Presented and Curated by Robinlee Garber

“Sound for the Culture Cafe provided
by Tim McEneany

Welcome to the culture Cafe!

The Culture Café is a favorite spot for people who want to take a break from all the bustle of the Food Court, Exhibit Hall, Speaker & Panel Rooms.

Also featuring an open mic as the final session (original work only, please). 

The Culture Café artists are professional musicians and singer/songwriters from all over the world bringing you their original music and sharing their vegan message. 

Robinlee and Friends: Songs of Love, Light and Positivity!

Woah! Culture Cafe performers are doing a Sunday evening show, just in case you missed them the day before at Chicago VeganMania (so many lectures, demos, and food to little time!) We kick off at 7pm and finish the night with a flourishing encore. Enjoy tasty drinks and the relaxed atmosphere of this cool venue, if you’ve never been. These super talented animal/Earth loving artists are excited to uplift you with their positive songs- it’s gonna be an all out extravaganza night of love and light.

Sunday at 7 PM – 10 PM

Friendly Tap 6733 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, Illinois 60402

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2018 Culture Café Schedule


10:00 - 10:45 am Robinlee Garber

“Folk with a touch of torch”

A healer inspired by her own journey to health, Robinlee has worked professionally as a creative arts therapist and clinical counselor, using music and art to help others heal. Robinlee has been a featured performer on WDCB’s Folk Festival with Lilli Kuzma. She is the Music Director of Culture Cafe for the widely popular Chicago VeganMania festival, runs a well-attended open mic in Chicago, and has played her music across the US, Canada, Sweden and Finland.

11:00 - 11:45 amErnesto

I create original songs about veganism and animal rights in English and in Spanish because I believe music has the power to heal, unite, and inspire us to take action for animals. My originals like “Liberation” ( and “The Storm” ( have been used in activist demonstrations around the world and for that I am grateful. My mission is to continue spreading the vegan word and inspiring more activism through my songwriting. Thank you for being a part of my journey.

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12:00 - 12:45 PM | Dawn-Marie Hamilton

I'm a singer-songwriter and a teaching artist. I'm also the world's tallest five-year-old! I make music for kids because I love their honesty, their unique perspective, and their limitless capacity for joy! I have also appropriated some of my best dance moves from them!

I perform in and around Rogers Park, a diverse and artsy neighborhood on the far north side of Chicago.


1:00 - 1:45 pmCharlie Mosbrook

For over 25 years, award winning songwriter Charlie Mosbrook has been dedicated to the performance, presentation, and preservation of original and traditional folk music. His rich baritone voice and noteworthy guitar work highlight his performances.


2:00 - 2:45 PM Zach

“We should manifest ourselves in exquisiteness every chance we get,” Zach professes his life’s philosophy on his latest release, The Antidote, his 15th release is as many years.

This mantra is not only something Zach sings, but something he lives. In 2010, he started the Akron Peace Project, an organization working to educate and inspire nonviolence in the community. This project works with numerous organizations to increase compassion and peace in our daily lives. Recently named “Humanitarian of the Year” by Akron Life Magazine, he is also a yogi, Kingian Nonviolence Trainer, and a World Peace Diet Facilitator. In 2014 he helped to start the Big Love Fest, the Big Love Network, in 2015 the Yoga Summit, in 2016 the Summit of Faiths, and in 2017 the Heart Mela.

Almond&Olive   Performing 11:00-11:45


Performing 11:00-11:45

3:00 - 3:45 pm | Almond&Olive

Almond&Olive (A&O) creates inspiring songs that span the folk and Americana genres, while also incorporating timeless vocals and the duo’s distinct songwriting. Blended together, the duo's voices sound made for each other, soaring and guiding the music through all the ups and downs of these finely crafted songs.

Check out this video from last year: Link Here