Mark Emanatian/ Acoustic Sky June 29th

Mark Emanation and Acoustic Sky Special Tribute To Ernie Williams This Friday, June 29 at Carmen’s

Shows at 6 & 8, $5 Cover

Mark Emanatian’s Acoustic Sky will be playing two shows on Friday, June 29. This special show will feature songs of Ernie Williams. Mark Emanatian was a longtime member of Ernie’s band and he will honor Ernie’s memory with acoustic renditions of some of Mr. Williams’ best loved tunes.

Folding Sky. Blues for the new century. Ancient Rhythms. Melodies from the turning of the earth. Songs that touch the sky while staying rooted in the ground. Beauty, power, passion, grace. Folding Sky will touch your heart, move your body and inspire your soul.

Folding Sky is first and foremost a band. A band in the old and real sense. Family. Committed. Telepathic. Folding Sky, based in Albany New York, has released 5 albums of original material: The brand new “Lost Roots” (2010), “Dancing with My Guitar” (2002), “Ghostyard” (2004), “FOUR DAYS IN THE GARDEN”(2006), and “Acoustic Sky” (2007). These albums have received rave reviews and have received extensive radio airplay. Anthony Sica of ELMORE Magazine called “Four Days In The Garden” “one of the best I’ve ever heard”. Folding Sky has been joined on stage by blues legend Big Time Sarah and guitar legend Rhett Tyler.

Led by Mark Emanatian, guitarist/singer/songwriter, who made a name for himself as the lead and slide guitarist for the highly acclaimed blues band Ernie Williams and the Wildcats. Emanatian recorded six independent-label albums with the Wildcats, co-producing and writing more than his share of the material. Emanatian has appeared on stage with blues notables such as Hubert Sumlin, Lonnie Brooks, and Buddy Guy. In addition, Emanatian has performed on stage with Patty Smith, Levon Helm, and Bruce Willis. Emanatian was voted Bandleader of the Year in 2000 by Metroland Magazine. After a decade with the Wildcats, Emanatian formed Folding Sky.

He is joined by the legendary drummer Al Kash. Kash, a master musician and force of nature, has toured and recorded for over thirty years. Kash, a self-taught drummer, started playing in 1964 in Perth, West Australia and moved to Sydney in 1969. There he joined Blackfeather and toured & recorded the self-titled album [with guest Bon Scott]. Kash moved to New York in 1977 and formed the Units/Fear of Strangers. His credits include Kim Simmonds/Savoy Brown, Billy C. Farlow, Commander Cody, Bo Diddley, Dave Hole, Ellen McIllwain, and Ernie Williams.

On bass is the longtime roots musician and extraordinary instrumentalist Tom Dolan. His impressive resume includes The Slugs; Good Friday; the Jim Carrey Blues Band; the Chromatones; and Dolan, Dolan, Dolan.

On co-lead guitar is the equally accomplished Grant Perry. Grant began his performance career as the cofounder of The Majestics, playing high school dances, college frat parties, and local clubs. Looking beyond the Capital Region for more musical opportunities, he traveled south and west. After adventures in Miami and Austin, Grant settled in the French Quarter of New Orleans Louisiana for nearly a decade, playing Bourbon Street clubs and local uptown venues such as Tipitinas. Moving west, Grant’s home base became San Francisco for the next decade, performing professionally in venues reaching from Las Vegas, Los Angles, Reno, and of course back home in San Francisco. Grant has backed well known artists such as, Elvin Bishop, Doug Kershaw, Frankie Ford, Vikki Lee, and Chris Rowan, just to name a few. He has recorded albums at Sea Saint Studios in New Orleans, Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, and The Plant in San Francisco.

~ Dinner Specials for Friday June 29th ~

–Many Veggies are F-r-r-r-e-s-h from the garden–


Gazpacho….Served Chilled w Crackers

Chicken Croquettes


Corn Meal Crusted Salmon w/Grilled Peach Salsa, over Red Jasmine Basmati Rice

Cuban Chicken Wings w/Spicy Mango Sauce, Served w/Rice & Beans

Pulled Pork w/Guava BBQ Sauce, Served w/Yucca Fries

Crispy Beef w/Orange Mojo Sauce, Served w/Red Jasmine Basmati Rice & Veggie

Polenta Cakes w/3 Bean Ragout & Grilled Seasonal Veggies


Nutella Mouse Pancakes, w/Salted Caramel Sauce, Served w/Fruit

Cuban Chicken Wings (12), Served w/Chipotle Aioli

Sonny & Perley – Jazz, Bossa Nova, American Songbook & International Cabaret

Sonny & Perley – Jazz, Bossa Nova, American Songbook & International Cabaret. Friday May 11th.

