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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 February 2017    Recent artists
February's Featured Visual Artists are Beth Dixon and Carol Morley, Exhibiting "Two Actors"

Carol Morley and Beth Dixon... Actors who paint watercolors. [more]

Special Salsa Thursday: Bringing Back the 50s for One Night

Appearing Tomorrow
Thu Feb 23
$10.00 with lesson, $5.00 for just the dance social

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Special Salsa Thursday: Bringing Back the 50s for One NightJoin in this special theme night in the Rosendale Cafe's continuing series of Latin dance events on Thursday nights.

Every one is encouraged to dress their 50s fashion! Music from the 50s and early 60s will be playing.

The night will start with a Mambo class at 7:30pm with Lefty, and then a dance social goes from 8:30pm to 11:00pm.

Lefty studied with Eddie & Maria Torres and Evelyn Ramos in NYC, and has been teaching for over 15 years. He has taught Salsa and Merengue throughout Ulster, Dutchess, Orange and Putnam counties. Lefty is one of the most renown teachers in the area, and brings his dynamic and always-elegant style to Rosendale Cafe for a night to remember.
The Lucky Five

Sat Feb 25

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The Lucky FiveThe Lucky 5 is a hard-swinging jazz band that blends swing and gypsy jazz to create a unique, foot-stomping blend of music that appeals to a wide range of music lovers. The Lucky 5 performs both original compositions as well as putting a new spin on old jazz standards.

The band is comprised of highly seasoned touring musicians, having been part of The Hunger Mountain Boys, Lauren Ambrose & The Leisure Class, and traveled, performed and recorded with artists such as Peter Gabriel, Tony Bennett, Neko Case, Iris Dement, Bobby Previte, Del McCoury, and Jim Lauderdale... just to name a few.

The Lucky 5 brings verve, high energy, and an unpredictable impulse to the tradition of jazz from the 20s, 30s and 40s; grooving deeply, and keeping feet moving on the dance floor.

"I love these guys. Wonderful musicians, wonderful people. Very impressive!" --Alan Chartock, WAMC Radio

"Five heavy duty cats with impeccable creative chops. The Lucky 5 owns swing in the Berkshires!" --Evan 'Bibs' Palazzo, The Hot Sardines

"The Lucky 5 are foot tappin', feel-good music, wonderfully retro... a real crowd pleaser." --Mike Ballon, Castle Street Cafe

"An infectiously rambunctious hot jazz ruckus..." --Dwayne Brooke, The Woodshedders
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Feb 28

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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 Barton Elliott, Mingo Lodge, Rachel & Will Van Carpels, Jonathan Perl, The Gray Tones, and Nick.

Events for March 2017
The Levin Brothers

Sat Mar 4

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The Levin BrothersThe Levin Brothers project is a reflection of a lifelong sibling friendship, mutual interests and shared passion. Growing up in Boston during the '50s, Pete and Tony Levin were fascinated by "cool jazz". Both were classically trained musicians, but exposure to recordings by the iconic bassist Oscar Pettiford and legendary French horn player Julius Watkins remained influential, even as they went on to global musical renown. Pete, who started out playing French horn before switching to keyboards, has graced hundreds of jazz recordings and performances by the likes of Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Jimmy Giuffre, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, and Lenny White. Tony, for years the bass and Chapman Stick voice for Peter Gabriel and King Crimson, has contributed to thousands of rock and pop sessions for artists including Dire Straits, John Lennon and Pink Floyd.

Though Pete and Tony have crossed musical paths for over four decades - they both toured in Paul Simon in the late '70s - they've never co-led a band and album project until now. The Levin Brothers Band is a return to that cool jazz style they grew up with, featuring original compositions with the catchy melodies, short solos, and the deep grooves they remember from the Oscar Pettiford recordings. In performances and even during the recording sessions, they wear suits and ties, part of immersing themselves in the genre of the music. It's a labor of love. Joining Tony and Pete are saxophonist Erik Lawrence and drummer Jeff "Siege" Siegel.

