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Events for the Rest of January 2018    Recent artists
January's Featured Visual Artist is Ted Dixon, Exhibiting "Happy New Works"

Rosendale artist Ted Dixon displays his solo exhibition "Happy New Works," featuring acrylics on canvas inspired by journey and discovery. [more]

Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Appearing Tomorrow
Tue Jan 23

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Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin passionate 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 Ned Leavitt, Pam Gerson, Lauren Tully, Jamie Thomas, Normanuniform, and Will Adams.
Salsa Thursday with Bachata lessons and Latin dancing

Thu Jan 25
$10.00 with lesson, $5.00 for just dancing

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Salsa Thursday with Bachata 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. This is the last Thursday with instructor Jeff Luoma. Maia and David return February 1st.

Jeff Luoma discovered Latin dance while in the Peace Corps in Central America, and has loved dancing to this music since. He has taught Latin Dance 101 at SUNY Potsdam and in Ithaca, and has been a part of dance troupes in Ithaca and in Ohio. He'll be teaching beginning Bachata and then spinning tunes for the evening's dance tunes.
Richie & Rosie

Sat Jan 27

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Richie & RosieRichie Stearns and Rosie Newton are a dynamic duo, performing music rooted in the Americana tradition. Over the past four years they have collaborated in various projects and formed the duo after hours of jamming in Stearns' kitchen, experimenting with traditional and original songs. Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton take the fiddle, banjo combination to new levels as they continue to expand the boundaries of this tradition.

Richie Stearns is a legendary banjo player and singer, and has led bands including the Horse Flies, and Donna the Buffalo. He has also played with countless others, and tours with Natalie Merchant. He is steeped in the traditions of American old-time music, Appalachian folk, blues, African, rock, and country music.

Rosie Newton is a talented fiddler and singer at the beginning of her music career. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in viola performance, and has become an integral part of the Ithaca old-time music community. Newton tours with The Duhks, Louisiana legend Preston Frank, Red Dog Run, the Evil City Stringband, Home Remedy and occasionally The Pearly Snaps. She has taught fiddle at Sunshine Coast School of Celtic music, the Taylor Music Festival, and the Black Pot Camp.

Note this event was originally scheduled to occur a week earlier.

"The air left the room when Richie and Rosie sang their first notes together... everyone had their breath taken away at once." --Jen Hughes, Bluegrass Today

"Rosie Newton is a truly monster old-time fiddler, and seems to be at the center of a real scene in Ithaca, New York. Not only is she a marvelously dexterous fiddler, pulling a huge variety of syncopated rhythms out of old-time bowing, but she's also a ferocious fiddler, tearing into a fiddle tune like a lioness tearing into a gazelle." --No Depression

Events for February 2018
February's Featured Visual Artist is Suzanne Stokes, Exhibiting "Liquid States"

Liquid States, the current series of monotypes by Suzanne Stokes, explores water as substance, metaphoric allusion, and engages debates relating to the ecologies, geographies and socio-politics of water. [more]

Out On A Limb

Sat Feb 3

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Out On A LimbOut On A Limb is an acoustic instrumental group playing styles of bluegrass, new grass, old time, jazz, Balkan, Swedish and more!

Jordan Shapiro (guitar), a new resident of Beacon, NY, has been performing bluegrass music since 1999, the year he moved to NYC to produce and write an experimental absurdist rock musical. His bluegrass band Astrograss, born out of that musical, has been active in the NYC bluegrass scene since 2003. The band performs yearly at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in NY, and has released 3 full length albums of original music. In addition to bluegrass music, Jordan performs on keyboards in many different ensembles, including touring for many years in a Zappa tribute band featuring former Zappa vocalists. In 2015, Jordan toured Australia as a member of Gary Lucas' Gods and Monsters, performing the music of Jeff Buckley and Tim Buckley, with Martha Wainwright and other vocalists. Jordan plays keyboards on upcoming release World of Captain Beefheart, a new band put together by former Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas and ex-LaBelle vocalist Nona Hendryx. Jordan also leads a psychedelic jazz-fusion Balkan folk project called Choban Elektrik, which released its debut CD in 2014.

