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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 September 2016    Recent artists
September's Featured Visual Artist is Joan E Dominus, Exhibiting "Mixed Media"

Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing

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Thu Sep 29
$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. 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!

Events for October 2016
October's Featured Visual Artist is Stephen Protoss, Exhibiting "New Work"

Slam Allen

Sat Oct 1

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Slam AllenFor over 20 years, Slam Allen has been entertaining audiences with his unique blend of soul and blues. Playing the famous Chitlin' Circuit as well as performing around the world, Allen's music and enthusiasm has been shared with thousands of people.

For the past eight years he has played an important role, as the lead singer and guitarist, in the legendary James Cotton Band. "It's one of the highlights and privileges of my life to play with Cotton" says Allen. "He is one of the last living legends, and there's so much history there. Cotton was directly connected to Muddy Waters, who was a major factor in the blues world, as well as being one of my all time favorites. Playing with Cotton is such a great experience for me and there are things you can learn from him that you can't learn from any school. It's a great honor."

Allen has received a nomination for a 2016 Blues Music Award.

"Slam's guitar is a generous blue fountain of love. His gospel is the kind you sign up for without hesitation. All are included in the circle of his light." --Cafe Guide
Opening reception for Stephen Protoss' gallery exhibition

Sun Oct 2

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Opening reception for Stephen Protoss' gallery exhibitionAn opening reception from 2:00pm-4:00pm, for artist Stephen Protoss' show of new work displaying in the Cafe during the month of October 2016.

Stephen Protoss is a popular art teacher at Rondout Valley Schools and a very inventive artist. Though well versed in the western tradition with degrees in Art from SUNY New Paltz; his personal influences include graffiti and tattoo art, which still show in his work. Another unique influence is having served as a Combat Illustrator for the US Marines.

Equally adept with oil, acrylic and watercolors, his canvases are hard to define in terms of style, merging realism and modern formalism with his personal brand of pop culture. His work is always inventive, sometimes devilishly humorous and stunningly beautiful.
The DMajor Project's album release party

Sat Oct 8

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The DMajor Project's album release partyThe DMajor Project is a four-member musical collaboration. Their mission is to deconstruct popular songs from any era, and by utilizing improvisation, rich textures, fearless instincts, and an unbridled affection for the music; they create entirely fresh new renditions.

It all began when renowned and extraordinarily gifted vocal stylist Debbie Major, and jazz producer-engineer-drummer Jon Bates ( ) shared their vision for this new project with highly esteemed and in-demand pianist-composer-singer Akie Bermiss (Charlie Hunter, Screaming Headless Torsos, Aabaraki, Miri Ben-Ari, Soul Khan, and The Akie Bermiss Trio), and the unapologetically innovative and eclectic guitarist-composer-producer-engineer Ken McGloin.

All four enthusiastically agreed to go on this journey together, and while performing an 8-month residency at Harlem's Ristorante Settepani in New York City, the quartet honed their skills in pursuit of this improvisational and boundless approach to the music, while also crafting definitive form and structure around each performance.

Shortly afterwards, in the summer of 2015, in a well hidden studio in upstate NY, The DMajor Project recorded Everyone's Looking at You, and captured the eight live performances heard on their debut recording. They also brought their dogs along for this outing, as you will hear if you listen closely. The material draws from classic hits from the 1920s to present, as this groove-based sonic adventure defies genre restrictions, and is a music to be experienced by all.
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Oct 11

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Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin host John P. Hughes as he presents another in the Cafe's ongoing series of music showcases. Enjoy both veteran and up-and-coming performers playing 15 minute sets from 8:00pm-10:00pm.

The scheduled musicians for this evening are Barry Adelman, Randy Niles, The Frank Mura show, Angela Bove, Darryl Rahn, and Star Children/J Mongan solo.
The Lowest Pair

Sat Oct 15

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The Lowest PairThe Lowest Pair features the duel banjo picking of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee, draped in Kendl's high lonesome harmonies and Palmer's Midwest croon.

In Spring of 2016, Team Love Records released two new collections: Fern Girl and Ice Man and Uncertain As It is Uneven. The albums could be viewed as two windows into the growing world of The Lowest Pair. Uncertain stays the course of their previous releases, 36 cents and The Sacred Heart Sessions, being focused on stripped down, intimate arrangements to support their timeless songwriting and haunting vocals. Fern Girl is a more moody and adventurous exploration of new sounds, new studio production directions, and what it might sound like for The Lowest Pair to be backed by a full band, while keeping one foot planted in the rootsy aesthetics which drew them together from the beginning.

