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BeanRunner Cafe
Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Acoustic & Classical musicians from NYC & the region

Located in the Artists District in Peekskill, just 45 minutes north of NYC, The BeanRunner Café, is a celebration of food, family, music and art. The menu is eclectic and funky, ranging from humus or Caribbean chicken sandwiches to fruit smoothies and specialty soups and imported desserts. The cafe also serves fine wines and imported beers.

Bring the kid's as there is a menu just for them, including a grilled cheese panini, PB&J, and BLTs.

The Cafe includes a performance stage, art gallery, lounge area, dining room, and outdoor patio. It also has a special Kids Room adjacent to the main dining area.

Featuring major Jazz, Blues, Rock, Reggae, Acoustic and Classical musicians, the BeanRunner has become a gathering place for art & music lovers and for artists and musicians to meet, listen and perform in a casual and comfortable setting. Features have included jazz greats Clifton Anderson, Bertha Hope, Premik Russell Tubbs, Fred Smith, Bertha Hope, Craig Haynes, Hayes Greenfield, Burton Greene, Ed Schuller; Classical Rock Violinist Daisy Jopling; Peter Calo, Rob Morsberger, the Two Guitars and many others. The nights are full of surprise guests who add to the music festivities.

BeanRunner's "Drop in Jazz" audience has included David Amram, opera diva Audry Babcock, Ibrahim Sidiq & Cheryl Wilson (poets), and Marcus Carl Franklin (tap dancer), and others.

For information, call the BeanRunner Café at (914) 737-1701 or e-mail rtedb@optonline.net. The BeanRunner Café is located at 201 S. Division Street @ Esther, Peekskill, NY. Log onto www.beanrunnercafe.com for directions and the BeanRunner menu which is available before and throughout the performance.

The BeanRunner Café is located at 201 S Division Street @ Esther in Peekskill NY. The BeanRunner Café and Gallery hours are: Mon-Thurs, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri-Sat, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. & Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. For information, contact Ted Bitter at (914) 737-1701 or email rtedb@optonline.net. Website: www.beanrunnercafe.com

More about BeanRunner Cafe
Food: The menu is eclectic and funky, ranging from humus or Caribbean chicken sandwiches to fruit smoothies and soup and imported desserts, as well as a kid's menu that includes a grilled cheese panini.
Beverages: fine wines and imported beers, as well as an assortment of coffees, teas, smoothies, imported sodas, juices and other beverages.
Capacity: 100

Contact and Location Info

Location:  201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY
See Map
Website: www.beanrunnercafe.com
Calendar: www.beanrunnercafe.com
Email
Phone: (914) 737-1701
Musician Booking: call Ted Bitter, owner at 914 737 1701

Calendar for BeanRunner Cafe
Friday
January 18
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Reggae!
with Ayaaso
Roots Music
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
AYAASO is a Roots Reggae Band that has performed at Africa House and numerous other venues in and around New York City and upstate New York. The band can be seen on BRIC TV on TradingPhotos.com in Brooklyn. NY

AYAASO started in the fall of 2003 with Asante Blue on keyboards and vocals, Fes Williams on bass, Bill Bojangles on vocals. A year or so later came Steady Demmings on drums and now also includes Eric Toussaint on keyboards and Andrea Green on guitar.

AYASSO debut CD, A Brighter Day gets airplay in New York, Nevada, Florida, Jamaica, St. Kitts/Nevis, the Eastern Caribbean and on internet radio. The album has fifteen songs including the fans favorites Golden Sun, Blessed Is The Man, Marcus Garvey, Welcome To New York and the Ska instrumental Crush Pepper.

For reservations, call 914-737-1701.
Saturday
January 19
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Daniel Rivera Band
Jazz, Funk, and Soul
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
A night of jazz/funk and soul with music spanning from Herbie Hancock to Adele.

The band includes Daniel Rivera on trumpet, John Hahn on trombone, Justin Hahn on bass, and special guests on guitar, drums and piano.

Admission $10
Sunday
January 20
3:00 pm
to
6:00 pm
Cancelled DUE TO WEATHER - Stay tuned for next month!
with the Kindred Folk Series
Folk/Traditional
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Tribes Hill presents their Kindred Folk series, a monthly series that brings you the best in singer songwriter talent and which is partially supported by an ArtsWestchester ArtsAlive grant.

In addition, Tribes Hill will hold its annual Winter Solstice Celebration.

$10 suggested donation at the door.
Thursday
January 24
7:00 pm
to
9:00 pm
Joe Adami presents:
with Heart of the Matter - A songwriter's series
Singer-Songwriter
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Heart of the Matter is a new songwriter's series created and hosted by Joe Adami and held at the BeanRunner Café every other month.