"Imagine Josh Gibson and Babe Ruth getting to play on the same team. Playing in separate leagues their whole careers, they finally get to swing together in cooperation. That is precisely what we have on the "Levin Brothers" album; a player from the Jazz league has teamed up with one from the Progressive league, and they both show just how they can swing. The musical and philosophical camaraderie of Pete and Tony Levin is clear and clean. The adventurous approach of Tony on the cello, is integrated seamlessly with Pete's sterling piano-organ musicianship. The compositions are brilliant, and the effect is exactly what the Levin Brothers hoped to create... that cool Jazz of the 1950s. So cool." --Travis Rogers, Jazz Times, October 2014
Rick Fire and The Ricktones

Sat Mar 11

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Rick Fire and The RicktonesRick Fire and The Ricktones are bringing acoustic music to a new level. Driven by banjo and electric bass, the blend of instruments and arrangements is fueled by musical conversations and high-level improvisation. Rooted in bluegrass, Celtic and funk music; elements of jazz, rock, classical, blues, and gospel are also present throughout; and woven together by an immovable and solid state stone groove.

"A musician defying what you might think you know about the banjo and has formed a band that will set you ablaze!" --Peter Hamelin, Signature Sounds

The group brings an undeniable upbeat energy to their performances, with the dynamic rise and fall of their individual jaw-dropping instrumental mastery. Enhancing the vibrancy and virtuosic picking further is their heart-felt, heart-churning delivery of song through harmony of voice, all collectively underpinned by the group's immaculate sense of rhythm. Pizzazz, humor and a sense for theatrics make each performance an unforgettable show.

At the center of the music is Ricky Mier, an award-winning banjo player, composer and Alumnus of Berklee College of Music; who also co-founded Twisted Pine, Cat And The Moon and was a member of Hot Day At The Zoo. Mier is winner of the gold medal at the 2014 Freshgrass Banjo Contest, and with his band Twisted Pine, has won band contests at Freshgrass, Thomas Point Beach, and tied for first place at Rocky Grass.

Mier has performed on the main stages of other major festivals such as Grey Fox, Celtic Connections (Scotland), The Green River Festival, and Joe Val. He has performed with Bela Fleck and Victor Wooten, and has shared the stage with acoustic heavy weights such as The Punch Brothers, Peter Rowan, Alison Brown, Hot Rize, The Gibson Brothers, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Sam Bush Band, Del McCoury Band, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and more.

Driven at his core by the expression of excellence, Mier brings into The Ricktones a diverse cast of burgeoning virtuosos, each rooted in the pursuit of their own excellences, both as a band member and as an individual artist. Explorative solos, capturing the hearts of songs, and conversational trading with each other abound, providing a unique experience each show. The Ricktones don't just play music, they play with the music... and speak through it. Every player is strong enough to stand on their own, but by uniting they become a supergroup with Mier at the heart.

"The Ricktones deliver a high octane performance... Tight harmonies coupled with blazing instrumentals combine to provide a stunning show that's full of surprises." --Sal Sauco, President, Rhode Island Bluegrass Association

Rick Fire and The Ricktones are currently in the studio recording their debut EP and touring across the Northeast.
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Mar 14

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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 Patrick Daley, Frank Migliorelli, Ken McNally, Gilberto Villahermosa, Phello, and Brinton Baker.
Krewe de la Rue

Sat Mar 18

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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
Saint Patrick's Day Celtic Cafe

Sun Mar 19

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Saint Patrick's Day Celtic Cafe
Can't get enough Irish? Wind down the St. Pats revels with songs and tunes; Sarah Underhill and Ian Worpole play their monthly set, and will take requests for some of your favorite green music. They'll also ease back into their Celtic mix of traditional and contemporary folk. The duo have been playing a near monthly gig at the Cafe for nearly 10 years; they must be doing something right.

Come on out from 4:30pm to 7:00pm for great music, company, veggie food, and a large selection of draft beers and wines.

The John Abercrombie / Rob Scheps Quartet

Sat Mar 25

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The John Abercrombie / Rob Scheps QuartetThe John Abercrombie/ Rob Scheps Quartet is a collaborative band, with four of the NY area's finest jazz musicians and good friends.