"With their bare-bones instrumentation and country-inspired, heartstring-tugging narrative, The Lowest Pair might be one of the best under-the-radar Americana duos today." --Paste Magazine

"World-class banjo riffs, timeless folk song influences, and haunting vocals" --KEXP, The Current
Frank Vignola and Olli Soikkeli

Sat Oct 22

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Frank Vignola and Olli SoikkeliFrank Vignola and Olli Soikkeli will pay tribute to the great Django Reinhardt. They will be performing Django compositions and songs associated with the great legendary gypsy jazz guitarist.

Frank has been performing Django's music since the late 1980s, when he tributed the Hot Club of France at Michael's Pub in Manhattan. Later, in the year 2000, he was the musical director and co-organizer of the Django Reinhardt festival in NYC.

The Wall Street Journal calls Olli Soikkeli "...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."
Celtic Cafe

Sun Oct 23

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Celtic CafeSarah Underhill and Ian Worpole bring their monthly mix of Celtic, Anglo, Americana, traditional and contemporary songs and tunes to their 11th season at The Cafe. Sarah's vocal range and deep involvement with Pete Seeger's Clearwater movement have enthralled audiences up and down the Hudson Valley. Ian's guitar, mandolin and vocal mix complements the duo. Requests and singing on the choruses encouraged.

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

Tue Oct 25

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Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin host John P. Hughes as he presents another in the Cafe's ongoing series of music showcases. Enjoy both veteran and up-and-coming performers playing 15 minute sets from 8:00pm-10:00pm.

The scheduled musicians for this evening are Diane Diachishin, Meg Riebesell, Benjy Bruno, Andy Shapiro, Sarah Urech / Mark Morganstern / Ken McGloin, and Dave Kearney.
Halloween Hoedown with Bovine Social Club

Sat Oct 29

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Halloween Hoedown with Bovine Social ClubJoin Bovine Social Club for an intimate listening set, followed by a rousing set sure to get you up on the floor. And if you are so inspired by the season, break out your best costume in the theme of music. The band will offer a grand prize merch package for the best costume in the house. Who knows what else could happen?

Bred on the northern banks of the Delaware River, Bovine Social Club is a grassy, twangy, swinging breed of Americana sounds sure to get your dancing cow on. One wicked lineup of seasoned jam musicians backs the thoughtful lyrics of vocalist, philosopher, memoirist and former monk, Samuel Saint Thomas. The Bovines' carefully crafted twangrass songs of longing, loving, picnicking, gardening, confessing, and making the days go slow have sure become something to moo about.

Produced by Railroad Earth's Tim Carbone and happily fertilized by country, bluegrass, folk, rock, old time, Celtic and gospel vocabularies; their self titled debut charted at #7 on the Roots Charts and #37 on the International Americana charts. BSC is one of the fastest growing and most highly respected new Americana bands in the Northeast, sharing some of the finest festival and concert stages with some of the finest talent. Bovine Social Club continues to grow their musical family while each new performance becomes another great experience for their avid fans.

"Every now and then you discover a band that delivers the goods. This one puts everything away in the cupboards, washes the windows, breaks your heart, makes you smile, slaps you on the fanny, and tucks you into bed. With the worldgrass vibe of Railroad Earth, and a grittiness all of their own that's nothing but real, Bovine Social Club is fun, fun, fun." --Brian Robbins,

"BSC combines poetic mentality, deep grooves, A-list song writing, and a musical sense of humor that leaves you with that 'what are they gonna do next good time feeling.'" --Lenny Bloch, WCBS, New York, New York

"Bovine Social Club created a backyard Brooklyn stage feel on Musikfest's Liederplatz Stage with hip bluegrass with a folk rock edge. The sound of stand-up bass and fiddles rang through the Sun Inn courtyard." --Tiffany Bentley,

Events for November 2016
Tony Trischka's Early Roman Kings

Sat Nov 5

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Tony Trischka's Early Roman KingsTony Trischka and company's Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan features music from over half a century of insanely creative music... from the very beginning to the present, with a whole lot in between. As Jimmy Carter said at the 2015 Music Cares Grammy event, where Dylan received the Person of the Year Award, "There's no doubt his words on peace and human rights are much more incisive and much more powerful and much more permanent than those of any President of the United States". That side of his mercurial career, and many others, will be mined for hidden gems as well as the mother lode hits. Early Roman Kings are Tony Trischka on banjo and pedal steel; Stash Wyslouch on guitar and vocals; Sean Trischka on drums and vocals; and Jared Engel on bass.