This month, Heart of the Matter features 3 highly accomplished songwriters:

Marc Von Em Frank Migliorelli George Mallas

Admission $10.
Friday
January 25
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Haven Street Jazz & Blues
Jazz, Blues
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Haven Street is is a jazz quintet featuring John Szinger on sax, Gary Bruce on guitar, Rich Paganello on piano, Jay Militscher on bass, and Eric Puente on drums. Our music is firmly rooted in the tradition of hard bop, but also in the Here and Now. Our collective goal is true collaboration and improvisation...and to Swing. Hard. Always.

$10 admission
Saturday
January 26
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Keyboardist and Arranger for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
with The Alex Smith Trio, featuring Jesse Lewis on Guitar , and Tony Jefferson on Drums
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
The Alex Smith Organ Trio is a soulful jazz group that features originals and arrangements from the band.

Alex Smith, pianist, organist, composer, and arranger, is widely known for his work accompanying Lady Gaga on her much-heralded performance of the Star-Spangled for Super Bowl 50. He is the keyboardist and arranger for Lady Gaga’s jazz quintet and was featured on the Grammy winning album with Tony Bennett “Cheek to Cheek” and on their PBS Special “Cheek to Cheek – Live!” In 2015, he toured across North America and Europe with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, from the Hollywood Bowl to the Royal Albert Hall in London, and performed at the Montreux and New Orleans Jazz Festival.

He has performed with jazz greats Tony Bennett, Louie Bellson, Buddy DeFranco, Carl Allen, Lynn Seaton, Slide Hampton, Maria Schneider, Jerry Weldon and Randy Johnston as well as Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Molly Ringwald, Megan Hilty and Max Weinberg, the drummer of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band.
Admission $15.
Sunday
January 27
4:00 pm
to
6:00 pm
All Types of Kinds
Acoustic, Folk/Traditional, and Hip Hop
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
At first glance, the name All Types of Kinds is a little confusing. Is it a typo? What does it mean? The band of 4 - Billy Conahan, Ray Rubio, Rocco Stroker, and Berk O - have a good reason for the unique moniker, they play all types and kinds of music. From folk to rap and nearly everything in between, these musicians harmonize with the best of them, have a bit of a rock vibe and it’s not uncommon for a smart rap to artfully make its way into a song.

An ATOK show is high energy, taking their cues from the audience so no two shows are ever alike. The band has a dedicated following in New York City and surrounding areas; and with a recent summer tour from California to New England and down the coast to South Carolina, ATOK is building a fan base that can’t seem to get enough of their brand of music - All Types of Kinds.

Suggested donations go directly to the musicians.
Click to watch ATOK's sizzle reel video!
Friday
February 1
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Chico Alvarez & Mauricio Smith with RAN KAN KAN, Check out their Video!
Latin
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
From Summer Stage in Central Park to SOB's, multi-talented Afro-Cuban musician, radio host, and Latin Jazz USA lifetime achievement awardee Chico Alvarez and renowned flutist Mauricio Smith will grace the stage with their latin dance band, Ran Kan Kan!

Ernesto "Chico" Alvarez Peraza was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Cuba, has performed as a singer throughout the New York tri-state area for the last four decades; and has directed several bands and orchestras including his 10-piece conjunto, Mafímba. He is also the radio host of the New World Gallery, which airs on Sunday afternoons on WBAI Pacifica Radio (99.5 FM).

Mauricio Smith, Jr. was born in Panama and resides in NYC. At age 15 he was already a sensational flutist. He studied music at the National Conservatory of Panama, and with such great musicians/composers as Eduardo Charpentier, Roberto Pitre, Mauricio Smith Sr., among others. Mauricio is also a member of the Charanga band Tipica Novel.
$15 admission
Saturday
February 2
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
The Sunday Jazz Collective
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
The "Jazz Sunday Collective” started out many years ago as a group of Jazz musicians who played regular church services together. All highly accomplished musicians, this core trio of piano/vocal, bass, and drums presents it’s audiences with fresh arrangements and original compositions by Jazz Sunday’s pianist, David August. The Collective’s broad repertoire is guaranteed to surprise and inspire any listener.

$10 admission
Friday
February 8
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Reggaelution
Roots Music
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Bearing a wealth of experience, bubbling enthusiasm and solid commitment to both the message and the music, the members of the aspiring reggae group, REGGAELUTION”, are about to change the world. Facing the challenge to entertain and inform through Love, Understanding, and Unity, REGGAELUTION -not to be mistaken for Revolution—simply means “The Unchanged Love Beat.” This love beats within our hearts, our minds, and out total being. It is the Love we have for our families, our communities, our world, and ourselves.