John Abercrombie is a legend: 45 years of recordings for the ECM label, he has worked with Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette's Directions, Lester Bowie, Ralph Towner, Kenny Wheeler, Richie Beirach, etc. He is a living icon.

Tenor/ soprano saxophonist Rob Scheps has performed with Gil Evans Band, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Scofield, George Russell, Bob Moses, Terumasa Hino, Al Grey, Clark Terry, Sam Rivers, Julius Hemphill, Duffy Jackson, Cecil Taylor, Joey Calderazzo Quartet... He leads his own bands; Magnets! with Kim Clarke; The Rob Scheps Big Band in Portland, Oregon; and the Rob Scheps Core-tet in NYC; which has a new CD entitled Live at Smalls on the way.

Eliot Zigmund has been world famous as the drummer in the Bill Evans Trio for 4 years. Other credits include Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, and many tours of Japan and Europe.

Bassist David Kingsnorth is a new voice on the scene. A strong, versatile player, he is busy freelancing in New York and New Jersey.
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Mar 28

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The scheduled musicians for this evening are
Ajani Nanabuluku, Nicholas Gimbel, Ramona Lane, Jerry Mitnick, Steve Dedman, and Sal Casabianca.

James Reams & The Barnstormers

Fri Mar 31

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James Reams & The BarnstormersGet ready for a feast when James Reams & The Barnstormers bring their smorgasbord of bluegrass to the Rosendale Cafe! This band treads the terrain where bluegrass, old-time, classic country and rockabilly meet in the night to swap stories. These are the sounds of the hills and hollers seasoned with the flavors of factories, railroad yards, and honky tonks... a sure crowd pleaser!

A bluegrass band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, James Reams & The Barnstormers provide a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass; blending it with innovation and vitality to create their own branch on the "roots" tree.

In a review of an early album by James Reams, fRoots (an international magazine that specializes in world music) declared, "Traditional music kept alive by a stylish performer... Powerful, emotional music that needs to be heard."

Country Standard Time wrote, "James gets to the heart of the music each and every time, whether interpreting an underheard classic of the genre, reinventing a country song, or performing one of his many excellent original numbers."

Events for April 2017
DÜM Turkish Rhythm Celebration

Sat Apr 1

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DÜM Turkish Rhythm CelebrationRaquy Danziger specializes in Turkish Split Hand darbuka drumming, a style that has emerged in Turkish in the last 20 years. This style, which splits the hands into two, as is played with the Indian Tabla, gives the Turkish drummers speed and dexterity like never before!

Come to this an electrifying CD release show for Raquy's new album, Neverland. The Raquy's Düm Rhythm Celebration ensemble performs intricate and dazzling compositions comprised of rhythms from Turkey, Egypt, Iran and India; as well as funk, samba and hip hop beats. A treat for the eyes as well as the ears, this show is carefully choreographed with many theatrical elements and some audience participation.

In addition to the drumming pieces, the show includes Raquy's dreamy melodic work. In these songs Raquy plays the mystical 12-stringed King Kemenche Tarhu, a futuristic version of the Persian spike fiddle.

The performers are Raquy Danziger on King Kemenche, Darbuka, and Bones; Joaquin Colon on Darbuka; Michael Burdi on Oud and Darbuka; and Tom Atlast on Darbuka. The show lasts approximately 1 hour.
Bucky Pizzarelli / Ed Laub / Martin Pizzarelli Trio

Sat Apr 8

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Bucky Pizzarelli / Ed Laub / Martin Pizzarelli TrioThe Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub Duo have been performing for the past 14 years, after a lifetime association as teacher/student. As a duo they perform for audiences all over the US and Canada in clubs, concert halls and jazz festivals. They combine instrumental and vocal arrangements with an emphasis on the Great American Songbook, as well as some of the classic 1930s guitar duos made popular by Carl Kress / Dick McDonough, Eddie Lang, and George Smith.

Their great friendship of over 47 years is evident in their sound, and the way they interact together on stage.

