Van Kleef is a welcome venue for local musicians of all stripes
with a crowd that appreciates authentic, soulful, passionate
Many a seasoned
veteran has come out of retirement to savor the warm sound of
the room, just like the old days, before jazz & blues clubs
began to resemble museums.
Cafe Van Kleef
also welcomes new artists playing contemporary origionals in an
atmosphere that is truly timeless.
Van Kleef features an elevated stage ( 4 feet high) that
offers excellent site-lines for everybody in the room, whether
they're sitting at the bar, or at the tables along each wall.
the open space in the middle often fills with patrons dancing.
the room comfortably fits crowds of fifty or more.
to the excellent acoustics of this classic room configuration,
many performers prefer to play "un-plugged" allowing
their natural sense of tone & dynamics to shine in an age of
over-amplification. To that end, a carefully chosen 500-watt PA
system is available for vocalists & instruments that need
support with a bright & punchy monitor wedge. up to five
microphones and two direct connections are available, with a
wireless receiver and microphone ready for performers who like
the intimacy of performing amongst the crowd.