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Winter Greetings

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T o d a y :

Sunday 21st of January
  •   7:30pm@Moon+River    the rkStar Open-Mic with Dan Goodspeed hosting area's longest-running open mic. Signup early.
  • if 7pm shows are too early, or venue is closed, then  tell Richard!!  Emails to webmaster bear no weight in scheduling decisions
  •   2:00pm@ArthursMkt    pop up piano bar

About Us:


A street-view of the cafe

The Moon & River Cafe has been in Schenectady for over ten years, serving a mostly-vegetarian menu and known for it's coffee, "dark and delicious".

There is entertainment nightly, usually free and usually starting at 7pm. (click "When" (on the menu-bar) for schedules.)

The Cafe (at 115 South Ferry Street, Schenectady, NY 12205 - (518) 382-1938) is open daily 9am to 9pm.

The Cafe is home to the RockStar Open-Mic with Dan Goodspeed hosting the area's longest running open mic (pdf file), Sundays at 7:30pm. (Signup early)


Picture of Richard Genest

Richard Genest, the proprietor of the cafe, operated the famous and former "Mother Earth's Cafe" in Albany, after moving from Ithaca, where he founded the ABC Cafe over 30 years ago.


Everyone is welcome at the cafe, even if no purchase is made, but all are encouraged to give appropriate gratuities to the performers, who work only for tips.



performer

With entertainment 7 nights a week, what kind of music can you expect to hear? blues, classical, country, electronic, dance, electronica, funk, gospel, grunge, hip hop, jazz, Latin American, metal, progressive rock, reggae, punk rock, rhythm and blues, rock, ska, and more.


looking towards state st

Looking up the street to the left (south), one can catch a glimpse of our neighbor, "Slicks' Tavern" and a block further away is State Street. The Mohawk River is 2.5 blocks north of the Cafe.

People of all ages and walks of life visit our cafe, and while some enjoy a quiet book while sipping their tea, it is not unusual to hear or participate in a lively discussion about politics, the cost of gas, religion, the correct serving temperature of beer, or any other imaginable topic. Our guests are an eclectic bunch. Join us!


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Koffee Kwotes / Trivia

In 1670, Dorothy Jones of Boston was granted a license to sell coffee, and so became the first American coffee trader.

Good to Know

"On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free."

- Dan Lipinski

Visit our Friends & Neighbors

The Katbird Shop

Welcome! The Katbird Shop is located just a short walk from the Moon and River cafe, City Hall, Jay Street, and Proctors Theatre.

We are two shops in one: the main room with the new - fine American art & crafts. The backrooms & basement house the old - 8 rooms of antiques & collectibles.

History buffs will enjoy visiting us; Chester Arthur, the 21st U.S. president, lived here before attending Union College.

Bicycling:

In 1941 I finished at Allison Intermediate School (grades 7-9), and started at North High School, commuting by bicycle about 5 miles from home to school.

Vernon L. Smith

January 21, 2018, 7:02 am