August Eriksmoen (mandolin) has lived in Beacon since 2011. He has toured all over the country as a multi-instrumentalist and conductor. He is an accomplished arranger and orchestrator, having worked on many Broadway musicals and TV shows, including the the recent hit Come from Away, Steve Martin's Bright Star, the series Once Upon a Time, A Christmas Story Live, and Disney's Descendants. He is a Grammy nominated producer (2017), Tony nominated orchestrator (2016), as well as twice nominated for the Drama Desk Award.

Nate Allen (bass) has toured across the United States and Europe, and has recorded with various artists including Peter Karp and Sue Foley, the Kristijan Krajncan Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, Nicole Hart, Black Gold, Friend Roulette, Scott Barkan, The Fine Machines, Illumntr, and Crooks and Perverts. Today, he plays in a variety of groups ranging in styles including blues, jazz, rock, folk, pop, soul, roots, and fusion.

In 2008, he won second place in the International Generations Jazz Competition in San Francisco, CA. At the music conservatory at SUNY Purchase in New York, he studied under great jazz musicians and educators including Doug Weiss, Kermit Driscoll, Javon Jackson, Ralph Lalama, Jimmy Greene, and Charles Blenzig.

Ryan Drickey (fiddle) will be joining us on this occasion! For Ryan, music is not only a way of life, it's a way to experience the world in which we live. A lifelong student of musical styles, Ryan immersed himself first in classical music, eventually earning a Masters degree in violin from the University of Colorado at Boulder. There he studied jazz in addition to classical violin, which began his fascination with American musical traditions.

Ryan's investigation of his own musical roots has led Ryan back through time: from modern jazz improvisation concepts, through bluegrass fiddling, old-time American fiddle styles, and across the Atlantic to the musical traditions of Ireland, Sweden and Norway.

Ryan is a Fulbright scholar, having spent a year in Sweden teaching American roots music at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, while learning from Swedish folk masters such as Roger Tallroth, Ale Moller, and Ellika Frisell.
Opening reception for Suzanne Stokes' gallery exhibition

Sun Feb 4

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Opening reception for Suzanne Stokes' gallery exhibitionAn opening reception from 2:00pm-4:00pm, for artist Suzanne Stokes' exhibition of monotypes entitled "Liquid States".

The work will be displayed in the Cafe during the month of February 2018.

Artist Statement

Liquid States, the current series of monotypes by Suzanne Stokes, explores water as substance, metaphoric allusion, and engages debates relating to the ecologies, geographies and socio-politics of water. Water means life. The integration and interaction of the figures with water looks at how the interplay of relationships, spiritualism, and stewardship of the earth shapes our modern world. The work forms a collective narrative that addresses mankind's complicated relationship to this essential natural resource.

These visual investigations focus on how light and shadow defines, reveals, and conceals the form of various flora and fauna of the sea with the human body and its surrounding environments. Through this imagery Suzanne hopes to create implied voices and sounds that come to the forefront and recede to the background: outbursts, whisperings, laughter, secrets and the amplified and muffled rumblings of living bodies of water. While some creatures observe, the sounds of a figure soaring towards the sky or rushing through deep water while riding on a large squid emerge. A series of tableaus come to light between generations of humans, animals and plants, between scale, color and texture.

A variety of printmaking, papermaking and embossing techniques are combined with the press to print monotypes made from a series of layered vellum stencils and natural materials. The monotypes are embossed with a wide variety of plants from the Hudson Valley's local forests and Maine's mid-coast Atlantic Ocean.

Artist Bio

Suzanne Stokes lives and creates her work in Bloomington, New York. Her installations, monotypes and performance work have been shown locally, nationally and internationally. She began making prints in 2011 and explored papermaking and embossing soon after. She is the founder and artistic director of the theatrical, shadow-based performance group Cave Dogs. There she fills a multitude of roles, including those of artistic director, lighting designer and technician, performer, choreographer, and prop, costume and set designer and maker. Suzanne received her BFA from Kent State University, OH and her MFA from SUNY New Paltz, NY; both Fine Art degrees were a concentration in Metals. She is currently a Professor in the Art Department at SUNY New Paltz, NY.
Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fi's

Sat Feb 10

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Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fi's"What makes Big Joe So Big?"

