The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse offering
quality entertainment in New York City.

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PVC in the media:
The Indypendent
Columbia Spectator

Ray Korona Interview
Woody Guthrie Centennial
Peoples' Voice Cafe Anthem
Holly Near at PVC

The Peoples' Voice Cafe is sad to announce the death on October 16th of Ray Korona, who has been a guiding spirit of the Cafe since its early years. Ray's tireless dedication to the café; his generosity in sharing his time, skills, and talents; and the annual Ray Korona Band concerts celebrating our community cannot be replaced. His passing leaves a hole in the fabric of our lives that can be patched over but never mended.

Please join us for a

Celebration of
Ray Korona

Saturday, January 10, 3-6 pm
Community Church Assembly Hall

(same location as PVC shows)

Share a short memory or song

The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist
40 East 35th St. (between Madison Ave. & Park Ave.)
New York, NY, 10016

to 33rd St. (two and a half short blocks to the church)
to 34th Street/Harold Square (three and a half long blocks)

All shows start at 8 PM, Saturdays; doors open at 7:30.
We do not accept reservations in advance, so come early to be assured of a seat.

$18 contribution -- more if you choose, less if you can't; no one turned away.
For members of Peoples' Voice Cafe the suggested contribution is $10.

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

December 6, 2014:

Charlie King & Rick Burkhardt
What do you get when you cross Joe Hill with Bertolt Brecht? We're not sure either but Charlie King & Rick Burkhardt are bringing it to the Peoples' Voice Café tonight. King is the 2014 recipient of the Joe Hill award for his agitprop writing and singing. He honed his craft touring with Bright Morning Star back in the day. Burkhardt is an Obie-award-winning playwright, performer, composer, songwriter and founding member of the satirical political cabaret duo the Prince Myshkins. For the past decade they have been warming up December's calendar at PVC with their incendiary lyrics and theatrical smeddum*, enlivened by accordion, guitar, piano, harmonica, ukuleles and some very odd harmonies. They rely heavily on the audience for extreme harmony, so don't let them down. Be there or B-flat.
* smeddum: Zest, energy; pluck; sagacity; gumption; spirit; mettle.

December 13, 2014:

New York City Labor Chorus
Now in their 23nd year, the New York City Labor Chorus has 75 members representing over 20 labor unions and District Councils. The Chorus promotes union solidarity through song by expressing the history and ongoing struggles of workers for economic and social justice. Their dynamic repertoire combines the power and culture of union music with the great gospel, jazz, classical and folk traditions. Join us to celebrate solidarity with people’s struggles for a better tomorrow.

December 20, 2014:

Generations: Mike and Aleksi Glick
Generations is a progressive urban father and son led group. If you can imagine a cross between Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles and Pete Seeger (with a touch of Santana), this is it. They will be playing songs from not one, but two, recordings. Aleksi and Mike will first feature a number of new songs from their duo exploration of the blues in preparation for their new CD, Two for the Blues. Then they will be joined by a few surprise guests to play some songs from their current release, In These Times. Of course, there is no telling what else Generations may do at any given show, but it is guaranteed to include some virtuoso playing from Aleksi and others as well as some meaningful lyrics from Mike and some soulful vocals.

Dan & Faith Senie
Dan and Faith are a Bolton, Massachusetts-based husband and wife singer-songwriter duo specializing in dream-inspired folk music. Daniel (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Faith (mandolin, bass, tenor banjo, vocals) tap into dreams and everyday life in crafting their original songs. They also perform select covers. The duo has released two CDs, Dreaming of Another Path (2010) and Simple Grace (2014), and an EP, Live at Rosindale (2011).

January 3, 2015:

Reggie Harris
Born in Philadelphia, a city rich in musical and cultural heritage, Reggie was exposed to a range of composers and musical genres. Reggie met his wife and musical partner Kim by chance at a summer camp in 1974, and began to develop their "Bach to Rock" musical approach, mixing classical, folk, gospel and jazz to their music of love, hope, freedom and empowerment. Tonight Reggie performs as a soloist while his soulmate, Kim is away at another event.

