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Rosendale Cafe Music, Arts and Events Calendar

Click here for info and policies about Cafe concerts.

Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays twice every month

Join us for our musical showcase on second and fourth Tuesdays at the Cafe. Click here for more information.
Chess Night - Every Wednesday night at the Cafe

Chess aficionados converge at the Cafe on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Chess players should bring their own boards and pieces.

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Events for the Rest of March 2015    Recent artists
March's Featured Visual Artist is James Martin, Exhibiting "Still Life and Landscape Watercolors"



Events for April 2015
April's Featured Visual Artist is Anne Coleman, Exhibiting "Spring Show and Sale of Photography"

Thu Apr 2
7:30pm
$10.00 with lesson, $5.00 for just dancing

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Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing

Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancingThe Rosendale Cafe continues their series of Latin dance events on most 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.
 

Sat Apr 4
8:00pm
$10.00

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Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew
Jesse Lege and Bayou BrewBack by popular demand!

Jesse Lege is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists from Southwest Louisiana. Beginning with Cajun accordion at age 16, Jesse has been playing traditional Cajun music for almost 40 years, with a variety of bands in various Louisiana dancehalls.

His ensemble includes Evie Schneider on five-string bass; Darren Wallace on fiddle, electric guitar; Jesse himself on accordion, guitar, vocals; and Erica Weiss on guitar, vocals.

Lege has garnered numerous Cajun French Music Association awards, known as the "Cajun Grammys". These 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. He has recorded three CDs with the Lake Charles Ramblers, the Southern Ramblers, and the album Live at the Isleton Crawdad Festival, in California with master Creole fiddler Ed Poullard. Jesse has played many Cajun events in Louisiana and elsewhere in the U.S. and world, including Festivals Acadiens, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and the prestigious Chicago Folk Festival, major festivals in CA and FL, and in England and Canada.

In 1998 Jesse was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame.

"Jessie sings in the traditional high pitched, emotional style reminiscent of the late Iry LeJeune... and plays the accordion with equal power and conviction..." --Arhoolie Records

"Lege's soaring voice resonates with... piercing, yet beautiful heartache... [he] possesses one of the truly great voices in contemporary Cajun music. Listeners who do not experience frissons hearing him sing... had better check their pulse." --LSUE Office of Public Relations

"His penetrating style and emotion-laden lyrics can make veteran festival producers such as this one weep backstage." --Barry Ancelet, MC of the Liberty Theatre shows, producer of Festivals Acadiens, and Professor of French at USL.
 
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Thu Apr 9
7:30pm
$10.00 with lesson, $5.00 for just dancing

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Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancingThe Rosendale Cafe continues their series of Latin dance events on most 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.
 

Sat Apr 11
8:00pm
$10.00

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Miss Ida Blue
Miss Ida BlueMiss Ida Blue is a female-led brassy blues group, with its core emanating from the rich and roaring voice of Brooklyn-born Ida herself. With support from members of "Woody Allen's jazz band" and HBO's grammy winning Boardwalk Empire Orchestra, you'll hear blues as a thunderous stomp that permeates your ears with satiating, sweet coos, and a sassy temperament that makes you stand up and applause.

Born and bred deep in Mill Basin, Brooklyn... long, lanky, with gold nameplates and brass knuckles, she continually proves that a swagger is, sometimes, a fair amount of what you need. As a means of shaking the dew off a quivering leaf, Ida can make a sweet song sassy, a bitter song holy, and a love song raunchy. Her performances are in a class all of their own, like some sort of flawless Galapagos creation. The music is a blues, ragtime, jazz, soul and gospel lovechild from a mixed marriage, so to speak; but she is a timeless diva, working as a conduit to give that same quality to the music she sings.

Miss Ida Blue brings the noise. Her voice cracks like a whip, beats like a drum, and her personality cuts through the room like a hot blade does butter.

The band this evening will be Ida on vocals, Mike Davis on trumpet, Evan Arntzen on reeds, John Gill on guitar, Joe Hanchrow on tuba, and Kevin Dorn on drums.