Tony Trischka is considered to be one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. A 2012 United States Artists Friends Fellow, Trischka has, for more than 45 years, inspired generations of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many innovative and historical voices he has brought to the instrument. Tony maintains a national and international touring schedule. For these Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan shows, he is thrilled to play some tunes by a musical hero he met over 50 years ago, in honor of the artist's 75th birthday. He's equally thrilled to be enjoying this experience with Sean Trischka, Stash Wyslouch, and Jared Engel, brilliant musicians and fun guys!

Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass' great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in the structures of roots music as a member of progressive bluegrass act, The Deadly Gentlemen. Now paving his own way as a solo artist with a new group, bluegrass and metal collide to form an original, honest and thoughtful sound. His debut album, Stash! (2015), features 19 original songs and a stellar band... including Sean Trischka on drums and vocals, Duncan Wickel on fiddle, and Noam Wiesenberg on bass.

"Drummist" and singer-songwriter Sean Trischka, a 2015 Berklee College of Music graduate, was raised in a musically-rich household. To quote his website: "My name is Sean Trischka. I write songs, sing, play the drums, and wear pants. I'm currently living in Boston, MA (hometown of Whitey Bulger and birthplace of New Kids On The Block). In the past few years I've been fortunate enough to perform and/or record with The Deadly Gentlemen, Oteil Burbridge (The Allman Brothers Band), members of Lake Street Dive, Darol Anger, Sam Bush, Victor Wooten, Julian Lage and many others."

Jared Engel is an upright bassist and four-string banjoist in high demand in the New York Metropolitan area. His involvement in a wide array of musical groups is astonishing, as he is equally at home in all of them: bluegrass, Appalachian old time and so much jazz: New Orleans style, traditional, hot jazz, swing, you name it. He performs intimate venues and at large, world-renowned music festivals. Where there's great music, there's Jared Engel. Like the other Early Roman Kings, he's performed with each of them, but never all together as a group... He's stoked to be doing it now to the tunes of Bob Dylan.
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Nov 8

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Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin host John P. Hughes as he presents another in the Cafe's ongoing series of music showcases. Enjoy both veteran and up-and-coming performers playing 15 minute sets from 8:00pm-10:00pm.

The scheduled musicians for this evening are Fred Nagel, Paul Stokes, Gil Villahermosa, Bill Hudson, Frank Migliorelli, and Mike Heaphy.
Krewe de la Rue

Fri Nov 11

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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
Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet

Sat Nov 19

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Leonisa Ardizzone QuartetLeonisa Ardizzone is a juggler. Not a juggler of colorful balls or bowling pins, but of her interests, ideals and avocations. One by one, throughout her life she has added to her juggler's props... teaching, dancing, singing, writing, working for peace and justice, parenting... On occasion Leonisa's passions for music and live performance have been overshadowed by her roles as an educator and mother, but never for long. Music and entertaining is the thing that feeds her soul. And as a skilled juggler, she knows when to put a thing down to add another. Enter Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet.

By day Leonisa works as a science educator and prepares for ordination as a Unitarian Universalist minister. Her evenings are shared with her ever-engaging daughter Rafaella. But in-between and whenever she can, she makes music. The Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet features Leonisa on vocals, Jess Jurkovic on piano, Justin Hines on drums, and Bob Sabin on bass.

Critics praise the group, saying the group " flexible and can turn on a dime... everyone is obviously having a good time with the music" (George Harris, All About Jazz, LA), and sounds "at home with each other so it's easy to feel at home with them" (Rob Lester). Leonisa is a "multi-faceted vocalist" with "a lovely textured voice" (John Gilbert, ejazz news), who "aces any musical twists and turns" (Rob Lester). She is a vocalist "who swings, articulates and phrases wonderfully from the first notes... to the last..." (Jersey Jazz). Her "vocalese, scat singing and original lyrics fit comfortably in the pocket." (Jim Santella, Cadence).

While reviewers may praise her, Leonisa does not consider herself a singer with a backing band but rather a member of the group. The band is a cohesive and creative unit and she is another instrument interpreting the repertoire. Because of this collaborative mindset, the interplay between the musicians is stellar; they complement and enhance one another. They share the spotlight and push the creative envelope.

Following-up on a critically acclaimed debut CD Afraid of the Heights (ardijenn music, 2007), Leonisa released the scent of bitter almonds... in 2008, which reflects a personally tumultuous year for Leonisa. The song choices, arrangements and overall feel of the music reveal heartbreak, uncertainty, loss, passion and rediscovery. The album tells of many kinds of love and conveys the roller coaster of emotion that deep love can evoke.

