The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse offering live entertainment in New York City,
presenting folk, blues, jazz, rap, poetry, storytelling, theater & dance since 1979.

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Peoples Voice Cafe

Alcohol-free ~ Fully Wheelchair Accessible

Because of the pandemic, PVC will be unable to host
in-person concerts at least through Spring, 2021.
We hope to reopen physically for in-person performances in
September, 2021, depending on state and local policies.
In the meantime, we will present monthly online concerts.

Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 8pm:

Immigrant Voices (Livestream Concert)
We request a $12 contribution to help support these performers, whose usual access to public performance spaces has been limited by Covid. As PVC has a "nobody turned away" policy, we will also be live-streaming the concert at no charge on our Facebook page.

You can help us spread the word by clicking on "Going" or "Interested" on the Facebook Event Page.

Dan Milner
Dan Milner, born into an Irish family, first heard traditional ballads sung by his father, William Milner of Birmingham, England. At the age of 16, he was introduced to maritime songs by his elder brother, Liam Milner. Dan lived in three countries--England, Ireland, and Canada--before moving to New York. He has sung at many major festivals in Europe and America, and has made five CDs, including the Indie-nominated Irish Pirate Ballads (Smithsonian Folkways). His latest book is The Unstoppable Irish: Songs and Integration of the New York Irish (Notre Dame Press).

"The Flying Cloud" and "Rio Grande"

Mario Cancel-Bigay
Mario Cancel-Bigay is a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, poet and PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at Columbia University. He is an expert on the Puerto Rican national guitar, the cuatro, which he has been playing for 25 years. His songs, composed in Spanish and English, are influenced by Latin American nueva canción, Puerto Rican jíbaro (peasant) music, rock, jazz, blues, and American protest music. Often, Mario sings poems that he sets music to. His lyrics address anticolonialism, social justice and global south solidarity, in addition to questioning gender constructs and celebrating Afro-Caribbean legacies.

"Jíbaro Urbano"

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. She participates in folk sings like Exceedingly Good Song Night and the Sunnyside Singers Club, and is also a guest vocalist for the band New York Brogue. Although a frequent figure in the Manhattan trad scene, Pamela makes Iona Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn her session home, which has hosted and attracted top-notch talent from the city and around the world.

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.

Previous Livestream Concerts:

Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 8pm:

Black Lives Matter ~ Livestream Concert
Watch now:

Dilson Hernandez
Dilson is a genre-merging artist from the Bronx. His talents include creative writing, playing various instruments, spoken-word poetry, singing, audio engineering, and beat making. Dilson wishes to change the world with his art and community work, striving for a more progressive and creative future. His adventures towards that end include music workshops in public schools, advocating in courtrooms for incarcerated youth, teaching English in Haiti, and building dorms for children in rural India.

"Hip Hop x South Bronx"

Suzanne Schmid with Your Reckless Mind
Jamaican-born singer-songwriter Suzanne Schmid was raised in Albany, NY, and educated in Chapel Hill, NC. While Suzanne Vega, Natalie Merchant, Paul Simon, Ani Difranco and Tracy Chapman formed the soundtrack of her youth, her songwriting is also influenced by the North Carolina songscape, especially old-time, bluegrass, and country music. Suzanne's solo release, The Field Hand (2016), is a foray into folk, old-time, roots, reggae, and light rock. Together with Philadelphia indie-folk group Your Reckless Mind (Benjamin Le and Sam Leibowitz), Suzanne performs original songs, songs by favorite artists, and traditional songs learned along the way.


Lindsey Wilson
Lindsey Wilson is a superb singer/songwriter who has her feet planted in several worlds; first with her jazz group Lindsey Wilson & The Human Hearts, and widely in the folk world both solo and with Dian Killian, Lara Herskovitch, Bev Grant and many others. Lately she has hooked up with Guinean singer Natu Camara to tour throughout the US and Africa. Lindsey Wilson, leader of the Human Hearts Trio, is a singer-songwriter with a flair for nostalgia and a memorable mix of 70s-style urban folk rock and conscientious lyrics. She embraces issues of the heart and mind through love songs, protest tunes and lyrics of empowerment. Her influences include Odetta, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, and Carole King.

Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 8pm:

Rock the Rainbow Election Concert ~ Livestream
Watch now:

The Nields
The Nields have been lighting up the indie circuit since 1991. They have been lauded for their gorgeous sibling harmonies, their wise folk/pop songs, their banter on stage, their warmth in performance, and engagement with their fans. Their twentieth album, November--with a newsprint cover--is full of songs inspired by the headlines. Though the songs tackle critical issues--the climate crisis ("The Kids Always Get It"), the situation at the border ("Goodbye, Mexico," "Jesus Was a Refugee"), the fragility of our democracy ("America the Beautiful") --the message of hope pulses through each track, a strong and steady heartbeat.

"Tyrants Always Fall"

26-year-old writer Sav-B, a rapper with a foundation in poetry, is a force to be heard. His lyrics take you on a trip into real life through his firsthand experience and storytelling ability. As a poetry slam champion, Tedx speaker, and recording artist, Sav-B shares his truth to report love from the underground and inspire people. His sound is truthful and powerful; it can't stop and won't be stopped. His voice brings abundance and empowers his listeners to "Start1st". Before you overthink and doubt yourself just take the leap. Formulate a plan and get to it. Control your mind, and you control your world.

Sol y Canto
Rosi and Brian Amador founded the Pan-Latin ensemble Sol y Canto in 1994, and before that were co-founders of Flor de Caña. They perform songs from the Nueva Canción tradition, creative arrangements of beloved Latin classics, and Brian's originals, which are distinguished by poetic lyrics, diverse styles and surprising twists. The Amadors can make you dance, laugh, cry and sigh all in one concert.

"Ayúdame a Mirar"

Saturday, November 14, 2020, at 8pm: Hard Times and Rising Up - Livestream Concert
Watch now:

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.

Jendog Lonewolf
Jendog Lonewolf is a Two Spirit BlackNative Photographer, Hip Hop Lyricist, and Cultural Worker from Bushwick, Brooklyn. She has gracefully shared stages with Harry Belafonte, Nile Rodgers, Desmond Tutu, Joan Baez, and Rah Digga; worked with Grammy winner Dan Zanes on two Hip Hop/Folk songs including a Lead Belly tribute for Smithsonian Institute's Folkways Records; toured South Africa, Sri Lanka, UK, Toronto, US, and Cambodia with her Partner-in-Art & Love, YaliniDream, as the duo Brooklyn Dreamwolf. Jendog is a proud member of The People's Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle.

"Supper Sufferers"

Ruth Pelham
Ruth Pelham is a nationally known singer, songwriter, and educator whose songs embody the spirit of community. Filling the stage with humor, warmth and spontaneity, she gets audiences singing, clapping, tapping and feeling like a room full of longtime friends and family. Pete Seeger called her "one of America's greatest songwriters," and audiences describe her as charismatic, mesmerizing, and inspiring. Ruth is also the founder and director of Music Mobile, an educational arts organization which presents innovative programs that foster a love of music and creative arts, promote cooperation, build self esteem, and revitalize neighborhoods and communities.

Saturday, December 19, 2020, at 8pm:

Peace Concert (Livestream)
Watch now:

Pat Lamanna
Pat's songs have a strong folk influence, and cover issues such as peace, religion and the environment. Pat is a 2019 winner of the South Florida Folk Festival songwriting contest. She has three solo albums to her credit. One of her songs, "Peace Pilgrim," is featured in part on Pete Seeger's last album, Pete Seeger: The Storm King. Pat is thrilled to be back, virtually, at the People's Voice Cafe, one of her favorite venues.

"Fearless Girl"

Charlie King
Charlie has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century, and has been writing songs for over 40 years. Charlie's witty political satire and his uncanny ability to find endearing songs about struggle and the human experience won him the 2017 Phil Ochs Award and numerous other honors. Tonight he will deliver humor, hope and healing through love songs, inspiring anthems, and incendiary broadsides.

"Send in the Drones"

The Peace Poets
The Peace Poets are family born of Hip Hop, heart, and hope in New York City. Some have been friends since as early as three years old and over time they have built an artist collective of poets, Hip Hop performers, and educators founded on this friendship and their common love for community and creative expression. Grounded in the power of personal narratives and community, The Peace Poets create and have shared Spoken Word poetry, rap, and Movement Music that responds to social and political crisis in over 40 countries.

"Everything Is Possible"

The Peoples' Voice Cafe
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)

Community Church of New York U.U.
40 East 35th St. (between Madison & Park)
New York, NY, 10016
Cafe entrance is at the far right of the building, at street level.


to 33rd St. (2 1/2 blocks to the church)
to 34th Street/Herald Square (3 1/2 blocks)

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