RAC LIVE! Coffeehouse

The Rye Arts Center is bringing live music downtown, adding excitement to the nightlife of Rye. Enjoy a series of performances at Le Pain Quotidien. Each evening will introduce you to new singers, songwriters, and bands who will share their unique sounds with you in this intimate setting. Come out for an evening for food, drink, and great live music.

Thursday, March 16, 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)
Cover Charge:
$10 Advance Tickets
$12 At The Door

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Upcoming Performances:

March 16, April 6, May 18

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Past Performances

February 16, 2017:


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 CDBaby.com 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.

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!


January 26, 2017:

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.

Through five albums and countless gigs, Kelly Flint has 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.

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.


November 10, 2016:

Untitled-1John 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.

Untitled-2Odane 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.



Untitled-3Sal 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.


October 20, 2016:

bruce-carrollBruce 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….

davidDoug 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.

chromatic-panicLoose 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).


September 29, 2016:

milesMiles East

After 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!”

Screen shot 2016-08-24 at 11.25.58 AMTrout Cake

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.