For sure he's a Big talent. Why does every venue in The Valley want Joe Fitz on their stage? Because he's more than an entertainer; not just a pretty face with a harp in his mouth, not just a first class purveyor of the blues and roots tradition. It's his soul, large, wide, real, and molasses sweet. That's what attracts people. He's one of those rare folks who you feel you are "in the presence of" and better off for it. He isn't just singing for us. He sings to the spirit that moves within him, this gentle man.

"The Lo-Fi's, a charming misnomer, are high up in musical stature. Robert Bard is a human clock of a bass player with a deep groove. Every note and pause he submits is minted with a silver touch. Mark Dziuba plays the guitar, but actually, he lifts it up as a living voice to the muse. The neon blue lines he tosses out there snag every catfish in the creek. Eric Parker is what you'd call 'a gift drummer'. He has a large toolbox, but he only uses the ones he needs; the ones that are called for at the moment. He can rock the foundations, but with a sense of dynamics that suit every phrase of the music. He's the drummer you hope to have behind you." --Cafe Guide

"Big Joe Fitz is a smooth singer, mellow and easy like a jazz singer, but deeply rooted in the blues. The sound is clean, refined and elegant... just jazzy enough to make it smooth and bluesy enough not to lose its edge; a first rate musician with a band to match." --Living Blues Magazine

'Should Known Better' is the latest CD: "Infused with quiet compassion, 4 Stars" --Downbeat Magazine
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Feb 13

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Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin unassuming 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 Rich Newman, Wally Nichols, Songs of the Fighting McKenzies with Wayne and probably Mark, MK Burnell, Michael Francis McCarthy, and Anthony Sylvio.
Frank Vignola and Aaron Weinstein

Sat Feb 17

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Frank Vignola and Aaron WeinsteinFrank Vignola and Aaron Weinstein perform violin and guitar duets in the style of, and reminiscent of, the great Venuti and Lang and Grappelli and Reinhardt.

Frank Vignola, born December 30th, 1965, 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 " of the brightest stars of the guitar".

With over 1000 engagements in the last five years alone, Frank Vignola has become one of the most popular and sought after guitarists on the international music scene. His dynamic genre-spanning music has brought him to 14 countries on three continents "and still growing", performing in some of the world's most illustrious venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Carnegie Hall, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New York's Lincoln Center, and the world's oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy.

Often featured on National Public Radio, Frank Vignola has also become a familiar figure on Public Television, featured previously on three popular shows, including the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends. His own PBS special, "Four Generations of Guitar" produced by Peter Berkow, premiered in the 2015 season as part of the 13 episode series "Music Gone Public", where they were joined by special guests Bucky Pizzarelli, Joe Craven and Tommy Emmanuel.

Aaron Weinstein has been called "the Groucho of the violin" by Tony Bennett and "a perfect musician" by jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli. Aaron " rapidly establishing himself as one of his instrument's rare jazz masters." (Don Heckman, International Review of Music).

As a featured soloist, Aaron has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Blue Note, and abroad at jazz festivals in England, France, Switzerland, Iceland, and Israel. Aaron has performed and recorded with an array of jazz icons including Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Dave Frishberg, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross, as well as musicians as varied as New York Pops conductor Skitch Henderson, and rock guitarist Jay Geils. He has written arrangements for vocalists including Christine Ebersole, Linda Lavin, and the Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel. Additionally, Aaron is a respected mandolinist, widely regarded as one of the instrument's leading exponents in the jazz idiom.

"Vignola and Weinstein brought the house down with their rendition of Rachmaninoff's 9th, arranged for violin and guitar." --Nebraska Times
Maeandros Duo

Sat Feb 24

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Maeandros DuoHaving performed together in the Maeandros Ensemble and numerous other Greek, Near Eastern and Jazz-inspired ensembles for over a decade, Megan Gould and Mavrothi Kontanis have forged a strong musical bond. Whether performing a traditional Greek or Turkish tune, an original composition, or supporting each other's heartfelt improvisations, this duo makes the most of each note... some of which you just can't play on a piano...

