The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse offering
quality entertainment in New York City.

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The Peoples' Voice Cafe is sad to announce the death, in late 2014, of Ray Korona, who was a guiding spirit of the Café 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.
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.

September 19, 2015:

Gathering Time is like a high-energy Peter, Paul & Mary or a co-ed Crosby, Stills & Nash, with various parts of The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and America; a head-turning folk-rock harmony trio described as "getting a whole beehive-full of buzz" on the northeast regional folk scene. Stuart Markus, Hillary Foxsong, and Gerry McKeveny are known for "harmonies that can charm the birds out of the trees" and "having a ball on stage!"

The Lords of Liechtenstein is a New York City-based folk music duo composed of two brothers. Noah (ukulele/vocals) and Dan (guitar/tenor banjo/vocals) Rauchwerk have wowed audiences all over the East Coast with their tight harmonies, thought-provoking lyrics, and baffling affinity for argyle sweater vests. Their music recalls the style of the male duo groups of the 1950s and 60s. Mark Miller of Urban H2O says "They are like the Everly Brothers with an attitude." But don't take his word for it! See for yourself at

September 26, 2015:

Founded by Pete Seeger in 1984 as a musical arm of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the Walkabout Clearwater Chorus has been going strong ever since, performing at venues as diverse as environmental festivals, peace rallies, the NYC subways, prisons and halfway houses. They were headline performers at a festival in Germany and performed with Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul & Mary fame) on a PBS special and at the Clearwater Festival. Their CD We Have A Song! features many songs written by their members and friends, and they were featured in two songs on the Grammy-winning Pete Seeger at 89 CD. Walkabout is a true "people’s chorus" made up of folks who love to sing and work hard at keeping alive the legacy of activist music.

October 3, 2015:

Andy Cohen has been on the road fifty years and shows no signs of slowing down. Andy is known for his virtuoso renditions of Golden Age Blues and Gospel numbers and Old-Time benchmarks, but more than that, he carries a deep knowledge of Southern music, stem to stern, and a sympathy with the people of the South. Expect some hot picking, of course, along with blind men's blues, the agonies of rural ministers grappling with the blues, the medicine show pitchmen's blues, the blues writ large and small, the blues of mountain men and tough women. It's all there.

Photo by Bibiana Huang Matheis

The Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo is dedicated to the preservation of Country Blues and the Piedmont style, and their mission is to help keep this rural, east coast tradition alive by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture through musical entertainment. They have been enthralling audiences at venues along the east coast from Woodstock, NY to Tybee Island, GA, and are much loved wherever they go. The husband and wife duo feel that "there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said." So in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song.

October 10, 2015:

Old friends Rik Palieri and Rick Nestler, proponents of the "Hudson River School of Music," take the stage as a duo for an evening filled with songs both old and new, familiar and obscure, and from poignant to just plain zany! Playing individually and together in various combinations on guitars, banjos, ukulele, Native American flute, Ozark Mouth bow, autoharp and perhaps even the Polish bagpipe, there will be plenty of chances for singing along, foot tapping, knee slapping, and belly laughing!

David Laibman brings together an exciting variety of people’s music, all wrapped around with colorful commentary and creative instrumental guitar techniques. He is an innovative ragtime guitarist, with a classic Folkways album The New Ragtime Guitar (with Eric Schoenberg, 1970), and most recently Adventures in Ragtime. He has released two DVDs, The Guitar Artistry of David Laibman and Play the Classic Rags of Scott Joplin, James Scott & Joseph Lamb. Inspiration for this evening's set comes from Pete Seeger; several songs will be in remembrance. David will play some new ragtime compositions, and fingerstyle (not classical!) renditions of classical works. He'll reach deep into the English folk tradition, and reserves the right to come up with a surprise or two! Expect to participate: there are songs that just require many voices to work.

