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, 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.

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, December 21, 2019, at 8pm:

Heavenly Havens: A Richie Havens Tribute by Robert Tellefsen
Brooklyn native Bob Tellefsen used to share the stage with the likes of Richie Havens, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez back in the café and tavern days of Greenwich Village. Now he brings you back to the garden to celebrate the style and energy of Richie Havens. Bob will be accompanied by Lindsey Wilson's Human Hearts Trio.

The Blackbird Trilogy
Lindsey Wilson's The Blackbird Trilogy musical is an interpretation of the iconic song from the Beatles' White Album. Paul McCartney wrote the song to honor the struggle of black women. Lindsey will be joined by renowned folk artist DuPree, cellist Barry Kornhauser, and spoken word artist Rachel RighteousLuv to perform personal intrepretations of Blackbird in three parts, paying homage to the blackbirds of the world, those oppressed and underserved who, like them, have taken their broken wings and have finally learned to FLY!

Saturday, January 4, 2020, at 8pm:

Benefit Concert for WBAI FM Radio

Writer and actor Malachy McCourt will have you laughing to tears; the legendary David Amram will thrill you with his world music and stories of his illustrious career; plus The Raging Grannies, Mike Glick & Lindsey Wilson, and Joel Landy will all be on hand to entertain and help WBAI celebrate sixty years of listener-supported non-commercial radio. WBAI recently found its way back on the air from a hostile takeover, and like many non-profit organizations that serve the people, they need the people's support. Keep your listener-sponsored radio on the air! The evening will be MC'ed by Ken Gale, host of the environmental show Eco-Logic, airing on alternating Tuesdays at 9pm.

Malachy McCourt
Author, actor and raconteur Malachy McCourt has written a dozen books, including A Monk Swimming and Voices of Ireland. He has acted in scores of movies and TV shows, and even recorded an album in 1970. Born in Brooklyn in 1931, he grew up in Limerick and returned to New York in 1952, where he worked as a longshoreman, opened a tavern, hosted various radio shows, and ran for New York governor in 2006 as a Green Party Candidate. He is currently co-host of WBAI's New York, We and Thee Edition on Wednesday mornings.

David Amram
Composer, conductor, author, and multi-instrumentalist (piano, french horn, flute, guitar) David Amram is one of America's most honored and beloved musicians. He began his career as a French hornist for the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington in the 1950s, and later introduced the French horn to jazz, collaborating with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, and others. He created film scores for Splendor in the Grass (1961), Manchurian Candidate (1962), and the beat film Pull My Daisy (1959). He also wrote scores for Arthur Miller's plays and for Shakespeare in the Park in NYC. Working with Jack Kerouac, Langston Hughes, and others, Amram experimented with combining jazz and poetry.

The NYC Metro Raging Grannies
In the tradition of wise women elders, the mission of The Raging Grannies is to promote global peace, justice, and social and economic equality by raising awareness through song and humor. With snappy hats and snappier lyrics, the poets, singers and puppeteers of The Raging Grannies often perform at protests and rallies. Started in 1987 in Victoria, BC, there are now more than 60 gaggles of Raging Grannies throughout Canada, the U.S., and Scotland.

Mike Glick & Lindsey Wilson
Mike Glick is a guitarist, songwriter, and singer who mixes jazz, blues, folk and Latin styles, sometimes solo, and sometimes in the duo Generations with his son Alexi. Among his influences are Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, and Santana. Lindsey Wilson is a singer-songwriter with a flair for nostalgia and a memorable mix of 70s-style urban folk-rock. She embraces issues of the heart and mind through love songs, protest tunes and lyrics of empowerment. Her influences include Odetta, Richie Havens, and Joan Armatrading.

Joel Landy
An active member of the Peoples' Voice Cafe community for years, both as a performer and as a videographer, Joel Landy is known for his energetic stage performances and clever songwriting. His voice has been heard on WBAI on Ken Gale's Eco-Logic and Bob Fass' Radio Unameable. Joel produces the award-winning Songs of Freedom television show, celebrating the dignity of human struggle.

Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 8pm:

Jess Clinton
An introvert fluent in extrovert, Jess commands a shape-shifting soprano that ranges from bell-tone purities to sultry secrecies. She weaves strands of Appalachian, Celtic, rock, and classical influences on electric, acoustic, and 12-string baritone guitars as she sings of love, nature, and quiet outrage.

"Real Glass Heart"

Diana Jones
Diana Jones is a songwriter and folk singer whose "clarion alto," The New York Times says, evokes the "rich timbres...of a cello or viola." She takes us from the depths of a doomed coal mine to the heights of universal longing, with stories of hard times, Native Americans, tortured loss, murderous urges. With the careful eye of a portrait painter, Jones merges private and timeless imagery. She divides her life between Nashville and New York City, drawing on both those iconic American worlds to bring a modern edge to the old-time ballad tradition. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez and Gretchen Peters.

"If I Had a Gun"

Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 8pm: Transatlantic Hoot

Skinner & T'witch
Steve Skinner and Sandra Twitchett, known together as Skinner & T'witch, return to the Peoples' Voice Cafe after an absence of nearly three years. Based in Leeds, England, they are an original, contemporary acoustic duo with strong vocals, driving rhythms, and a flash of flamenco. Their original music moves through an eclectic range of styles, including folk, jazz, music hall, musical theatre, and the satirical tradition. This Peoples' Voice Cafe performance will be their only New York City stop on an American tour that takes them from New England to the Deep South.

"Queen of the Ocean"

Lee, Cross, & Suffet
Mike Lee, Vincent Cross, and Steve Suffet all now live in Queens, New York City's most culturally diverse borough. Each is an accomplished multi-instrumental folk musician in his own right. Mike came to Queens from the Upper Midwest, Vincent arrived from the Republic of Ireland after a detour to Australia, and Steve has lived in Queens nearly all his life. Tonight the three will swap songs in a spontaneous jam, accompanying one another with voices and instruments as they see fit. Be prepared for something wonderful.

And coming up...

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 + Barry Oreck

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)