Pat Wictor
Pat Wictor burst on the folk and acoustic scene as an innovative slide guitarist known for doing fresh and memorable versions of traditional and contemporary songs. He's become a well-regarded singer and songwriter, creating material grounded in rural country, gospel, and blues. In recent years he's been touring nationally as one third of Brother Sun, the powerful harmonizing trio with Joe Jencks and Greg Greenway. Pat has lived in Venezuela, Holland, Norway, and England, which has given him an awareness of how people can take different paths to arrive at the same destination.

January 10, 2015:

A Celebration of Ray Korona
First Floor Assembly Hall
3:00-6:00 pm

Share a short memory or song.

Professor Louie & the Lewis Family
Professor Louie and Fast Eddie, two of PVC's most beloved performers, have brought together a few family members for a very special evening of music and poetry. Jeffrey Lewis and his brother Jack have played in Australia, Russia, China and all over Europe and the USA. You can catch Jordan Carlos doing live stand-up at comedy clubs all over NYC, or you can see him right now on MTV's Guy Code and Girl Code. Perry Robinson, multiple winner of the DownBeat International Jazz Poll, has played all over the world with musicans from Dave Brubek to Badal Roy to Charlie Haden. Joe Lewis is back from playing blues harp in Mexico with various Mexican rhythm and blues bands. Shayna Lewis is currently playing in Grupo Descarrilado, a hot Brooklyn-based salsa band. The Peoples' Voice was full the last time these guys played and we anticipate it will go from full to fuller this time.

January 17, 2015:

Photo: Irene Young

An Evening with Holly Near
Reflections in Story and Song

Holly Near is a singer, songwriter, record producer and teacher. Her powerful voice has creatively articulated the complexities of social change activism since the early seventies. With critical thinking as a major element in her songwriting, she has been a unifying force connecting the issues that so challenge the lives of activists, educators and community. In this special presentation, Holly Near speaks of her travels in the world weaving songs and stories into an entertaining, humorous and fragile web. She says, "Now that Pete Seeger, Odetta, Mary Travers, Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee, and so many other elders have left us, artists of my generation are no longer elders in training. We are the elders."

Holly is generously donating her share of the gate receipts to Action for Health in the Americas to support the work of Educación Popular en Salud in Chile.

January 24, 2015:

Closed for Peoples' Music Network Winter Gathering
in Greenfield, Massachusetts, January 23-25.

Register at:
See you there!

January 31, 2015:

David Kleiman Memorial
David Kleiman, singer, musician, genealogist, choral director, and much more, passed away in January 2013. A group of singers and musicians who played with David over the years is gathering to honor his memory, including Joy Bennett, Jan Christensen, Alison Kelley, Kate Kleiman, Chris Koldewey, Jen Larson, Ken Schatz, Chris Seymour, Ellen Weiss, Frank Woerner, and Heather Wood. Expect an evening of great chorus songs, shanties, and reminiscences. Performers' share of the proceeds will go to Kate, David's widow. Cosponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

And coming up...

Feb 7: Rod MacDonald

Feb 14: Women's Voices for Love & Freedom: Alice Farrell; Robbie Wedeen; MaryNell Morgan

Feb 21: Rep. Major Owens Memorial, produced by Chris Owens, with the Owens Brothers and others

Feb 28: MacDougal Street Rent Party Reunion

Mar 7: International Women's Day Celebration: SONiA of Disappear Fear

Mar 14: emma's revolution

Mar 21: Brooklyn Community Storytellers; Adele Rolider

Mar 28: Brooklyn Women's Chorus

Apr 11: Raging Grannies; Patricia Shih

Apr 18: Ray Korona Celebration & Tribute Concert, with the Ray Korona Band and others

Apr 25: Sally Campbell; Pat Lamanna

May 2: Anne Hills, Harmonic Insurgence

May 9: 2nd Annual Pete Seeger Sing Along (PVC benefit)

May 16: The Cost of Freedom: Kent & Jackson State 1970-2015.
A Commemorative Concert with emma's revolution, Magpie & Holly Near. Produced by Susie Erenrich. A project of the Cultural Center for Social Change and PVC.