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

Upcoming Livestream Concerts: Nov. 14 and Dec. 19.

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.

Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 8pm:

Rock the Rainbow Election Concert ~ Livestream
Available at

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"

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.

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.

Previous Livestream Concerts:

Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 8pm:

Black Lives Matter ~ Livestream Concert
Available at

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.