Dangerous on Decaf

Friday August 24th  Dangerous on Decaf—  Blues, Jazz, Rockabilly

Three friends playing rock, folk, blues –
Offering jazz and Latin their dues;
A few jug tunes to add some spice,
With maybe some naughty and maybe some nice!
Drinking coffee is part of the share
Trying to keep the caffeine spare,
Cause these three players don’t need much
To keep their motors hot to the touch!
Pickin and drumming and singing the songs
With Dangerous on Decaf your night can’t go wrong!

Cafe open from 5–10pm with music in two live shows from 6–7:30 or 8–9:30 5$ Cover.
Call 518 326 2064 for reservations

Tapas Specials for Friday, August 24

Chicken Breast Wrapped in Cuban Pancetta
w/ Mango-Black Bean Salsa
over Saffron Rice & Plantains

Strip Steak Au Jus
w/ Pureed Yucca & Seasonal Veggie

Pan Seared Salmon
w/ Red Pepper Coulis
over Saffron Rice & Veggies

Polenta Cakes
w/ fresh mozzarella & Sauteed Veggies


Sat & Sun August 25 & 26

Steak & Eggs
w/ Home Fries & Toast

Pan Seared Salmon over Greens
w/ Avocado, Tomato, Onions & Mango

George Fletcher’s Folding Money—Blues

George Fletcher’s Folding Money Plays the Blues Live at Carmen’s Cafe Friday, July 6, 2012

George Fletcher’s Foldin’ Money plays a variety of blues that teeters on rock, occasionally jazz, and even a little reggae. Expect to hear Foldin’ Money’s takes on the music of Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Little walter, Freddy King, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, …Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Benson, Bo Diddley, Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. In addition, some standards from the great American songbook occasionally find their way in to the set as well as a bunch of great original tunes.

Cafe open from 5–10pm with music in two live shows from 6–7:30 or 8–9:30 5$ Cover.
Call 518 326 2064 for reservations


This Friday, July 6, is
 Paella Day at Carmen’s!
Sample Three Paellas—


Gazpacho, served Chilled, w/Chips

Eggplant Sliders, Grilled, Topped w/Avocado Slices & Guava Sauce

Chicken Croquettes


Seafood Paella.…….W/Shrimp. Scallops, Calamari, Mussels, Clams

Chicken and Chorizo Paella Marinated Chicken/House Made Chorizo

Vegetable Paella Full of Fresh Seasonal Veggies.


Fresh Seasonal Fruits, served w/House Made Chantilly

Acoustic Diva (Diva & the Dirty Boys)

June 22  Acoustic Diva  (Diva & the Dirty Boys)

What do you get when you mix a spunky NYC cabaret singer with a burning ’60s rock band? Well, it ain’t cabaret!

Lisa Gordon on keys, harmonica and lead vocals, treats audiences to punchy covers of Grace Slick, torchy renditions of Dusty Springfield, Joplin, and more. Looking for Beatles, Kinks or Cream? Burning guitarist Rob Piorkowski, slick bassist Nick Bisanz and hot percussionist Johnny Easy blend their instrumental and vocal talent with harmonies that result in a DIRTY BOY sound much bigger than a quartet.

Cafe open from 5–10pm with music in two live shows from 6–7:30 or 8–9:30 5$ Cover.
Call 518 326 2064 for reservations


~ Specials Menu for Friday June 22nd ~


Shrimp and Scallop Cocktail

Eggplant sliders,
grilled, topped with avocado, and guava sauce, served on a multi grain dinner roll


Chicken breast
stuffed with chorizo, olives, raisins and onions, served with rice and beans

Beef tamales
served with yucca fries and seasonal veggie

Red snapper
w/ avocado sauce, served over saffron rice  and veggies

Black bean patties
w/pineapple rice, seasonal veggies and lime creme


Strawberry shortcake
served on a house made biscuit, with fresh strawberries and creme fraiche


Pancakes with nutella mousse and salted caramel sauce
Steak….filet mignon…. and eggs, served with home fries and toast

Friday October 7: Todd Nelson Trio TN3

Photo by Todd Gay

Photo by Todd Gay

Tune in to WRPI, 91.5 FM, Wednesday at 11am for an interview and music with Todd Nelson of TN3!

