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Careme's Cafe Series Announces Spring Line-up

February 4, 2011

The Careme’s Café Series at Atlantic Cape Community College will celebrate its 15th anniversary this spring, presenting three shows by award-winning and up-and-coming performers.

The series features a four-course gourmet dinner prepared by students in Atlantic Cape’s Academy of Culinary Arts, followed by a musical performance. Past artists have spanned a wide range of genres, including contemporary folk, blues, country and bluegrass.

Upcoming shows, all starting at 6:30 p.m. in Careme’s Restaurant, include:

--Thursday, March 10, Patty Blee. This Atlantic County singer-songwriter is a Café Series favorite who presents a mix of her own work and classics from some of the nation’s top musicians. Her husky voice, confessional songs and rootsy sound have earned her comparisons to artists such as Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams. Displaying a distinctive guitar style full of bass lines and grooves, Blee intertwines memorable melodies into mid and uptempo songs of love and longing. A wide range of influences are evident in her musical palette--blues, folk, Celtic, country and rock.

Menu for the March 10 show includes:

Soup: creamed cauliflower with sweet onion confit, herbed croutons

Salad: roasted beet and pickled pear salad, mesclun, gorgonzola, champagne vinaigrette

Entrée (choose one): shrimp and scallop bouillabaisse with braised fennel and saffron broth; chicken saltimbocca with grainy mustard sauce; or creamy three-cheese and asparagus macaroni and cheese, braised cippolini. All entrees are served with chef’s choice of starch and vegetable.

Dessert: chef’s sampler trio

--Thursday, April 7, Adrien Reju. Reju has captivated audiences with her clear, lilting voice and her sparkling stage presence. After earning her degree in classical guitar from Ithaca College, the New York City-raised singer/songwriter took to the music circuit around Philadelphia, toured throughout the nation with the rootsy trio Angel Band with David Bromberg, and was the creative force behind the Philadelphia-based bluegrass outfit, The Lowlands. She has shared the stage with such acclaimed acts as Amos Lee, Jeffrey Gaines and the late Robert Hazard. Two songs from her solo release, “A Million Hearts,” were placed in the Hallmark movie “Flower Girl.”

--Thursday, May 5, the Alfred James Band. The only cellist in the world playing a black, five-string carbon fiber cello—standing up—Alfred James started playing the instrument as a young boy after his father (a surgeon and amateur cellist) suffered a stroke that ended both his surgical and musical careers. The high-energy group has opened for Rufus Wainwright, Bruce Hornsby, Dave Mason, Marc Cohn, They Might Be Giants and Suzanne Vega. In 2007, the group won a Grammy songwriting contest and XM Satellite Radio’s XMU named the Alfred James Band one of their Elite 27.

The evening begins with dinner, followed by a 45-minute performance. Artists sell and sign their works directly following the show. Tickets are $35 and reservations are required. For reservations, call (609) 343-4907 or e-mail simmons@atlantic.edu. For more artist information and all menus, visit http://www.atlantic.edu/aca/cafeSeries.htm.