Help the Towne Crier Survive

Since 1972, the Towne Crier has been a Hudson Valley cultural institution presenting music, dance, film and more. Unfortunately, the pandemic has forced us to temporarily close our doors.

We’ve started this GoFundMe campaign to help offset existing and ongoing operating expenses.

If you’d like to help us survive these challenging times, please consider making a contribution. Thank you.

About us:
Founded in November 1972, in an old stagecoach stop in Beekmanville, NY, the Towne Crier Cafe has become a mecca for fans—and performers—of live music. After a quarter-century in Pawling, NY, we relocated in October 2013 to the blossoming arts hub of Beacon, NY.

Some of the performers who have graced our stage include folk icons such as Pete Seeger, Tom Chapin and Judy Collins; top-tier singer-songwriters like Richard Thompson and Jimmy Webb; stellar instrumentalists like Bela Fleck, McCoy Tyner, Pat Metheny and Leo Kottke; in addition to a variety of Americana, Celtic, jazz, rock, Cajun, zydeco and R&B artists – as well as many who defy categories! We’ve also featured dance, cabaret, vaudeville, film, spoken word/poetry and theater. Visit  to learn more.

We're also known for hosting our weekly, award-winning Open Mic showcasing up-and-coming talents, most notably Sawyer Fredericks and Hailey Knox, both who performed at our Open Mic Night as pre-teens; plus a series of Salon performances featuring local and regional talent.

The walls of the Towne Crier are lined on a rotating basis with work from such world-renowned artists as Ron English, Michael D’Antuono and Cuban artist Alejandro Marrero.

Our performances are presented in an intimate space—bringing you what the NY Times called “Down-home access to world-class performers.” The Wall Street Journal called the Towne Crier one of the finest roots-music venues in the country.

We take our dining as seriously as we do our music. Winners of Dutchess Tourism’s 2015 Culinary Award of Distinction, our fine-dining menu emphasizes fresh, local and natural ingredients. And our legendary desserts will have you tweeting OMGs.

Some of our awards in recent years include the 2018 Dutchess County Executive’s Award for Arts Business; Hudson Valley Magazine’s “Open Mic Night Editors Pick 2016” award, as well as its award for “Best Thing to Happen to the Local Music Scene 2014.”

After nearly five decades in Dutchess County, the Towne Crier Cafe is the oldest venue of its kind under continuous management. It is one of the cultural destination in the tri-state area and beyond.

Visit  for more information.


  • John Masson
    • $25 
    • 2 yrs
  • stephen santangelo
    • $10 
    • 3 yrs
  • Robert Ravera
    • $20 
    • 3 yrs
  • Elizabeth Varetoni
    • $55 
    • 3 yrs
  • Rob Abbot
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs


Phil Ciganer
Beacon, NY

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