REGGAELUTION takes a firm stand with love for all, without condition. What is at stake is the one perfect love at its Highest form, for all of US!

The group was also featured in their debut movie, “AMERICAN LOVE STORY “, a ten –series documentary produced by JENNIFER FOLK and MTV Real Works. It was aired on American Playhouse, PBS Channel 13.

$15 Admission
Saturday
February 9
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Zem Audu Quartet
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Nigerian-born, London-raised, and Brooklyn-based, Zem Audu is an award winning saxophonist, composer and producer with a fresh sound that blends contemporary jazz with the multicultural grooves of his touring and life experiences.

In 2008 while living in London, Zem won 1st place in the Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz Competition. He was nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz award for Best Jazz Saxophonist and was awarded the Yamaha Jazz Scholars prize.

Zem has played and recorded with many of the world’s finest musicians including: Jason Moran, Miss Lauryn Hill, The Bleachers, Hugh Masekela, Plan B, Paloma Faith, and the legendary Skatalites.

Now his work as an artist is garnering attention from the international press, with reviews and interviews in the New York Times, All About Jazz, and All Music. Zem Audu’s latest studio album SPIRITS features fusion guitar legend Mike Stern alongside Benito Gonzalez, Ben Williams, and John Davis.

$15 admission
Sunday
February 10
4:00 pm
to
6:00 pm
Diana Flynn
Singer-Songwriter
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Singer/songwriter Diana Flynn defies genres, making waves in the music industry with her unique, haunting sound. Originally from upstate New York, Flynn performed for over 1,500 individuals at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center Arena in Poughkeepsie and was cast on ABC’s American Idol in Buffalo.

“Diana Flynn presents a lovely harmony between her smooth acoustic guitar and crystal-clear vocals. It is rare to hear the two play out so well in a simple, raw acoustic concert … Whether classic Adult Contemporary, Country or originals, her talent shines!” -John Ebersole (Warped Tour, SNL Coffeehouse Photographer)

“I heard someone I would love to hear again and again... It's nice being able to say I hear real value and talent…I want to hear more Diana Flynn” – Paul Williams (President of ASCAP, Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award Winner)

“Diana is a pioneer in this industry, not a pilgrim, and she will pave the way for others to follow.” Sadi Pekerol
Friday
February 15
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
1-4-5s Classic Rock
Rock (classic)
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Since 2012, The 1-4-5s have been a local favorite. They have also played at the Senasqua Summer series, Croton Summerfest and they won the Chef Battle of the Bands. Specializing in Classic Rock covers from the 60s, 70s and 80s, the ‘all Croton’ band members deliver a fun evening filled with great music for friends and family.

Denise Wenacur/vocals, Mike Turturro/drums, Bill Goldsmith/guitar, Iain Morrison/bass guitar, Larry Moy/keyboard and guitar.

$10 admission
Saturday
February 16
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
The Steve Sandberg Quartet, Zach Brock (violin)_, Michael O'Brien (bass), Mauricio Zottarelli (drums), And special guest Premik Russell Tubbs
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
The Steve Sandberg Quartet masterfully blends classical and world music genres with the excitement of virtuosic improvisation. Both exhilarating and deeply poetic, the Quartet creates original compositions that draw on Sandberg’s extensive experience with world and classical music, and presents them in a live acoustic band. Sandberg has toured with David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto, Ruben Blades, Mario Rivera, and was nominated for three Emmys for his music for “Dora the Explorer.”

The quartet features the extraordinary violinist Zach Brock (of Snarky Puppy), along with bassist Michael O’Brien and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli.

All About Jazz called the Quartet’s first release, “Alaya,” a “breathtaking composite of world music, jazz, and classical expressions ... an exultant music that's incredibly personal and precise in its direction, yet universal in its language and ability to connect.”

$15 admission. For reservations call 914-737-1701.
Friday
February 22
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Chris Brown Band
Singer-Songwriter, Acoustic, and Rock (modern)
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
“Christopher Brown wins over audiences without gimmicks or bluster. He has an organic stage presence. All he needs are his honeyed rumble of a voice and an unteachable ability to make any song – a good-time sing-along of a favorite standard or a self-penned meditation on the passage of time – sound genuine and of the moment.” ~The Journal News

It’s not easy to be a working musician in the Greater New York City region but Christopher Brown has built several followings, as a solo coffeehouse artist, the leader of duos and trios, and as the voice of the Bookends band.

Brown, backed by his talented band will be showcasing songs from a brand new collection entitled, “Under a Gleason Moon”, his fourth CD release.

He writes tales of lessons learned and of taking stock through life’s journey. If you’ve lived a life – victories and defeats, good days and bad – you’ll recognize yourself in the songs of Christopher Brown.