"the bluez is my bizness" --Miss Ida Blue

"For too many years, younger jazz singers all but ignored the blues. But the attention now being paid to the form by outstanding young artists such as Miss Ida Blue is proof that things are getting better. This vivacious young Brooklynite studies the classic blues the way the better cabaret singers of her generation study Sondheim, and invests 80- and 90-year-old texts with the force and spirit of her own considerable charisma. She specializes in the great songs of the Smith girls, not just the legendary Bessie, but also the highly worthy Mamie, Clara and Trixie."
--will friedwald, wall street journal
 

Sun Apr 12
4:00pm
Free

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Opening reception for Anne Coleman Photography exhibition
Opening reception for Anne Coleman Photography exhibitionAn opening reception from 2:00pm-4:00pm, for photographer Anne Coleman's "Spring Show and Sale" exhibit, displaying in the Cafe during the month of April 2015.

Photo cards of local people and scenes will be available, and Anne would love to see you there. There will also be framed images to enhance the beauty of your home or office.

The community of Rosendale has graciously allowed Anne to take their pictures during the last 3 years she has lived there. Anne is the photographer for the Rosendale Theater, the Rosendale Street Festival, Rosendale School of the Arts, Williams Lake, Women Who Lunch, and other local businesses. Her work has been displayed at the Ulster Savings Bank, Mohonk Mountain House, and with the Wired Galley and the Bywater Bistro, and is always available at The Creative Co-op and TransDancenDrum in Rosendale, and will soon be at the High Falls Pharmacy.

Anne prefers natural light and has a very accommodating manner. She is available to photograph you, your family and pets, events, commercial needs, hiking and other outdoor adventures. She can be contacted via her facebook page linked above, [show email] or at POB 128, Rosendale NY 12472.
 

Sun Apr 12
7:00pm
Free

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Irish and English Pub Songs Session
Irish and English Pub Songs SessionLubricate your vocal cords as we celebrate the arrival of Spring (aka "Mud Season") 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.
 

Tue Apr 14
8:00pm
Free

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Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
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 Easy Chair (John Erickson and Philip Monteleoni), MK Ultra, Luci Aprilwine Windsong Rain, Gene Focarelli, Star Children Solo (Jay Moonbeam), and Victor Lissabet.
 

Thu Apr 16
7:30pm
$10.00 with lesson, $5.00 for just dancing

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Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancingThe Rosendale Cafe continues their series of Latin dance events on most 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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Fri Apr 17
8:00pm
$20.00

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Martin & Eliza Carthy
Martin & Eliza CarthyGenerations come together...

It's nearly 50 years since Martin Carthy recorded his iconic, eponymous first album and more than 20 years since his daughter Eliza Carthy's recording debut. Throughout their respective careers, both have toured and recorded with many others. For instance, Eliza shared the bill with her acclaimed mother, Norma Waterson, on their award-winning Gift album in 2010. However... finally... this trail-blazing dad and daughter have made their first ever duo album, The Moral of the Elephant which was released last year.

Twenty years ago, the then teenage Eliza Carthy joined her celebrated parents Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson on the first Waterson: Carthy album. Since then, she has recorded the classic LP Gift with her mum, and now comes the debut set with her dad. The result is brave, and anything but predictable. No other musicians are involved, as the duo match their solo and harmony singing against fine, sparse guitar work from Martin and his daughter's fiddle-playing. They work together with an ease and delight that's at times reminiscent of Martin's work with Dave Swarbrick, switching from traditional songs including the thoughtful The Queen of Hearts, which Carthy recorded on his solo debut 49 years ago, to unexpected new songs. Best of all is the quietly poignant Happiness, written by Nick Drake's mum Molly, and finely sung by Eliza.

Nominated 'Best Album' BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015.

Lifetime Achievement Award - Martin Carthy (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014)

The good Doctor Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza Carthy, join forces to perform songs from their first duo album ever, a new CD of traditional material entitled THE ELEPHANT, to be released in May 2014 on Topic Records.

Martin is a legendary ballad singer and guitarist who has influenced a generations of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, while Eliza has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio Two Folk awards.

Martin Carthy said, "Without Pete Seeger, the UK folk scene wouldn't exist." Well come out and meet the UK's Pete Seeger, Martin Carthy.