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

From the Sonny & Perley Website:

Sonny Daye and Perley Rousseau achieve a rare musical symbiosis. The husband and wife team have spent the last several years developing and perfecting their unique blend of Jazz, Brazilian Bossa Nove, and International Cabaret which has become their musical signature. An eclectic repertoire including Great American Songbook standards, French love songs and irresistible Bossa Nova sounds of Jobim is part of the reason for their impressive performance schedule, an average of 250 dates per year throughout New York, New England and in Europe. The true test, however, is in live performance where “they deliver the goods”. (7 Days Magazine)

Perley was raised on the jazz greats from day one (Ella was the first recorded voice she remembers hearing), and as a young girl she was captivated by the Bossa Nova sounds of Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66. At the age of 22, while living in Chicago, she entered a talent contest on a dare from a friend. Singing a capella “My Funny Valentine” and “Lady is a Tramp”, she won first place, which gave her the impetus to study jazz vocals. While studying in Chicago and sitting in as guest vocalist in many jazz clubs she landed her first “real paying gig” and began persuing a dream that had been brewing since childhood. Desiring pure tone and a firm foundation, she continued her study of voice in New York with 4 years of private study in classical technique with international opera diva Sylvia Kutchukian, which Perley in turn teaches to her own vocal students. Having a “beautifully rich voice, with the emotional power, swing and improvisational feel of a true jazz singer” (The Jazz Observer) brings a distinction to her captivating effervescence and saucy stage presence in cabaret performance. Yet it is her genuine warmth and love of the music graced by her “inimitable style” (Paul Elisha, WAMC radio) which draws listeners into her unpretentious and heartfelt interpretation of Great American Standards, BrazilianBossa Nova, and French songs, many sung in the original language.

Sonny’s musical training began with the drums which he began playing at 7 years old. His inspiration came from his father, his aunt Marion and his godfather who made sure he had a heavy dose of listening to the jazz greats. Aunt Marion, a nun at the time, took it straight to the top when she sat in on drums with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra in full habit! His love of rhythm and improvisation were firmly established as he immersed himself in jazz and began playing in bands in his teens. He later went on to study music at North Texas University where his foundation for piano work began. Some touring and free lance work ensued in his 20’s and early 30’s including a tour with the Ted Weems Orchestra. Sonny met Perley when he returned to upstate NY and worked as a substitute drummer in her trio. It was love at first sound. The two were soon married and began a lifelong musical collaboration.Their performances are often sprinkled with a spontaneous banter that only a 25 year marriage can enliven. Perhaps that is why Chronicle Magazine declares them “harbingers of aesthetic jazz…[and] romanticism”.

Sonny & Perley keep a busy performance schedule, touring with their trio, quartet, or quintet, performing for concerts, festivals, cabaret shows and private events.. Three CD releases, “Love Dance” 1996, “East of the Sun” 1999, and “Let It Happen” 2004, and “Love Is Here To Stay ~ LIVE!” 2009 have generated international air play and received critical acclaim. In 2005 they were invited to participate in a collaborative effort of original compositions involving 13 other outstanding artists of the Capital District of NY which resulted in “Saratoga Pie”, a CD produced by the Grammy winner Joel Moss, producer of Tony Bennett, Rod Stewart, Bill Charlap and many other notables.

Dinner Specials for Friday, May 11:

Braised Beef Short Ribs w/ Guava Glaze
Served w/ Veggies & Yucca Fries

Ceviche of Shrimp, Scallops & Tilapia
Served On a Halved Avocado Over Mixed Greens

Fried Chicken Thighs w/ Spicy Mango Sauce
Served w/ Rice & Beans

Polenta Cakes w/ Portabella Mushrooms
& Seasonal Veggies, Topped w/Tomato Tapenade