October 9th, 2022 9pm Stage 2
The Cafe Music Group is a collective of musicians, artists, and leaders that has been organically building for 7 years into the premier artist showcase and music community in New York. With two sold out shows every month since August 2021 and regular celebrity appearances, the Cafe Music Group is living into its mission to give creatives the necessary tools to bring their vision to life, improve on their craft, as well as meeting like minded individuals to help further them in their journey.
Eric Tapper is a Brooklyn-based musician and songwriter, and lives into his natural role as a community leader within multiple community initiatives in the musical and graphic media worlds. He has toured internationally, co-written and released 5 original records, and performed everywhere from our beloved Rockwood Music Hall to iHeart Music Festival. He is a house member Cafe Music Group.
PlayKendall is a Queens, NY based drummer, writer, and arranger. With both sides of his family having strong musical backgrounds, “Play” was influenced early on. Most notable for his touring work with guitar extraordinaire, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and sharing stages with the likes of Snarky Puppy, Ghostnote, The String Cheese Incident, Lettuce, Marcus Machado, Eric Krasno, and many more. For the past 6 years PlayKendall has built a reputation for his unique and innovative style of drumming most seen at The Cafe Open Mic. As the band’s musical director, “Play” fuses RnB, neo-soul, funk, jazz, and is responsible for cultivating the sound of many up and coming artists from the NY area alongside Cody Gibran, its founder.
Nekeiaire is one of the most impressive musical talents coming out of New York in 2022. He straddles the line of full package producer and charismatic performer, naturally rendering him ubiquitous among the best talent in the city.