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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 December 2016    Recent artists
December's Featured Visual Artist is Staats Fasoldt, Exhibiting "Watercolors"

Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing

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Thu Dec 8
$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!
Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine

Sat Dec 10

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Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles MalkineThe decrepit, near-death duo of Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine return to Rosendale Cafe for an evening of theatrical ineptitude, faux poetry, and comedy so abstruse that only three particle physicists and a multilingual German tobacco auctioneer can understand them. Don't miss this gig on December 10... their next performance won't take place until 2020, in the gift shop of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

"2 guys too smart to be considered as funny as they really are, and too funny to be considered as seriously as they should be." --Bart Plantenga, deejay, Wreck This Mess, Radio 100 (99.3 FM) Amsterdam, NL
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Dec 13

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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 Luci Aprilwine Windsong-Rain, Alec Cafaro, Emily Barnes, Mike Herz, Fritzie / Ethan / Wayne as Bohemian Groove, and Leo Glaser.
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,
Celtic Cafe

Sun Dec 18

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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 Dec 27

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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 Leo Harmonay, Eric Sommer, Green Summers Band, Monica Rose, David S Meltzer, and Rob Darnell.

Events for January 2017
Matt Flinner Trio with special guest Matt Munisteri

Sat Jan 7, 2017

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Matt Flinner Trio with special guest Matt MunisteriSince its inception in 2006, the Matt Flinner Trio has been forging its own path in modern American string band music. Besides being a bluegrass/newgrass ensemble, Mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin, and bassist Eric Thorin have taken a unique approach to performance, by writing new music the day of almost every show. Their ongoing "Music du Jour" project has produced three acclaimed albums on Compass Records, including their 2016 release, Traveling Roots.

Says American Songwriter Magazine: "Stunning, often jaw-dropping musicianship that never feels showy even when it is... it's clear that the Flinner trio have few contemporary peers."

In 2016, the group expanded the "du Jour" project, writing new music for special guests at the forefront of modern bluegrass and jazz. Included were Sam Bush, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, Dave Douglas, Frank Vignola, Ron Miles, Alison Brown, and many others. This off-the-cuff approach to their music, coupled with their deep roots in traditional bluegrass as well as jazz, makes for a sound all its own in today's acoustic music landscape.

For this show, the trio will write tunes for jazz/swing guitar virtuoso Matt Munisteri. Mr. Munisteri will join the trio on the second set, for high-octane swing standards, his own inimitable original songs, and the three new tunes written the day of the show. A unique one-time collaboration not to be missed!

"It's a CD that is fresh, inventive and capable of causing a smile... or a knowing nod to a clever turn of an aural phrase... The band seems to have no limits... Flinner's brilliant, crisp mandolin playing all over the fretboard is admirable. Martin is a stout picker, and Eric Thorin on bass provides a fulsome core." --Country Standard Time

"Matt Munisteri is one of those singer-songwriters born out of time... and it comes out sounding like the Band's second album as written by Dave Frishberg. Will appeal to fans of everyone from John Pizzarelli to Tom Waits" --The Rogovoy Report
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)

Events for February 2017
Too Blue

Sat Feb 4, 2017

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Too BlueTraveling freely between bluegrass, swing, Celtic and jazz, a Too Blue show is a dynamic dose of serious fun. Smooth harmonies and adventurous musicianship bring stellar arrangements to life, and leave the listener anything but "blue". Original songs as well as fresh covers from Patsy Cline, to Bill Monroe, to Ray Charles; keep the show moving and toes tapping.

Seamlessly blending their vocals are flatpick guitarist Betsy Rome and melodic banjoist Joan Harrison. Mandolin powerhouse Michael Sassano astounds and amazes, while bassist Jamie Doris' jazz chops bring a creative perspective. On fiddle and vocals, the multi-talented Sofia Chiarandini is the 2014 recipient of the Grey Fox/Berklee Mark O'Connor Scholarship award.

