Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ladies & Gents...

...come one, come all to hear some AMAZING music this week at Roots Cafe. Speaking of ladies & gents, it seems our nights are themed that way this round. Thursday we have some good ol' boys taking the lead & Friday will be followed by some of the finest ladies in the Brooklyn folk scene.

 Thursday, March 14th / 7-9pm

Friday, March 15th / 7-10pm

Also I'd like to invite everyone out to one of our favorite spots in the hood, BAR 4, this Saturday, march 16th, 8pm, to hear my band, BARNYARD BROTHERS, play. My good buddy GYPSY GEORGE put this wonderful night of local music together with himself, (GYPSY GEORGE & THE OPEN ROAD LOVE AFFAIR), ALEX MALLETT BAND & more... Hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


...I know your thoughts immediately go to crying babies & toddlers running around causing all kinds of ruckus...but you're wrong. This sing a long is for big kids like you! There will indeed be ruckus, but in the form of beer drinkin' & fun cover tunes from days of old & crappy pop tunes from know you love 'em.
 Chris Q. Murphy host this event the first Wed. of every month from 7-9pm. So come on out tonight & sing your winter blues away.

 Also join us again on Friday evening for the lovely sarah Donner! Following her will be Mr. Chris Q. case you didn't get enough on Wednesday. This time, however, he will be joined by his wonderful band, The fiendish thingies, doing some original country tunes. Music from 8-10pm.

SHOWS ARE ALWAYS FREE & BYOB! Bring donations for the band & cafe if your heart desires.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

All you need is love!

 Well, love & maybe a cup of good coffee, good eats & local music! We will be closing early tonight to celebrate with our sweethearts but will be extending the celebration to everyone tomorrow,Fri. Feb. 15th. Any day is a good day to share a little love, especially in the form of song.
 We have assembled a stellar line up of local talent to play & sing some of the greatest love songs of all time...a few heartbreak songs too...that's life right? There will also be a time for request & maybe even open mic if you feel the need to share your heart. This love fest is hosted by none other than Mr. Gypsy George!
 Come on down to Roots & celebrate with us starting at 7:30pm. Bring someone special. Bring your own beer &/or wine. In the words of Marvin Gaye, "Let's get it on!"

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Musical happenings & MISS AMERICA!

Hello dear friends.

 It's been a minute since I've last posted. We have been pretty chill around these parts due to the holidays & such but things are starting to pick back up in what looks to be a promising new year for the cafe & the community. We are stoked to be starting up our music events again with a few good ones to name this month.

 This Thursday Jan. 17 we will be hosting round two of our benefit show for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. We had an amazing turn out for our first & raised over $900 for Occupy Sandy. Please come out & be a part of this special community building event. Its free to enter but donations will be accepted throughout the night. Give what you can. Every little be helps.
 The amazing Gypsy George has assembled a stellar line up of musicians to entertain you while you're here including: Brother Hamm, Rabbi Darkside, Ryan Lamm, That Moon, Bryan Nebel, Greg Cornell & more... Music starts at 7pm sharp.

 Next week we have two nights in a row packed with talent from near & far. Starting Wed. Jan. 23rd @ 7pm with John Eichlay, Rebekah Todd & Maisy Lee Mcvicar.

Thursday Jan. 24 starting at 7pm Alex Mallett host with Neville Elder & the Pine Brothers.
All events are byob with a suggested donation to the cafe & bands of whatever your heart leads you to give;) Help us keep this scene growing.

Check out our blurb in the press. Miss America loves Roots Cafe!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Hey everyone. Just a quick note to let you know that we will be closed Christmas eve day & Christmas day. Wed. the 26th we will be open from 9am-4pm for coffee, drinks, pastries & very limited food menu. Thursday we will be getting back to our normal routine as I'm sure everyone will. Hope you have a relaxing break & see you all soon.

Monday, November 5, 2012

New website! New coffee selections! New faces!

 Hello everyone. I hope you're all well and recovering post Sandy. What a crazy time it's been for so many. We will be periodically taking donations to help with the victims and I will keep you posted as to when and what items are needed. One of our staff members will be making a run to the Rockaways this Wed., Nov. 7th, around mid day if you have anything to bring in before then. They are in need of clothing, paper supplies, blankets, gloves, camping gear & face mask for cleaning out houses. NO FOOD IS NEEDED AT THE MOMENT. 

 Along with so many other businesses in Red Hook, our coffee roasters, Stumptown, had major damage to their building. They will be shipping from Portland during the rebuilding of their roastery. On a positive note we were able to make a connection with a wonderful local roaster, 40 Weight, who provided us last week during the transition period due to Sandy. We are happy to say that we will be continuing to carry their single origin blends for our drip along with our regular Stumptown House blend. This will provide you, the customer, more variety & flavors while continuing in the support of local business & community. Both Stumptown & 40 Weight will be available for retail.

This is just one of the many new things happening at Roots cafe. We have some wonderful new employees that are happy to serve you. We have a new art installation this month featuring the photography of local, Kristina Hill. We also have an amazing new website up designed by Lauren Gerstle. check it out at

  Finally, this Wed. we will be holding our monthly "ADULT" south slope sing a long. Come prepared to make request and sing along to your favorite tunes old & new led by the fabulous Chris Q. Murphy & friends. Its always a good time especially after a few drinks! As always our events are byob & wine. Music starts up at 7pm.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

So long Sandy!

 Hello neighbors. Its been quiet an eventful week thus far dealing with the aftermath of Sandy. We are so fortunate to not have any major damage and our hearts go out to those who lost businesses and possibly loved ones.
 We have been beyond busy here with so many folks not being able to get to work and we thank you for your understanding and patience as we try to keep things flowing smoothly with all the extra business coming in.
 Just a heads up to all of those Stumptown Coffee fanatics that we will be using a new Roaster temorarily until further notice. The Stumptown Roastery in Red Hook was badly damaged from the storm and they lost all of their shipments. Obviously this will affect many businesses in the NY area as the Portland branches are trying to take up the slack. Still, they are at the mercy of flight schedules & Fed Ex shipments being backed up.
 Until then we have found a wonderful local company, 40 Weight Coffee Roasters, to supply to us during this time and we would love your feedback on their product. This may be the start of us as a cafe being able to offer more variety to our customers. We will be bringing Stumptown back in the mix once they are up and running again. Until then we hope you enjoy our new coffee that we feel is on point with the quality that we have always provided.
Again, thanks for the faithful business and continued patience as we work through this together. Be safe. Be blessed. Be a blessing to others.