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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


Thu Jul 9
7:30pm
$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.
 
Isle of Klezbos

Fri Jul 10
8:00pm
$15.00

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Isle of KlezbosNYC-based Isle of Klezbos approaches tradition with irreverence and respect. The soulful, fun-loving all-women's klezmer powerhouse has toured from Vienna to Vancouver since 1998. Band repertoire ranges from rambunctious to entrancing: neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies, Yiddish swing and retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking song, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals. The band's concert footage has been broadcast internationally on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN World-Beat, and PBS In The Life, and their live and studio recordings have also been heard on The L Word (Showtime), WFMU, Northeast Public Radio (Live at the Linda), and film soundtracks for Grace Paley: Collected Shorts, Esther Broner: A Weave of Women, and I Guess I'm Not Going to Get to Vegas, among others. The band has also been commissioned to
work with singer/songwriter Jill Sobule's original "Music from Yentl" project; and to create a concert for artist Kiki Smith and studio recordings of Klezbos arrangements for multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated, Scissor Sisters.

Performing at the Cafe will be the Isle of Klezbos quartet special. This incarnation features Debra Kreisberg on clarinet and alto saxophone, Pam Fleming and trumpet and flugelhorn, Shoko Nagai on accordion, and Eve Sicular on drums (and as bandleader).

Photos credits: The left side (trio) by Steve Toya; accordion solo photo by Hank Gans.

"Cutting Edge Klezmer" --The New Yorker

"One of New York's most exciting groups in any style" --New York Music Daily

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

"Six sexy women give a creative kick to classic klezmer music." --New York Daily News

"These women will make you shake your tushies!" --Village Voice

"Isle of Klezbos tests the elasticity of the genre" --The New Yorker
 
Irish and English Pub Songs Session

Sun Jul 12
7:00pm
Free

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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 Jul 14
8:00pm
Free

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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 "Wild" Bill Drucker, John Derosalia, Steve Stellavato, Paul Maloney, and Phil Milller & Betty Altman.
 
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Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing

Thu Jul 16
7:30pm
$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.
 
Rosendale Street Festival 2015

Sat Jul 18
12:00pm
Free

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Rosendale Street Festival 2015Saturday July 18th and Sunday, July 19th

Join the Cafe in this huge, yearly block party, featuring local and regional musicians from almost every genre; with arts, crafts, and food vendors; and festivalgoers in the many thousands.

We'll have food and cold beer and other drinks... both indoors and out. Either revel on our outdoor patio, or come in from the heat and enjoy the same table service in air conditioned comfort.

There'll be lots of great music the Cafe Stage.

"A big-hearted, small-town festival that celebrates local artists, musicians, breathtaking natural beauty, and our rich community. 1 Street. 2 Days. 6 Stages. 74 Bands. Donation Driven!"

More info about the Festival at: http://RosendaleStreetFestival.org
 
Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing

Thu Jul 23
7:30pm
$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.
 
Holy Crow Jazz Band

Sat Jul 25
8:00pm
$10.00

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Holy Crow Jazz BandHoly Crow Jazz Band is a New York City based ensemble that specializes in American traditional jazz music from the 1920s throughout the 1930s. The band's repertoire includes many instrumental numbers that were written, or were inspired by, great musicians of the past. These include King Oliver, Kid Ory, Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, and The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, just to name a few.

Lead vocals by Jessy Carolina are reminiscent of the antiquated musical stylings of Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and Ma Rainey. The band's stompy and lively sound can be attributed to its heavy horns and solid rhythm section lead by Carolina's husband, Mario J. Maggio on clarinet and tenor saxophone. On trumpet is Tin Pan's vivacious Jesse Selengut. The boisterous Tim Vaughn plays trombone, and proudly known as "TubaJoe", Joe Exley booms on tuba. Proving to be the important foundation of the band are Adam Brisbin on guitar and Curt Garey on drums, with occasional washboarding by Jessy Carolina. Holy Crow Jazz Band sets the stage for dancing, and all within its company for a grand old time.

"This music, played in the bars, streets, brothels, and Preservation Hall so long ago, is alive as if the musicians just left the stand. Jessy Carolina and company raise the soul-packed sound again with shocking skill and authenticity. It's slaw, gumbo, fried fish at the Salvation Army, aural gold, heart ache and joy, and the sweet razor sauce of Jessy's voice... a blue plate special of Bessie Smith." --Cafe Guide
 
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Jul 28
8:00pm
Free

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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 Rick Snyder, Adam O, Jim Petrie, May Cheung, and Jeff Entin.
 
Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing

Thu Jul 30
7:30pm
$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.
 
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Events for August 2015
The Saturday Night Bluegrass Band

Sat Aug 1
8:00pm
$10.00

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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
 
James Reams & The Barnstormers

Fri Aug 7
8:00pm
$15.00

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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.
 
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Aug 11
8:00pm
Free

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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
8:00pm
$10.00

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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
8:00pm
Free

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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.
 


Events for September 2015
Foghorn Stringband

Sat Sep 5
8:00pm
$15.00

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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
 
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Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Sep 8
8:00pm
Free

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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
8:00pm
$15.00

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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
 


Recent Events at the Cafe

Apr-09-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Apr-11-15: Miss Ida Blue
Apr-12-15: Opening reception for Anne Coleman Photography exhibition
Apr-12-15: Irish and English Pub Songs Session
Apr-14-15: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Apr-16-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Apr-17-15: Martin & Eliza Carthy
Apr-18-15: Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine
Apr-23-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Apr-24-15: The KC Three (for Tea) & More
Apr-25-15: Red Dog Run
Apr-28-15: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Apr-30-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
May-01-15: Nancy Ostrovsky and Eric John Herr
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


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.


 
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