Tom Pacheco at Rosendale Cafe, Dec. 17

Tom Pacheco

About this time each year, singer/songwriter Tom Pacheco designates a local appearance as a “Peace Concert…” Not that he’s unconcerned with it in all the rest of his shows, but it has something to do with the holiday time of year, when the yearning for understanding in the world comes to the fore, and perhaps for a moment, all seems possible. It is then that Pacheco seeks to grab a tangible moment and promote this most elusive concept by applying song as balm for the soul.

As has been tradition in recent years, the show will be at the venerable Rosendale Cafe (434 Main Street) at 8 p.m. Saturday, December 17.

Pacheco will look back on his 27 albums of original material, and through his two foot high, thousand page stack of notebooks for songs he has forgotten or misplaced; for gems that are undiscovered; for favorites of his followers, like the one about hijacker D.B. Cooper or the busboy who handed his Rosary beads to the fallen RFK; for songs about the hungry, outlaws, the gentle and ferocious; songs about the land and sea, about time and its toll. He is a true chronicler of our lives and loves. His guitar will go from gentle caresses to a thunderous eloquence, pushing and insisting that the stories are heard and understood. He’ll be accompanied by Brian Hollander on guitar and Dobro.


Admission is $15. The Rosendale Cafe doesn’t take reservations, so it’s first come…but it does serve fine vegetarian food, so plan on an early entry. For more information, see or call 845-658-9048.