"From the Royal Albert Hall to the Rosendale Cafe, Martin and Eliza Carthy bring the gift of their traditional music. This is a drop whatever else you're doing and hear this rare musical offering on this warm April night."
--Cafe Guide
 

Sat Apr 18
8:00pm
$15.00

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Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine
Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles MalkineFresh from a cross-country tour that included performances at a Navajo bas-mitzvah, a vegan rodeo, and the grand opening of a subterranean hay-bale maze, the irreverent and increasingly irrelevant acoustic comedy team of Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine returns to the Rosendale Cafe for another evening of lost opportunities for the audience to be somewhere else. They'll be backed by the usual coterie of musicians who wish to remain nameless and thereby keep their good reputations.
 

Thu Apr 23
7:30pm
$10.00 with lesson, $5.00 for just dancing

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Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancingThe Rosendale Cafe continues their series of Latin dance events on most 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.
 

Fri Apr 24
8:00pm
$10.00

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The KC Three (for Tea) & More
The KC Three (for Tea) & MoreFeaturing the impeccable Tani Tabbal on drums; the eminent and venerable Christopher Dean Sullivan on contrabass; and Harvey Kaiser on saxophones, woodwinds, and vocals.

This show had originally been scheduled for February 21st, but was rescheduled due to a snow storm.

"Harvey's playing starts with a great respect for Lester Young, but doesn't imitate him. His sound on all his instruments is more vigorous than Lester's. He is a strider, not a floater, a Pavarotti rather than a Sinatra. He is bold, clear, agile and resonant, and his sense of humor accompanies his sense of artistic design... Here he has chosen material that ranges from Armstrong to Monk, and in his imaginative renditions he always speaks in his own unique voice." --Bill Crow
 

Sat Apr 25
8:00pm
$10.00

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Red Dog Run
Red Dog RunRed Dog Run is a group of veteran musicians and old friends, who have spent a good deal of their lives exploring the depths of American roots music. Jim Miller on guitar, Richie Stearns on banjo, Rosie Newton on fiddle, and Jed Greenberg on bass. They have performed extensively, in a myriad of musical projects (e.g. Donna the Buffalo, the Horse Flies, the Duhks, etc.), at clubs, theaters, and festivals across the Americas and Europe. In this relatively recent incarnation, they hope to harness that collective inspiration and find new ways to express the angst and energy of modern life through the time-honored art of the old-time stringband.
 

Tue Apr 28
8:00pm
Free

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Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
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 Ditto, Eric Squindo, Larry Kolker, Kevin O'Connell, Nick Collins, and Laura Hersh.
 
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Thu Apr 30
7:30pm
$10.00 with lesson, $5.00 for just dancing

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Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancingThe Rosendale Cafe continues their series of Latin dance events on most 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.
 


Events for May 2015

Sat May 2
8:00pm
$10.00

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Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess
Jessy Carolina & The Hot MessJessy Carolina & The Hot Mess is a New York City based traditional jazz band. The group, formerly known as the Bill Murray Experience, formed in 2008. Over the years, the band has performed throughout the East coast and has participated in many organizations including The Jazz Foundation of America, Music Under New York, Music That Heals, Healing Arts Initiative, and Make Music New York. Early on, the band was featured on The Simpson's 20th Anniversary Special and most recently, Jessy Carolina's musical performances were featured in the video game Bioshock Infinite. In 2012, the band traveled overseas and performed in Germany, Denmark, Israel, and Romania.

"This is just the kind of hot mess you want your ears to get into. It's slaw, barbeque, and the sweet sauce of Jessy's voice... a delicious blue plate of Bessie Smith." --Cafe Guide
 

Sat May 9
8:00pm
$15.00

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Slam Allen CD Release Party
Slam Allen CD Release PartyFor 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. Slam will be playing cuts from his new CD, Feel These Blues.

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."

"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

Photo by J.G. Riley
 

Sat May 16
8:00pm
$20.00

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Darol Anger, Emy Phelps and Friends
Darol Anger, Emy Phelps and FriendsA collaboration of two unique and deeply affecting musicians. Legendary fiddler and multi-string master Darol Anger here focuses his talents in service of the singer-songwriter's art. Emy Phelps is a standout artist in a large field: a prolific songwriter with a riveting voice, plumbing the deepest emotions. These two musicians amplify each other's special abilities to convey deep emotional resonance, and a bit of hot pickin'. They already have two CD releases and numerous international music festival performances to their credit.