October 17, 2015:

After a year-long battle with ovarian cancer, singer-songwriter and activist Jolie Rickman died in January 2005. A dedicated student of feminism, nonviolence and direct action, Jolie was in part inspired to music after studying with Coretta Scott King at the King Center in Atlanta. Years later Jolie left a doctoral program at Syracuse University to devote herself to music and social change. As a result, Jolie's music and spirit reached out, offering her revolutionary spirit of creativity, love and compassion to untold thousands around the United States and abroad. Tonight's performers (to be announced) will honor her music and achievements.

October 24, 2015:

Photo by Bob Curtis

New York-based cultural worker Bev Grant sings what Woody Guthrie once called "hard-hitting songs for hard-hit people", yet she celebrates the joyful things in life with equal fervor and balances them off with stoicism and strength in the face of adversity. Bev is a contemporary folk veteran, a topical songwriter with heart and edge, telling life stories that celebrate South African grandmothers on a soccer team, salute a solitary old man who just won't leave his mountaintop in West Virginia, the trials of living above a crazy neighbor, and the personal feelings about family and failed relationships. Bev is also the founder and director of the Brooklyn Women's Chorus, and tours with her one-hour multi-media show “We Were There!” about women's labor history. You can read Bev's story in Smithsonian/Folkways Magazine Summer/Fall 2014.

Lara Herscovitch's music is an original blend of modern folk with blues, jazz, and pop influences, sung with a voice "clear and smooth like expensive liquor." Former Connecticut State Troubadour, Lara has appeared as a guest on A Prairie Home Companion and tours Maine to Miami. She has worked in the US, Latin America and Asia on behalf of disadvantaged individuals. focusing on education, community development, and juvenile justice. Echoes of these themes resonate throughout her music. "Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch doesn't write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart and soul." (Daily Journal, Tupelo MS)

October 31, 2015:

A singer, guitarist, and actor originally from County Cork, Donie Carroll has long been a fixture on the New York Irish music scene. Together with the late fiddler Andy McGann, Donie anchored the long running and internationally famous Saturday night music session at the former Kate Kearney’s pub. Donie has also been a stalwart with NYU’s Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra. Most recently he organized the highly regarded Wednesday night Sunnyside Singers Club and Friday night Irish session at the Aubergine Cafe in Woodside, Queens.

Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter was born in County Galway, Ireland, and is currently based in Philadelphia. He performs mostly on guitar and piano but also plays many more instruments from bouzouki/mandolin to Irish and exotic percussion. For many years he performed with the Chieftains.

And Coming Up:

Nov 7: The Siegel Family

Nov 14: Emma's Revolution

Nov 21: Danny Savyon; David Cadaqu; Ron Duncan

Nov 28: (Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend)

Dec 5: Charlie King

Dec 12: Lydia Adams David; Ubaka Hill

Dec 19: Guy Davis

Dec 26: (Closed for Holidays)

Jan 2: Lois Morton; Sue Jeffers

Jan 9: Reggie Harris & Pat Wictor

Jan 16: Marie Mularczyk O'Connell & the Mountain Maidens; Norris Bennett

Jan 23: Kevin Nathaniel; Owens Brothers Band

Jan 30: (Closed for People's Music Network Winter Gathering in Albany, NY)

Feb 6: Alix Dobkin; DK and the Joy Machine

Feb 13: Rod MacDonald

Feb 20: Ben Grosscup; Chris Seymour

Feb 27: Hawaiian Music & Dance Night

Mar 5: Filthy Rotten System; second act TBA

Mar 12: Carolyn Hester with Amy & Karla Blume

Mar 19: Colleen Kattau & Some Guys; Hudson River Rose

Mar 26: (Closed for Easter Weekend)

Apr 2: Pat Lamanna; Elaine Romanelli

Apr 16: TBA

Apr 23: (Closed for Passover)

Apr 30: Professor Louie & the Lewis Family

May 7: Women in Story & Song: Thelma Thomas; Robin Greenstein

May 14: Joel Landy; Steve Suffet

May 21: Matt Jones/Phil Ochs Tribute with Magpie