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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 October 2014    Recent artists
October's Featured Visual Artist is Lora Shelley, Exhibiting "Recent work of paintings and handmade print-work"

Sat Oct 25

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Ubaka Hill and Rhythm Dance
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Ubaka Hill and Rhythm Dance"Music That Moves You"

Ubaka Hill and her ensemble Rhythm Dance will provide a rich tapestry of percussion, poetry and song to energize and feed the Mind, Body and Soul. Rhythm Dance features Aleah Long on vocals and percussion, Melissa Lovaglio on drums and percussion, and Julia Haines on Celtic harp and vocals.

With a variety of hand drums, percussive and melodic instruments, vocal harmonies, poetry, and didgeridoo; Ubaka Hill and Rhythm Dance will leave you feeling full of joyful possibilities!

Tue Oct 28

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Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin prestigious 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-9:45pm.

The scheduled musicians for this evening are John Derosalia, Karen Hudson, Laura Hersh, Antique Mascara, Fido, and Kevin O'Connell.
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Thu Oct 30
$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 November 2014
November's Featured Visual Artist is WSA Printmakers, Exhibiting "Work from printmakers of the Woodstock School of Art"

Sat Nov 8

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Slam Allen
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."

"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

Fri Nov 14

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Bluegrass Gospel Project
Bluegrass Gospel ProjectUnparalleled vocal harmonies... Eclectic, stirring repertoire... and roots planted in the bluegrass tradition that yield inspiring music from this group of incredible musicians. This is the Bluegrass Gospel Project, a group that's been doing something for over ten years: exploring and expanding the tradition of bluegrass gospel, from U2 to the Stanley Brothers, Sam Cooke to Steve Earle.

The six members of the BGP bring decades of experience to the group. Taylor Armerding, the group's front man, mandolin player and singer, was a founder and lead singer for Northern Lights, the progressive bluegrass group that took the bluegrass world by storm in the 1980s. He was invited by Gene White, Jr. (fiddle) to form the group in 2001 along with Paul Miller (vocals, guitar), Steve Light (banjo, Dobro, guitar, vocals) and other notable musicians to do a one-time performance to a packed house on New Year's Eve. The band's chemistry and the music's broad appeal was powerful beyond anyone's expectations, and the group continued to perform, with Colby Crehan (female lead vocalist) and Kirk Lord (upright bass) joining the BGP in 2007.

The group's natural on-stage abilities sweep the audience off their feet with smooth, blissful vocal work, seminal musicianship, and a camaraderie that few bands exhibit.

Sun Nov 16

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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 Nov 22

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Jim Kweskin and Happy Traum
Jim Kweskin and Happy TraumJim Kweskin and Happy Traum have known each other for many years, and are finally joining forces for this Cafe performance. They'll be playing and singing songs both together and separately.

Jim Kweskin is regarded as one of the most influential performers to emerge from the 1960s folk revival, having led his famous Kweskin Jug Band with fingerpicking finesse and an energizing repertoire of folk, blues, string band and ragtime songs. During the five years they were together in the 60s, the group successfully transformed the sounds of pre-World War II rural music into a musical springboard for their good-humored performances. Featuring Geoff and Maria Muldaur, Mel Lyman, Fritz Richmond, Bill Keith, Richard Greene and other musical luminaries, they released six albums, toured the country extensively, and appeared often on national television. Because of their unrehearsed, impromptu interplay with the audience, their live performances were hailed as revolutionary. Jim continues in the same tradition, appearing at venues throughout North America, Japan and Europe. He usually performs with some of the best back-up musicians in the country. Because of Jim's vast repertoire, and obvious love of the music, he is considered one of the best interpreters of the great American songbook.

Happy Traum is a renowned folk singer, writer, teacher, recording artist and first-rate fingerstyle guitarist. He was a student of blues guitar legend Brownie McGhee, who was a major influence on his picking style. Happy has played in concerts, clubs and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan, both solo and with his late brother, Artie Traum, with whom he performed for more than 40 years. Happy has also appeared and/or recorded with Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, John Sebastian, Larry Campbell, Eric Andersen, Allen Ginsberg and and many other major figures in the folk music world. He has released numerous recordings and, as one of America's best-known guitar instructors, has taught at major guitar workshops throughout the country; is the author of more than a dozen best-selling guitar instruction books; and has produced more than 500 music lessons on DVDs and CDs for his internationally-renowned company, Homespun Tapes.