Bucky Pizzarelli - Born in Paterson, NJ in 1926, Bucky is a world-renowned jazz guitarist. His career spans over 70 years, from the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra to the Johnny Carson Tonight Show. Hundreds of jazz concerts worldwide, including White House performances with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and Claude "Fiddler" Williams, with Presidents Reagan and Clinton add to the list.

His numerous worldwide tours also included performances with practically every jazz legend, such as Stephane Grapelli, Slam Stewart, Tal Farlow, Rosemary Clooney, Zoot Sims, Benny Carter, Michael Feinstein and Charlie Byrd, to name a few. He has hundreds of jazz recordings with every major jazz great, including his own solo albums and work with his two sons, John and Martin Pizzarelli. He is on the soundtrack of Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown and has appeared on PBS with Les Paul and Tal Farlow, The New Jersey Jazz Guitars (Filmed at Rutgers University).

Last year, Bucky became one of the very first musicians in New Jersey to have two of his guitars, along with a recorded history of his lifetime in music, inducted into the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. In 2011 Bucky was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, and in 2012 recorded with Paul McCartney on his latest Grammy Winning Album, Kisses On The Bottom.

Ed Laub is a locally renowned guitarist and vocalist, whose style has been compared to a blend of Kenny Rankin, Chet Baker, and James Taylor; with a guitar style similar to his mentor, Bucky Pizzarelli. Ed says, "that's not bad company to be associated with. They were amongst the artists to whom I listened and was most influenced by. I guess I would say I am honored with that comparison."

Because of Ed's talent as an accompanist, and the fact that he is one of the more accomplished 7 string guitarists, he is sought after by many of the top guitarists in the NYC metropolitan area... to back them up and add a pianistic style that makes any duo sound more like a trio. Focusing mostly on the American Songbook genre, Ed also loves to perform the great Brazilian classics using a nylon 7-string guitar.

Born in northern Bergen County, New Jersey in 1952, Ed grew up in a family of musicians; and his one uncle was an accomplished organist/arranger, who spent many years with Mitch Miller and the Fred Waring. There was always live music at family gatherings, and the desire to be part of that encouraged Ed to pursue learning an instrument. After abandoning the trumpet and the piano, the February 1964 performance of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan's show was the catalyst to taking up the guitar and singing.

In 1966 Ed had the good fortune to study with a marvelous guitarist and banjoist, Bobby Domenic (uncle to jazz legend, Bucky Pizzarelli), and ultimately a few years later in 1969, study the 7 String guitar with Bucky. Ed graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in music and business, and maintained a dual career in both his family business and as a musician in a variety of bands.

13 years ago Ed became the steady partner to his teacher, hero, and close friend; Bucky Pizzarelli. They now travel all over the metropolitan area and major cities in the US, playing in clubs, concert venues and jazz festivals. All About Jazz Magazine said, "Pizzarelli is the complete jazz musician, and Laub complements him perfectly!"

Besides being the consummate rhythm guitarist and accompanist, Ed is in demand as a vocalist, and performs with such great artists as Gene Bertoncini, John Pizzarelli, Paul Meyers, Martin Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Jay Leonhart, Russ Kassoff, Russell Malone, Jack Wilkins, and special guest appearances with the late Kenny Rankin.

Martin Pizzarelli is a renowned double bassist known for his work with his father, legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli; and brother, guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli. He grew up in Saddle River, NJ, where at a young age he became accustomed to weekly visits from Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Sonny Stitt, and Ray Brown. Martin, along with his brother and pianist Ray Kennedy, famously opened for Frank Sinatra's world tour in 1993. Since then he has endured a remarkable tour schedule of roughly 200 dates per year throughout all corners of the globe. TV appearances include Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien; with venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Blue Note Jazz Club. He has worked with the Boston Pops, New York Pops, San Diego Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony orchestras. Martin has also often worked with jazz pianist Monty Alexander and Daniel Jobim, the grandson of Antonio Carlos Jobim. In 2004, he released and recorded his own trio CD with Bucky Pizzarelli and Ray Kennedy, and has appeared as a sideman on over 30 albums.

