The Peoples' Voice Cafe
239 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012 / 212-787-3903

PVC is an alternative coffeehouse offering live and live-stream entertainment in New York City,
presenting folk, blues, jazz, rap, poetry, spoken word, storytelling, theater and dance since 1979.
We shine a spotlight on social issues and artists from underrepresented cultures.

Peoples Voice Cafe

Alcohol-free ~ Fully Wheelchair Accessible

Masks are Required

  • We offer KN95 or other high quality masks to everyone entering.
  • We use three HEPA air purifiers within the Assembly Hall.
  • We have suspended the sale of food or drink, and there should be no eating on the premises.
  • We offer livestream shows whenever possible.

  • Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 8pm:

    Young Voices Night

    In Person Tickets        Livestream Tickets

    Brie Kelly
    Brie Kelly is an enormously talented unaccompanied singer whose vast repertoire includes both traditional and contemporary folk songs. You might just find her at the Exceedingly Good Song Night, the Sunnyside Folk Club, or one of the other singers' sessions in and around New York City.

    Lindsey Smith
    Lindsey Smith (she/they) is a reformed classically-trained singer who dropped into Ken Schatz's Exceedingly Good Song Night on a whim sometime in 2015 and has been involved in the New York folk community since. A proud union member, they are especially interested in folk songs as the oral history of the working class. Lindsey sings mostly unaccompanied songs about ghosts, love, capitalism, revenge, and Texas, where she grew up (nominally).

    "The Unquiet Grave"

    Lissa Michalak
    Lissa Michalak loves songs that make her laugh, stick in her head, or send chills down her spine. She has performed solo and unaccompanied as well as with friends and guitars since the mid-1980s. She uses her rich knowledge of human movement, expression, and anatomy to enhance both her vocal sound and physical performance.

    Tonight's concert is co-sponsored by The Folk Music Society of New York

    Judson Memorial Church
    Assembly Hall (not the main sanctuary on West 4th St.)
    239 Thompson Street, between West 3rd and West 4th Streets
    New York NY 10012


    to West 4th St./Washington Square - south exit
    Walk three blocks east to Thompson Street; turn left. (3 minutes)

    All shows start at 8 PM, Saturdays. Doors open at 7:15.
    No reservations, so come early to be assured a seat.

    Suggested contribution: $20. Friends of PVC*: $12. Students & Youth: $12
    Folk Music Society of NY Members: $12. Judson Memorial Church Members: $12
    More if you choose, less if you can't. No one turned away for lack of money.
    * Friends of PVC include monthly sustainers, regular volunteers, Collective members,
    Fall 2023-Spring 2024: performers and people who donate at least $30.

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

    Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 8pm:

    In Person Tickets        Livestream Tickets

    Barbara Rosica
    Barbara Rosica was active in the 1960s Philadelphia folk music scene while still a child, performing at the Second Fret, the Gilded Cage, and the Main Point, where she once opened for Phil Ochs. She also appeared regularly on Gene Shay's radio program. When she was a teen, her family moved to Montreux, Switzerland and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands where Barbara performed locally. She then pursued careers in acting and higher education. For the past few years she has been studying blues and roots music with Bob Malenky.

    Eric Kilburn
    In the 80s, Eric Kilburn played regularly at legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, opening for Shawn Colvin, Tracy Chapman and Eric Andersen before becoming a headliner. His songs were covered by Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger. Eric started a family in 1989 and changed focus from performing to building Wellspring Sound, now one of the largest studios in New England. In 2019 he recorded My Own Mistakes, his first album in 30 years, a song cycle starting with the reflections of an expectant father and concluding with a story of being the oldest man at the Thanksgiving table. These new songs earned Eric a spot at Kerrville's New Folk Songwriting contest. During the pandemic he recorded Reckonings, featuring songs dealing with racial justice in America, as well as several humorous and ironic songs about life and relationships in the 21st century.

    Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 8pm:

    Le Ombre di Rosso
    The Venetian band Le Ombre di Rosso was born from the collaboration of composer Andrea Alzetta and singer-songwriter and music scholar Fabio Fantuzzi. Their first album, Momenti di Lucidità (2016), was praised by the critics and led to multiple tours in Europe, Canada, and the US. In 2020, they began a collaboration with Italian-American poet Luciano Cecchinel, putting to music his poems about the Italian diaspora. Mixing gyspy and Balkan flavors into their elegantly retro, folky songs, we think you'll find Le Ombre di Rosso unique and enchanting.

    "Hey Vecchio Pazzo"

    Photo by Matt Dine

    Guadalupe Peraza
    Mexican mezzo-soprano, artistic director and arts promoter Guadalupe Peraza has performed internationally on both concert and opera stages. She has participated in various productions at New York City Opera, and Bard Summerscape, and has sung at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and Lincoln Center. She is the creator of Mexamorphosis, a cross-cultural music production that showcases connections between contemporary regional Mexican styles and early European music, drawing out the not-so-latent influences from Iberia and West Africa.

    "Così mi disprezzate"

    Saturday, March 23, 2024, at 8pm:

    Photo by Lyn Burnstine

    Women in Song and Struggle
    Join folksingers Pat Lamanna, Lydia Adams Davis and Sharleen Leahey as we celebrate women's 72-year struggle for suffrage from the 1840s to the present. As The Herstorians, the trio travelled the northeast performing songs and telling stories to reveal our long-buried herstory with drama, humor and passion. In addition to historical songs, each artist, an accomplished songwriter and recording artist, will share original tunes which will send you home uplifted and inspired.

    Pat Lamanna is an award-winning folksinger-songwriter living in the Hudson River Valley. With a particular interest in historical songs and stories, she has given musical presentations on women's suffrage, Catskill Mountain lore, civil rights, peace, and legendary folksingers such as Woody Guthrie, Malvina Reynolds, and Pete Seeger.

    "Singer of Songs"

    Lydia Adams Davis is a veteran of the New York folk music scene. A relaxed and warm-voiced balladeer, Lydia brings an improvisational flair to her original and traditional songs. Called "a splendid performer" by the New York Times, she has shared stages with legends such as Pete Seeger and Dar Williams.

    "Song of Life"

    Sharleen Leahey is a singer-songwriter, recording artist and peace activist. She has recorded three collections of original songs including her most recent release, For the 99. Sharleen performs a unique blend of original and classic folksongs for diverse audiences which include peace and environmental groups, festivals and community coffeehouses.

    "Sister Mine"

    Tonight's concert is co-sponsored by The Folk Music Society of New York.

    Saturday, March 30, 2024:

    Closed for Easter

    And Coming Up...

    Apr 6: Atiba Wilson + DuPrée

    Apr 13: Thelma Thomas & Pearls of Wisdom

    Apr 20: Dilson Hernandez + Ben Bath

    Apr 27: Val Kinzler + Billygoat

    May 4: Violizzy Taub + Kim Wallach

    May 11: Genny Haley & Steve Suffet: 60th Year Reunion (Co-sponsored by FMSNY)

    May 18: Season Finale with Fred Arcoleo and friends

    Help The Peoples' Voice Cafe!

    We are making great progress towards our fundraising goal!
    A heart-felt thanks to all who have contributed so far.
    If you can help, please click here.

    The Peoples' Voice Cafe is supported in part by the generosity of

    Judson Memorial Church

    The Folk Music Society of New York

    PVC Solidarity Statement Against Racism

    Peoples' Voice Cafe, started in 1979 by members of Songs of Freedom and Struggle, carries forward the vision of using songs and performing arts to support the struggle for peace and justice.

    All are impacted by the history and ongoing practice of systemic racism in this country and the continuing brutal murders of Black Americans by police.

    We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, outraged by the many faces of racism found in education, healthcare, housing, jobs, poverty, criminal justice, and voting. All must be free to move about in the "land of the free" without suspicion, harassment, or arrest.

    Peoples' Voice Cafe stands committed to speak out, sing out, and work against racism, white supremacy, and indifference.