Fri Nov 28

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Zoe Muth & the Lost High Riders
Zoe Muth & the Lost High Riders"Turn it all upside down," Zoe Muth sings on the opening track of her third full-length album, World of Strangers. "See the stars when we're looking at the ground, shining all around." Muth brings us ten heartrending tales of the leaving and the left behind in her trademark style of infusing moments of despair with hope and levity. This time around she has made some changes, channeling a wider array of influences ranging from classic country ballads to early folk-rock.

First making her name in the Pacific Northwest, where she's been called "Seattle's Emmylou," and heralded as one of the best songwriters to come out of Washington State, Muth spent the last three years touring across the U.S. and Europe. Playing bars and cafes as a young pre-school teacher, she saved up her minimum wage earnings and beer bucket tips to pay for her 2009 debut album, Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers. That album, along with her 2011 follow up, Starlight Hotel, went on to garner praise from the international press, and landed on No Depression's "Top 50 Albums" list in their respective years.

"One of the year's best country albums, even as it steps outside the genre." --The Fader

"Muth's most mature and interesting album yet." --Seattle Times

"Muth is a natural talent." --Peter Blackstock, Austin American-Statesman
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Events for December 2014
December's Featured Visual Artist is Carol Loizides, Exhibiting "Paintings"

Sat Dec 6

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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.

Sat Dec 13

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Miss Tess and the Talkbacks
Miss Tess and the TalkbacksMiss Tess is a New York City based songwriter and performing musician, who tours regularly with her band, as Miss Tess and The Talkbacks. In addition to Tess' tasty licks and prowess on her 1940s archtop guitar, the current lineup includes Will Graefe on guitar, Larry Cook on upright bass, and Matt Meyer on drums. Inspired by styles of vintage swing, blues, country, and early rock-n-roll; Miss Tess draws comparisons to artists such as Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Peggy Lee, and Chuck Berry, but maintains a style all of her own.

"Sweet Talk is an unabashed reminder that there's nothing wrong with casting a wide net... Her versatility is a rejoinder to how we expect to put musicians into neat little boxes according to genre." --The Boston Globe

"Miss Tess' Sweet Talk is a doozy, a fantastic mix of old-time country, jazz and swing... I imagine live they're a cracking night out, and it's to the credit of both Tess and her band that they've recreated all that fun on a shiny silver disc." --Leiceister Bangs

"Where to start the hyperventilating hyperbole for Sweet Talk, I have no idea... daring and talented, a band of hybrid visionaries led by a honky-tonkin' chanteuse." --FAME

"One of America's best kept secrets... a singer with incredible talent [who] creates a stunning late night, haunted feel." (5 out of 5 stars) --Country Music People (U.K.)

Sat Dec 20

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Tom Pacheco
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.

"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,

Recent Events at the Cafe

Jul-31-14: Tango Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-01-14: Tor Gudmundsen
Aug-02-14: Playing in Traffic
Aug-03-14: Opening reception for Tor Gudmundsen exhibition of paintings
Aug-07-14: Tango Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-09-14: Ross Rice & Company
Aug-12-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Aug-14-14: Tango Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-16-14: The Matthew Finck/Jonathan Ball Project
Aug-17-14: Irish and English Pub Songs Session
Aug-21-14: The return of Salsa Thursday, with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-23-14: Tony Trischka and his band
Aug-26-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Aug-28-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Aug-30-14: Twelfth Night theater performance
Sep-01-14: Judith Hoyt
Sep-04-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-06-14: Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew
Sep-07-14: Opening reception for Judith Hoyt art exhibition
Sep-09-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Sep-11-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-13-14: Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys
Sep-18-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-20-14: The KC Three (for Tea) & More
Sep-21-14: Book reading and signing for Kevin Hurley's "Cut and Cover"
Sep-23-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Sep-25-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Sep-27-14: Alash Ensemble
Sep-28-14: Celtic Cafe
Oct-02-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-04-14: The Lowest Pair
Oct-05-14: Opening reception for Lora Shelley art exhibition
Oct-09-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-10-14: Roy Book Binder
Oct-11-14: Meet and Greet Dance Party to Elect John Hughes to the Rosendale Town Council
Oct-12-14: Sax Life Quartet
Oct-14-14: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Oct-16-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-19-14: Irish and English Pub Songs Session
Oct-23-14: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing

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)