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, September 28, 2019, at 8pm:

Rachael Sage
Rachael Sage has released a slew of vibrant, dynamic alt-pop albums with poetic lyrics spanning subjects as wide as her inspirations. Raised on classical music, doo-wop, 70s folk and British pop, Sage possesses a rare combination of musical ingenuity, visual dynamism and emotional insight. Her songs are cinematic and beautiful, lush and laced with orchestral surprises. Her newest offering, PseudoMyopia, explores themes of government surveillance, environmental protection and female empowerment. Sage is touring in collaboration with the charity Vision Aid Overseas, which provides optical aid in Africa.
"Her keen, ironic sense of humor and quirky sense of the profound is what makes her special as a songwriter."


Ellen Bukstel
Ellen expresses her imagination with her beautiful voice, guitar and keyboard. Her award-winning songs chronicle the joys and sorrows of a colorful tapestry still being woven. She conveys love and a depth of concern for the ever-increasing threats to our world and to our rights. She conveys this to the audience through a brave, humorous, earthy connection between the world of musical performance and the role of the bard from which the most powerful and relevant strand of folk music derives its roots.

"Who's the Pusher Now?"

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, October 5, 2019, at 8pm: Maritime Music Night

The Johnson Girls
The Johnson Girls have been a force on the folk and maritime music scene for over two decades as the leading all-woman, a cappella maritime group in the world. Internationally acclaimed for their powerhouse performances of rousing work songs, haunting ballads, and hair-raising harmonies, they sweep their audiences along in a tidal fervor. Joy Bennett, Alison Kelley, Bonnie Milner, and Deirdre Murtha each bring a special influence to the group as they pursue their mission of keeping chantey singing alive, bringing womenís voices to the fore, and encouraging everyone to join in the revelry. Come join in the fun!

"Fare You Well"

Quarterdeck hails from a wide variety of folk music backgrounds, including English, Irish, and old-time American, with a focus on the maritime and worksong tradition. Alan Short, Heidi Slaney, and Deirdre Murtha also come from a choral background, and thus have spent a good part of their lives singing and relishing in harmonies. Sean Murtha was drawn originally by the instrumental music tradition but was soon infected by the harmony singing as well. Collectively, they sing all over the Northeast, leading and attending regular singing circles. They share a love of history and storytelling through song, social singing, and otherwise playing their part in keeping the folk music tradition alive and well. As "links in the chain," they enjoy sharing good songs not just today, but passing them on to those who will be singing them for many years to come.

Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 8pm:

Dave Lippman
Audiences of all ages and hair styles have thrilled to the post-corporate comic stylings of satirical songster Dave Lippman. The investigative songwriter afflicts the complacent, takes the air out of the windbags, de-distorts history, and updates worn-out songs with parody and thrust. Specializing in passionate, comedic original songs and unsingable singalongs set to familiar tunes, he presents a swirl of multimedia images so no one will bother watching him grow older onstage. Itís a multimedia romp through recent generations of social justice activism, near-wins, and windmills tilted at.

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.

"There's Gonna Be Some Changes Made"

Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 8pm:

Jake Blount
Jake Blount is a fiddler, banjoist, singer and scholar based in Takoma Park, MD. He has studied with modern masters of old-time music, including Bruce Molsky, Judy Hyman (of the Horse Flies), and Rhiannon Giddens and Hubby Jenkins (Carolina Chocolate Drops). In 2016, Blount became the first Black person to make the finals at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, WV, and the first to win in the traditional band category. The following year, he received his B.A. in Ethnomusicology from Hamilton College and released his debut EP, Reparations, with award-winning fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves. He has recently released a CD, toured Scandinavia, and opened several shows for Rhiannon Giddens. Tonight he will be accompanied by Ethan Hawkins.

"John Henry"

Bob Malenky
Bob Malenky is steeped in the blues and country of the twenties through the fifties--what Dave Van Ronk used to call neo-ethnic music. As a teenager he met and learned from Lightnin' Hopkins, and later took a guitar lesson from Muddy Waters and sat in with his band. He also toured and recorded with Sonny Terry, and taught World Folk Music at CCNY for many years. Tonight he'll do a mixed bag of traditional songs, blues, old labor songs, perhaps a pop standard and probably a Yiddish song.

"Dallas Blues"

Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 8pm:

New York City Labor Chorus
The New York City Labor Chorus, with 75 members representing over 20 labor unions and District Councils, was founded in 1991. The chorus promotes worker solidarity by expressing through song the history and ongoing struggles of unions and working people 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. NYC Labor Chorus has an international reputation as the premier multi-cultural and multi-generational labor chorus in the United States. It is a powerful cultural tool in the arsenal of workers. Wherever the struggle for people's rights is being waged, the Chorus will be there. You will enjoy an evening of delightful and rousing singing.

Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 8pm:

Peoples' Voice Cafe 40th Anniversary Celebration!
Since November 1979 the Peoples' Voice Cafe has been providing a venue for singers, musicians, poets, storytellers, and other performing artists, all of whom have something important to say and the voice with which to say it. This 40th Anniversary Celebration will feature people who have kept the PVC going throughout the years, including Sally Campbell, Mike Glick, Judy Gorman, Robin Greenstein, Barry Kornhauser, Susan Lippman, Viktoriya Pinskaya, Anne Price, Ivice Rose, Vicki Rovere, Steve Suffet, Thelma Thomas, Lindsey Wilson, and possibly others. 100% of the evening's proceeds will go to benefit the Peoples' Voice Cafe as it looks forward to the next 40 years.

Suggested 40th Anniversary contribution: $40 (this night only)
Regular suggested contribution: $20
PVC subscribers or sustainers: $12
FMSNY members, students or youth: $12
More if you can, less if you can't. No one turned away.

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"The Peoples' Voice Cafe Anthem"

And coming up...

Nov 9: Concetta Abbate + Bruce Markow

Nov 16: Country Voices / City Voices: Carrie & Michael Kline + Triboro

Nov 23: Vocal Traditions Night: Windborne + Asaran Earth Trio

Dec 7: Charlie King & Annie Patterson

Dec 14: Sherry Mestel Memorial Concert

Dec 21: The Blackbird Trilogy

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)