"The grace, profundity, and wit that attend the playing of the eighty-nine-year-old guitarist Pizzarelli are an outgrowth of the literally thousands of gigs and recording sessions he's participated in. This acknowledged dean of mainstream jazz has developed a fine rapport with the guitarist Laub, a familiar duet partner. Between the two of them, they have fourteen strings for making exquisite music, as each plays an atypical seven-string guitar." --The New Yorker Magazine, April 2015
Dan Bern

Sat Apr 15

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Dan Bern"Dan Bern is a throwback, a singer-songwriter who marvels at life's beauty, fragility, and complexity with a fresh, defiantly uncompromising style. In a perfect world, he'd be as beloved as Dylan or Lennon... he's that good!" So wrote Stereophile magazine contributing editor David Sokol for that publication's popular Records To Die For feature several years back.

A remarkably prolific songsmith, Dan has released some two dozen studio albums, EPs, and live recordings since his first acclaimed Sony-distributed CD in 1997. Either fronting the prodigiously talented band Common Rotation, or as a solo performer, he is comfortable and convincing, funny and topical, with an unassuming tip-of-the-hat to the spirits of Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, and a young Bob Dylan... all while sounding thoroughly original and 21st-century.

Whether writing about stepping back and appreciating the world around us ("Breathe"), or celebrating the venerable voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers ("The Golden Voice of Vin Scully"), Dan's songs are always literary, sometimes funny, and often cinematic. And it's not uncommon at a Dan Bern concert to see and hear fans unabashedly singing along to one song after another, with no prompting from the stage.

Dan Bern recordings have featured a host of artists, ranging from Ani DiFranco to Emmylou Harris, and he's devoted entire albums to baseball (Doubleheader), politics (My Country II), and little kids (2 Feet Tall). His singular songwriting has led to stints working on such projects as the Judd Apatow features Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story starring John C. Reilly, and Get Him to the Greek (starring Russell Brand). His songs have appeared in numerous TV shows, and he recently penned the theme song for the Amazon cartoon The Stinky and Dirty Show.

Dan's newest full-length studio album, Hoody, came out in early 2015. The album was recorded primarily in Los Angeles at Pehrspace in the Echo Park neighborhood. Featuring one of his most engaging and eclectic collections of songs, with support from Common Rotation, Hoody digs deeply into Dan's affinity for country, rock, and folk; with a punch and poignancy rarely heard these days. And his voice has never sounded richer and more powerful. The record has a warm, organic feel, with the band usually performing together in the same room, at the same time. Beside Dan, who plays acoustic and electric guitars and some harmonica, musicians on the album include Adam Busch (drums, harmonica), Jordan Katz (trumpet, banjo), Eric Kufs (lap steel, vocals), Johnny Flaugher (bass), Eben Grace (guitar), and George Sluppick and Tripp Beam (drums). And Hoody was co-produced by Dan with his old friend Greg Prestopino, whose long list of credits includes co-writing Matthew Wilder's ubiquitous Top 5 hit, "Break My Stride" from 1983. Says Dan, "The way we recorded the stuff was a bit rough in spots, and Greg was able to massage it really well." Hoody is filled with highlights and surprises, including "Lifeline", a stunning up-tempo country-rocker. The song, which soberly celebrates resiliency, features guest vocals by original Old Crow Medicine Show member Willie Watson, and Common Rotation lap-steel guitarist Eric Kufs, who co-wrote the song with Dan. And somehow Dan holds one particularly challenging note for 20 seconds toward the end of the song.

Hoody is fresh and contemporary, and certainly deserves to be heard... a lot. Dan is clearly standing on the shoulders of giants as he observes the world around him, and puts all the bustle and the craziness into perspective. He's a songwriter's songwriter and a lyrical genius with a huge, optimistic heart, as anyone who's heard his songs can attest to. (Who else could write songs as diverse and pithy as "The Fifth Beatle", "Osama in Obamaland", and "Year-By-Year Home Run Totals of Barry Bonds"?)

Like we said, Dan Bern is a throwback to the days of exemplary songs and extraordinary songwriters. He's one of the very best, and we sure could use more of his kind these days.

