The Towne Crier Cafe has been one of the Hudson Valley’s hidden musical treasures for 40 years, first in Beekmanville, where it opened in 1972, and then for the past 25 years in Pawling. Despite a capacity of just 150, the Towne Crier hosted some true musical greats, from Richard Thompson to Dave Edmunds, from Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys to Tom Waits. Sadly, the cafe lost its lease last year, and fans were afraid that the venue would be gone for good.
Ah, but no…
On Friday (October 4), the Towne Crier Cafe is celebrating its brand new home in Beacon with a grand opening performance by the Grand Slambovians. At the new location, owner Phil Ciganer promises “more space, better sound, top-tier acts and a new fine-dining menu featuring fresh local fare… but with the same intimate Towne Crier experience you’ve known and loved since ‘72.”
Friday’s Grand Slambovians’ show is sold out (although you can still sign up on the waiting list), but there are plenty of other great shows already scheduled on the cafe’s concert calendar, including Rickie Lee Jones (Sunday, October 13), the Robben Ford Band (Saturday, October 19), the Duke Robillard Blues Band (Friday, October 25), Sonny Landreth (Sunday, October 27) and lots more.