This is our story..
Cafe Acoustic began as a hobby in 1998 open only on Saturday in the gallery of Zercher Photographic. We didn’t have a clue who would play music besides us, but people came and were happy to have an open mic venue for acoustic musicians.
After our first year, we had so much interest we decided to move to the adjoining space which previously housed a beauty shop. Trust us, it was anything BUT beautiful! With the help of many good friends and family, we managed to create a unique environment which up to that time hadn’t been available in St. Joseph. Even though we didn’t serve alcohol, people supported us and we made many contacts with nationally touring acoustic musicians as well as local artists.
We managed to pay bills even though we didn’t sell anything, an stayed open for three years. Unfortunately for various reasons, we had to close after the third year. It was a very sad time for us and our loyal customers.
In January of 2004 we had the opportunity to reopen as a “real” business. Once again we had the task of transforming the space from a hideous nightmare to the beautiful acoustic haven it is now (the previous tenant had destroyed the place).
The Cafe is now open Wednesday through Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. We serve beer, wine, coffee, soft drinks, and a variety of snacks such as fruit, cheese, pre-sliced sausage, crackers, and peanuts in the shell.
There is no cover charge unless we have a featured performer. Open mic is offered every night an the only thing you need is your instrument. We have a house piano and drums, and the stage is fully equipped with the necessary sound equipment. We also have the capability to record your live performance to CD.
In the future we will be compiling a “Best of Cafe Acoustic” featuring some of the great local acoustic musicians who have graced our stage. We hope you will drop by and see the “alternative” to the local bar scene.
Tune up your guitars, finished all those unfinished songs, and…
We’ll see you at the Cafe!