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We seem to have reopened (early June). We are hoping to be able to stay that way, and continue to have shows, but things are becoming more and more tenuous as the Delta variant scatters its potent viral load.

AS TO COVID-  We and staff are all vaccinated, and we are assuming full vaccination by most of our clientele. The CDC is now recommending fully vaccinated Americans return to wearing masks in indoor spaces in communities where coronavirus transmission is substantial or high. Jefferson county, Wisconsin, is currently in the substantial category https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view . Darn.

Have your masks at the ready– a sign on our door may say we are requiring them. When social distancing is not possible they are recommended.

Our listening room is small, and people are seated in close proximity for a stretch of time. We are now requiring the proof of vaccination and wearing of masks during shows. Other music venues are doing this, and performers are requesting it for their and the audience safety, as they cannot be masked while performing.

We will try to keep the whole space really well-ventilated, but if it is crowded and the windows are closed, that will not be possible. (The porch is obviously ventilated, and is like being outdoors.)

Circumstances change, and we will have to change with them. Please check for updates before you come out.


The Cafe Carpe, is a family-friendly cafe and bar, with a listening room, housed in a century-old brick building on the Rock River, with a screened porch overlooking the water. Run by fairly sentient centenarians Bill Camplin and Kitty Welch, the Carpe has been idiosyncratic since 1985. Peruse this site to learn its fascinating history, and to discover what it has to offer, and when, but do not ask why.


LUNCH: Wednesday – Friday    11:30 am – 1:30 pm


Wednesday – Thursday    4:30-8:30  Serving food 5:00-8:00

Friday-Saturday    4:30-10:00 Serving food 5:00-9:00

(We may close earlier or be open later as circumstances demand.)

Please contact us to reserve for groups larger than 6. (This refers to dining- see Listening and Events regarding music.)

** Note that nights with sold out shows will be a bit busier than normal.

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