is joined by Doug Goldstein on banjo, Jeff Picker on guitar, Sam Weber on bass, and Dave Goldenberg on mandolin. The band has twice been awarded the Neighborhood Arts & Heritage Grant from the City of Bridgeport, and is actively involved in providing bluegrass workshops to students of all ages under their "American Roots Revival" workshop series. In 2014, Cricket released its independent eponymous debut album of original music, recorded at Signature Sounds studio in Pomfret Center, CT.
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Aug 25

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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 Garth Green, Shlomo Franklin, Antique Mascara, Veronica Kent, Michael Hollis, and Greg MacPherson.
Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew

Fri Aug 28

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Jesse Lege and Bayou BrewBecause of their continued success at the Cafe, we've booked the band again for August!

Jesse 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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Events for September 2015
Foghorn Stringband

Sat Sep 5

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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.

This event was originally scheduled for April 4, 2015.

"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
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Sep 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 Psamkeepers Band, Nick Collins, Gil Villahermosa, Luci Aprilwine Windsong Rain, Felicia Flanagan, and Tom Atlast.
Roy Book Binder

Sat Sep 12

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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
Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine

Fri Sep 18

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Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles MalkineThe stand-up anarcho-syndicalist comedy team of Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine returns to once again lower property values at Rosendale Cafe. Expect the usual metaphysical mishegas, along with outrageous lampoons of obscure poetry, and a lurid demonstration of topless clog-dancing.

Mik & Gilles have shared bills with and/or opened for Kinky Friedman, Peter Schickele (P.D.Q. Bach), Ed Sanders (The Fugs), Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, and performed for Buddhist monks and nudist punks the world over.

"I thought they'd never leave." --Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"Better to have spent the evening in a stalled elevator with a Trump supporter, a Mormon missionary, and a Marxist film critic with a speech impediment." --Editorial staff intern, Awake! magazine
Sean Rowe

Fri Sep 25

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Sean RoweSean Rowe has spent much of the last year traveling the country with just his guitar, performing in people's living rooms. "It's like I'm some kind of a bearded salesman," he says, "Going door-to-door, but instead of vacuum cleaners, I'm selling all these feelings that come with the songs. It's a really intense experience for listeners to have me there in their homes playing. They're not used to having a stranger show up, play music, drink their beer and eat their food. But I think that's how we're supposed to be. It only feels strange because we've made it that way."

It is this same sense of unflinching connection that has shaped Rowe's extraordinary new album Madman. The singer, of whom The Wall Street Journal wrote "recalls the ecstatic intensity of late-'60s Van Morrison, and stark subtlety of late-era Johnny Cash" has created a beautifully primal work. Madman is deliberately, if not defiantly, simple; in both arrangement and composition. It is soul music in the purest and most literal sense; hypnotic rhythms, warmly distorted guitars and Rowe's incredible voice recalling a time, real or imagined, when music and people seemed distinctly more connected.

Rowe came of age listening to a father's record collection that included The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, and more. But in his late teens it was soul and blues that spoke to the burgeoning singer-songwriter. Rowe says the sound of Madman is influenced, in large part, by the hypnotic driving guitars of Delta blues. "I was listening to records by R.L. Burnside and John Lee Hooker and others, which are basically just guitar and drums and really raw sounding. I was also listening to the early soul records like Otis Redding and Ray Charles. I didn't want to try and duplicate those sounds, just take aspects of them and make them my own."

Events for November 2015
Mary Gauthier

Sat Nov 14

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Mary GauthierIn a Nashville bookstore, to the tune of steam hissing from a latte machine and laptop taps of nearby browsers, she speaks in a low voice, yet communicates urgently. Her voice never rises. Her music never rattles rafters or crashes like cymbals toward the high notes in a power chorus. Her tempos shuffle and trudge more than they dash.

And her songs? They're about as idiosyncratic as anything in the wide world of "popular music." They're painfully personal, especially on Trouble and Love. Yet they somehow infiltrate the souls of her listeners, no matter how different the paths they've followed through their lives.

Those songs weren't so much written as harvested by Gauthier. Though she lives not far from the hit-making mills of Music Row, she admits to knowing nothing about how to write on command. She says, "I have to be called to write. The call comes from somewhere I don't understand, but I know it when I hear it."
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Recent Events at the Cafe

May-02-15: Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess
May-03-15: Opening reception for Nancy Ostrovsky and Eric John Herr exhibition
May-07-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
May-09-15: Slam Allen CD Release Party
May-12-15: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
May-14-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
May-16-15: Darol Anger, Emy Phelps and Friends
May-17-15: Celtic Cafe
May-21-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
May-23-15: Ameranouche
May-26-15: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
May-28-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
May-30-15: Amy and Leslie
Jun-01-15: Thomas Sarrantonio
Jun-04-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jun-06-15: Frank Vignola and Bucky Pizzarelli
Jun-09-15: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Jun-11-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jun-13-15: Abby Hollander Band
Jun-14-15: Opening reception for Thomas Sarrantonio exhibition
Jun-18-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jun-23-15: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Jun-25-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jun-26-15: Mark Brown
Jun-27-15: Tani Tabbal Trio
Jun-28-15: Irish and English Pub Songs Session
Jul-02-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jul-03-15: Krewe de la Rue
Jul-05-15: Opening reception for Susan Singer exhibition
Jul-09-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jul-10-15: Isle of Klezbos
Jul-12-15: Irish and English Pub Songs Session
Jul-14-15: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Jul-16-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jul-18-15: Rosendale Street Festival 2015
Jul-23-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jul-25-15: Holy Crow Jazz Band
Jul-28-15: 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.

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)