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, Feb. 16, 2019, at 8pm:

Cole Quest & The City Pickers
Cole Quest and The City Pickers are a group of NYC musicians connected by friendship and a love of bluegrass. Cole Quest, grandson of folk icon Woody Guthrie, has brought together a collection of eclectic pickers who have gained recognition on the local scene. Performing Quest's original tunes and traditional favorites, The City Pickers bring their special brand of high-spirited talent and upbeat, knee-slapping energy to that old high lonesome sound.

Piedmont Bluz
The Piedmont Bluz are ambassadors of Country Blues music and the Piedmont style of fingerpicking, and their mission is to help preserve these rural, east coast traditions by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture. Besides tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song. This husband and wife duo were inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame in 2018.

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, Feb. 23, 2019, at 8pm:

Terry Kitchen & Mara Levine
"One of New England's best songwriters"-The Boston Globe (on Terry Kitchen)
"One of the best singers of her generation"-Christine Lavin (on Mara Levine)
"Together, Terry Kitchen and Mara Levine blend like honey and velvet."-Sol Zeller, The Borderline Folk Club
Terry and Mara have been making beautiful music together since 2008, combining his guitar and songwriting skills with her exquisite vocals and ear for harmony to perform both Terry's compositions and fresh takes on traditional and contemporary folk songs. They have released on EP and appeared on each other's solo albums, including Mara's latest, Facets of Folk and Terry's 2017 The Quiet Places.

Robin Greenstein
Robin is a singer-songwriter from NYC who mixes folk, pop, rock, blues, country and jazz into a style she calls "Acousticness." Imagine a female James Taylor; strong finger-picking, rootsy songs with sophisticated pop influences. Soulful singing and memorable original songs make a lasting impact on her audiences. You might hear a jazz standard, a blues song, or an instrumental banjo dance tune scattered among her original compositions.

Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 8pm:

Women's Voices

Beth DeSombre
Beth DeSombre (pronunciation: de-SOM-bree) writes songs that are "smart and uplifting... focusing on the quiet meaning to be found in ordinary life," (SingOut! Magazine) exploring issues from the personal to the political. Her music touches both mind and heart, with insights wrapped in melody and harmony that stay with you after the echoes of the last chorus have faded away. Her 2017 EP, Resistance, reached #10 (with two top-10 songs) on the folk-DJ list. A writer in many formats, her eighth book was just published by Oxford University Press.

Bev Grant
Bev Grant is the 2017 Joe Hill Award winner from the Labor Heritage Foundation and the 2017 winner of the ASCAP Foundation’s Jay Gorney award for her women’s anthem: "We Were There!" Former leader of the cutting edge 70s and 80s folk/rock & world music band, Human Condition, Bev is also founder and director of the Brooklyn Women's Chorus and cultural director of the UALE Summer School for Union Women, where she developed a multi-media show on women's labor history called We Were There. "Bev Grant is one of New York City’s treasures." --Ron Olesko, SingOut Magazine.

Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 8pm:

International Women's Day

Emily White
Independent folk-rock singer/songwriter Emily White has been described as standing out "conspicuously from the pack... with her hushed, preternaturally haunting vocal delivery and bewitching sense of indie-rock-informed melody. (Connect Savannah) She has released four albums to date, the most recent being the Kai Welch-produced Staking Flags in the Valley. Her shows include "an infusion of humor, audibly diverse musical influences and a truly singular sound." (Asheville Citizen-Times) She is based out of Chicago, but tours regularly throughout the US, captivating crowds with her unique voice and her favorite Martin guitar.

The 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 the medium of song and humor. Wearing snappy hats and with snappier lyrics, poets and singers and puppeteers, The New York City Metro Raging Grannies are often seen at protests. Started in 1987 in Victoria, BC, there are now more than 60 gaggles of "Raging Grannies" throughout Canada, the U.S., and Scotland.

