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, December 23, 2017, at 8pm:

Tribes Hill Holiday Showcase
Tribes Hill unites musicians of the lower Hudson Valley and their patrons in a music community. We believe that music is an affirmation of the spirit that transcends the human condition, unites people in a common experience, and helps us understand our differences. Our community is a conceptual gathering place for people of all races, politics, and faiths.

George Geierer

George Gierer crafts songs that are "deceptively hair-raising ruminations on everyman's struggle". He has written and recorded six albums as the front man of Whiskey Logic, South County, and Pluck & Rail.

Fred Gillen Jr., a New York Foundation For The Arts grant recipient, has released nine albums and toured all over the U.S. and Europe. His version of Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home" was featured on "Pete Remembers Woody. His songs reflect the struggles of the marginalized and forgotten, shining a light on both the despair and hope in the human condition.

Fred Gillen

Karen Hudson

Karen Hudson creates a special brew of Americana that combines the sounds of The Byrds, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. 3rd Coast Music magazine named her the Best Female Artist of 2013, and New York Music Daily called her "an elegant tunesmith, evocative lyricist...a subtly nuanced singer."

Susan Kane's sweet and sharp Americana is an alchemy of stuff dug from the dirt, born from books, gleaned from the air, yesterday's news and tomorrow's daydreams. called her recently released fourth CD, Mostly Fine, "a set of potent originals that reveal a rich and eminently human inner world through the superimposition of the mundane and the magic."

Susan Kane

Judy Kass

Judy Kass draws in her audience with soulful vocals, no-nonsense lyrical storytelling and genre-bending guitar and piano. Her CDs Better Things and Beyond the Ash and Steel were on the Folk DJ List of Top albums in 2014 and 2016, and she was a NERFA 2016 Folk DJ Showcase artist.

Larry Kolker is a dynamic performer of observant, touching and humorous songs, and is known for his rhythmic fingerstyle guitar and soulful blues harp. His music has been called the "urban country east-coast white-boy blues".

Larry Kolker

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.

December 30, 2017:

Closed for New Year's Break

Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 8pm:

Reggie Harris & Pat Wictor
When Reggie Harris and Pat Wictor take the stage, it’s a celebration. The joy that transfers to their audience is boundless and unrestrained. For these veteran musicians and friends, their artistry and skill are heightened by years of collaboration and trust.

Reggie Harris is a songwriter of great depth and passion, a gifted storyteller and a remarkably creative and soulful singer, who has earned the respect and love of audiences around the world in a career spanning decades. Entertaining and inspiring, Reggie is a positive force in the world and his songs reveal his joy in bringing people together.

Pat Wictor’s convoluted path to roots music - passing through rock, heavy metal and jazz on a variety of instruments, and living abroad for much of his youth - has shaped his panoramic approach to the blues and gospel-influenced folk music he now writes and sings. His skills as harmonizer, improviser and accompanist have made him a sought-after collaborator and session musician.

Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 8pm:

John O'Connor
Since his debut album, Songs For Our Times, reviewed as one of the best albums of the year by the Washington Post 33 years ago, John has gathered a treasure-trove of songs, stories and poems about the working class, war and peace, love and loss. Craig Harris has said, "O'Connor has shaped his own acute observations of the working class into songs that beg to be sung along to." Si Kahn calls his songs "wonderful: direct, simple, singable, powerful."

Lindsey Wilson & The Human Hearts Trio
Lindsey Wilson & The Human Hearts Trio bring folk, jazz and pop to your door. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Lindsey Wilson's socially conscious lyrics and loving undertones are reflective of the country's proud past, cautionary present, and optimistic future. She is joined by Reggie Sylvester on drums and Michael Trotman on bass.

Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 8pm:

Martin Swinger
"Martin Swinger is one of those rare singer-songwriters who excels at everything: singing, songwriting, guitar-playing, and being so present with his humor, tenderness, and wild mind that his performances are also deep conversations, soul to soul and heart to heart, about the quirks, surprises, and love that brings us most alive. His songs, ranging from the little plastic parts that hold the world together, to what enlightenment comes from Buddha and Betty Boop falling in love, are whimsically and wisely original and enduring."
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Kansas Poet Laureate Emeritus

The Raging Grannies
In the tradition of wise women elders, the mission of the "Raging Grannies" is to promote global peace, justice, and social and economic equality by raising awareness through the medium of song and humor. Wearing snappy hats and with snappier lyrics, poets and singers and puppeteers, The New York City Metro Raging Grannies are often seen at protests. Started in 1987 in Victoria, BC, there are now more than 60 gaggles of "Raging Grannies" throughout Canada, the U.S., and Scotland.

January 27, 2018:

Closed for People's Music Network Winter Gathering in Brookline, MA.

And coming up:

Feb 3:Gerry Segal; Lois Morton

Feb 10:Rod MacDonald

Feb 17:Jerry Epstein Memorial Concert

Feb 24:Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick; Steve Schalchlin

Mar 3:Grassroots Harmony; Chris Seymour

Mar 10:International Women's Day: Pat Lamanna; Sharleen Leahey; Lydia Adams Davis

Mar 17:Irish Women's Voices for Peace & Equality: Dian Killian; Alice Farrell; Alison Kelley

Mar 24:Colleen Kattau & Dos XX; John Ziv & Tom Weir

Mar 31:Closed for Easter Weekend and Passover

Apr 7:Emma's Revolution

Apr 14:An Evening with Holly Near: A Talk with Song

Apr 21:Ray Korona Song Night

Apr 28:David Dodson & Mary Kate Small; Ben Tousley

May 5:Jean Rohe; Luci Murphy

May 12:Eric Levine 10th Anniversary Memorial Concert/Peoples' Voice Cafe Benefit

May 19:Gathering Sparks; Walkabout Clearwater Chorus

Our 2018-2019 season begins Sept. 15, 2018 with a Victor Jara Memorial Concert.

The Peoples' Voice Cafe's 2017-2018 season program is supported in part by an
Ethelwyn Doolittle Grant from the Community Church of New York (Unitarian-Universalist).