Things are going on all of the time ... for the most part, we have laid back acoustic type of shows every Saturday morning ... we call the event, appropriately enough, The Saturday Morning Cafe.
The last Sunday of each month is reserved for our Live From Kiss The Sky show, which is a two hour affair hosted by Noah Gabriel and featuring some of the finest music that the valley has to offer. The show is filmed by BATV and streamed live on the internet while being broadcast later on ACTV in Aurora and BATV here in Batavia.
And, from time to time, we will stage an album release party or have a national touring act stop in and put on a show on their way through Chicago or northern Illinois.
Hence, be sure to check back periodically and also like us on Facebook so that you keep informed as to the goings on.
Check out the tabs below for a listing of events by month ... you can also check out the calendar section of the website which will provide you with a little more information regarding the event.
April 4 ... 10am
Sarah Grace Hammond
Saturday Morning Cafe
Record Store Day 2015
Music by The Lennys
Music by Joe and Jamee
more to be determined later
To Be Announced
To Be Announced
To Be Announced
The Saturday Morning Cafe opens at 10am and features Live Music, free Baked Goods, Gourmet Coffee and Tea, and a sale on used vinyl, compact discs and dvd's
Here is a listing of the upcoming Cafe schedule ...
10th ... Patrick Moynihan
17th ... Eric Peter Schwartz
24th ... John Papadolias
31st ... Dave Ramont
7th ... John Till
14th ... Mike Colle & Barbara St. John
21st ... Jake Mack
28th ... Eric Peter Schwartz
7th ... Mike Alberts
14th ... Greg Boerner
21st ... Al & Sue Schubert
28th ... Mike Colle
4th ... Sarah Grace Hammond
25th ... Dave Ramont
9th ... Mike Alberts
David Alan Ramont was born in IL one muggy, August Tuesday with a song stuck in his head. The doctors couldn't get it out. (He was also left-handed but they couldn't fix that either.) He picked up guitar early on (11?) -probably to get that song out of his head.
After whacking away in various bands through high school he began writing songs and playing gigs around the Chicago area- solo, full band and everything in between. Through the years he also taught at a music school, played in the pit for theatre productions, did recording session work, and also plenty of ditch digging, paint scraping and weed pulling.
After releasing his first CD "Toaster Reflection" he moved to Austin, TX for a time. The Austin Chronicle said "The world could always use another quality singer/songwriter with meaty lyrics, gritty vocals, and a tight back-up band." He began recieving airplay on (mostly) public & college radio.
Back in IL he recorded the rootsier, darker "Scofflaws". The Illinois Entertainer said "...unlike many simplistic roots-revivalists, Ramont isn't afraid to mix things up...gorgeously unexpected accordions and cellos pop up on this wonderfully produced CD." He continued playing gigs and teaching. And digging ditches.
In 2000 he released "Scrawny". Richard Milne of WXRT in Chicago called it "A delicious collection of distinctly American music." Mark Guarino of Chicago's Daily Herald said "...it's the finest collection of songwriting I've heard in a long time." He toured more extensively- Midwest, East, South.
He borrowed a banjo and co-founded swamp-billy band Dick Smith. They released 4 CDs and developed a hardcore little following. Their record "Smoke Damage" (2002) was one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's top 3 indy releases of the year.
Ramont then stepped away from music for a few years. But at the end of 2009 -flying in the face of recession- he released the sprawling double CD "Taw", polished his 1967 Gibson J-50 and began playing out again. Performing Songwriter Magazine said "Differentiating oneself in the burgeoning field of alternative-country artists is a tricky proposition these days, but Dave Ramont stands tall in the crowd."
His song "I Wanna Marry A Waitress" was chosen to appear on "Blooming-Tunes 2010", a songwriter compilation released out of Bloomington, IN. He had 2 songs featured on the 2011 record "Made In Aurora", a compilation of Chicago area songwriters/bands. (First pressing sold out.)
In 2012 Dave's writing songs for a new record, gigging, and working again with Dick Smith. And he, enjoys kicking stuff down the street now and again.
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