"Dan Bern strums drop-dead gorgeous melodies like a demon with his tail on fire; and expresses his love for humankind through scabrous, literary, skeptical rhymes full of hyper articulation and the tormented self-knowledge of the really, really smart." --Washington Post

"With his acoustic guitar and a batch of witty and insightful songs, Dan Bern is rapidly becoming the voice of a new generation of folk music." --NPR
Frank Vignola and Gene Bertoncini

Sat Apr 22

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Frank Vignola and Gene BertonciniFrank Vignola and Gene Bertoncini, the "meeting of the grooves", have been performing across the globe since 1997.

Gene Bertoncini is one of the preeminent jazz guitarists active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the "Segovia of jazz". An eloquent and versatile improviser, Mr. Bertoncini has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including performances and recordings with Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, Paul Desmond among others; as well as such distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, and Eydie Gorme.

Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world's top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignole to his Five Most Admired Guitarists list for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola's jaw-dropping technique explains why the new York Times deemed him "one of the brightest stars of the guitar".
Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew

Fri Apr 28

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Jesse Lege & Bayou BrewBringing foot stomping' Cajun music to the world one dance hall at a time... Jesse Lege is the Real Deal.

For over 40 years, Lege has been bringing traditional Cajun dance hall music from the dusty back roads of southwest Louisiana, coast to coast and around the world, playing everywhere from local neighborhood dance halls to the largest international festivals.

Today, Lege is one of the most-admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists from Southwest Louisiana, and has garnered numerous Cajun French Music Association awards, known as the "Cajun Grammys." They 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.

Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew brings you deep into Cajun tradition, with accordion (Jesse), fiddle (Darren Wallace), guitar (Erica Weiss) and bass (Evelyn Schneider), and songs that melt your heart too. For dancers and listeners alike, a Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew event is always like a party, filled with old and new friends!

Events for May 2017
Locust Honey

Sat May 6

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Locust HoneyAs Locust Honey, Chloe Edmonstone and Meredith Watson bring their experience in old-time, bluegrass, and pre-war blues to both their original material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast. With a rotating instrumentation of fiddles, open-back and resonator banjos, acoustic and resonator guitars, they set an emphasis on lively arrangements that showcase their signature vintage vocal harmonies. Joined by John Miller (of The Fox Hunt and The Hackensaw Boys) on upright bass, they have been touring the US, UK and Ireland since 2012.

Their original song, "When The Whiskey's Gone", was featured in the 2014 film "Time Out of Mind", starring Richard Gere and directed by Oren Moverman, and a second unreleased original will be included in the 2016 film "The Dinner", by the same writer/director. Locust Honey's record Never Let Me Cross Your Mind debuted to critical acclaim in 2014, and remained in the top ten on the Folk DJ Charts for 4 months. Subsequently released in The UK and Ireland, it was chosen as one of the best country albums of 2016 by The Telegraph in London.

"These feisty women are a relief from the most successful of contemporary bluegrass groups, who too often let both their production and their performance get in the way of their repertoire." --Songlines

"Instrumentally, the expertise and passion of delivery, and their instrument-swapping versatility is obvious, but when Chloe and Meredith harmonize, the performance takes on an additional melodic polish." --Live Review, Blues and More Again

"Their new album is in heavy rotation here in the Hudson Valley farm house, fitting in right along with all those killer 78s from Yazoo. Grab yourself a copy and put on your dancing shoes." --No Depression

Events for June 2017
The Woodsheep

Fri Jun 2

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The WoodsheepThe sound from the mountains of Appalachia has long been swelling at its banks, on the verge of spilling over the confines of folk and electronic music convention. The Woodsheep aim to highlight the diversity, creativity, and storytelling that abound in their ever-evolving eastern Kentucky home, by shoring up their own roots with a creative blend of Kentucky folk instruments, poetic lyrics, soaring vocal harmonies, and lo-fidelity electronic flare. Andrew Preston (featured songwriter by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2015), David Austin Tackett (finalist for Hoedown In the Holler), Melissa Caskey, and Matt Holleran (both affiliated with the prestigious Mountain Music Ambassadors of the KY Center for Traditional Music) formed The Woodsheep in late 2015. In only a year they've collected an impressive repertoire of original indie music, Appalachian folk standards, and a year-long North American tour to promote their debut record, Watching Mars. This has earned them regional success and a reputation for quirky showmanship and fine-crafted musical skill. They have performed at venues, festivals, and radio, including The Purple Fiddle, The World of Bluegrass Festival, and Bear Radio Network; and have worked with acts including Jesse Wells of The Wooks, Jocelyn Mackenzie of Pearl and the Beard, and The McLain Family Band.