Saturday, March 16th, 2019, at 8pm:

Gerry Segal
Gerry Segal is back for his 3rd annual appearance at The Peoples' Voice Cafe. Gerry has performed at the legendary clubs of the Greenwich Village Folk Revival including Gerde's Folk City, The Village Gate and The Bottom Line. He'll be backed up by Bob Rose on guitar and mandolin, who is one of New York City's renowned recording artists, and well-known commercial singer Linda LoPresti. Get ready for a night of new songs, old favorites and surprises.

"Jacques: The Wall Street Tailor"

Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick, with special guest Lindsey Wilson
Generations is a NYC-based father-son duo blending soulful vocals with virtuoso guitar playing. Robert Palmer of The New York Times called Mike Aleksi, "More rousing and musically substantive than the music of city folksingers of previous generations," and Pete Seeger called him "one of the best songwriters going." With his son Aleksi, an astounding world class guitarist, and superb vocalist/percussionist Lindsey Wilson, they are now coming to PVC as a trio. Mike says, "in the current political situation we feel impelled to bring our progressive and satirical content to the fore." Prepare to join them in unity and protest!

"Ground Zero/I Shall Be Released"

Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 8pm:

The Siegel Family & Friends
The Siegels' roots are firmly implanted in social justice and a love of music. Raised in the Hudson Valley activist folk scene, Laurie and Peter began performing together at local festivals as part of the Harmonious Hogchokers folk trio. They joined Pete Seeger’s Clearwater organization in the 1970's, and both contributed to Pete Seeger's CDs, Tomorrow's Children and Pete at 89. Carole, Jeff, and Laurie sing with the Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, and Laurie is also a member of Hudson Valley Sally. Peter’s songs and fiddle tunes have been published in Sing Out! and The Portland Collection of Fiddle Tunes. His most recent work is centered around his Vermont-based world beat ensemble The Gaslight Tinkers.

Hudson Valley Sally
Hudson Valley Sally is Terry Colliton, John Fisher, Laurie Siegel, and David Tarlo. Their music is rooted in the tradition of activist folk music--an unending chain that goes back centuries and spans the globe. They are dedicated to keeping alive some of the oldest songs, and introducing some of the newest. "Hudson Valley Sally sings with a freshness and innocence that reminds us why we fell in love with folk music in the first place." --Si Kahn

Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 8pm:

Reggie Harris & Pat Wictor
When Reggie Harris and Pat Wictor take the stage, it’s a celebration. The joy that transfers to their audience is boundless and unrestrained. For these veteran musicians and friends, their artistry and skill are heightened by years of collaboration and trust.

Reggie Harris is a songwriter of great depth and passion, a gifted storyteller and a remarkably creative and soulful singer, who has earned the respect and love of audiences around the world in a career spanning decades. Entertaining and inspiring, Reggie is a positive force in the world and his songs reveal his joy in bringing people together.

Pat Wictor’s convoluted path to roots music - passing through rock, heavy metal and jazz on a variety of instruments, and living abroad for much of his youth - has shaped his panoramic approach to the blues and gospel-influenced folk music he now writes and sings. His skills as harmonizer, improviser and accompanist have made him a sought-after collaborator and session musician.

"Wade in the Water"

Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 8pm:

Anne Price
New York City native Anne Price has often been compared to Joan Baez. Anne began performing when she was a student at Hunter College in the Bronx in the 1960s, and since then she has appeared at venues as close as the Peoples' Voice Cafe in New York City and as far away as the 15th century Black Swan Public House in York, England. Her repertoire includes everything from traditional folk ballads to country songs, songs of the sea, cowboy songs, songs about work and the labor movement, and love songs. She sings many songs from folk based songwriters, such as Jean Ritchie, Peggy Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Si Kahn, and many others, and she writes a few fine songs of her own. Her voice is strong, rich, and expressive.

Steve Suffet
Peoples' Voice Cafe volunteer Steve Suffet is best described as an old-fashioned folksinger in the People's Music tradition. His repertoire is a mixture of railroad songs, trucker songs, miner songs, union songs, old-time country music, ballads, blues, ragtime, Gospel songs, bluegrass, topical-political songs, Woody Guthrie songs, and whatever else tickles his fancy, including many songs he has written himself in traditional folk styles. Over the past few years Steve has become better known as a performer in the United Kingdom than back home in the USA. Here in his native New York City, Steve often sings a song or two in a group concert, but this will be one of the rare occasions when he gets to do a full-length performance in his own home town. Don't miss it!

