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.

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Peoples Voice Cafe

Saturday, February 25, 2016, at 8pm: New Voices Night

Linnea Paton
Linnea Paton is the granddaughter of Folk Legacy founders Sandy and Caroline Paton and grew up surrounded by traditional folk music. She developed a love for singing at a very young age. True to her parents' and grandparents' legacy, Linnea plays traditional and contemporary songs and believes that singing together is a very important and very human way to connect with others. She is working to establish a stronger culture of singing in her generation and in new waves of activism. Her songs feature themes of climate justice, human migration, and political freedom.

Jonny Grave
Jonny Grave is a guitarist, songwriter, singer, bandleader, teacher, musical historian, journalist, photographer, and Bluesman from Washington DC. Growing up in a musical family steeped in traditional music, he started learning slide guitar techniques from old Blues records, and by seventeen he was performing them live. The distinct sound that Jonny Graveís music conjures is a resurrection of sorts, blending the styles of R. L. Burnside, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Johnson and Bukka White. His repertoire is made up of new arrangements of older Blues tunes and deep-rooted solid originals.

Pamela Jean Agaloos
Pamela Jean is a singer of traditional Scottish and Irish ballads. Sheís had opera training under Edgardo Crisol, and has performed in musical theater productions and pop orchestras in the Philippines. While studying at the New York Film Academy, she performed in cabarets. Recently, she sang with Donie Carroll and Gabriel Donohue at the Annual Mercy Centre Fundraiser. Pamela Jean is a neighbor of the Sunnyside Singerís Club at the Aubergine Cafe, and she sings with the Iona Scottish sessions every Monday night in Williamsburg.

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 the suggested contribution is $12.

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

Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 8pm:

New York City Labor Chorus
The New York City Labor Chorus, with 75 members representing over 20 labor unions and District Councils, promotes union solidarity through songs about 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.
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Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 8pm:

Camela Widad
Camela Widad is a little bit saintly, a little bit rock-n-roll, with a voice like honey and fire. Her songwriting delves straight to the core: full of beauty, heartbreak, truth and timeless wisdom, coupled with a voice that begets the sinner/saint quality. Her songs have a distinct Nashville flair; the hooks feel familiar and the melodies easy. Her latest record is Warriors of Love.

Alex Dobkin
Alix Dobkin started out as a professional folk singer in 1962 and came out ten years later as a professional Lesbian. Since then she's been writing, singing, and performing over several continents with stories and songs focusing on women in general and Lesbians in particular, sprinkled with material from Jerry Lewis, Broadway musical scores, Yiddish folk tradition, and more. Groundbreaking and controversial, she was dubbed "Womyn's music legend" by Spin Magazine and is sometimes referred to as "Head Lesbian" and "Her Dykeness" in her community. Alix has produced six albums and three CDs. She has written a songbook (out of print) and the Lambda Literary Award nominated My Red Blood: A Memoir of Growing Up Communist, Coming Onto the Greenwich Village Folk Scene, and Coming Out in the Feminist Movement. She is currently co-director of OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change).

Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 8pm:

Concetta Abbate
Concetta Abbate is a NYC-based violinist and songwriter. Her original songs are inspired by natural science, folk tales, poetry, everyday objects, fleeting sounds scarcely noticed, paper clips, a dusty book, bright fish in time. Little songs like little shells. Described as a "badass violinist" by Garrett Bryant (Hinged), Concetta is best known for her work with poets, dancers and writers of all kinds in the NYC area.

Peter Pasco
No one else plays guitar and racked harmonica like Peter Pasco, and no one writes songs like his. The melodies are unique and the lyrics subtly crafted, with novel metaphors and internal rhymes that delight the ear. His subject matter is moving and thought-provoking, reflecting an interesting life that began in Tallahassee, Florida, and has included folk groups and rock bands, an M.A. in English, and stints as a plant care specialist and a music therapist. His CD, The Breeze Before the Dawn, is not to be missed.

Photo by Jim Pica

Jennifer Richman
Jennifer Richman is a Brooklyn born and bred singer/songwriter with a penchant for uplifting lyrics and songs of inspiration. Her song "Beautiful Girl" spent over 30 weeks on Top 40 and Adult Contemporary Charts in 2010 and gained her nominations as Best Female Artist and Best New Artist by New Music Weekly. Follwing the positive reception of her first album, Flowers of Gold, Jennifer is currently recording her second one, with famed producer Mike Rogers.

Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 8pm:

Bev Grant & the Human Condition Reunion Concert
The Human Condition began as a political folk-rock band in the early seventies. Bev Grant, Jerry Mitnick and Mario Giacalone all contributed songs, and they played at community events and anti-war events in support of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War and other progressive/left political organizations, as well as venues like Folk City. By the eighties they had grown to become a multi-national, multi-genre group reflecting the diverse cultures of NYC, singing in many different languages. They recorded two albums and played together until 1991.

And coming up...

Apr 1:Lavender Light + Taina Asili

Apr 8:Third Annual Ray Korona Song Night

Apr 15:Closed for Easter Weekend

Apr 22:Book Launch: Grassroots Leadership & The Arts For Social Change

Apr 29:Bing Futch

May 6:Spoken Word Night: Thelma Thomas + The Bread Is Rising Poetry Collective

May 13:Skinner & T'witch + Vincent Cross

May 20:Jean Ritchie Tribute Concert (performers to be announced)

The Peoples' Voice Cafe's 2016-2017 season program is supported in part by an Ethelwyn Doolittle Grant from the Community Church of New York (Unitarian-Universalist).