The Nellies perform at CArmen's CAfe for The Troy Victorian Stroll

Sunday, 12/ 2: Victorian Stroll Come Hear The Nellies: energetic rootsy, alt-country, Americana band

Sunday, 12/ 2: Victorian Stroll Come Hear The Nellies 2-6PM, No Cover

Victorian Stroll Special: Fresh Scratch-Made Spicy Hot Chocolate

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From http://www.thenellies.com/

The Nellies are an Albany, NY based, rootsy, alt-country, Americana band. The band is driven by core singer-songwriter duo, Karen Ann Gilpin (acoustic guitar/banjo) and Peggy Lecuyer (mandolin/harmonica) who both contribute driving rhythms and beautiful two part harmonies to their songs. They are joined by Gene Lemme who keeps The Nellies in line on the upright bass. Also joining The Nellies at shows are an assortment of stellar lead players such as Kevin Maul and Mike McMann, as well as others. You will find The Nellies’ energy contagious. Their fun loving stage presence will put a smile on your face.

Karen Ann and Peggy write a number of the songs that The Nellies perform and combine them with well chosen covers performed by Fred Eaglesmith, Donna the Buffalo, The Grateful Dead, Kasey Chambers, Gram Parsons, Abigail Washburn, Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch as well as the inclusion of some favorite, traditional bluegrass songs.

The Nellies have proudly released their first CD in October of 2011 and are laying the musical groundwork for their next release. You will find The Nellies playing at a variety of events and venues in the greater Albany, NY area – please go to our gigs tab to see where we’ll be playing next and feel free to contact us to play at a venue near you!

Tonight! Annie And The Hedonists—Acoustic blues, swing, and folk!

Friday November 16th— Annie & The Hedonists—Acoustic blues, swing, and folk!

…A band with a great lead singer and tight harmonies, covering an eclectic mix of acoustic music, torchy blues, standards, bluegrass, gospel, labor ballads, early jazz, …A wild ride across the vast acoustic music landscape Greg Haymes, Times Union

Annie and the Hedonists blew the place away Ralph Hunt, Heartland Music

Annie Get Your Fun! Tom Keyser, Times Union

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, November 16 ~

Fried Marinated Chicken Breast
w/Arroz con Gandules—Rice w/Pigeon Peas and Plantains

Guiso de Mariscos-Hearty Fisherman’s Stew
over saffron rice

Grilled Flank Steak w/Yucca fries and veggie

Eggplant stuffed with asparagus, manchego cheese
and tomato-lime sauce over saffron rice

~ Full Tapas Menu Here ~

~ Dessert Specials ~

Flan
Mango-Lime Cheesecake

~ Specials for Sat & Sun, Nov. 17 & 18 ~

Steak and eggs, served with home fries and toast

Pumpkin cream cheese mouse served over pancakes/Short Stack

~ Full Breakfast Menu Here ~

MasterCard  —  Discover  —  Visa  —  American Express accepted.

Charlie Smith & Rob Aronstein 11/2—Blues

Friday November 2nd Charlie Smith & Rob Aronstein— Blues

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

Check out their new CD Steppin’ Down Blues Lane. – two cuts were originally recorded at Carmen’s Cafe.

Charlie Smith

 Engaging and dynamic performer, prolific songwriter, blues guitarist and vocalist of the highest caliber are just some of the descriptions one could apply to Charlie Smith. Entertaining listeners in New York’s Capital District for nearly 40 years, Charlie is happy to have found in the players listed below a virtuoso backing group equal to the task of expressing and extending his musical vision. For more on Charlie himself, click here (dedicated page under construction).

Rob Aronstein 
Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals
Rob Aronstein has been working with and promoting Charlie and the Charlie Smith Blues Band since 1999, performing on and producing Charlie’s CD, “Hardly Ever Blue”. Rob currently performs with Charlie and as a solo and freelance pianist/organist.

9/21: Sensemaya— Latin Jazz

9/21 Sensemaya Trio

Sensemaya Trio fuses hot Latin dance rhythms with the cool sophistication of jazz improvisation. Their repertoire includes funkified interpretations of classic salsa to originals written in the revolutionary timba style of Cuba. Their own uniquely fresh Latin jazz compositions include a variety of styles from Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. While Sensemaya can cater to the intimate jazz listener, their true purpose is to get audiences out of their seats and on to the dance floor.


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, September 21 ~

Cuban Style Chicken Tamales
served w/ Yucca Fries & Veggie

Pan Seared Red Snapper
w/ Roasted Tomatillo Sauce
served w/ Roasted Potatoes & Veggie

Herb Crusted Lamb Chops
w/ Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Seasonal Veggie

Marinated Crispy Tofu
w/ Sauteed Veggies over Saffron Rice

~ Breakfast Specials for Sat-Sun, Sept. 22-23 ~

Huevos Benedictus
Poached Eggs over Saffron Rice Cake & Bacon
served w/ House-Made Hollandaise Sauce & Plantains

Veggie Huevos Benedictus
Drop the Bacon & Plantain, Served on a Bed of Greens

Marinated Crispy Tofu
w/ Sauteed Veggies over Saffron Rice

TN3 Todd Nelson Trio

Todd Nelson brings Impeccable Jazz and Snappy Hats to Carmen’s this Friday, September 14

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.