"To quote Bill Monroe, 'This is powerful music!' ...Swing-grass, 9 original tunes, hot pickin' & sweet singin'." --Barry Mitterhoff, mandolinist with Jorma Kaukonen

"Smooth harmonies, adventurous musicianship, and eclectic material... Ah, music for grown-ups." --Eric Gibson, "The Gibson Brothers"
Irka Mateo Trio

Sun Feb 5, 2017

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Irka Mateo TrioDominican singer-songwriter Irka Mateo is reinventing Dominican Music. Fusing melody and rhythms from the Dominican countryside - itself a fusion of Afro, indigenous, and European influences - Mateo's embrace reaches deep into the traditions of her country, the Caribbean, and wider Latin America; especially accordion driven dance melodies.

Irka traveled for ten years in the rural areas of the Dominican Republic, documenting over thirteen genres of folk traditions - previously unknown to the wider Dominican culture and beyond. The Grammy Foundation in turn supported her extensive field research. As a critical influencer, Irka seeks to inspire a new generation embracing the Dominican identity. Her previous CD, Anacaona, was played widely worldwide, reaching the top ten position in Canadian and Spanish charts. On January 2017 she will release her second solo album with her six piece band Irka Mateo y La Tirindanga.

At the Rosendale Cafe, Irka will sing her original songs and Dominican folk music, accompanied by Plinio de la Cruz on Guitar, and Joel Guzman on percussion. The charismatic artist will bring her music to Rosendale to deliver a memorable night of high-energy and joyous performance.

"Irka's music... rooted in the past... reveals our essence and lights the road to our future" --Avelino Stanley, former Vice Minister of Culture, Dominican Republic, El Caribe 2015
Alash Ensemble

Fri Feb 10, 2017

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Alash EnsembleAlash are masters of traditional Tuvan instruments, as well as the ancient art of throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.

The ensemble is named for the Alash River that runs through the northwestern region of Tuva, a waterway that has also inspired two Tuvan songs which carry its name.

All members of Alash were trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, first learning from their families, and later becoming students of master throat singers. In 1999, as students at Kyzyl Arts College, they formed a group called Changy-Xaya. They practiced in the damp college basement on Kochetovo Street, and soon became the resident traditional ensemble on campus. At the same time they learned about western music, practiced on hybrid Tuvan-European instruments, and listened to new trends coming out of America. In 2002 under the guidance of Kongar-ool Ondar (best known to western audiences for his role in the film Genghis Blues), they began to forge a new musical identity. They introduced the guitar and sometimes even the Russian bayan (accordion) into their arrangements, alongside their traditional Tuvan instruments. They experimented with new harmonies and song structures. The effect is an intriguing mixture of old and new.

"This is some of the most beautiful and haunting music I have heard. If you have not heard them, you have no idea how incredible they are." --Jeff Coffin of the Flecktones & Dave Matthews Band, from JamBands interview

"There are plenty of recordings of Tuvan throat singing out there, but they can't compare to witnessing such sonic magic in real time." --Washington Post
The Lucky Five

Sat Feb 25, 2017

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The Lucky FiveThe Lucky 5 is a hard-swinging jazz band that blends swing and gypsy jazz to create a unique, foot-stomping blend of music that appeals to a wide range of music lovers. The Lucky 5 performs both original compositions as well as putting a new spin on old jazz standards.

The band is comprised of highly seasoned touring musicians, having been part of The Hunger Mountain Boys, Lauren Ambrose & The Leisure Class, and traveled, performed and recorded with artists such as Peter Gabriel, Tony Bennett, Neko Case, Iris Dement, Bobby Previte, Del McCoury, and Jim Lauderdale... just to name a few.

The Lucky 5 brings verve, high energy, and an unpredictable impulse to the tradition of jazz from the 20s, 30s and 40s; grooving deeply, and keeping feet moving on the dance floor.

"I love these guys. Wonderful musicians, wonderful people. Very impressive!" --Alan Chartock, WAMC Radio

"Five heavy duty cats with impeccable creative chops. The Lucky 5 owns swing in the Berkshires!" --Evan 'Bibs' Palazzo, The Hot Sardines

"The Lucky 5 are foot tappin', feel-good music, wonderfully retro... a real crowd pleaser." --Mike Ballon, Castle Street Cafe

"An infectiously rambunctious hot jazz ruckus..." --Dwayne Brooke, The Woodshedders

Events for March 2017
Mile Twelve

Sat Mar 18, 2017

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Mile TwelveMile Twelve is a fresh, hard-driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat, BB Bowness, and David Benedict write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, "Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity."

