The Eclectic Cafe
Please note our starting time: 7:30pm for the open mike, 8:00pm for the opening short set, and 8:30pm for the featured performers.

First-timers: Get a free pass for a future show - see details below.

Our next concert is on Saturday April 11, 2015, featuring:

Woody Mann

And a short set* by

Bill Lauter

Among guitarists and critics, Woody Mann is considered a modern master. While the blues are his touchstone, he seems to draw inspiration from every direction, blending a myriad of influences with ease and grace. Pioneering guitar legend John Fahey said it well: "You can hear classical, jazz and blues approaches somehow converging into a single sparkling sound - a sound completely his own. Woody takes a fresh approach to his blues re-creations, and his own compositions defy category. If there was a category simply called ‘great music’ Woody’s music would belong there."

Woody received his first musical schooling in the living room of Reverend Gary Davis, the legendary blues, gospel and ragtime guitarist. Mann soon went on to perform with blues legends Son House and Bukka White, British great Jo Anne Kelly, and guitar innovator John Fahey. Mann complemented the tutelage of Rev. Davis with formal training at New York’s celebrated Juilliard School. In addition, Mann completed a period of intense study with noted Chicago-born pianist Lennie Tristano, who introduced him to the world of jazz and its infinite possibilities. During this time, Mann’s early musical grounding began to blossom into an improvisational style all his own.

Since then, Mann has pursued a rich and diverse career. He has recorded extensively and performed everywhere from the orchestra pits of Broadway to festivals, clubs and concert stages worldwide. Mann’s reach as a teacher, producer, and writer has been just as sweeping; he has been a faculty member at the New School in New York City, conducted master classses throughout the world, founded International Guitar Seminars / Acoustic Sessions Inc, and schooled countless guitarists through his acclaimed books and DVDs. He has recorded nine albums as well as collaborations with blues legends Son House and John Cephas. Acknowledging his artistry, the C.F. Martin guitar company has honored Woody with the recent release of the "Woody Mann" signature model guitar. He is presently a visiting artist at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

"... Mann blurs the line between jazz, blues, classical, and world music creating his own sound in the process. Attempts to categorize his music simply miss the point. This is brilliant playing that demands to be heard." -Sing Out Magazine

"Don’t miss a chance to see him; you are unlikely to hear anything - or anyone - better in the fields that Mann has chosen to master." -The London Times.

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*Something new at the Eclectic Café! Each month we invite a local performer to do a short set from 8:00 to 8:30. This month's short set performer will be Bill Lauter.

Bill Lauter is a distinctive voice in Long Island music. First there is his voice - a warm, rich baritone with amazing range. Then there are the several guitars he plays, changing over the years and each richly complementing his voice. Equally entrancing is Bill's repertoire - songs and gutar instrumentals from folk and popular traditions. Along with his affinity for traditional folk music, Bill has a way of reinventing more recently popular songs such as Autumn Leaves.

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Admission is $18 at the door or $13 when purchased in advance. Advance sales will end at midnight Friday, April 10.
Number of Tickets: 
You can use PayPal or any major credit card.  You do not need a PayPal account.  Note that we do not issue physical tickets.  The email you receive from PayPal will be your ticket.  Please print out a copy and bring it with you to the show.  We regret that we are unable to offer refunds for unused tickets.

A designated local charity will receive a portion of the proceeds from this concert


Upcoming shows: (click on artist's name to open their web site in a new window)

May 9:  

The Pre-War Ponies

You can buy advance tickets for The Pre-War Ponies now.
Tickets are $13 in advance, $18 at the door.
Pre-War Ponies (at $13 ea):   

The Eclectic Café is held on the second Saturday of the month, September through May at:


The Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk
28 Brentwood Road
Bay Shore, NY 11706
For show info: 631-661-1278

Parking is available along Brentwood Road. We ask you to please AVOID parking in the medical offices' parking lots south of the church or in the Sinai Reform Temple parking lot.

The open mic starts at 7:30pm. Performers wishing to participate should sign up by 7:30. The open mike will last for approximately 30 minutes. There will also be a short set performed by a local performer. The featured artists begin at about 8:30pm.

For most shows admission is $13 at the door or $10 if purchased in advance.

If this is your first time at the Eclectic Café please mention it at the ticket table. Your paid admission to this show entitles you to a free pass, good for a single free admission to one of the next three Eclectic Cafés.

Refreshments are available.

We would also appreciate a donation of canned or dry food for local charity.

The Eclectic Café is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization. Questions or comments about this web page? Email me. For booking inquiries please email here.