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 December 12, 2015, featuring:

The Jack Grace Band

And a short opening set by

Steve Robinson

Jack Grace's form of experimental country art rock has been compared to everything from Frank Zappa to early Johnny Cash - or "Cole Porter meets Gene Autry" as the New York Times once wrote.

Five album releases and tracks featured in the films "Super Troopers" and "Beer Fest" have earned Jack a growing following and a steady hum of praise. A recent release, "Drinking Songs for Lovers", features some fine country numbers, but he added mariachi horns to give them a Latin flavor, inspired by his yearly pilgrimage to Tulum, Mexico, where he likes to write songs on the beach. His previous album was a bossa nova-influenced country concept album called The Martini Cowboy.

As Alan Young of the New York Press raved at the time, what sets Jackís songs "apart from the rest of the country or alt-country scene is his laugh-out-loud, absurdest wit. Not only is this a great party album and a great driving album but itís also very smart and very funny."

Kevin Canfield, writing for the New York Times, once exclaimed, "Make no mistake: Jack Grace is an old-fashioned country musician." Except that he isnít. His band rocks too hard to be country. And the band members come from all walks of life: jazz, rock, country and, well, other. Bassist, vocalist and wife Daria (Melomane, Pre-war Ponies) keeps the rhythm going with the rotating drummers, Russ Meissner, Jason "J-Bird" Bowman and Bruce Martin (Tom Tom Club). Horns are provided by J. Walter Hawkes, Rob Henke and "Tuba Joe" Exley.

A consummate live performer, lyricist, singer and guitarist, Jack is at the helm of a powerhouse band that plays kick the can with any musical genre that it stumbles across. Intelligence, humor and unpredictable cross-pollinations of musical categories await. "If you donít laugh and cry at the same better check your pulse. You might be disgracefully dead." - James Reaney, London Free Press (London, ON)

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Admission is $18 at the door or $13 when purchased in advance. Advance sales will end at midnight Friday, December 11.
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


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.

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.