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.

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Peoples Voice Cafe

Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 8pm:

Bev Grant & the Human Condition Reunion Concert
The Human Condition began as a political folk-rock band in the early seventies. Bev Grant, Jerry Mitnick and Mario Giacalone all contributed songs, and they played at community events and anti-war events in support of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War and other progressive/left political organizations, as well as venues like Folk City. By the eighties they had grown to become a multi-national, multi-genre group reflecting the diverse cultures of NYC, singing in many different languages. They recorded two albums and played together until 1991.

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 the suggested contribution is $12.

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

Saturday, April 1st, 2017, at 8pm:

Lavender Light Gospel Choir
When Lavender Light was formed in 1985, it was the only lesbian and gay gospel choir in the world. As we celebrate our 32nd year, we are proud to continue keeping alive the black gospel music tradition in an environment supportive to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, while also building bridges of respect and understanding through music.

Gotham Rock Choir
Gotham Rock Choir is New York City’s first choir devoted exclusively to the performance of Pop, Rock and Soul music. Founded in 2009, GRC was formed to provide an outlet for vocalists of all levels and backgrounds to explore contemporary music in a supportive and fun environment, to provide an alternative to the city’s many traditional choirs, and to bring a much-needed sense of “cool” to choral singing. GRC’s repertoire is drawn from the history of Pop music, from 1960 to today, and focuses primarily on Rock, Pop, Soul and related genres, including songs by Elton John, Green Day, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Jackie Wilson, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, Queen, The Beatles, Journey, Madonna and many others.

(Note: Due to circumstances beyond our control, Taina Asili had to cancel her performance that was scheduled for April 1, 2017.)

Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 8pm:

Third Annual Ray Korona Song Night
“We need more Ray Korona songs!” We hear this a lot from people struggling to survive the Trump regime. It is striking how many of his songs are more relevant today than ever. “It’s Still the Sixties,” for sure. Ray wrote songs about jobs, Social Security, health care, war and the nuclear brink, water, the environment, prisons, ­homelessness, women’s rights and more. Perhaps what we need most now from Ray’s music is his optimistic ­vision of the future. His songs encourage us and empower us to fight back!

Please join us for our third annual concert of Ray Korona songs since he passed away. The band – Ivice, Barry Kornhauser, Ellen Davidson, Gina Tlamsa, and Sharon Abreu — augmented by Laura Liben and Chris Owens – will ­present a ­number of his songs. Interspersed will be guest performances by Steve Brant, Joel Cohen, Suzanne Cohen, Lydia Adams Davis, Lisa Garrison, Emma Graves, Sharleen Leahey, Adele Rolider, Ben Silver, Steve Suffet, Mercy Van Vlack, and Lindsey Wilson.

Saturday, April 15, 2017:

Closed for Easter Weekend

Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 8pm:

Book Launch: Grassroots Leadership & The Arts For Social Change
Come celebrate the launch of a new book, Grassroots Leadership & The Arts For Social Change. Topical songs, spoken word and dramatic readings will be performed by Denise Archuleta, David Davenport, Marsha Dwyer, David Edelman, Suzanne Epstein, Tricia Garwood, James Jarc, Francisco Letelier, Magpie, Anu Mitra, Holly Near, C. Greg Obi, Garth Ross, Justin Snyder, and Randal Thompson.

Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 8pm:

Photo by Bob Trester

Bing Futch
With a big smile and wild dreadlocks, Bing Futch kicks off every performance with a buoyant energy that is inviting and energizing. Playing Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele, drums, electronic effects, and a limber tenor voice, he deftly navigates the varied waters of traditional and modern Americana with passion, wit, and a huge heart for sharing music with a crowd. Known for his musical shape-shifting, Futch changes style with every new song. His casual way with any audience, coupled with a fierce originality on the dulcimer, makes each show a one-of-a-kind, good-time romp.

Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 8pm:

Spoken Word Night

Thelma Thomas
Thelma Ruffin Thomas is artistic director of The Pearls of Wisdom, a touring ensemble of elder storytellers. In richly narrated presentations she tells stories that illuminate her own past and our collective histories. She has brought her lively, spirited, authentic presentations to Tanzania, Brazil, Ghana, Costa Rica, The Gambia, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Kenya, and (coming up this spring) Camaroon, continuing the tradition of elder folk art stories. Thelma is a founding member of The African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc. and a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers and the Harlem Arts Alliance.

The Bread is Rising Poetry Collective
Since 1994, The Bread is Rising Poetry Collective has spread consciousness through spoken poetry in numerous appearances in festivals and gatherings across the United States, Canada and England, as well as on radio and television. "Love is the motor that drives our engine."

Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 8pm:

Skinner & T'witch
Skinner & T'witch are an original, contemporary acoustic duo with strong vocals, driving rhythms, and a flash of flamenco. Their music moves through an eclectic range of styles, including folk, jazz, music hall, musical theatre, and the satirical tradition. Based in Leeds, England, they perform their own original material, assisted by the improvisational jazz guitar of Mike "The Woodman" Jordan.

Vincent Cross
With roots in Ireland and Australia, and now based out of New York, singer-songwriter Vincent Cross exemplifies the folk tradition, drawing inspiration from old and modern sources, and often writes powerful narrative ballads of real-life events. His recent release, Old Songs for Modern Folk, hit #2 in the Folk DJ album charts for 2016.
"Blends the old blues traditions of Mississippi Fred McDowell and Son House with the folk traditions of Dave Van Ronk and Tom Rush." --John Sillberg, CKOL's Small Time Radio Show.

Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 8pm:

Sweet Resistance: A Call to Carry On the Music and Causes of Jean Ritchie
Featuring Magpie (Terry Leonino & Greg Artzner); Ivy & Miranda; and Jean Ritchie's son Jon Pickow.
Come honor Jean Ritchie at this special celebration. Musicians will perform Jean Ritchie's songs and others that embody the causes she believed in – environmental protection, occupational health and safety, respect for working people, human rights, and equality for women. The tribute will also connect the struggles of the past with those of today.
Cosponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York (NY Pinewoods Folk Music Club).

The Peoples' Voice Cafe's 2016-2017 season program is supported in part by an Ethelwyn Doolittle Grant from the Community Church of New York (Unitarian-Universalist).