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 40th year!

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Peoples Voice Cafe

Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 8pm: Country Voices, City Voices
Cosponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

Painting by Michael Doig

Carrie & Michael Kline
Michael and Carrie Kline weave West Virginia stories and folklore with spine tingling harmonies on voice and guitar. They live and breathe Appalachian music and culture. Their voices carry the songs with truth and authenticity. The Klines present their music both as entertainment and social history, with engaging ease and hard-hitting passion. They have spent years recording music and spoken narratives from Cherokee, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. They have documented the southern mountain experience and music in industrial cities from Cincinnati to New England.

Photo by Martin Hason

Triboro hails from the boroughs of New York, but looks beyond the Hudson to other places and other times for songs and inspiration. They are an acoustic vocal trio that applies fine three-part harmony to an eclectic mix of musical genres: old-time, new-time, Carter Family, country, Western, bluegrass, Hawaiian, and beyond. Phyllis Elkind (Manhattan) plays guitar. Don Friedman (Brooklyn) plays guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Evy Mayer (The Bronx) plays guitar, ukelele and percussion. Founded in 1998, Triboro still takes pleasure in finding a great new song, working out harmonies and arrangements, and making it their own.

"Orphan Girl"

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, Folk Music Society of NY members, students, and youth, the suggested contribution is $12.

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

Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 8pm: Vocal Traditions Night
Cosponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

Windborne is a group of vocal chameleons who specialize in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between drastically different styles of traditional music. Their musical knowledge spans many continents and cultures, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions. Praised for "the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements," Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.

"I Can Hew"

Asaran Earth Trio
A collective of vocalists from different corners of the globe, Asaran Earth Trio is dedicated to singing beautiful multicultural music. Asaran came together out of the desire to take their traditions in new directions, combining folk elements of each member's history with the adventure of group improvisation. Asaran features Anne Boccato from Brazil, Artemisz Polonyi from Hungary, and Lorena Del Mar from Spain. "Outstandingly expressive!" - World Music Central. "Spectacular harmonies!" - Songlines.

"Quando Veo Hijo Hermoso"

Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 8pm:

Charlie King & Annie Patterson
Join us for an evening of powerful singing with Charlie King and Annie Patterson. Charlie's witty political satire and his uncanny ability to find endearing songs about struggle and the human experience are a natural fit with Annie's own performing and sing-along work. Annie is the co-creator of Rise up Singing and the 2015 sequel Rise Again. She is an accomplished performer of traditional Appalachian and Celtic music and contemporary singer/songwriter material. Charlie and Annie together are infectious song leaders accompanying each other on banjo, guitar, harmonica, and mandolin. Their new live album Step by Step was released in February.

"Shuttle and Loom"

Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 8pm:

Sherry Mestel Memorial Concert
Longtime PVC volunteer Sherry Mestel died last year. Although we truly miss her, we are very happy to celebrate her life tonight. Sherry was an activist, a social worker, and psychologist, who remained as active as she could, even when she was losing her ability to walk. Sherry was involved with Tibetan and Native American communities and was fluent in Spanish. She radiated love wherever she went. We are honored to have the following performers at her memorial concert, most of whom knew and loved Sherry:

The Brooklyn Women's Chorus
Bread and Puppet Theater
Paul Stein, accordionist, singer, songwriter, and PVC technical director
Reggie Ceaser, Native American master flutist and healer
Sally Campbell, singer, songwriter and PVC volunteer coordinator
Michael Braudy, master violinist and healer

Please join us and share your memories of Sherry.

And coming up...

Dec 21: The Blackbird Trilogy + Heavenly Havens (Richie Havens Tribute)

Jan 4: Benefit Concert for Eco-Logic/WBAI

Jan 11: Jess Clinton + Diana Jones

Jan 18: Trans-Atlantic Hoot: Skinner & T'witch + Lee, Cross, & Suffet

Feb 1: Jenna Lindbo + Ruth Hill

Feb 8: Rod MacDonald + Joe Jencks

Feb 15: Gary Allard + Pam Parker

Feb 22: Lonnie Harrington + Clare Horgan

Feb 29: Judy Gorman + Deborah Silverstein

Mar 7: Women Songwriters Night: Pat Lamanna, Sharleen Leahey, Lindsey Wilson & Carolann Solebello

Mar 14: Shawna Caspi + Lydia Adams Davis

Mar 21: Elizabeth Jennings, a play by Lionelle Hamanaka

Mar 28: Welcome Spring! Poetry & Music Extravaganza with Fred Arcoleo, Demetrius Daniel, Robert Gibbons, Amber Atiya & friends

April 4: Sara Trunzo + DK and the Joy Machine (Dian Killan & friends)

Apr 18: Cleo Carol Knopf + Katie Naplatarski

Apr 25: Gathering Sparks + Professor Louie

May 2: Joel Landy + Theresa Sareo

May 9: Joshua Garcia + Anne Price

May 16: Kent State/Jackson State 50th Anniversary Memorial

The Peoples' Voice Cafe's 2019-2020 season program
is supported in part by grants from:

The Folk Music Society of New York

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