Darol Anger is a fiddler, composer, producer and educator; at home within a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band. He managed to do this through his 40-year involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles, such as his Republic of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his duo with Mike Marshall, and others. He has performed and taught all over the world with musicians such as David Grisman, Dr. Billy Taylor, Bela Fleck, Bill Evans, Edgar Meyer, Bill Frisell, Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Orchestra, Tony Rice, Tim O'Brien, the Detroit Symphony, Aoife O'Donovan, Mark O'Connor, and Stephane Grappelli. Today Darol can be heard on NPR's "Car Talk" theme every week, along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. He has recorded and produced scores of important recordings since 1977, is a MacDowell and UCross Fellow, and has received numerous composers' residencies and grants. Darol has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks. He is an Associate Professor at the prestigious Berklee School of music.

Emy Phelps is a remarkable vocalist/guitarist and a star in the Pacific Northwest, who put her career on hold to raise four kids, and is now back in the game. She was a founding member of Brian Ransom's Ceramic Ensemble, touring internationally from 1980-1987. As a member of the ensemble she did research on indigenous music in Peru. She obtained a degree in education, teaching at elementary and middle schools and successfully raising children, but now her public work continues as a recording artist, a member of The Furies, and as a duet with Darol Anger. In addition to her current release, "Look Up, Look Down", she is the featured vocalist on the new Furies release, and has a previous recording entitled "As It Should Be" on Sweet Mercy Records. She has participated in recordings by Patrick Brayer, Chris Darrow, Norma Tanega, Taarka, and Duke McVinnie.
 

Sun May 17
4:30pm
Free

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Celtic Cafe
Celtic CafeJoin Sarah Underhill on vocals, Ian Worpole, and Jon Garelick on strings and vocals. They'll be performing traditional and contemporary Irish, English, and American ballads and tunes. They'll also be taking requests, and encouraging the whole Cafe to join in some rousing choruses to bring on that Celtic ray.

So, come on out for great music, company, veggie food, and a large selection of draft beers and wines.
 

Sat May 23
8:00pm
$10.00

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Ameranouche
AmeranoucheThe award winning Ameranouche (pronounced uh-Mare-uh-noosh) plays a passionate style of music they call "Gypsy Flamenco Swing". They are veterans of the Newport Jazz Festival, Djangofest Northwest, Muzikfest Bethlehem, PA, and the National Press Club. The name is derived from two words: American and Manouche, the gypsy tribe of guitarist Django Reinhardt. The rip-roaring ensemble is a super force of hot acoustic Gypsy inspired music mixing Flamenco, Bebop and Jazz swing influences. Played on traditional French jazz guitars, the music is rhythmic, vigorous, and elegant. Whether they're playing a musette waltz from 1930, or an Andalusian inspired original tune, Ameranouche's Gypsy Flamenco Swing style is a fresh and highly enjoyable new sound for the 21st century.

Gypsy Flamenco Swing is about coming together and celebrating our shared humanity. Ameranouche is committed to connecting deeply with its audience and sharing joy and peace through its live shows and recorded albums.

"Ameranouche had the audience from the opening number then proceeded to blow the room away. From Django Reinhardt classics to musette waltzes to hot, swinging original tunes, Ameranouche earned every ounce of the standing ovation that they received at the end of the night." --Brett Hartenbach, FPFC Concert Series

"In my opinion, more than an exceptional form of gypsy oriented jazz, Ameranouche is a capture of joyfulness itself." --Pat Martino

"Their unique Gypsy Jazz sound, undeniable talent and cool, mellow stage presence makes them a crowd favorite at any live show" --Alyssa Jane Hale, Ourstage.com
 
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Sat May 30
8:00pm
$20.00

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Amy and Leslie
Amy and LeslieAmy Fradon and Leslie Ritter are back to the Cafe for a delightful evening of the most luscious harmonies you will ever hear. Their unique and magical blend of voices and vocal arrangements won them widespread critical acclaim and two recording contracts, as well as numerous recording sessions for artists such as Livingston Taylor, Happy and Artie Traum, and Ed Sanders and the Fugs. Amy and Leslie sing a broad span of music, from folk and country to blues and gospel, backed up by the elegant work of Cathie Malach on keyboard and Helen Avakian on guitar. If you have not yet heard Amy and Leslie, your heart will surely sing when you spend an evening with them at the Cafe, for an intimate and truly memorable performance of sensational, vocal music.

