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SideWalk Cafe

The SideWalk Cafe
Address 94 Avenue A
Location New York, NY 10009 USA
Type Nightclub
Opened 1985
Renovated 2011

The SideWalk Cafe is a music venue and restaurant/cafe in New York City founded in 1985. It has become a known venue for its underground music scene, and in particular, is known as being the center for Anti-folk in the United States. It offers an eclectic mix of local and national acts ranging from DIY, avant garde music, indie rock, and jazz to pop music and electronic music. The venue also plays host to poetry readings, comedy and live-band karaoke. The New York Times referred to the SideWalk Cafe and its music scene as a "gift to the neighborhood".[1]

A number of well-known acts performed at the Sidewalk at the beginning of their career including Regina Spektor, Hamell on Trial, Lach, The Moldy Peaches. The Sidewalk Cafe is also home to an open mic night that is one of the oldest and largest traditional open mics in the city,[1] garnering the name "the king of NYC open-mic nights."[2] The open mic was originally founded by Lach but is currently being run by Ben Krieger. It also hosts the bi-annual New York Antifolk Festival, which features the largest gathering of anti-folk musicians in the nation.[3][4]

The Sidewalk Cafe is also associated with a number of indie labels including Kale Records, Olive Juice Music (started by Major Matt Mason USA, though now defunct) and Weemayk Music.

Artists that perform regularly at the Sidewalk Cafe include: Elastic No-No Band, Dots Will Echo and Schwervon!.


  1. ^ a b Puglisi, Joe (09/28/10). "First Person - At the Sidewalk Café".  
  2. ^ Ruehl, Kim. "Open Mic Nights in New York City".  
  3. ^ Light, Alan (08/11/06). "How Does It Feel, Antifolkies, to Have a Home, Not Be Unknown?".  
  4. ^ McKinley, James C. (09/23/11). "Staying Undefined at the Antifolk Festival, and That’s Fine".  

External links

  • Official website

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