Laugh till it HURTS at our Halloween Comedy Party Thursday

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Join us for our FIRST COMEDY SHOW, this Thursday, we we welcome internationally-touring comedian Kortney Shane Williams to Wenatchee for our first ever Halloween Comedy Party!

Having recently opened for a  living legend of comedy, Dave Chappelle, in Seattle, this hot young comic is a veteran of Comedy Central shows like “So You Think You’re Funny“. Before moving west to sharpen his comedic skills he won Florida’s Clash of the Comics Comedy Competition and has also been a featured writer on

Plus there’s going to be a costume contest and door prizes including Mela roasted coffee, Mela gift cards, a $25 gift card to Iwa Sushi, concert tickets and more. As always we will have our extensive microbrew and local wine list available, plus artisan hard cider from Snowdrift Cider Co. (best hard cider in the state). And come hungry because we will have our full Happy Hour menu available!

*And here’s a chance to WIN TICKETS to the show: just go to our Facebook page and answer our trivia Tuesday question and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win two tickets to our Halloween Comedy Party. And the question should be pretty easy to answer if you read this post…

Also check out LAPH Productions’ e-newsletter for the heads up on more great upcoming live comedy in the Wenatchee Valley. Here’s the link:


Come Frolic In Our Forest Of Rock!


And frolicking will be the order of the day Oct. 9 when we welcome The Lonely Forest AS THEY KICK OFF their North American Tour, right here, in Wenatchee at Caffe Mela.

So yeah, it’s kind of a big deal…

But it was purely due to dumb luck (or bad luck, if you’re Jon Van Deusen) that we got this critically-acclaimed band to play in Wenatchee to kick off the tour for their fifth album.

The Anacortes-based garage-born indie-rock band was originally booked to headline the season finale of our Summer Concert Series in Centennial Park we produced with the City of Wenatchee. But the lead singer, John Van Deusen, was laid low with a prolonged visit to the E.R..

But now he’s back in action and The Lonely Forest is ready to rock Wenatchee, as only a PNW-incepted rock band truly can…

You can get tickets here or in the Caffè!

So for now check out this music video for “We Sing In Time” and get stoked because The Lonely Forest is coming to Wenatchee!

Thou Shalt Be Rocked: Tix Are IN For Blitzen Trapper, The Lonely Forest


Due to popular demand, we now have tickets at the register for The Lonely Forest, Oct. 9 at Mela and Blitzen Trapper, Nov. 20 at the Leavenworth Festhalle.

So come in, snag an artisan-crafted beverage and pick up your tickets to both of these shows before they walk out the door without you…

As you probably know, these are two HUGE acts for North Central Washington. 

Anacortes-based rock band The Lonely Forest just finished recording their new album, “Adding Up The Wasted Hours” with Death Cab For Cutie member Chris Walla and will be kicking KICKING-OFF their North American Tour the day. after. release. with a show right here, in Wenatchee, at Caffe Mela.

Needless to say, it’s going to blow your hair back…

If you aren’t yet acquainted with The Lonely Forest’s music, here’s a video that gives you a good introduction to their razor-sharp indie rock:

And then there’s Blitzen Trapper at the Festhalle in Leavenworth on Nov. 20.

We hope this Portland-based indie/alt-country powerhouse needs no introduction. They’re releasing their seventh full-length album just days before their show with us in Leavenworth, but in case you need a little background, here’s a link to their website as well as a sneak peek at a track from their new album, titled “Shine On”:

It’s sure to be another epic show! 

After years of obscure acts, sparse crowds, early hours working sound and late nights cleaning up we here at Caffe Mela would just like to take a moment to savor the fact that we’ve come a long way. And we’d like to thank you – Washington state live music fans – for coming from near and far to support live music and what we’re trying build here in North Central Washington. Thank you.

Stay tuned for chances to win FREE Blitzen Trapper tickets from our Facebook page, the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, KOHO Radio, The Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce and more…

Why Settle For Radio Reruns? Come Get The Real Thing.


Just Because You Didn’t Hear It On Commercial Radio Doesn’t Mean It’s Not Good…

If you missed our two shows this weekend, you missed out!

Friday night Eternal Fair blew the doors off in downtown Wenatchee with psychedelic flute solos, soaring keyboard jams, vocals and a triple threat of guitar awesomeness that pulled tons of people off the street to see what was going down.

And Saturday night we doubled down with Seattle songstress Susy Sun opening for Bellingham’s breakout indie band Learning Team…

One of the coolest things about independent music in the Pacific Northwest right now is that we’re seeing talented, tenacious 20-somethings playing music in 2013 that slayed people in the 1970s.

This weekend we heard sounds remincient of Steely Dan, Jethro Tull, Rush, Eric Clapton, CCR and more… 

In just two days we had a mini-music festival in downtown Wenatchee.


Eclectic-Alaskan-transplants-by-way-of-PDX Animal Eyes rocked the opening set on Friday night for Seattle’s explosive, stratospheric four-man-band Eternal Fair.