Featured as part of the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2015 Songwriter Showcase.

"Make no mistake that [The Woodsheep] are the real deal. Their voices blend really well, and their songs are equally good: a rarity a la Everly Brothers. They restored my faith in music and hipster beards." --The Outhouse Blog
Abby Hollander Band

Sat Jun 24

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Abby Hollander BandAbby Hollander is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning songwriter; originally from Woodstock, NY. In 2013 she formed her band in Brooklyn to perform her original songs in a traditional bluegrass setting.

Jason Borisoff, a Romulus, NY native, plays guitar, sings harmony, and co-writes songs. Ellery Marshall, from Los Angeles, provides the banjo sound that is one of the group's trademark features. The group is regularly joined some of the Northeast's best fiddle and mandolin players. All the musicians play an active role in helping Abby arrange her songs, making the band a dynamic, collaborative experience, rooted equally in the time-honored sounds of bluegrass, and the 21st century city they call home.

The band has been featured in numerous bluegrass festivals and publications, including as emerging artists at the 2015 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival.

Their self-titled debut album is now available for download on iTunes and Amazon, and on CD at any of their shows.

"This one's a keeper. Keep an eye on the Abby Hollander Band." --John Lawless, Bluegrass Today
Mary Gauthier

Sun Jun 25

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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."

"To be affected by these songs, you don't have to know anything of Gauthier's backstory (Louisiana orphan addict chef turned sober troubadour), the respect she commands across gender lines in the Americana scene, or the heavyweight catalog she's built out of unflinching introspection and Southern Gothic-shaded storytelling." --NPR Music

"...Louisiana-raised Mary Gauthier has become one of Americana music's most admired artists... across the U.S., and in her regular tours around the world." --Wall Street Journal

"Every tune is a rough gem of melody, misery and economy, as Gauthier excavates romantic wreckage like an archaeologist telling the story of a fossilized love." --Rolling Stone

Recent Events at the Cafe

Nov-26-16: Sax Life
Nov-27-16: Farewell party for the Rosendale School of Arts
Nov-27-16: Celtic Cafe
Dec-01-16: Staats Fasoldt
Dec-01-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-03-16: Third Ghost CD release performance
Dec-04-16: Opening reception for Staats Fasoldt's gallery exhibition
Dec-08-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-10-16: Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine
Dec-13-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Dec-15-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-17-16: CANCELLED - Tom Pacheco
Dec-18-16: Celtic Cafe
Dec-22-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-27-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Dec-29-16: CANCELLED - Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-31-16: New Year's Eve with The Bedtime Kissers
Jan-01-17: Larry Arvidson
Jan-05-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jan-07-17: Matt Flinner Trio with special guest Matt Munisteri
Jan-10-17: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Jan-12-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jan-14-17: Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones
Jan-15-17: CANCELLED - Celtic Cafe
Jan-19-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jan-21-17: Jeff "Siege" Siegel Sextet CD Release Celebration
Jan-24-17: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Jan-26-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jan-28-17: Hobo Jungle
Feb-02-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Feb-04-17: Too Blue
Feb-05-17: Book release and signing for Dennis Doherty's "Black Irish"
Feb-05-17: Celtic Cafe
Feb-09-17: CANCELLED... Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Feb-10-17: Alash Ensemble
Feb-11-17: Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fi's
Feb-12-17: Opening reception for Beth Dixon and Carol Morley's gallery exhibition
Feb-14-17: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Feb-16-17: CANCELLED in support of DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS: Salsa Thursday
Feb-18-17: Irka Mateo Trio

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 members 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)