"Engaging and endearing" --Doug Boynton,

"A vocalist with deep chops" --Chris Spector, Midwest Record

"An adventurous spirit" --Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz

"A seasoned performer" --John Gilbert, Ejazznews

"Soft and sultry... warm and inviting" --Ray Hoffman, Jazz Improv NY

"Subtle yet effective" --John Book, Book's List

"A multi-faced vocalist" --Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

"Ardizzone reaches a sensual critical mass on 'The Scent of Bitter Almonds'" --C. Michael Baily, All About Jazz
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Nov 22

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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 Jerry Mitnick, Vienna D'Amato Hall, Wayne Montecalvo, Andy Papula, Matthew Kobalkin, and John Hughes himself.

Events for December 2016
Tom Pacheco

Sat Dec 17

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Tom PachecoA Peace Concert

No one can advance the cause of peace and justice through songwriting like Tom, who once again returns to the Cafe for a night of masterful folk artistry. This is the voice you need to hear in this season of dreidls and angels.

Brian Hollander will be accompanying Tom, playing Dobro. Bruce Milner on Keyboard.

"Whilst Mr. Springsteen draws on the inspiration of Guthrie, Seeger, etc.; Pacheco is the real thing, cut from the same cloth as those guys, with the same dust on his boots, and the same song in his heart." --Steve Morris,

Events for January 2017
Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones

Sat Jan 14, 2017

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Lara Hope & The Ark-TonesNamed the "Best Up-and-Coming Band" by Hudson Valley Magazine, and nominated for "Best Rockabilly Female" at the 2016 Ameripolitan Music Awards, Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones are NY's premier Rockabilly, Roots Rock n' Roll, Rhythm & Blues outfit. With the release of their fully crowd-funded debut album, Luck Maker, a music video for their single "Whiskey Pick" (official selection of the Woodstock Film Festival, and in WDST's top 100 songs), and a relentless performance and touring schedule, it has proven to be an exciting time for the Ark-Tones.

Born from a hybrid of Lara's former Rockabilly band The Champtones, and upright bassist Matt's international Psychobilly act The Arkhams, The Ark-Tones hit the ground running in 2012. This fun-loving bunch packs the dance floor with their own original musical offerings in the vintage style, as well as re-workings of classics and standards. This "travelin' band" is out there pleasing listeners of all ages and walks of life... wherever they roam.

"The #1 Ulster County Band to follow in 2014" --Come To Woodstock Magazine

"Best Up-and-Coming Band of 2015! --Hudson Valley Magazine

Both nostalgic and dancehall pounding!" --Rick Meek, Blue Suede News

Some retro acts reference old styles with a postmodern wink; others inhabit them as if the last 50 years had failed to transpire. Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones somehow manage to do both." --John Burdick, Hudson Valley Almanac (Nov 30, 2014)

Recent Events at the Cafe

Jun-30-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jul-01-16: Ruth Wetzel
Jul-02-16: Chris Murphy
Jul-07-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jul-08-16: Opening reception for Ruth Wetzel's "Swamp Visions" show
Jul-09-16: The John Abercrombie / Rob Scheps Quartet
Jul-12-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Jul-14-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jul-16-16: Uji - Jason Finkelman, Steve Gorn, John Wieczorek
Jul-21-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jul-22-16: Otter Creek
Jul-23-16: The Lucky Five
Jul-26-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Jul-28-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jul-29-16: Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew
Jul-30-16: Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones
Aug-01-16: Claudia Engel
Aug-04-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-06-16: Mark Brown
Aug-07-16: Opening reception for Claudia Engel's gallery exhibition
Aug-09-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Aug-11-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-13-16: Holy Crow Jazz Band
Aug-18-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-20-16: Pine Leaf Boys
Aug-23-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Aug-25-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-01-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-04-16: Opening reception for Joan E Dominus' gallery exhibition
Sep-08-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-13-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Sep-15-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-17-16: Cricket Tell the Weather
Sep-18-16: Celtic Cafe
Sep-22-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-24-16: Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys
Sep-27-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Click here for all past events since the middle of 2004.

Concert Information

Due to the limited seating and intimate setting at the Cafe,
we have found the following policies to be neccessary:

  • No reservations will be accepted.
  • There are no advanced ticket sales.
  • Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
    We regret that we cannot hold seats for mem-
    bers of a party who have not yet arrived.
  • Dinner is served during the performances.
  • We require a $5 per person dinner minimum.
  • Avoid using portable electronic devices during a
    show, such as laptops, cell phones, and PDAs.
  • The cafe is a smoke-free environment. Please do not
    smoke within 20 feet of a door or opened window.

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