And when Eternal Fair took the stage Friday night they created new fans in North Central Washington. Folks walking in historic downtown Wenatchee heard the music and came off the street to see what was going down…

Then Saturday Seattle’s Susy Sun (left) charmed everyone in the joint over candlelight wine and/or brews and the opener, Learning Team, finished us off with an atmospheric, indie romp of coming-of-age ballads.

Learning Team creates the kind of songs that take you back to your own days of coming home from college, negotiating the fine line between responsibility and romanticism, teenage dreaming and grown-up relegation…

But if you missed it – you missed it.

Be here for our next show and catch history in the making. See bands you can tell your friends about.


In North Central Washington, Live Music Lives Here.

Join us and hear some real, original music, and enjoy yourself…

In a world…

…dominated by top 20 singles and over-produced commercial pop…

…one venue dares to bring you real artists and musicians right here, to Wenatchee.

And we’re doing it THIS WEEKEND – TWICE!

Friday night we’ve got the stratospheric, charismatic Eternal Fair from Seattle headlining and Animal Eyes from Portland as our opener.

Seattle Wave Radio predicted “Eternal Fair has the makings of another huge break-out band from Seattle” and we believe that as well.

In fact Seattle Weekly’s Todd Hamm also gave E.F. praises, writing of their full-length debut album: “Horse presents thorough arguments, points, counterpoints, and artfully drawn progressions; the grand, looping turns taken both instrumentally and lyrically are stylistic brushes with My Morning Jacket, yet venture forth on their own terms.”

Don’t believe us? Check this out:

And for a chaser, or perhaps we should say main course, we’ve got Seattle’s Susy Sun opening for Bellingham’s breakout golden band Learning Team on Saturday!

Reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie or Minus The Bear (whom they’ve played with) Bellingham’s Learning Team is a band you’re going to want to tell your friends you saw before they blew up.

Beneath the complexity of this Pacific Northwestern five-pieces’ music is a beautiful simplicity, and that’s a large part of what has made Learning Team such a huge breakout success – a total lack of pretense.

As the Weekly Volcano wrote: “The band succeeds on the basis of the songwriting, much of which drops back in influence to the glory days of pristine indie pop like Death Cab for Cutie.”

But don’t take our word for it. Check out this video from The Learning Team and fall in love for yourself…

Goodbye Summer, Hello Infinite Sound


Friday marks *sniff* the last show of the summer…

And that means we’re going to blow the bloody doors off! We’ve got American indie rock band The Lonely Forest headlining our last FREE Summer Concert Series show of the summer, Friday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m.

But the fun never stops when it comes to our passion for bringing great live music to Wenatchee. We’re REALLY in a tizzy about Saturday’s show. Saturday we’ve got Seattle’s four-harmonizing guitar-playing catchy folk-pop indie commandos Ivan & Alyosha headlining our show at Mela. NPR Music and KEXP Seattle have sung their praises. They’ve played the world-famous SXSW music festival in the legendary music town of Austin, TX., AND opened for acts like Brandi Carlisle and Aimee Mann.

And don’t think we skimped on the opener – because you are going to write to your mama and your Screen shot 2013-08-22 at 9.18.06 PMgrandmama about our opening act, the talented Shelby Earl (or you’ll at least email them).

This singer/songwriter from Seattle is going places – fast. named her album the “#1 Album You Might Have Missed” and Ann Powers of NPR said Earl was her “new favorite songwriter.”

Ivan & Alyosha are in good company because Shelby has also opened for such acts as Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab For Cutie and The Postal Service) and Loudon Wainwright III.

So make plans to come see some priceless music in the park Friday for no price at all. Then come to Mela on Saturday and see musicians RIGHT HERE in your hometown you’d have to drive at least three hours to see otherwise. It’s going to be a smorgasbord for your ears – come soak it up.

Here’s a little taste of I&A, from their NPR Tiny Desk Concert:

Join Us For Funky Blues Friday!


Yes It’s Locals Night, And The Feelin’s Right… 

This Friday join us in historic downtown Wenatchee at Centennial Park and jam to the funky blues tunes of local favorites Mugsy’s Groove and the Kevin Jones Band. 

If you spend a lot of time in North Central Washington you’ve likely seen Mugsy’s Groove, the original Cascade mountain funk band, and you likely liked what you saw. That’s a whole lotta likes, and that’s because people love these guys! They’re sure-fire crowd pleasers who’ll get you up and moving with hip, bluesy renditions of your favorite American blues and rock tunes.  

Next off on this double headlining bill is The Kevin Jones Band, which plays roots electric and acoustic rock with world tone influences. Kevin Jones prides himself on delivering a unique performance every time – no two shows are the same. Come groove to great originals and wonderfully crafted covers of songs you know and love Friday, Aug. 9th beginning at 7 p.m., and come early because these bands have some devoted fans! 

And don’t forget, all Summer Concert Series shows are brought to you by the City of Wenatchee and Caffè Mela and are FREE!