Mavrothi Kontanis (oud, voice): Mavrothi is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and teacher born and raised in the US, but with roots in Halkidiki, Greece. Mavrothi's main instrument is the oud, though guitar, baglamas and bouzouki are also often in the mix. Mavrothi has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, can be heard on numerous recordings and movie soundtracks, and is the leader and founding member of both the Maeandros Ensemble and Mild Mannered Rebel. When not performing with various groups in the NY/NJ area, Mavrothi teaches music at Elliott Street Elementary in Newark, NJ.

Megan Gould (violin): Megan Gould is one of NYC's most versatile performers of Middle Eastern, Greek and popular music. Her comfort within a wide range of styles, her responsiveness to other musicians on stage, and a soulful improvisational style make Megan a sought-after element in many musical projects. She has performed onstage with popular artists such as David Byrne, Natalie Merchant, and John Mellencamp, and her work has appeared on recordings and film soundtracks for artists including Lou Reed, Philip Glass and Metallica. She has performed with notable Greek musicians Alkistis Protopsaltis, Kostas Makedonas, and Mario Frangoulis, and with renowned composer Giannis Markopoulos. While taking on a significant amount of freelance work, her ongoing positions include Assistant Music Director of the NY Arabic Orchestra under Lebanese master musician Bassam Saba, a violinist in Natalie Merchant's touring ensemble, violinist and baglama player in the popular Greek ensemble Mikrokosmos, and a member of the National Arabic Orchestra in Detroit, Michigan.

"These aren't musty re-creations... the arrangements are lively, the performances are vigorous, and Kontanis' singing glows with soulfulness and sorrow." --Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

"The Barbes website billed them as 'probably the best Greek ensemble around,' high praise from a generally reliable source. For once, putting cynicism on hold paid off: Mavrothi Kontanis and his spectacular backup band are the real deal... Megan Gould provided eerie sheets of sound on violin...get to know this amazing band." --Lucid Culture
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Feb 27

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Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin glorious 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 John Derosalia, "Flamingo" Jeff Pfeffer, Paul K. Maloney, Frank Migliorelli, Nick Lathrop, and Nicholas Gimbel.

Events for March 2018
March's Featured Visual Artist is Janet Howard-Fatta, Exhibiting "Music Sheet Nudes - gouache on vintage music sheet"

Drawings done from 20 minute poses, with gouache or watercolor, on vintage music sheet paper. [more]

Abbie Gardner

Sat Mar 3

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Abbie GardnerAbbie Gardner is a fiery dobro player with an infectious smile. Whether performing solo or with Americana darlings Red Molly, her acclaimed tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, are propelled by her impeccable slide guitar chops. Her live show is truly unique - as both an award winning songwriter and interpreter of folk styles, a captivating vocalist, and a world class dobro player, she has an unmistakable sound all her own. Her latest CD, Wishes on a Neon Sign will be released in January 2018, and features twelve original songs, plus a co-write with Chris Stapleton.

"Not only a first-rate Dobro player, but a songwriter to be reckoned with." --John Platt, WFUV
Opening reception for Janet Howard-Fatta's gallery exhibition

Sun Mar 4

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Opening reception for Janet Howard-Fatta's gallery exhibitionAn opening reception from 2:00pm-4:00pm, for artist Janet Howard-Fatta' exhibition entitled "Music Sheet Nudes - gouache on vintage music sheet".

The work will be displayed in the Cafe during the month of March 2018.

Artist Statement

When creating this Music Sheet Nude series, I work directly from life. I facilitate a drawing group in Warwick, NY, where we draw from a live model. I am most attracted to the way the light falls on the model. How the backlit dark shapes connect and how the light softly turns on the form seduce me. What attracted me to the vintage music sheet paper was its ethereal quality. I like the way watercolor responds to the paper and matching the lyrics with the pose. These drawings are done from usually 20 minute poses, with gouache or watercolor, on vintage music sheet paper.

Artist Bio

Hudson Valley fine artist Janet Howard-Fatta creates a variety of works from landscapes in oil depicting place and time, to figurative works in wet and dry media. Light, color and a love of nature are the driving forces behind her work.

