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Town Crier Cafe hosts last concert in Pawling

The Grand Slambovians will perform at the Town

The Grand Slambovians will perform at the Town Crier Cafe in Pawling on Sunday, June 9, as the last concert at the venue before it moves to a new location in Beacon. Photo Credit: Eric Selle

A fixture in Pawling for 25 years, the Towne Crier Cafe will hold its last concert at its current home on Sunday, June 9, before packing up for a move to a new location in Beacon.

The Grand Slambovians will perform at 7:30 p.m. in a farewell final concert. A folk-rock band formerly known as Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, the Grand Slambovians were chosen because the Cold Spring-based band has strong ties to the venue and region, said Phil Ciganer, owner of the Towne Crier.

"The Grand Slambovians are a great fit because they are a product of the Towne Crier Cafe's open mic and of the Lower Hudson Valley who have gained national and international attention," Ciganer said.

The Towne Crier started out in Beekmanville, where Ciganer opened it in 1972. In the late '80s he moved it to Millbrook before settling in Pawling.

Artists such as Pete Seeger, Pat Metheny, Bill Monroe, Randy Newman and Richie Havens have played at the Towne Crier. The cafe also served as a steppingstone for many burgeoning stars including Suzanne Vega, Alison Krauss, Ani DiFranco and Bela Fleck.

Last year Ciganer briefly considered closing for good after his lease expired in Pawling, but the support he received from fans persuaded him to find a new home for the venue. He ultimately selected a location on Main Street in Beacon, but hasn't set an opening date yet.

"When I first announced that I'd be closing the Pawling location, there was an outpouring of invitations from many communities in the Lower Hudson Valley and parts of Connecticut," Ciganer said. "When I revisited Beacon I knew this was where I would want to be with the Towne Crier. It's an exciting and blossoming community that has really come together with the Dia Museum, galleries and the music scene."


Who: The Towne Crier Cafe's Farewell to Pawling Concert featuring the Grand Slambovians

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9.

Info: The Towne Crier Cafe, 130 Rte. 22 Pawling; 845-855-1300;; $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

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