The Rye Arts Center is bringing live music downtown, adding excitement to the nightlife of Rye. Come out for an evening of food, drink, and great music. Coffeehouse will introduce you to new singers, songwriters, and bands who will share their unique sounds with you.

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Nicole Alifante is a professional actress turned singer songwriter. She recently released an album, LA LA LA produced by Marc Shulman. Nicole teaches music and acting in Westchester. She is currently working on a musical with Tony Hoylen. She can also be seen performing with The Ken Dircks Trio, a local jazz band.

She will be joined by Isaac Raz. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Isaac returned to New York where he became active in performing, arranging, and production, working with Jazz and Pop greats, and composing the score for an Emmy winning television film. In addition to teaching, Isaac continues to regularly compose and perform, and has developed expertise in a broad range of instruments and as a vocalist. Isaac has taught at such venues as Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music and Hunter College High School. Isaac continues his own personal studies under the tutelage of Jazz great Barry Harris.

Bruce Carroll is a singer-songwriter and Westchester native who has spent a lifetime writing, recording and performing his original music in the Northeast (as well as fifteen years at the helm of his own venue, the famed Watercolor Cafe in Larchmont, NY)….His latest release, “Ruckus and Romance”, is a rumination on life, love, and loss in the style of Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, but with a voice distinctly his own.

Sal Casabianca is a singer songwriter and guitar player. His music is an eclectic blend of rock, folk, jazz, and blues. He has been playing and writing music for over 30 years, from playing bars in Queens to his band being signed to Columbia Records, from playing the Mall of America, to playing guitar for a couple of drag queens. Following this varied history, Sal decided that it would be best to go solo and be self-produced. He enjoys wearing the many hats in this process and believes it’s all about the journey. Sal can be found performing in local venues, including his duties in hosting an enduring regional singer songwriter night in the New York City area.

Miles EastAfter a career of touring and recording as an elite drummer, Miles East is following his passion and talent as a singer and songwriter. His warm voice and lush harmonies transport the listener through his songs. This summer saw the release of Miles East’s first album, Ghosts of Hope called by critics “A sparkling debut!”

Through five albums and countless gigs, Kelly Flinthas been the singer for the hipster, lounge-noir band Dave’s True Story. Anyone familiar with the band will recognize Kelly’s vocal style: femme-fatale alto, unornamented except for a judiciously applied burr which she uses like a drummer uses his brushes. In 2007 Kelly made her first solo record, Drive All Night. Kelly’s songs are lean and forthright, built around her acoustic guitar. Though wry and funny at times, her words come from deep places, and she finds the emotional truth in the everyday event, the heartbreaking core in simple acts and moments.

David Goldman is an award-winning & world-traveled singer/songwriter who performs Blues, Latin, Folk Rock, Pop/Jazz and World. He has opened for Kenny Loggins at Tarrytown Music Hall and Andy Statman at Irvington Town Hall Theatre. His latest release, “Going To America” won the Gold Prize in the 2015 Folk-Rock/Americana category, 32nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest.

Tony Hoylen is a New York based singer/songwriter. He performs frequently in Nashville, and does a monthly show at Bar’Lees in Mamaroneck. His self titled CD is available at and on iTunes. Tony has also worked as an actor (Broadway, regional theatre, TV) and has recorded hundreds of TV commercials and promos as a voice over artist.

Lo Jones is a captivating performer who’s classical piano background influences her composition technique so that as it enters the realm of modern song-writing it declares itself both heart-wrenching and sophisticated, mesmerizing her audience with every dazzling chord. She is neither at a loss for words nor passion as she pours her heart out with songs written from first-hand experiences, surrendering through her powerful voice every last drop of soul inside that snatches the breath right out of anyone who might be listening. A small town girl from the Catskill mountains becoming a well-known musician in the big cities, she promises pleasant surprise with each new concert and venue.

George Kilby, Jr. was born in Alabama, and the sounds of the South have never left him. He spent 20 years performing with and producing albums for the legendary pianist Pinetop Perkins of Muddy Waters Band. He is a fixture in Manhattan’s roots music scene having performed regularly at BB King’s in Times Square and other prominent venues. Kilby’s music could be described as Roots Rock or Americana. His recent collaborations with members of the Jamgrass phenomenon Railroad Earth and harmonica wizard Phil Wiggins add to the depth of his sound. Many will recall his sold out performance last April at The Rye Arts Center.

Loose Ends is an acoustic quartet playing classic rock favorites by artists such as Crosby Stills & Nash, Cat Stevens, Pink Floyd, The Who, and more.  Their intimate performances bring rich vocal harmonies and intricate arrangements to create modern renditions of these classics.  Loose Ends is Eric Jaimes (vocals, guitar), Gary Sofko (percussion, vocals), Pat DiPalma (bass), and Steve Cadenhead (vocals, guitar).

Singer songwriter Rich Newman is a stalwart in the Mid-Hudson Valley folk scene where he is known for original songs that are touching, humorous and quirky. The former guitarist and singer  for The Back Porch Fellas now performs solo and in the Ulster County-based folk/pop duo Bright Red Chains.

 Pandafan is three young women, all students at SUNY Purchase. Grace DeNatale is a classically trained violinist with an innate ability to sing and write complex lyrics. Delaney Hafener is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter. She began writing and recording at age 13. Stella Emmett is a world-traveled soulful songwriter with a smooth voice. Inspired by the haunting harmonies of bands like Fleet Foxes and First Aid Kit, and finding kindred spirits in the complex and detailed production of bands like The Decemberists and Lord Huron, Pandafan takes influences ranging from the Carter Family to Radiohead, and the result is a unique blend of vocal harmonies and energetic melodies.

