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Dancing with Dasein... by Mark Morganstern
Dancing with Dasein... a book by Mark Morganstern
A collection of fourteen stories
by Cafe co-owner Mark Morganstern
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The Rosendale Cafe's Getaway Apartment for Rent
Beautiful Newly Renovated Vacation Apartment
A large three bedroom apartment, just renovated.
It has ten foot ceilings, lots of light, and a very open layout.
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The Rosendale Cafe's Famous Japanese Salad Dressing
Our famous Japanese Salad Dressing
Bring home a bottle or two of this
popular feature of the Cafe.
They make great gifts!

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Webcam of our specials board
Our Online Specials Board!
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Greg and Michelle and a Burrito, click for larger The Rosendale Cafe offers some of the best vegetarian food and performing artists in the Hudson Valley, serving weekly entrees, assorted salads, exciting homemade desserts, organic coffees, three tap micro brews, and wine. Weekend concerts feature both local and international musicians: singer-songwriters, jazz, blues, world, and experimental; and every other Tuesday we host Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays, a showcase of local musicians. Enjoy delicious, whole vegetarian cooking and hear great music in an intimate, smoke free restaurant environment.

Recognized by Chronogram Magazine as Best Vegetarian Restaurant and Best Performance Space, we also received a four star rating for food and value in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

After a concert by The Hunger Mountain Boys, enthusiastic audience member Ammuse wrote "... The Rosendale Cafe holds a special place in my heart, being among one of my favorite intimate music venues in not only my surrounding area, but in NY State itself."  Click here to see the full review, including some great photos.

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Tomorrow's Event at the Cafe:
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Tuesday, June 28 at 8:00pm  Cost: Free   iCal +Google

Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin sassy 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 Leo Glaser, Wally Nichols, Mike Herz, Peter Sando, Jerry Mitnick, and Shabbat.

... and then...
Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Thursday, June 30 at 7:30pm  Cost: $10.00 with lesson, $5.00 for just dancing   iCal +Google

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. Instructor David Salvatierra and Julia Farr will lead dance forms that may include Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Cha Cha, Bachata, and now the fun style of Rueda de Casino.

Rueda de Casino is a style where several couples dance choreographically around a circle, with dance moves spoken by a "caller". This style was developed in Cuba in the 1950s, and is the greatest way to learn salsa as community. Everyone can join this class!

... and then...
Chris Murphy
Saturday, July 2 at 8:00pm  Cost: $10.00   iCal +Google

Chris MurphyFor 25 years, and with no sign of slowing, violinist Chris Murphy has made a living by writing, performing and recording original music. For Murphy, the path forward is charted by looking backward, to the troubadours and minstrels of ages past. "In another era," he says, "I would have played square dances. I would have been a court musician in Versailles in the 17th Century, or a violinist in a circus orchestra."

Born into an Irish-Italian family near New York City, Murphy was surrounded by the disparate and eclectic sounds of his neighbors' traditional music. "I heard and was influenced by everything - from Italian-mandolin music, to bluegrass and folk, to Latin, to Turkish, to Indian...", he says. "My real hero was David Lindley. Hearing him play fiddle and lap steel with Jackson Browne - that kind of esoteric, enigmatic soloing over songs is originally what I loved."

Now based in Los Angeles, Murphy earns his living by teaching - guitar, mandolin and violin - working on music for films, and, mostly, by performing his work for audiences.

To wit, Murphy has amassed a deep catalog of solo and collaborative albums and made cameo appearances on records by Har Mar Superstar and The Dandy Warhols, among others. In the last year alone, Murphy has written and recorded six new albums in a vast array of styles. Chris has also been featured on television programs such as ‘Til Death and The Ellen Degeneres Show; his diverse and chameleon-like talents make him a sought-after composer and collaborator for film and television.

Murphy finds his element on the stage, where spontaneity and improvisation reign. "To me, the music is liquid, and I'm looking to have some kind of experience," he says. "I'll twist and turn and hammer and mold and shape cut and paste the music to do that. We've never done a song the same way twice."

"Haunting and enchanting...A talented and innovative player traveling on the edge." --Dirty Linen Magazine

"Find Murphy - the Los Angeles fiddle master foraging for lyric themes in the underbelly of folk-rock tradition, turning up gems of Dylanesque guile, Tom Waits-approved gothic cabaret, and the kind of emblematic story-songs that have sustained songwriters from Neil Young, to Richard Thompson and Old Crow Medicine Show. 'Surface to Air', Murphy's American pastiche, suggests that rambling souls are just as likely to spin their weathered tales in LA as they are in Dixie." --James Rotondi, Brooklyn, NY


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434 Main St. • PO Box 436 • Rosendale, NY 12472 • 845.658.9048
Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm, seven days a week (except major holidays)