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 for Friday, September 14 ~

Chicken Wings
w/ Mango Chili Sauce

Roasted Corn & Black Beans
w/ Avocado, Scallions & Jicama, topped w/ Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Served in an Artisanal Lettuce Bowl

Grilled Flatbread Dressed w/ Sundried Tomato Tapenade
& Shaved Manchego Cheese on Frisee Tossed in Lime Vinaigrette Dressing

Pancetta Wrapped Chicken Breast
w/ Chimichurri Sauce served w/ Rice & Beans

Cumin & Coriander Crusted Filet Mignon
Served w/ Mashed Yucca & Veggie

Crusted Tilapia w/ Lemon-Wine-Garlic Sauce
over Saffron Rice & Veggie

The Doc Swings Carmen’s

The joint will be jumpin’ with The Doc Scanlon Trio featuring Saxman Brian Patneaude this Fri. 9/7 at with guitarist Graham Tichy – Playing 1920′s–40′s Fats Waller to Early Bing Crosby to Jump Blues Classics

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 for Friday, September 7 ~

APPETIZERS

Cuban Egg Rolls

Quinoa, Arugula and Beet Salad
tossed w/red wine vinaigrette and topped w/goat cheese

TAPAS

Pollo Rancho Luna…..Grilled Chicken w/Sour Orange Sauce
served w/yucca fries and veggie

Cuban Prime Rib……slow roasted
and served w/garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus

Seared Ahi Tuna
w/ a grapefruit-blueberry salsa and grilled rice cakes

Tofu w/Coconut Curry Sauce
over saffron rice w/sauteed veggies

SPECIALS FOR SAT & SUN – SEP. 8-9

Prime rib and eggs served w/home fries and toast

Tofu over rice w/grilled veggies and coconut curry sauce

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

Cheesecake
Flan

Sat & Sun August 25 & 26

Steak & Eggs
w/ Home Fries & Toast

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

Patneaude/Payette Duo @ Carmen’s Café

Friday August 17 Join pianist Dave Payette and saxophonist Brian Patneaude for an evening of jazz at this intimate venue featuring delicious Cuban-Spanish-American cuisine in a bistro setting.
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

~ Appetizers for Friday August 17th ~

Eggplant slider—grilled, w/avocado slices and guava paste on a multi grain roll

Chicken Croquettes—fried to golden brown perfection.

Scallops wrapped in house cured bacon, w/avocado sauce and veggie

~ Tapas Specials for Friday August 17th ~

Pan-seared Rainbow Trout, w/ a lemon-wine-garlic sauce over saffron rice and veggie

Carne Asada—Cuban Pot Roast w/ yucca and carrots over saffron rice

Cuban Chicken Wings w/a spicy mango sauce, served w/ rice, black beans and veggie

Pernil, pork shoulder marinated and slow roasted in Cuban herbs and spices, w/yucca fries and veggie

Vegetarian Risotto w/ seasonal veggies and goat cheese

~Dessert Special for Friday August 17th ~

Ginger-Lemon Cheesecake

Annie & The Hedonists

Friday July 13  Annie & The Hedonists—Acoustic blues, swing, and folk!

…A  band with a great lead singer and tight harmonies, covering an eclectic mix of acoustic music, torchy blues, standards, bluegrass, gospel, labor ballads, early jazz, …A wild ride across the vast acoustic music landscape Greg Haymes, Times Union

Annie and the Hedonists blew the place away Ralph Hunt, Heartland Music

Annie Get Your Fun! Tom Keyser, Times Union

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 Menu Specials for Fri Jul 13 ~

Chicken Croquettes w/ Spicy Chipotle Aioli

Spicy Grilled Chicken Breast W/Mango-Avocado Salsa, served with rice and beans.

Pan Seared Pork Tenderloin Medallions W/ Papaya Black Bean Sauce served with yucca fries

Sauteed Garlic Shrimp W/ Rum Sauce, served over saffron rice

Potato Kneidlach W/ sauteed seasonal veggies in a white wine sauce.

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—

APPETIZERS

Gazpacho, served Chilled, w/Chips

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

Chicken Croquettes

TAPAS SPECIAL: 3 TYPES OF PAELLA…………ALL IN A SAFFRON-TOMATO BASE, WITH LONG GRAIN RICE

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

Chicken and Chorizo Paella Marinated Chicken/House Made Chorizo

Vegetable Paella Full of Fresh Seasonal Veggies.

DESSERT

Fresh Seasonal Fruits, served w/House Made Chantilly