Remembering the Bread & Jam Cafe

September 1st, 2010, 11:01 am by Greg

Joe Barna and Sketches of Influence

Joe Barna and Sketches of Influence (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Yes, it’s sad, sad news that the Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes will be shuttering its doors for good on Friday. (Read more here.)

But we also have a warm feeling in our hearts for the efforts made by owner Salvatore Prizio and all of the fine folks who made it such a great place for the past two years.

And of course, we also have some great musical memories. Here are reviews/photos from some of our fave Bread & Jam Cafe shows:

Tern Rounders’ Moonlight Jamboree (July 17, 2010)

Keith Kane, Population 2 (May 28, 2010)

Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence (April 2, 2010)

Bryan Thomas, Julia Brown (March 19, 2010)

Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence (August 17, 2009)

heARTS aligned (June 20, 2009)


News Flash: Bread & Jam Cafe Closes

August 31st, 2010, 1:16 pm by Greg

breadAndJamWhoa, this has been a bad year for venues on Nippertown’s live music scene. Revolution Hall bit the dust. Tess’ Lark Tavern went up in smoke. And now Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes is calling it quits.

Bread & Jam Cafe owner Salvatore Prizio has announced:

“It is with the most profound sadness in my heart that we must announce to all of you that after two years of great food, drink, and music that Bread and Jam will be closing its doors permanently this Friday September 3rd. The past two years have been nothing short of a dream for me. Being a longtime musician, I always wanted to own my own music venue, and I was able to do that. I can never express in words what the friendships and experiences have meant to me here, and the fact that all of you got a chance to share that dream with me.”

Prizio goes on to say:

“We worked as hard as we could for as long as we could to bring Cohoes the finest music and food that we possibly could. We know our customers and friends deserved no less. But in the end we finally ran into a financial wall that I just wasn’t able to hurdle, and it was time to say goodbye.”

Nippertown would like to thank Prizio and his staff for all they have done for the Nippertown music scene – great jazz shows, cool art/music events like heARTS Aligned, the Tern Rounders’ monthly Moonlight Jamboree and so much more. Thanks, Sal, and best of luck in the future.

Be Here Now: heARTS aligned @ Bread & Jam Cafe, 5/22/10

May 18th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

heARTS aligned

(from left) Katie Haverly, Matt Mac Haffie, Matt Durfee, Eugene M. Falco, Nick Reinert and Ashley Pond

We just love it when somebody comes along and mixes up music with the visual arts, so we are indeed pleased that the second annual heARTS aligned performance will be taking place at the Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes at 7:30pm on Saturday.

Organized by Matt Durfee – who was one of the performers at last year’s inaugural event – heARTS aligned pairs up local songwriters with visual artists. Here’s how it works: The visual artists use the songwriter’s music to inspire art works that they’ve created during the past several months. On Saturday, images of the artwork are projected above the stage. The songwriters perform their songs under the projected images, according to a lottery set list. The artwork is then given away to lucky members of the audience.

This year’s heARTS aligned will feature the music of singer-songwriters Ashley Pond and Katie Haverly matched with the visual imaginings of artists Nick Reinert and Eugene M. Falco. Presiding over the procedings will be emcee, raconteur and contributor, Matt Mac Haffie.

Doors open at 6:30pm, and the audience can peruse the artwork. The musical performance and giveaways begin at 7:30. Admission is $7, which includes entry into the artwork giveaways.

Be Here Now: Train of Fools @ Bread & Jam Cafe, 5/8/10

May 6th, 2010, 1:02 pm by Greg

Train Of Fools

All aboard! Full steam ahead!

Train of Fools will be chugging into the Bread and Jam Cafe in Cohoes on Saturday night.

Who are Train of Fools, you ask? Well, the head engineer is none other than Kevin McKrell, veteran Nippertown singer-songwriter who’s had his hand on the throttle of such acclaimed musical ensembles as the McKrells, Hard Times, the Fabulous Newports and Donnybrook Fair.