$10 admission
Saturday
February 23
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Aimee Allen Quartet
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
"A brilliant singer and even more thoughtful lyricist” - H. Allen Williams, JazzTimes

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, vocalist Aimée Allen performs regularly in NYC and abroad. She has sung with such renowned musicians including Romero Lubambo, Ron McClure, François Moutin, Rozwell Rudd, Ari Hoenig, and Yomo Toro. And, her latest release, the critically acclaimed Wings Uncaged, is a musical statement of transcendence in all its facets. With a set of jazz standards and striking originals featuring winged creatures, negotiating the challenges and limitations of the natural world, the project provides metaphors for surviving perilous conditions in creative ways. It has been named one of Downbeat Magazine's Best of 2018.

“Allen will mesmerize you with her voice and style. Wings Uncaged is a vastly different experience than the standard vocal jazz fare, that offers depth and reverence, while pushing the idiom forward." - Steph Cosme, Staccotofy

Admission $15.
Sunday
February 24
4:00 pm
to
6:00 pm
Big On Broadway: My Life in Memories, Music and Motivation
with Mike Hallinan
Acoustic
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Mike Hallinan has always loved theater. Learn how a kid from Peekskill went from performing in local community theater productions to working on Broadway in an evening of entertaining anecdotes, musical theater standards, and how having a constant source of motivation can lead any one to accomplish extraordinary dreams.

Suggested donation of $10 goes directly to the performer(s).
Friday
March 1
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Tony Leon and his Groupo Son Latino, Elai Rivera (Piano), Willie Cintron (Bass), Hiran Colon (Sax & Flute), Danny del Valle (Percussion)
Latin, Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Born in Havana, Cuba, Tony Leon launched his singing career with Los Melodicos. He went on to work with the Niño Rivera Group and the distinguished Modelo de Miguelito Cuni band.

Tony arrived in New York in 1979 and became soloist for renowned trumpeter and orchestra leader Alfredo 'Chocolate' Armenteros. Their album, Prefiero el Son, recorded with S.A.R. Records, went gold. His years with Chocolate included group concerts, where he worked alongside music greats such as Roberto Torres, Linda Leida, Papaito, Alfredito de la Fe, Alfredo Valdes, Jr. and Marino Solano.

In 1987, he became the lead singer for José Fajardo y Sus Estrellas. It was the legendary flutist and band leader, José Antonio Fajardo who gave Tony his title: El Leon del Bolero.

Tony has performed in concerts with Willie Chirino, Ray Baretto, David Valentino, Cachao, Hansel y Raul, Tito Puente and Johnny Pacheco. He continues to delight audiences with his unique voice and mastery of the bolero.
Admission $15
Friday
March 22
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Reggae
with The Anthem Band
Roots Music, Ska
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
The Anthem Reggae Band has a truly original sound that is creating a big wave throughout the USA.

Anthem has played with international reggae artists, including: Sister Carol, Third World, Yellowman, Jimmy Cliff, Big Mountain, The Wailers Band, Burning Spear, Black Uhuru, Judy Mowatt, The Neville Bros, The Isley Brothers, Maxi Priest, Buju Banton, Capleton, Chacadimus and Pliers, John Holt, Ken Booth, Dennis Brown and Super Cat. Anthem has also been featured with Sister Carol on the Conan O’Brian show.

Anthem is a diverse family that wants you to have as much fun listening to the music as they do playing it. They provide musical enchantment and diversity for lovers of all reggae, from roots to dancehall and their live shows raise the vibe to levels unlike any you have previously experienced.

Come vibe with Anthem to experience the harmonious sounds of the new millennium!

$15 adm.

For reservations, call 914-737-1701
Saturday
March 30
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Lady Got Chops Women's Music Festival presents: Brazillian-Latin Jazz
with Annette A. Aguilar and the Stringbean 5Tet
Latin
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Annette A. Aguilar (multi-percussionist, Band leader recording artist, producer and educator.) was born in San Francisco into a family from Nicaragua.

At the age of 16 she was sitting in and performing with renowned Latin artists from Santana, Cal Tjader and Pete and Sheila Escovedo (Sheila E).

Annette has toured internationally and has performed and shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, The Grateful Dead, Darlene Love, Jefferson airplane, The Four Tops, Tito Puente, Dave Valentine, Ray Brown, and Mose Allison, among others.

She also has toured with Grammy award winning Broadway shows, has recorded for T.V. and film, and has been the principal timpanist for the Bronx Symphony since 1997. In 1992, Annette formed her Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz group, Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans."
Admission $15. For reservations, call 914-737-1701

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