Pleasant Bud joined by The Forget-Me-Nots. Bud played his first bar when he was 14. He studied guitar with Emil DeCosmo, a master of the jazz saxophone and has performed from New York to California. The Forget-Me-Nots are Nancy Carmichael, Jody Stokhamer, and Stacey Boerner Cohena. They are a folk trio featuring beautiful, soaring harmonies, because the best things come in threes!

John Pray is a vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist from New Rochelle. After attending the Westchester Conservatory of Music, he proceeded with a long and diverse musical life. Along with live concert performances and studio work, he has been a partner in recording, songwriting, and production with Steve Katz of Blood, Sweat, and Tears, the Grammy and Emmy nominee Peter Denenberg, and the Grammy winner Rory Young. His more than a decade of volunteering time and musical talent led him to write, produce, record, and then donate a collection of songs to hospice organizations entitled Behind Sacred Walls.

 Somewhere between Folk & Rock, pop & abstract, walks this very fine award-winning, touring singer-songwriter.  Born in CA, grown in NY, Glen Roethel is a powerful baritone-tenor who has attracted fans of artists as diverse as Gorka, Righteous Brothers, Mraz, Denver, Black Eyed Peas, and the Beatles. Glen has three solo CDs and has appeared on many compilation discs & CDs with celebrities Penny Nichols, Sloan Wainwright.

 Saniyé is an award-winning singer/songwriter from New York City. Her music aired on Delta Airlines, MTV Europe, tastemaker radio stations, and won several songwriting awards including the John Lennon Songwriting Award. Saniyé’s latest release, “Let’s Play,” is about the playful side of life and remembering one’s inner child. She appeared on Fox TV, winning the “Star of the Day Award” for her performance of one of the songs off the album. In March, Saniyé performed at the Music Hall of Williamsburg via Sound Affects, an organization that partners with musical artists to help raise funds for cancer research.

Rye Brook native Paul Sforza’s latest single Eternity from his EP Make Something Beautiful is an instantly memorable slice of acoustic pop/soul that evokes classic sounds of the 70s. His songwriting talents earned him honors in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest and the 2014 SongDoor International Songwriting Contest. Pail continues to build a NYC following with performances at Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, The Bitter End, The Knitting Factory, The Bowery Electric, Caffe Vivaldi, and Silvana.

Doug Shanahan is a New York based guitarist and singer who has played in numerous bands over the past 20 years. He performs as a solo acoustic artist doing cover songs ranging from classic rock to folk music and modern hits.  Doug has hosted several open mic nights in the Westchester area. When not performing, he can be found recording original music in his home studio as well as creating musically-based videos for his YouTube channel.

Trae Sheehan. An old soul from Martinsburg, WV, nineteen-year-old Trae Sheehan has been writing songs and performing since the age of ten. Pulling inspiration from the country/rock sound of The Eagles and the folk roots of Bob Dylan, his songs know no boundary of genre. With songs like “I’m Not Letting Go” a bright tune with a catchy pop melody and “Demons” an introspective song with a hopeful undertone, Trae has a knack for writing songs that connect with anyone who listens.

 Scott Test Piano, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, Ableton Live, and a voice that is testament to twenty years of studying with the best, brightest, and most eclectic in the field. Once a music teacher, now a songwriter, always a teller of stories, Scott Test pulls his music from a variety of traditions and apologizes to no one. Everything is fair game – folk songs from the 1800s appear alongside modern top 40 and singer-songwriter standards from the 70s. The weirder, the better. You’ll hear Billy Joel and James Taylor. You’ll hear Jonathan Coulton and Dave Van Ronk. You’ll hear a lot of stuff you don’t recognize, you’ll hear a lot of original music – and on a good night, you won’t be sure which is which.

Artie Tobia is a Roots Rock/Americana indie artist and 5-Time Gold Coast Award Winner. His latest release Aberdeen has enjoyed radio airplay across the country. Aberdeen climbed to #13 on the AAA/AMA APD Chart and debuted at #15 on the F.A.R. Chart, as well as reaching the Alternate Root 66 Chart. Jim Clarke of the Tupelo, MS Lee County Courier said, “Indie Artist Releases Best CD Yet.” Alternate Root Magazine selected the title track as a Top Ten Song of the week. Thomas Greener KVMR Los Angeles selected Aberdeen as his CD of the Month Pick. The radio success launched Artie headlong in 2016. Some of the highlights include, multiple nominations in the 2016 CT Best of Music Awards for: Best Album, singer/songwriter and Americana Band.  On the performance side, Tobia has shared the stage with the Subdudes in January and Tanya Tucker in February, classic rock icons Kansas in June and most recently he took flight with the 80’s era Starship.

Trout Cake is a fun eclectic stew, playing primarily progressive and original jazz/rock, including a fair amount of live improvisation. Their influences include Frank Zappa and Medeski, Martin and Wood among others. Trout Cake is tight, and certainly out of the box.

V7 is an all original rock band out of New Rochelle, currently producing their first album. Their music draws influences ranging from from Pink Floyd to the Black Keys. V7 brings strong songwriting skills, superb musicianship, and passionate performances to produce a set of songs that feel at once as familiar as they are new.

Odane Whilby is a singer songwriter from New Rochelle. His brand of acoustic soul is a blend of stirring lyrics and gospel-infused rock. He is founder and curator of the Bronx-based artist showcases The Ology & The Bronx Music Project.