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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
December 21
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
December 22
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
A Ray Blue Christmas
with Ray Blue (sax)
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division St
Peekskill, NY   See Map
"Ray Blue has a majestic presence...when playing, his sense of purpose is obvious. It's one thing to be a good composer it's another to be a great performer. Ray Blue's got the whole package." -Jean Szlamowicz, Jazz Hot, Down Beat.

Award winning, New York bred saxophonist, Ray Blue, brings his quartet to stage to create a deep, rich fusion of straight ahead jazz and African groove.

Ray has performed and recorded with Bernard Purdie, Patience Higgins, Steve Turre, The Sun Ra Arkestra, Cotton Club All Stars, Harlem Blues and Jazz Band and many others. He has toured as a cast member of the "Ray Charles Show"; performed at international jazz festivals including the Zanzibar International Film Festival; North Sea Jazz Festival-Cape Town, South Africa; Audi Jazz Festival-Brussels, Belgium; and the Foix Jazz Festival, France among others; and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, 2013.

Admission: $15
For reservations, call 914-737-1701.
Friday
December 28
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Wishing you one Jazz of a New Year
with The Alexis Cole Ensemble
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Called "one of the great voices of today," Alexis Cole has been compared to classic jazz singers such as Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'Day. Her luxurious voice and innovative interpretations make her an instant favorite with audiences of all ages.

Cole is the recipient of a Swing Journal Gold Disk award, and was a winner of the NY Jazzmobile and Montreux Jazz Festival vocal competitions. She records for Motéma Music, NY, Chesky Records, NY and Venus Records Japan. Her recordings have received high praise in the jazz press and are spun on radio world-wide. In addition to her many performances at top jazz venues like Dizzy's Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Jazz Standard, Blues Alley, and Billboard Live, she's also performed at Avery Fisher Hall and the Kennedy Center and had been a featured soloist with the Boston Pops and NY Philharmonic. Alexis also serves the country as an active duty Staff Sgt. and vocalist for the West Point Band's Jazz Knights.

$15 Admission
Saturday
December 29
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Show is SOLD OUT.
with Salsa with Grammy Award Winner Willie Torres!
Latin
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, William Maisonet-Torres was influenced by his father, renowned percussionist William Maisonet Figueroa (a/k/a Papo Conga) and his mother Doris who sang and recorded a few Boleros. Willy quickly developed a keen ear, a natural affinity for percussion, and a deep love for the music of Puerto Rico.

Willy is a regular on the New York Latin session scene and has recorded vocals for Rey Ruiz, Tito Nieves, Alexandre Pires, Ricardo Montaner, Christian Castro, Gilberto Santarosa, Ricky Martin, to name a few.

He has released 3 albums "Willy's NYC Salsa Project" (2008), "Hardcore" (2011), and "On Another Path" (2015); has received 9 Grammy nominations; and is a 4 time Grammy awardee: 2004 (The Spanish Harlem Orchestra "Across 110 Street"), 2006 (Best Tropical Album Producer), 2010 (The Spanish Harlem Orchestra "Viva La Tradicion"), and 2013 (for collaboration & as guest artist for The Pacific Mambo Orchestra). Willy was nominated again in 2014/15.
$15 admission. For reservations 914-737-1701.
Monday
December 31
8:00 pm
to
1:00 am
Ring in the New Year!
Roots Music
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
It's the BeanRunner Cafe's New Year's Eve tradition to bring in the New Year old school, house party style.

This year, Chef Mo, from Touch of Class, will present a pre-fixed menu of his extraordinary Caribbean fusion delights.

DJ Ted will spin his masterful mix of roots, rock, reggae, salsa, mambo, and more to keep us up and dancing through the New Year.

Dinner will be served from 8:00-9:30. Chef Mo will get you started with a choice of chilli shrimp spring rolls, vegetable spring rolls or soup, followed by an entrée of Stuffed Chicken Supreme, Jack Daniel BBG Pork Ribs, or Grilled Salmon, served with vegetables and your choice of jasmine rice, or baked or mashed potatoes. Finally, Chef Mo serves up dessert, cake or sorbet, and at midnight, the BRC's complimentary personal-sized bottle of champagne to bring in the New Year.

