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 fortieth year!

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Peoples Voice Cafe

Saturday, January 19, 2019, at 8pm: 6G Night: 3 Guys + 3 Guitars in the Round

Tom Smith
Tom grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a family where music was part of the fabric of everyday life, and also experienced the folk-quake of the Cambridge music scene of the sixties. He is a well-traveled singer/songwriter veteran who brings a rich and deep portfolio of finely-crafted songs delivered in a tastefully understated fashion and a dry wit guaranteed to put a smile on any face.

"It's a Grand New Day"

Gary Allard
Gary Allard is a soulful contemporary singer-songwriter. He continues to build his unique sound by extracting inspiration from a plethora of genres including pop, folk, gospel, R&B, and Caribbean music. He composes his lyrics from his own personal and social experiences, striving to connect with his audience through tender yet powerful emotional singing.

Joshua Garcia
Joshua Garcia is a folk-singer-songwriter whose music and writing style draw from the influences of his musical heroes Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash. He sings in a strong, confident baritone that harks back to the more purposeful voices of earlier folk, and his guitar picking is fluent in several bluesy styles. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Joshua now resides in Astoria, Queens.

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, students, and youth, the suggested contribution is $12.

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

Friday, January 25, 2019, at 7:30pm:

People's Music Network Winter Concert
This special concert in main sanctuary upstairs marks the beginning of the People's Music Network 2019 Winter Gathering in New York City, January 25-27. The concert features Francisco Herrera (PMN Artist-in-Residence), MacDougal Street Rent Party, Brooklyn Women's Chorus, Raymond Nat Turner, Jeremy Aaron, Lindsey Wilson, Dilson Hernandez, and Filthy Rotten System – all singing out for freedom, peace, human rights, social and economic justice, environmental protection, and more. If you register for the entire Winter Gathering, the concert is included at no additional charge. Otherwise tickets are $16 in advance or $20 at the door. Students or low income: $11 in advance or $15 at the door. Solidarity rate to help support PMN: $35. For more info write to or call 413-325-8570.

Please note that this concert is FRIDAY at 7:30 in the main sancturary upstairs!

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at 8pm:

Pamela Jean Agaloos
Pamela Jean is an active musician in the Irish/Scottish trad scene in New York City. Born to Filipino parents in a US Naval Base in Chicago, she has a background in musical theater in the Philippines where she lived until 2011. Although she is a frequent figure in the New York trad scene, Pamela makes Iona Brooklyn her session home, which has hosted and attracted top-notch talent from the city and around the world. She also participates in folk sings like Exceedingly Good Song Night and the Sunnyside Singers Club. Pamela is also a guest vocalist for the band New York Brogues who are the Saturday night fixture at Paddy Reilly on 29th and 2nd ave.

Twa Corbies
Twa Corbies is a duo of Alison Kelley (of the Johnson Girls, New York Packet, Ida Red, and NexTradition) and Anayis "AJ" Wright (Mystic Seaport, Norumbega Harmony). They embrace musical traditions spanning from the 12th century up to Gilbert and Sullivan. You'll find grim stories, resilient women, hysterical happenings, and darkly comic tales. They frequently sing a capella, sometimes accompanied by Anayis on concertina or Alison on the banjo. Dulcimers, guitars, banjoleles, dumbeks, vielle, and cello have been known to pop up as well. When not performing, they spend their time serenading an assortment of dogs and garden vegetables.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at 8pm:

Rod MacDonald
Rod MacDonald rose to prominence in NYC’s Greenwich Village in the 1980s, where he headlined Village clubs and co-founded the Greenwich Village Folk Festival. A recording and touring artist since 1983, he has released twelve CDs and and gives a hundred performances annually, dazzling audiences with his passionate singing and thought-provoking writing. His songs have been recorded by Shawn Colvin, Jonathan Edwards, Dave Van Ronk, Happy Traum, David Rowe, Four Bitchin’ Babes, Garnet Rogers, Joe Jencks, and many others. His latest CD, Beginning Again, was released in 2018. In 2014 he published his first novel, The Open Mike.

"American Jerusalem"

Joe Jencks
A 20-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, Joe Jencks delivers compelling musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Blending vivid songwriting with well-crafted instrumentals, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. A dual US-Irish citizen, Joe is deeply rooted in social justice work, and draws on many cultural and artistic reference points in his concerts. Co-founder of the band Brother Sun, Joe has also penned several #1 songs, including the ever–relevant "Lady of The Harbor." His latest CD is the award-winning The Forgotten: Recovered Treasures From The Pen of Si Kahn.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at 8pm:

Cole Quest & The City Pickers
Cole Quest and The City Pickers are a group of NYC musicians connected by friendship and a love of bluegrass. Cole Quest, grandson of folk icon Woody Guthrie, has brought together a collection of eclectic pickers who have gained recognition on the local scene. Performing Quest's original tunes and traditional favorites, The City Pickers bring their special brand of high-spirited talent and upbeat, knee-slapping energy to that old high lonesome sound.

Piedmont Bluz
The Piedmont Blūz are ambassadors of Country Blues music and the Piedmont style of fingerpicking, and their mission is to help preserve these rural, east coast traditions by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture. Besides tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song. This husband and wife duo were inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame in 2018.

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at 8pm:

Terry Kitchen & Mara Levine
"One of New England's best songwriters"-The Boston Globe (on Terry Kitchen)
"One of the best singers of her generation"-Christine Lavin (on Mara Levine)
"Together, Terry Kitchen and Mara Levine blend like honey and velvet."-Sol Zeller, The Borderline Folk Club
Terry and Mara have been making beautiful music together since 2008, combining his guitar and songwriting skills with her exquisite vocals and ear for harmony to perform both Terry's compositions and fresh takes on traditional and contemporary folk songs. They have released on EP and appeared on each other's solo albums, including Mara's latest, Facets of Folk and Terry's 2017 The Quiet Places.

Robin Greenstein
Robin is a singer-songwriter from NYC who mixes folk, pop, rock, blues, country and jazz into a style she calls "Acousticness." Imagine a female James Taylor; strong finger-picking, rootsy songs with sophisticated pop influences. Stong soulful singing and memorable original songs make a lasting impact on her audiences. You might hear a jazz standard, a blues song, or a instrumental banjo dance tune scattered among her original compositions.

And coming up...

Mar 2: Women's Voices: Beth DeSombre + Bev Grant

Mar 9: International Women's Day: Emily White + The Raging Grannies

Mar 16: Gerry Segal + Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick

Mar 23: The Siegel Family & Friends + Hudson Valley Sally

Mar 30: Reggie Harris + Pat Wictor

Apr 6: Anne Price + Steve Suffet

Apr 13: B (Oliver Esposito) + Lindsey Wilson

Apr 20: [Closed for Easter Weekend and Passover]

Apr 27: David Amram (Benefit Concert for PVC)

May 4: Pete Seeger Centennial Celebration

May 11: The Peace Poets + Pam Parker

May 18: Carolyn Hester

The Peoples' Voice Cafe's 2018-2019 season program is supported in part by grants from:

The Puffin Foundation

The Folk Music Society of New York

The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist
(Ethelwyn Doolittle Grant)