About Us

Welcome To The Sad Cafe, S.M.O. (Steppingstone Music Opportunities, Inc.). The mission of The Sad Cafe is to maintain a safe, clean, substance free, family friendly establishment. We provide, promote and support positive life choices for our community and youth through innovative programming. The Sad Cafe opened in October 1997 has since had over 40,000 people visit and has hosted over 550 performers. This café started as a family business. Our goal was to represent people our love and passion for music and art. We are proud on how made it possible to make a place where children and adults can spend their time together and enjoy in good atmosphere. There is nothing better than sharing your dreams and visions of the perfect place for everyone with people and getting a great approval for it.

We are a not-for profit organization [501(c)(3)] that provides enrichment of the arts. It is a unique venue where aspiring amateur actors and musicians of all ages have the opportunity to perform on stage in front of a live audience where they are able to gain confidence, recognition and appreciation. Musicians also receive a free CD of their performance that is recorded on professional equipment produced in an acoustical setting. This is a great opportunity for those who are passionate about music and acting but yet didn’t find the place where they can show the world their talent. Meet us at the Sad Café and try your luck!

An admission fee is collected at the door (usually $5-$7). The concession stand offers brewed coffees, sodas, juice drinks, hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, pretzels, candy, ice cream, and other assorted snacks.

Much of The Sad Cafe’s work addresses the need for engaging our youth in a variety of positive activities and programs. We have recently achieved one of our main goals, which is to provide research-based after school programming for Middle School students in the Sanborn and Timberlane School Districts. We are working in a collaborative effort with the community to build and strengthen youth and family involvement.

In addition to the usual musical and theatrical productions, The Sad Cafe can be utilized for school functions, dances, community service events, a mini-conference center, pageants, work shops, music lessons, comedy, talent shows, poetry readings, youth groups, and private parties. We have a talented pool of DJs to choose from that would be just right for your gathering!

All contributions, services and goods are sincerely appreciated. Donations are tax deductible.

What makes the Sad Cafe Special?

  •     Smoke and alcohol free environment
  •     Zero tolerance policy against drugs
  •     Spacious main room
  •     2 private practice/dressing rooms
  •     Relaxed atmosphere
  •     Comfortable sofas
  •     Great acoustics!
  •     Dance floor
  •     A Baby Grand Piano
  •     30′ x 13′ stage with effects lighting
  •     Professional mixing board and capability of DAT recording
  •     Musicians receive free CD of their performance
  •     Wide-screen color TV
  •     Karaoke system with on-screen lyrics
  •     Concession stand
  •     Air conditioned
  •     Ample parking
  •     Handicap accessible
  •     PLUS-We have a Wall of Fame!
  •     YOU make The Sad Cafe Special