$50/person, $90/couple. Cash bar.

Reserve early. Call 914-737-1701 for reservations.
Friday
January 4
2019
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Salsa Night with Cuboricua !
Latin
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Inspired by the music of Cuba and Puerto Rico, Cuboricua rocks the rhythms of the Caribbean; Salsa, Son, Rumba, Bomba, Plena, as well as Merengue.

These veteran musicians, to their credit, have performed and recorded with world renowned artists such as Celia Cruz, Pete "El Conde" Rodriquez, Eddie Palmieri, Monguito "el unico", Los Kimbos, and the New Swing Sextet to name a few.

This conjunto creates a traditional/modern energetic sound by placing the interlocking rhythmic figures of percussion and Cuban Tres under a smoothly swinging melody to create a ".... new sound Cuboricua.”

Great food, fine wine, the best in live music.

For reservations, call 914-737-1701. Reservations held until 8 p.m.

Admission $15
Saturday
January 5
2019
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Gerry Malkin Quintet, Paul Bollenbeck (guitar), Mike McGuirk (bass), Rudy Peschthauer (drums), and Tito Marrero (percussion)
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Leader and tenor saxophonist Gerry Malkin has performed with Tito Puente, Lew Soloff, Adam Nussbaum,George Colligan, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Ray Vega and Dave Weckle.

These great musicians will be swinging hard in the tradition.

Admission $15
Sunday
January 6
2019
6:30 pm
to
8:30 pm
A Capella (Doo-Wop)
with The Binghamton Vibrations
Acoustic
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
The Binghamton Vibrations is an 18 person, co-ed, oldies a cappella group from Binghamton University. Out on their first tour they are super excited to get their music out and share it with a wider audience.

The B-Vibrations sing songs from Doo-Wop from the 50's and 60's, including classics like "Build Me Up Buttercup", "Doo Wop Medleys", and "Carry on My Wayward Son" to more modern music from artists like Michael Jackson and Tom Petty.

Come on out. Enjoy the music and support these rising stars! Donations are appreciated.
Friday
January 11
2019
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Base Camp
Soul
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Base Camp brings you the #1 R&B experience brining back the GREAT soulful sounds of the 70s, 80s, 90’s and the R&B music of today.

This is one R&B group that you won’t want to miss!

Admission $15
Saturday
January 12
2019
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Bob Myer & Eric Person Project, Cameron Brown on bass
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Eric Person (alto and soprano sax) has set a new standard in sound and is nothing short of dynamic. He is featured as a leader and sideman on more than 30 recordings. His broad range of experience with Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Chico Hamilton, Ronald Shannon Jackson, the World Saxophone Quartet, and John Hicks, have all contributed greatly to his mature sound and his skills as an arranger and composer.

Admission $15. For reservations, call 914-737-1701.
Friday
January 18
2019
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
2019
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
2019
3:00 pm
to
6:00 pm
Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Tribes Hill and
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.
Friday
January 25
2019
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
2019
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.
Friday
February 1
2019
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
Friday
February 15
2019
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
Friday
February 22
2019
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
2019
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Aimee Allen Quartet
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, vocalist Aimée Allen's first began singing professionally with jazz a cappella groups in college. After graduation, Aimée moved to Paris where she performed regularly in jazz clubs and festivals. The deep relationship between the francophone audiences and Brazilian bossa nova, led Aimée to form Les Bossa Novices, a Paris-based group dedicated to bossa and jazz.

"A brilliant singer and even more thoughtful lyricist” - H. Allen Williams, JazzTimes

Aimée now performs regularly in NYC and abroad. Standards and bossa are part of her repertoire, but now an accomplished songwriter, she also sings her original compositions, many of which have become audience favorites. Her original music has been licensed for feature film and network television. She has sung with many renowned musicians including Romero Lubambo, Ron McClure, François Moutin, Rozwell Rudd, Ari Hoenig, and Yomo Toro.

Admission $15.
Friday
March 1
2019
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

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