"Can You Hear That Steam Whistle Blow?"

Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 8pm:

Lindsey Wilson & The Human Hearts
Lindsey Wilson is a singer-songwriter with a flair for nostalgia and a memorable mix of 70s-style urban folk rock and conscious lyrics. She embraces issues of the heart and mind through love songs, protest tunes and lyrics of empowerment. Her influences include Odetta, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Carole King, and Karen Carpenter.

Vincent Cross: The Life & Times of James "The Rooster" Corcoran
Vincent Cross will perform recently composed and discovered traditional songs about the infamous 19th century Irish-American gang leader (and Vincent's distant relative) James "The Rooster" Corcoran. Known for his "caustic tongue and ready wit," he was often stereotyped tabloid fodder for the newspapers of the 1800s. If you've seen Gangs of New York, this would be a musical accompaniment to the rogues, pimps, murderers and thieves that inhabited NYC in the 19th century.
"The fascinating tale of a 19th century immigrant's rise from poverty and crime to wealth and power without ever achieving true respectability. --Steve Suffet (Peoples Voice Cafe/Sunnyside Singers Club)

Promo video

April 20, 2019:

Closed for Easter Weekend and Passover

Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 8pm:

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, Thelonian 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 Shakespeare in the Park in NYC and Arthur Miller. Working with Jack Kerouac, Langston Hughes, and others, Amram experimented with combining jazz and poetry. He has also collaborated with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Paquito D’Rivera, Tito Puente, and scores of others. We are honored to have the legendary David Amram perform this very special benefit concert for the Peoples' Voice Cafe.

"Meanderin' in Mandarin"

Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 8pm:

Photo © Robert Corwin

Pete Seeger Centennial Celebration
This year’s celebration of Pete Seeger will be an historic one. It’s Pete’s 100th birthday! So in addition to having a rollicking good time, featuring many of Pete’s favorite songs, sing-alongs and compositions, you might also discover something you did not know about Pete’s amazing and inspirational life. We will attempt in a two-hour program to cover many, if not most, of the different phases of his career, from his upbringing in a highly musical family and early influences through more than 75 years as a performer. Artists include Piedmont Blüz, Bev Grant, Hudson Valley Sally, Lindsey Wilson, Mike Glick, Vincent Cross, and others – maybe even a surprise guest or two! This concert will be a benefit for the Peoples' Voice Cafe.

Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 8pm:

The Peace Poets
The Peace Poets are a family born of Hip Hop, heart, and hope in New York City. Some have been friends since childhood, and over time they have built an artist collective of poets, Hip Hop performers, and educators founded on this friendship and their common love for community and creative expression. Grounded in the power of personal narratives and community, The Peace Poets create art that can take you on a journey from the Boogie Down to Berlin, from the border to the bodega.

Pam Parker
"Jazz vocalist Pam Parker blends Billie's precision with Aretha's brand of soul. Parker's been using her perfect, classic voice to lure in crowds for years — it's the combination of sweet tone, spot-on vibrato and something hauntingly reminiscent of jazz singers of old that makes seeing her live addictive." – Express Night Out Her repertoire includes blues, swing, R & B, sixties pop and folk, and the occasional Broadway tune.

Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 8pm:

Carolyn Hester
Folk legend Carolyn Hester, a pioneering figure in the Greenwich Village Folk Scene, came to New York in 1955 and recorded her first album for Coral Records in 1957. Known as a fiercely independent artist, she continues the work of a lifetime using her unique empathy to translate meaningful messages for her audience in the ongoing effort to create a better world. Her honeyed voice has raised up other artists to this calling, from Bob Dylan to Nancy Griffith. Tonight she will be joined by her daughters, Karla and Amy Blume, who continue the tradition of American Folk Singer-Songwriters.

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)