Amy Fradon is well-known for her sweet and soaring vocals and heartfelt songwriting. She has a wide range of styles and has been compared to Joan Baez as well as Aretha Franklin. Amy has been a successful session singer and has toured extensively with various theatre and music ensembles, including Pumpboys and Dinettes, the Vananver Caravan and Face the Music. She has 3 critically acclaimed, solo, self-produced CDs; and is the creator of the Vocal Visionary Voice Work, helping people to discover confidence and freedom through the voice.

Leslie Ritter's lush tones and crystal clear melodic lines deliver songs that soar, crafted with lyrics that give a personal spin on universal themes: love and longing, that illusive balance between independence and inter-relatedness, sorrow, joy... life. Leslie grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs. Her mother, a Julliard trained pianist and teacher and her father a French horn player, nurtured her early affinity to music. By age five she was singing show tunes, Frank Sinatra ballads and Puccini arias. Since then she has performed and recorded with an ever-widening circle of artists who appreciate her unique sensibilities as a live performer and superb studio vocalist, including James and Livingston Taylor, Robbie Dupree, David Wilcox, Rory Block, Dr. John, Jules Shear, John Sebastian, John Hall, Kris Kristofferson, Artie Traum, Rick Danko, The Fugs, and others.

Cathie Malach has been playing and composing on piano for over 45 years (and yet, she's only 35 years old ...a miracle). She's composed and recorded several albums with Kim Rosen, and collaborated with artists such as Peter Kater, Chris White, David Darling, Paul McCandless, and of course, Amy and Leslie. She's also composed for children's theatre and performed improvisational music for transformational workshops throughout the country.

Helen Avakian is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who cultivates an idiosyncratic, often dreamy sound, with influences ranging from Suzanne Vega to JS Bach. Helen's impressive musicianship coupled with her down-to-earth stage manner has endeared her to an ever-increasing audience. Helen meshes her classical guitar roots with a song writing style that adds a new dimension to the realm of acoustic performers. Helen has recently released her latest CD, "I Love The Moon," which is receiving great reviews and song writing awards. - http://HelenAvakian.com

Due to the expected high turnout for this event, and the Cafe's first-come-first-serve policy, audience members are encouraged to come as early as possible for seating.

"An acoustic duo from the Hudson Valley reunited... and played like they had never been apart a day ...Amy & Leslie's heavenly blend was always their calling card and in Albany, that was not diminished one iota. Looking casual and comfortable... it was simply captivating." --David Malachowski, on Amy and Leslie's reunion performance in Albany, from http://TimesUnion.com/

 


Events for June 2015

Sat Jun 6
8:00pm
$20.00

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Frank Vignola and Bucky Pizzarelli
Frank Vignola and Bucky PizzarelliWith just two guitars, legendary virtuosos Bucky Pizzarelli and Frank Vignola craft a seamless blend of classics from the great American songbook, providing the perfect musical compliment for wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Bucky and Frank set the mood through gorgeous melodies gently strummed and picked as only these two masters are capable.

Dinner music gets a bad rap. When you take a moment to consider evening meal soundtracks, you probably conjure up auditory images of bland sounds that quietly arrive and depart... much like the succulent scents of various dishes... yet never quite register in the old memory bank. However, just because a musical vibe happens to go well with nightfall's tastes and aromas doesn't automatically make it a bad thing. Fine wine doesn't get knocked whenever it compliments a meal. In fact, such beverages actually gain respect for how they enhance the dining experience. So why doesn't music get these same props? There could just be a double standard at play here.

Let's begin undoing this injustice with a few thoughts about Bucky Pizzarelli and Frank Vignola. These two fine acoustic jazz guitarists released their excellent Moonglow CD back in 2005, an album that goes just as well with beef as it does with fish. Moonglow is a 16-song set of jazz and pop standards, comforting on the ears and easy to digest. Nothing here requires concentrated mastication; it all flows together seamlessly in one continuous, beatific, aural stream.

