The Eclectic Cafe
Please note our starting time: 7:30pm for the open mike, 8:00pm for the opening short set, and 8:30pm for the featured performers.

First-timers: Get a free pass for a future show - see details below.

Our next concert is on Saturday Febuary 13, 2016, featuring:

with Marcus Milious, Michael O'Brien and Chris Biesterdeldt

And a short opening set by Grand Folk Railroad

Efrat is a professional violinist, violist, singer, arranger and composer with performance experience in many styles and settings. She resides in New York and works as a performing artist and teacher.

She took up the violin at age 7 and was immediately drawn to the beauty within the variation of so many musical styles. Three years later, she became the youngest person to solo with the Oak Ridge Symphony, and at age 11 was the youngest person ever admitted into the Knoxville Youth Orchestra. As her musical studies progressed, she was especially enthralled by groups like the Kronos Quartet who were blending jazz, classical, and African musical styles, but she also enjoyed everything from Mozart to Madonna. She learned klezmer and Israeli music from her father, dabbled in folk and rock with a cellist/singing buddy from down the street, and took every opportunity to learn and play bluegrass, country, and any other genre with which she came into contact.

Accepted into and offered full scholarships by the top classical violin schools in the country, Efrat settled on Indiana University. While pursuing her BA there, she also was a member of the Shira Festival Orchestra in Israel, conducted by Zubin Mehta under the direction of Lorin Maazel. After a forced break from music due to injury, she resumed her studies at the University of Tennessee, from which she received a master’s degree in Music Performance.

After graduation she moved to NYC to continue her career in music. On top of her work as a violinist, violist, and strings composer and arranger Efrat also pursued her love of singing and jazz. She was recruited into the alt-roots ensemble Spuyten Duyvil for a few years. She also works with and records for other bands, including Bobtown, Sebastien Kole, pop-icon Ashanti, and many more.

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Admission is $20 at the door or $17 when purchased in advance. Advance sales will end at midnight Friday, February 12.
Number of Tickets: 
You can use PayPal or any major credit card.  You do not need a PayPal account.  Note that we do not issue physical tickets.  The email you receive from PayPal will be your ticket.  Please print out a copy and bring it with you to the show.  We regret that we are unable to offer refunds for unused tickets.

A designated local charity will receive a portion of the proceeds from this concert


The Eclectic Café is held on the second Saturday of the month, September through May at:


The Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk
28 Brentwood Road
Bay Shore, NY 11706
For show info: 631-661-1278

Parking is available along Brentwood Road. We ask you to please AVOID parking in the medical offices' parking lots south of the church or in the Sinai Reform Temple parking lot.

The open mic starts at 7:30pm. Performers wishing to participate should sign up by 7:30. The open mike will last for approximately 30 minutes. There will also be a short set performed by a local performer. The featured artists begin at about 8:30pm.

If this is your first time at the Eclectic Café please mention it at the ticket table. Your paid admission to this show entitles you to a free pass, good for a single free admission to one of the next three Eclectic Cafés.

Refreshments are available.

We would also appreciate a donation of canned or dry food for local charity.

The Eclectic Café is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization. Questions or comments about this web page? Email me. For booking inquiries please email here.