Café 9 has been anchoring the Ninth Square with its proprietary blend of awesome local bands and amazing national (and international) acts for decades now. Owner Paul Mayer chalks it up to "the support we get from the local community." By working with local promoters and maintaining a staff that's "really tied to the community," Café 9 keeps its schedule "pretty fleshed out with local talent." But keeping its ear towards New Haven's musical scene doesn't mean Café 9 neglects what's going on nationally. Mayer's looking forward to shows with Montreal's Mark Sultan (of King Khan and the BBQ, who had the entire room dancing on tables during his last visit), as well as Portland, Ore.,-based indie darlings Horse Feathers. In addition to a stellar indie lineup, Café 9 is collaborating with area businesses to promote other art and music happenings in the neighborhood. And soon, the musician's living room could become the comedian's, too: funnyman Neil Hamburger is due to return soon, and Mayer looks to add more comedy to the calendar in the coming year.
Winner of Best Place to Hear Local Music in the New Haven Advocate Best Of Readers' Poll 2012.