Janet received a BFA in painting at Pratt Institute. Currently she paints events on weekends and is a board member of the Orange County Arts Council and Wickham Works, a makerspace that is in development in the Hudson Valley. Janet facilitates the Warwick Life Drawing Group at Milkweed Community Space and the Seligmann Center. She lives in the Hudson Valley, in Warwick, NY.
Locust Honey

Sat Mar 17

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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 was 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.

"Their intuitive playing takes the feel of a song, maintains it, and at the same time turns it into a Locust Honey song. The results are warm, emotional, and, at times, heartbreaking." --Pop Matters

"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 April 2018
Olli Soikkeli & Cesar Garabini

Sat Apr 7

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Olli Soikkeli & Cesar GarabiniDjango-style Finnish guitar whiz will be playing duets with Cesar Garabini, the mostly-Brazilian 7-string guitar artist. Gypsy meets choro! Brazilian chorinho and Gypsy jazz are a natural pair. Both matured in the early 20th century influenced by urbanization, industrialization, European classical music, African rhythms, popular dance music, and the dawn of the recording industry.

Olli Soikkeli was born in Nurmes, Finland in 1991, and is now based in New York City. He started playing guitar at age of 12. After a few years of playing, Olli was introduced to the music of the great Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz has been his main focus ever since. Soon Olli was playing in jazz clubs and festivals all over Finland. After touring around Europe with musicians such as Paulus Schafer and Arnoud Van Den Berg, Olli decided to move to New York City in 2014. There, Olli has played legendary venues such as Birdland Jazz Club, Blue Note, and the Lincoln Center.

Despite his young age Olli has already played with stars such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Stochelo Rosenberg, Tommy Emmanuel, Andreas Aberg, Cyrille Aimee, Anat Cohen, Antti Sarpila, and Marian Petrescu.

In 2011 Olli recorded his first album, "Trois Generations" with Hot Club de Finlande and Vitali Imereli, and in 2012 he recorded his second album "Kouvola Junction" with Paulus Schafer and Arnoud van den Berg.

In 2014 Olli and Rhythm Future Quartet released their debut album, and in 2016 Rhythm Future Quartet's second album "Travels" was released. This album received rave reviews, including Best albums of 2016 by Huffington Post and All About Jazz magazines.

"Olli Soikkeli, is a riveting Finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django." --The Wall Street Journal

Cesar Garabini writes: "Hello to everyone! I am an Italo-Brazilian guitarist. I was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil on the 25th of August 1987. I lived in Brazil until the age of 5, when I moved with my parents to New Jersey, USA. There I went to school and learned English. In 1998 at the age of 10, my parents and I moved back to Brazil where I continued school, perfected the Portuguese language, and had my first contact with Brazilian music. In 2005 at the age of 17, I moved with my parents to Florence, Italy, where I learned Italian, worked in countless different jobs, and started practicing the classical guitar as a hobby."

"Since I first heard the sound of the guitar, it has always been my passion, and since the beginning, everything I know in music was discovered by myself through a lot of listening, jamming, and performing. In 2009 I finally started putting together samba, bossanova and chorinho bands in Italy. I have performed in most music bars, restaurants and stages in Florence, and in many other venues throughout Italy. In February of 2011, I decided to come to New York City to expand my musical knowledge."

"I play the classical 6 and 7 string guitars with styles like samba, choro, bossanova, baiao, forro, waltze, classical, MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira), Portuguese "Fado" and more."

"Now, I am playing in many NYC venues with many formations such as solo guitar, guitar+pandeiro, guitar+singer, guitar+mandolin/flute, in samba, choro, and bossa nova bands."
Isle of Klezbos

Sat Apr 28

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Isle of KlezbosIsle of Klezbos celebrates the band's 20th anniversary in 2018! Lately esteemed as "Klezmer goddesses," the internationally-touring all-gal sextet approaches Yiddish musical traditions with fun-loving irreverence and soulful respect. This powerhouse lineup brings creative chemistry and stratospheric soloing chops, reaching fans onstage from Tribeca to Texas to Tennessee. This electricity is also vividly transmitted on their latest CD Live From Brooklyn... acclaimed by New York Music Daily as "deliriously fun concert recording by the [all]-female, pioneering New York klezmer whirlwind."

