The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse offering live entertainment in New York City, from folk music and protest songs to rap, jazz, poetry, storytelling, and dance.                                                                                
Now celebrating our fortieth year!

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Peoples Voice Cafe

Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 8pm:

Photo by John F. Kramer

Judy Kass
Judy Kass draws in her audience with soulful vocals and genre-bending exploration of the guitar and piano. Her 2014 debut album Better Things and her 2016 CD Beyond the Ash and Steel both appeared on the Folk DJ List of Top Albums of the Year. Judy's recent single, "Look at Us Marching Now", caught the attention of Christine Lavin, who created a music video of the song. Judy was recently named a Top Five Winner in the Singer/Songwriter category of the 19th Great American Song Contest.

Patricia Shih
Multiple national award-winning singer-songwriter Patricia Shih and her husband/accompanist Stephen Fricker present a concert of Music with Meaning, folk fusion songs that have their roots in folk but are influenced by jazz, classical, rock, Broadway and more. Her all-original pieces carry meaningful lyrics, memorable melodies and a deep spirit, delving into the human condition to reach for the common thread that runs through humanity.

Community Church of New York U.U.
40 East 35th St. (between Madison & Park)
New York, NY, 10016
Cafe entrance at far right of building, at street level.

to 33rd St. (2 1/2 blocks to the church)
to 34th Street/Herald Square (3 1/2 blocks)

All shows start at 8 PM, Saturdays. Doors open at 7:30.
No reservations, so come early to be assured a seat.

$20 suggested contribution -- more if you choose, less if you can't; no one turned away.
For PVC subscribers, students, and youth, the suggested contribution is $12.

Wheelchair accessible (including bathrooms). For info call 212-787-3903.

Saturday, November 24, 2018:

Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend

Saturday, December 1, at 8pm:

Photo by David Sameshima

Kristin Lems
Versatile singer-songwriter and performer Kristin Lems has a career spanning 40 years, with engagement in the civil rights, safe energy, labor, and women’s rights movements. She founded the National Women's Music Festival in Champaign-Urbana, IL in 1974, and has enlivened countless events for women's rights with her captivating humor and warmth. The New Yorker calls her "a charmer in the most literal and least artificial sense of the word." Kristin has eight albums of original songs on her label, Carolsdatter Productions, featuring songs like "Mammary Glands," "Ballad of the ERA," and "Days of the Theocracy".

Check out this recent interview with Kristin Lems:

Sally Campbell
Quaker singer/songwriter Sally Campbell returns with her autoharp and her sometimes funny, sometimes deep, always friendly songs, many of which have come to her out of the silence. Some songs are practical, such as "Finding Lost Things". Some are story songs, like "Face and Befriend". All are her way of sharing Light and Love. She keeps giving away Gift Songs and Blessings (over 3,000 so far), a recording of her 70th birthday concert/party in 2011 with her friends laughing at her and singing along with her. Come and keep this party going.

Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 8pm:

Photo by Josh Reynolds

Charlie King & Deborah Silverstein
Two wonderful performers and remarkable songwriters who play guitar, harmonica and vocal harmonies. Join us for an evening of songs full of humor, hope and healing--love songs, inspiring anthems, and incendiary broadsides. Deborah is an award-winning singer and songwriter who has been singing and recording for over 40 years, sometimes solo, sometimes with The New Harmony Sisterhood, Taproot, or her lastest group, Band of Erics. Charlie has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century, has been writing songs for over 40 years, and is the most recent recipient of the annual Phil Ochs Award.

Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 8pm: Journeys in Song: Perspectives from Immigrant Songwriters

Toby Tobias: Journey from Johannesburg
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Toby studied music in Jerusalem and also immersed himself in many genres of American Music while never leaving behind his roots in the rhythms and melodies of his homeland. His keen ear for intuitive arrangements is a hallmark of his writing and performance. In the song cycle Journey from Johannesburg Toby shares the vivid tale of his life in South Africa under apartheid, then in an Israel on the brink of battle for its own identity, before finding a new home, and many stark parallels, in the U.S.

Photo by Randy Bradbury

Rupert Wates: The Lights of Paris
London-born singer-songwriter Rupert Wates has been based in the U.S. since 2007 and has won over 40 awards for his unique brand of melodic folk music. Tonight he will perform his latest CD, The Lights Of Paris (2017), which takes a hard look at our world today, with all its division, fears and uncertainty. Against this background, the Lights Of Paris provide an image of hope, art and beauty, a beacon in the darkness. Rupert will be accompanied by virtuoso string players Adrianna Matteo on violin and Brian Sanders on cello.

Saturday, December 22, 2018, at 8pm:

Thelma Thomas Tribute Night
Thelma Thomas is artistic director of The Pearls of Wisdom, a touring ensemble of elder storytellers. In richly narrated presentations she tells stories that illuminate her own past and our collective histories. She has brought her lively, spirited, authentic presentations to Tanzania, Brazil, Ghana, Costa Rica, The Gambia, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Kenya, and Camaroon, continuing the tradition of elder folk art stories. Thelma is a founding member of The African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc. and a member of The National Association of Black Storytellers, The Harlem Arts Alliance, and the National Storytelling Network. Tonight we honor her talents and legacy with a warm tribute and celebration.

December 29, 2018:

Closed for New Year's Break

And coming up...

Jan 5: Lonnie Harrington + Tom DeRosa

Jan 12: Carlos Rosello + Fred Arcoleo & Friends

Jan 19: 6G Night: 3 Guys + 3 Guitars in the Round: Tom Smith + Gary Allard + Joshua Garcia

Jan 25: People's Music Network Winter Concert [starts at 7:30; different rates apply]

Feb 2: Pamela Jean Agaloos + Twa Corbies

Feb 9: Rod MacDonald + Joe Jencks

Feb 16: Cole Quest & the City Pickers + Piedmont Bluz

Feb 23: Terry Kitchen & Mara Levine + Robin Greenstein

Mar 2: Women's Voices: Beth DeSombre + Bev Grant

Mar 9: International Women's Day: Emily White + The Raging Grannies

Mar 16: Gerry Segal + Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick

Mar 23: The Siegel Family & Friends + Hudson Valley Sally

Mar 30: Reggie Harris + Pat Wictor

Apr 6: Anne Price + Steve Suffet

Apr 13: B Betts + Lindsey Wilson

Apr 20: [Closed for Easter Weekend and Passover

Apr 27: [To be announced]

May 4: Pete Seeger Centennial Celebration

May 11: The Peace Poets + Pam Parker

May 18: Carolyn Hester

The Peoples' Voice Cafe's 2018-2019 season program is supported in part by grants from:

The Puffin Foundation

The Folk Music Society of New York

The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist
(Ethelwyn Doolittle Grant)