Friday October 7:  Todd Nelson Trio TN3 mixes elements of jazz, rock and electronics, playing original songs and new arrangements of unusual covers, including pop, folk and gospel and any other genre signified by the muse.
The music of TN3 is improvisational but not noise; exploratory in texture and sound but melodic; arranged but open-ended; structured while embracing the random; aware of the past without repeating it; unafraid of space, subtlety or beauty, and it rocks.

Carmen’s Cafe is Very Social

We’re now on the Social Web so you can stay up to date with everything going on at Carmen’s Cafe (and share the news with your friends) – Catering Services, Weekly Specials, New Menu Items, Live Music, and Featured Fine Artists — by following us on this blog,  Twitter – @CarmensCafeTroy “Like” our Facebook Fan Page, or send us your email address if you prefer. We also encourage you to share your reviews on Yelp.

Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Carmen's Cafe

Breakfast Buffet Next Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17

Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Carmen's Cafe

Next Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17, we are trying something different. Every once in a while we have a Breakfast Buffet instead of our usual cook-to-order. It’s a good time to try something different, to fill your hunger both for the new and different and for the tried and true. Menu:

  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Chorizo Scrambled Eggs
  • Flamenca (Chorizo Stew, eaten with eggs)
  • Bacon
  • Home Fries
  • Blueberry Multigrain Pancakes
  • Fruit Platter w. Yoghurt Dip
  • Cheese Platter
  • Toast
  • Coffee-Tea-Juice

Price is $12 for adults, $7 for children under 12.

If you like it we’ll do it more often, so let us know, even if you can’t come in this weekend.

Olivia Quillio Plays Carmen’s Cafe

It’s been a bit, I’ve been remiss posting.  But I have to share this bit of video from Olivia Quillio’s live performance last fall.

Some friends dropped in and she included them for percussion and backup/lead vocals.

Olivia has a sweet, sweet voice.  Before we booked her, she said she really wanted a career in music.  I think she could go far.

Greg Guba Rocks!

Well, he blueses a lot more than rocks.  But I’m really impressed by the way he takes on Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix and other icons of my youth.

Greg Guba likes to play with Carolyn Brown, but unfortunately she was down with a cold.

We talked to him and he’s planning to come back here in July.  Maybe Carolyn can join him then!

This is a special place to play, I really like the vibe here when the musician and the crowd just tune in to each other.  Is there anyone you would like to hear here?

Enjoy Live Music Friday Evening at Carmen’s Cafe

Come to “Greg Guba & Carolyn Brown at Carmen’s Cafe on Fri Apr 08, 2011″ Friday, April 8 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Greg & Carolyn play the Blues/folk & county — acoustic style. Music starts at 6. Full Tapas menu, with wine, beer & sangria.

…Greg Guba is an experienced artist playing guitar, dobro, mandolin and keyboards. Folk/blues/Pop and originals served up with humor and storytelling. Look at life a diffent way – with humor~

Carolyn Brown’s music is a combination of Country/Folk and Singer/Songwriter. Some have compared her voice to that of Jewel who is her musical influence. Carolyn is currently working on her Debut album “Through the Mud” with producer/musician Marcus Larabee at Marcoustic Productions in Verona, New York. The album is a story that takes listeners through heart break, life’s confusions, to finding new love and happiness. Carolyn Brown’s music is down to earth and can relate to anyone’s situation. She also has a music page on myspace at www.myspace.com/babyopal9 Join her fanlist and you will be automatically entered to win a Free Autographed copy of her Debut Album!!