Since their formation in the fall of 2014, Mile Twelve has quickly been on the rise. They released their debut 6-track self-titled EP, and performed extensively throughout the U.S., Ireland, and Canada; including several major festivals: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, FreshGrass Festival, Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival, and Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. A track from their debut EP was featured on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction's Hand Picked with Del McCoury program, while another track was featured on Spotify's Fresh Bluegrass 2015 playlist. That same year, they were selected as formal showcase artists at the North East Folk Alliance. The summer of 2016 has held more milestones for this young group: opening for Tim O'Brien at the Station Inn in Nashville, winning the Podunk Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, being nominated for a Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and adding a fifth band member: mandolin player David Benedict. This winter they will be heading into the studio in Nashville to record their debut full-length album with producer Stephen Mougin at the helm.

"In recent years, Boston's Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory have added extra fire to that city's already churning cauldron of traditional string players. Out of this spicy soup jumps Mile Twelve, a group of four accomplished bluegrass musicians who write, sing, and play like the wind. Serious players who have serious fun, Mile Twelve is a group to watch in the coming decade." --Tim O'Brien

"Mile Twelve has Bluegrass' best interests at heart. Really good songs that mean something, picking that makes you grin and twitch, plenty of scalp-zinging moments... what more could you ask for America's best drivin' music? I'd be fine sending this to aliens." --Darol Anger
The John Abercrombie / Rob Scheps Quartet

Sat Mar 25, 2017

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The John Abercrombie / Rob Scheps QuartetThe John Abercrombie/ Rob Scheps Quartet is a collaborative band, with four of the NY area's finest jazz musicians and good friends.

John Abercrombie is a legend: 45 years of recordings for the ECM label, he has worked with Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette's Directions, Lester Bowie, Ralph Towner, Kenny Wheeler, Richie Beirach, etc. He is a living icon.

Tenor/ soprano saxophonist Rob Scheps has performed with Gil Evans Band, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Scofield, George Russell, Bob Moses, Terumasa Hino, Al Grey, Clark Terry, Sam Rivers, Julius Hemphill, Duffy Jackson, Cecil Taylor, Joey Calderazzo Quartet... He leads his own bands; Magnets! with Kim Clarke; The Rob Scheps Big Band in Portland, Oregon; and the Rob Scheps Core-tet in NYC; which has a new CD entitled Live at Smalls on the way.

Eliot Zigmund has been world famous as the drummer in the Bill Evans Trio for 4 years. Other credits include Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, and many tours of Japan and Europe.

Bassist David Kingsnorth is a new voice on the scene. A strong, versatile player, he is busy freelancing in New York and New Jersey.

Recent Events at the Cafe

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
Sep-29-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-01-16: Stephen Protoss
Oct-01-16: Slam Allen
Oct-02-16: Opening reception for Stephen Protoss' gallery exhibition
Oct-06-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-08-16: The DMajor Project's album release party
Oct-11-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Oct-13-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-14-16: "Disturbing the Peace" documentary at Rosendale Theater, discussion at the Cafe
Oct-15-16: The Lowest Pair
Oct-20-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-22-16: Frank Vignola and Olli Soikkeli
Oct-23-16: Celtic Cafe
Oct-25-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Oct-27-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-29-16: Halloween Hoedown with Bovine Social Club
Nov-01-16: Nita Steketee and Paul Mindell
Nov-03-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Nov-05-16: Tony Trischka's Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan
Nov-08-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Nov-10-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Nov-11-16: Krewe de la Rue
Nov-13-16: Opening reception for Nita Steketee and Paul Mindell's gallery exhibition
Nov-17-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Nov-19-16: Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet
Nov-20-16: A Russian Salon in Rosendale
Nov-22-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Nov-26-16: Sax Life
Nov-27-16: Farewell party for the Rosendale School of Arts
Nov-27-16: Celtic Cafe
Dec-01-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-03-16: Third Ghost CD release performance
Dec-04-16: Opening reception for Staats Fasoldt's gallery 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.

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