Whether re-grooving a Second Avenue Theater standard, fueling a classic freylekhs dance-floor, or delivering original klezmer reggae and boogaloo, the group's sound appeals on emotional, virtuosic and kinetic levels; while expanding listeners' imaginations. As The New Yorker says, Isle of Klezbos "tests the elasticity of the genre."

The group has been featured from Seattle's Bumbershoot to CBS Sunday Morning, featuring bandmate alumnae of Juilliard, Eastman, Berklee and Manhattan Schools of Music; who have performed as well with artists from Rufus Wainwright to Natalie Merchant, Hazmat Modine to John Zorn, Seattle Baroque to Beyonce, and Scissor Sisters to The Lascivious Biddies to Jill Sobule.

Klezbos projects have included musical documentary theater: "J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files" praised Off-Off Broadway by The New York Times... and The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film multi-media cinema history concert replete with unexpected archival subtexts. Not for nothing does New York Magazine call Isle of Klezbos: "Cutting Edge Klezmer."

Photos credit: Angela Jimenez

"Brilliant, Intense, Eclectic... intoxicating mix of a hundred years worth of classic and original klezmer, Latin, jazz and film music." --New York Music Daily

"A robustly recorded romp that perfectly captures the sumptuous sound of the ensemble." --HEEB Magazine

"Lively and melodic jazz and tango-laced pieces." --The Jewish Week

"These ladies are damned good musicians, period." --Edge New York City

Events for May 2018
Haleh Liza, Steve Gorn, and Matt Kilmer

Sat May 5

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Haleh Liza, Steve Gorn, and Matt KilmerSteve Gorn presents Rumi Nights; with Haleh Liza, poet and translator of Persian descent; and world percussionist Matt Kilmer.

Weaving through a soundscape created by Steve Gorn (flute and clarinet) and Matt Kilmer (hand percussion); poet, musician, and translator Haleh Liza will share new translations of Rumi's poetry, as well as stories about his life and mystical concepts that recur through his poems. Haleh will be sharing Rumi's words both in English and in Persian, so that you can hear the incredible rhythm and rhyme of the original language.

Recent Events at the Cafe

Oct-24-17: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Oct-26-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-27-17: Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys
Nov-01-17: Sandra Scheuer
Nov-02-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Nov-03-17: Cedric Watson
Nov-04-17: Deni Bonet
Nov-05-17: Opening reception for Sandra Scheuer's gallery exhibition
Nov-09-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Nov-11-17: Jim Kweskin
Nov-14-17: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Nov-16-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Nov-18-17: The Lowest Pair
Nov-25-17: Tom Pacheco
Nov-28-17: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Nov-30-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-01-17: Lynn Margileth
Dec-02-17: Peter Karp Band
Dec-03-17: Opening reception for Lynn Margileth's gallery exhibition
Dec-07-17: Salsa Thursday with Bachata lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-08-17: Blind Crow
Dec-09-17: CANCELLED... Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Dec-12-17: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Dec-14-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-16-17: Frank Vignola Trio
Dec-17-17: Celtic Cafe
Dec-21-17: Salsa Thursday with Bachata lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-23-17: Bunkhouse Boys
Dec-26-17: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Dec-28-17: Salsa Thursday with Bachata lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-30-17: James Maddock
Dec-31-17: New Year's Eve with The Bedtime Kissers
Jan-04-18: CANCELLED - Salsa Thursday
Jan-06-18: Michael Francis McCarthy
Jan-07-18: Opening reception for Ted Dixon's gallery exhibition
Jan-09-18: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Jan-11-18: Salsa Thursday with Bachata lessons and Latin dancing
Jan-12-18: eARmight
Jan-13-18: Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew
Jan-18-18: Salsa Thursday with Bachata lessons and Latin dancing
Jan-20-18: Martin Pizzarelli Trio
Jan-21-18: 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 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.

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