Joining him on the express are his daughter Katie McKrell (vocals, bodhran), Brian Melick (all kinds of assorted percussion), guitarist-vocalist Seth Warden (of Wetworks and the Seth Warden Band) and Doug Moody (fiddle, mandolin and vocals).

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Real Good for Free: “Moonlight Jamboree” @ Bread & Jam Cafe, 5/1/10

April 30th, 2010, 2:10 pm by Greg

Tern Rounders

Tern Rounders: Marc Clayton and Kim Noyes

The May edition of the monthly Moonlight Jamboree – hosted by Americana sweethearts Tern Rounders – returns to its usual schedule, promising a great evening of folk-rock, country and more at the Bread and Jam Café in Cohoes at 7:30pm on Saturday.

First up on Saturday’s bill is Dan Johnson of the band Three-Quarter North. Johnson is a songwriter and guitarist from Albany, who also rocks the mandolin in the bluegrass and country tradition. Describing himself as “a poet at heart,” his songs are “based in storytelling and rich imagery that describe the sweetness and irony of life in upstate New York.” Talk about your local interest. But Johnson also has ties to New England, splitting his time between Albany and downeast Maine.

And as always, Moonlight Jamboree host band Tern Rounders will be headlining the session. If last month’s set was any indicator, this is a very good band that has dramatically grown markedly better over a very short span time, concurrent with their new recording sessions. They are simply more cohesive live. And with Kim Noyes and Marc Clayton at the microphone, their very good vocals and harmonies are now pin-you-to-the-wall great!

Tern Rounders have given flight to their down-to-earth music. Drummer Jim Ketterer credits “the new batch of songs. They’re written in a style and direction that plays to our strengths as a band.” That – and the addition of Rick Morse on pedal steel guitar to the band’s permanent line-up – bodes nothing but good things to come. And you can bet that Tern Rounders will be delivering their A-game as they warm up for their Sunday afternoon performance at the Truck America Festival at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian.

Catch a heaping helping of the Tern Rounders’ new material and a good cup of coffee this Saturday night in Cohoes. Admission is free.

Story and photograph by Matt Mac Haffie

Real Good for Free: “Moonlight Jamboree” @ Bread & Jam Cafe, 4/24/10

April 23rd, 2010, 11:49 am by Greg

Tern Rounders at CRUMBS Nite Out

The Tern Rounders performing at CRUMBS Nite Out in 2009

Gonna be a meeting…

Well, OK, it’s actually the April installment of the Moonlight Jamboree. Tern Rounders host this monthly Americana session at the Bread and Jam Cafe in Cohoes. This month’s guest performers will be Cortland Francis (7:30pm) and In Defense of Autumn (8pm), formerly known as All the Leaves Are Brown. Led by the guitar-and-vocals tandem of Kim Noyes and Marc Clayton, Tern Rounders take the stage at 9pm.

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LIVE: Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence @ Bread & Jam Cafe, 4/2/10

April 9th, 2010, 12:15 pm by Greg

Joe Barna and Sketches of Influence

Joe Barna and Sketches of Influence

The brainchild of regional jazz drummer-composer Joe Barna, Sketches of Influence is a revolving collective featuring some of the best national and regional jazz artists – all dedicated to playing primarily Barna’s original compositions.

This time around, the Bread and Jam Café in Cohoes was converted into a live recording studio complete with a wider stage and a grand piano. The three-day live recording session was launched on Thursday, April 1 with an invite-only fund-raising dinner and concert. Last Friday and Saturday’s dates would prove to be the meat and potatoes recording dates – open to the public for a nominal $10 admisssion.

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Five Firsts: Lou V of Skadee

April 8th, 2010, 2:04 pm by Greg



INSTRUMENT: Guitar Player / Vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … the Beatles’ “Rubber Soul”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Smashing Pumpkins with Garbage

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Guitar purchased by my grandfather when I was 12

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … 15 years old, an original written about a girl

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Arthur 67, Modified Slightly

Lou V and the rest of his bandmates in Skadee will be sharing the stage with the Energy and an acoustic version of the Slaughterhouse Chorus at the Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes at 7pm on Friday. Admission is $5.

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