Nevertheless, true jazz connoisseurs will likely pick up on the many subtle flavors. Listen closely, and you can hear how notes are carefully bent during "P.S. I Love You," or just let yourself bask in how "I'm Confessin'" and "Deep Purple" swing easily without ever jerking the listener. "Whispering" features some relatively aggressive rhythmic strumming, but this is only done in order to keep the tempo clicking along. "Moonglow" opens with an amazing string-of-notes solo, but this moment of flash is a rarity; there is very little showing off going on around here.

"An extraordinary event... two giants meet for an evening of great American music." --Cafe Guide
 

Sat Jun 13
8:00pm
$10.00

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Abby Hollander Band
Abby Hollander BandThis bluegrass trio plays beautifully crafted and arranged songs... many of them being Abby's originals, along with some standards, and even one of her brother's. The songs are delivered with intricate three part harmonies, and the stellar musicianship of Ellery Marshall on the banjo and Jeff Picker on the bass.

You might Abby Hollander playing last year at the Cafe with another of her bands, The Boot Heel Drag. She's a singer, songwriter, and guitar player originally from Woodstock, NY. Coming from a family of musicians, she was raised on an eclectic mix of bluegrass, country, and jazz... which were played on the stereo a little and the back porch a lot. In her travels so far she's studied voice, violin, and theatre; absorbed some swing and blues from a stint in Austin; taught English to little kids in Spain; taught Spanish to little kids in Brooklyn; and moved a piano across the country twice to finally settle in New York and make music.
 

Sat Jun 27
8:00pm
$10.00

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Tani Tabbal Trio
Tani Tabbal TrioTani Tabbal began playing drums professionally as a teen, performing with Oscar Brown Jr., Phil Cohran, and 
Sun Ra and his Arkestra.

Tabbal has recorded, performed and toured with a wide range of musicians, including Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, Geri Allen, Cassandra Wilson, James Carter, Karl Berger, Dewey Redman, David "Fathead" Newman, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, Douglas Ewart, Oliver Lake, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Richard Davis, Leroy Jenkins, Milt Jackson, and Jackie McLean.

Tani Tabbal is known as a dynamic, lyrical and energetic drummer. As a recording artist, he is on over 70 CDs and has released three CDs as a bandleader: Before Time After, Wizards, and Mixed Motion (set to release April 2015).

Tani brings to Rosendale Cafe his trio, with the talented Adam Siegel on alto saxophone, and the seasoned and expressive bassist, Michael Bisio. A night of beautiful, and very exciting music is certain.
 


Events for August 2015

Fri Aug 7
8:00pm
$15.00

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James Reams & The Barnstormers
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.
 


Events for September 2015

Sat Sep 5
8:00pm
$15.00

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Foghorn Stringband
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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Sat Sep 12
8:00pm
$15.00

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Roy Book Binder
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

Dec-31-14: New Year's Eve with The Bedtime Kissers
Jan-01-15: Karen S. Schaffel
Jan-04-15: Opening reception for Karen Schaffel art exhibition
Jan-08-15: Chacha Thursday with lessons and dancing
Jan-10-15: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Jan-11-15: Celtic Cafe
Jan-13-15: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Jan-15-15: The return of Salsa Thursday, with lessons and Latin dancing
Jan-16-15: Deni Bonet
Jan-22-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jan-24-15: The Saturday Night Bluegrass Band
Jan-27-15: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Jan-29-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jan-31-15: Roosevelt Dime
Feb-01-15: Jorge Jaramillo
Feb-05-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Feb-06-15: Jen Metzger's 50th birthday dance bash to benefit Citizens for Local Power
Feb-07-15: Krewe de la Rue
Feb-08-15: Opening art reception and remembrance of the late Jorge Jaramillo
Feb-08-15: Holiday Irish and English Pub Songs Session
Feb-10-15: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Feb-12-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Feb-14-15: CANCELLED - Town Mountain
Feb-19-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Feb-21-15: CANCELLED: The KC Three (for Tea) & More
Feb-24-15: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Feb-26-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Feb-28-15: Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones
Mar-05-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Mar-06-15: Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew
Mar-07-15: Tarantata
Mar-08-15: Opening reception for James Martin art exhibition
Mar-10-15: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Mar-12-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Mar-14-15: The Levin Brothers
Mar-15-15: St Patrick's Day Celtic Cafe with The Wild Swan Band
Mar-19-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Mar-21-15: Big Boss Sausage
Mar-24-15: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Mar-26-15: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Mar-28-15: Raquy

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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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