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, 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"

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 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"

Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 8pm:

Concetta Abbate
Concetta Abbate is a New York City-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.


Bruce Markow
"Infectious, irresistible, memorable and tons of fun" "World-class!" "Riveting," say critics and peers. Singer-songwriter Bruce Markow nourishes heart, soul and consciousness with his unique, evocative Folk'n'Roll: Traditional folk, 60s/70s rock, jazz, Afro-Brazilian and JS Bach-infused songs that inspire audiences to sing along Ė and leave singing. Embodying his passionate, playful and artfully-crafted creations, Bruce's inviting voice conveys both our hunger for a world of greater peace, truth and love, and our deep capacity for joy. Tonight Bruce plays guitar, grand piano and Appalachian dulcimer and teaches you to sing like a mango. "Eloquent, sensitive and full of heart" "Hot! Amazingly tasty!"
(Note: Website is under partial reconstruction. Store items are not currently available in listed formats.)

"Box Before My Time"

Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 8pm: Country Voices, City Voices
Cosponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

Painting by Michael Doig

Carrie & Michael Kline
Michael and Carrie Kline weave West Virginia stories and folklore with spine tingling harmonies on voice and guitar. They live and breathe Appalachian music and culture. Their voices carry the songs with truth and authenticity. The Klines present their music both as entertainment and social history, with engaging ease and hard-hitting passion. They have spent years recording music and spoken narratives from Cherokee, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. They have documented the southern mountain experience and music in industrial cities from Cincinnati to New England.

Photo by Martin Hason

Triboro hails from the boroughs of New York, but looks beyond the Hudson to other places and other times for songs and inspiration. They are an acoustic vocal trio that applies fine three-part harmony to an eclectic mix of musical genres: old-time, new-time, Carter Family, country, Western, bluegrass, Hawaiian, and beyond. Phyllis Elkind (Manhattan) plays guitar. Don Friedman (Brooklyn) plays guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Evy Mayer (The Bronx) plays guitar, ukelele and percussion. Founded in 1998, Triboro still takes pleasure in finding a great new song, working out harmonies and arrangements, and making it their own.

"Orphan Girl"

Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 8pm: Vocal Traditions Night
Cosponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

Windborne is a group of vocal chameleons who specialize in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between drastically different styles of traditional music. Their musical knowledge spans many continents and cultures, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions. Praised for "the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements," Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.

"I Can Hew"

Asaran Earth Trio
A collective of vocalists from different corners of the globe, Asaran Earth Trio is dedicated to singing beautiful multicultural music. Asaran came together out of the desire to take their traditions in new directions, combining folk elements of each member's history with the adventure of group improvisation. Asaran features Anne Boccato from Brazil, Artemisz Polonyi from Hungary, and Lorena Del Mar from Spain. "Outstandingly expressive!" - World Music Central. "Spectacular harmonies!" - Songlines.

"Quando Veo Hijo Hermoso"

Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 8pm:

Charlie King & Annie Patterson
Join us for an evening of powerful singing with Charlie King and Annie Patterson. Charlie's witty political satire and his uncanny ability to find endearing songs about struggle and the human experience are a natural fit with Annie's own performing and sing-along work. Annie is the co-creator of Rise up Singing and the 2015 sequel Rise Again. She is an accomplished performer of traditional Appalachian and Celtic music and contemporary singer/songwriter material. Charlie and Annie together are infectious song leaders accompanying each other on banjo, guitar, harmonica, and mandolin. Their new live album Step by Step was released in February.

"Shuttle and Loom"

And coming up...

Dec 14: Sherry Mestel Memorial Concert

Dec 21: The Blackbird Trilogy

Jan 4: Benefit Concert for Eco-Logic/WBAI

Jan 11: Jess Clinton + Diana Jones

Jan 18: Trans-Atlantic Hoot: Skinner & T'witch + Three Guys from Queens

Feb 1: Jenna Lindbo + Ruth Hill

Feb 8: Rod MacDonald + Joe Jencks

Feb 15: Gary Allard + TBA

Feb 22: Lonnie Harrington + Clare Horgan

Feb 29: Judy Gorman + Deborah Silverstein

Mar 7: Women Songwriters Night: Pat Lamanna, Sharleen Leahey, Lindsey Wilson & Carolann Solebello

Mar 14: Shawna Caspi + Lydia Adams Davis

Mar 21: TBA

Mar 28: Welcome Spring! Poetry & Music Extravaganza with Fred Arcoleo & others

April 4: Sara Trunzo + Dian Killian & 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)