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, now celebrating our fortieth year!

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Peoples Voice Cafe

Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 8pm:

David & Sophie Buskin
David Buskin has been performing since 1970 and has recorded 15 albums--solo, with the duo Buskin & Batteau, and with the notorious comedy band Modern Man. David's songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Peter, Paul & Mary, Johnny Mathis, Astrud Gilberto, Tom Rush, Roberta Flack, and others. Now he is performing with his daughter Sophie, creating a magical vocal blend and musical style drawn from David's folkie roots and Sophie's alternative bands and choral training.

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Kirsten Maxwell
"I never thought I'd ever hear a voice as angelic and mesmerizing as I did when I first started listening to Joan Baez some 50 years ago, but then I heard the voice, the songs and melodies of Kirsten Maxwell," says Jon Stein, host of Hootenanny Café on WTBQ. Maxwell has been performing since the age of five, beginning on the stage of the Amato Opera in the East Village and more recently opening for Melissa Etheridge. She has earned national recognition as an award-winning songwriter and compelling performer.


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, students, and youth, the suggested contribution is $12.

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

Saturday, September 29, 2018, at 8pm:

The Elias Ladino Ensemble
Since 1976, The Elias Ladino Ensemble has performed the songs of the Sephardic Jews in venues all over the world. The Ladino language and culture arose from a group of Spanish Jews who fled to the Ottoman Empire after their expulsion from Spain in 1492. There are Ladino songs of love and lust, drinking and disappointment, wedding songs and circumcision songs. Some date back to ancient Spain, while others reveal melodies and rhythms of the Balkan and Middle Eastern communities where they lived in exile. Daniel Elias, director and founder, plays Greek clarinet. Maurice Sedacca, a descendant of the Sedacca family of Turkey, plays guitar and oud and combines jazz, gypsy, Middle Eastern and classical styles.

"Ya Salió de la Mar"

Mara Goodman
Mara was a cantorial soloist for 35 years. She sings for dance and theatre, and gives concerts of ethnic and classical songs. Tonight will be an evening of mostly Yiddish songs, an Arabic song, and a dance containing a Hebrew prayer. We will consider eternal human questions: How can I make a living? Why is there injustice? When will we make peace? And great joys; a little child, a secret love. Performers: Mara Goodman, alto. Martha Siegel, cello. Rose Moskowitz, pianist/violist/mezzo. Laura Liben, guitarist/percussionist/melodica player/alto. Barbara Roan, dancer/choreographer. Andrea Goodman, soprano.

Saturday, October 6, 2018, at 8pm:

Goldee Greene
Internationally acclaimed vocalist and pianist Goldee Greene ably weaves eclectic strands of jazz, R&B, opera and more, delivered in a resonant soprano. She is also an actress, and played the lead role in Urban Bush Women's luminescent dance musical Praise House, about the life of the visionary painter Minnie Evans.

Photo by Hallie Easley

Kevin Nathaniel & Friends
Kevin Nathaniel brings a healing resonance into the atmosphere with magical sounds. Tonight the healing resonance will be magnified by all hearts present. Join us as we celebrate life together, sing together, dance together in a healing resonance that flows into the world and beyond. Kevin is freshly returned from a healing music tour of London, bringing new ideas from the journey to open more chapters in the medicinal, magical, mystical world of music.

Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 8pm: Full Participation Is a Human Right
Tonight's concert is part of the Full Participation Is a Human Right conference, focusing on the impact of the criminal punishment system. Please note that the concert will be upstairs in the church.

Dilson Hernandez
Dilson is a poet, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and engineer from the Bronx. He seeks to change the world, striving for a more a progressive and creative future. Towards this end he works with New York City youth as a teaching artist with Urban Art Beat and Friends of Island Academy, an organization providing services to youth at Rikers Island. He has also taught English in Haiti and helped build a dorm space for children in rural India. (music blog)

Ben Grosscup
Ben’s powerful voice and energetic guitar style inspire action toward a freer society. His songs pull at your heart, provoke laughter and critical conversation, making no apology for a biting critique of the social order. He sings at concerts, rallies, and picket lines, and works with peace and social justice organizers to raise political consciousness and help people sing together for a common purpose. Based in Greenfield, MA, Ben serves as Executive Director of People's Music Network (, a diverse community of singers, artists, activists and allies that cultivates music and cultural work as catalysts for a just and peaceful world.

Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 8pm:

Thea Hopkins
Thea Hopkins calls her music American Short Story Folk: concise, striking narratives that cast romance and tragedy in modern terms. Her crisp, clear voice blends gorgeous, sustained tones with blues and country inflections, sultry and sensuous, playful and serious all at once. Her classic "Jesus Is on the Wire" became a hit for Peter, Paul & Mary, and she has won an award from American Songwriter Magazine and a fellowship from the Native Arts & Culture Foundation. Thea's newest CD, Love Come Down, is a seamless song journey that begins with a gentle invocation, ends with a lullaby, and travels to a few dark American landscapes in between.

"Whatcha Gonna Do?"

Marie Mularczyk O'Connell & The Mountain Maidens
Three dynamic voices blend in ancient and modern harmonies that will lift your spirit and excite your senses. They sing ballads, folk songs, love songs, Medieval, Irish, country and gospel to the accompaniment of guitars, banjo, dulcimer, bouzouki, dumbec, spoon, castanets and washboard. They met at Swing The Teapot Irish Pub in Floral Park where they were singing for St. Patrick's Day and knew right away they would be a trio. Marie plays just about every string and percussion instrument there is (guitar, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, Irish Bouzouki, dumbec, bones and spoons) and sings British and American folksongs and Jewish music. Candice Baranello is a member of the Long Island group Wild Ginger. She plays dulcimer, washboard, and bodhran and sings traditional, Old Timey, classical and gospel. Lorraine Berger is a member of the Huntington Choral Society, plays guitar and flamenco castanets, dance board and sings in a beautiful alto.

"Down to the River to Pray"

Saturday, October 27, 2018, at 8pm:

Aaron Fowler
Born a city-boy from Kansas, Aaron finds inspiration in the hard-working folks across this country--farmers, teachers, nurses, factory workers, urban and rural families all making this country great. Aaron unites a polished finger style and rhythm guitar playing with a warm tenor voice to sing songs of passion and purpose, of common folks bringing uncommon stories to life.

Joel Landy
Joel Landy has been an activist his entire life. His music has been published in Sing Out and heard on Pacifica Radio stations. His long running cable/internet show, Songs of Freedom, has won national acclaim. He is best known, however, for creative and energetic stage performances in New York City coffeehouses and demonstration stages throughout the country. From corporate media and class warfare to climate chaos and the NRA, Joel delivers intelligent songs with wit and humor in a style reminiscent of a young Phil Ochs.
"He's a real live wire!" --Pete Seeger.

And coming up:

Nov 3: Ivy & Miranda; Magpie

Nov 10: NYC Labor Chorus

Nov 17: Judy Kass; Patricia Shih

Nov 24: [Closed for Thanksgiving]

Dec 1: Kristin Lems; Sally Campbell

Dec 8: Charlie King; Deborah Silverstein

Dec 15: Toby Tobias: Journey from Johannesburg; Rupert Wates: The Lights of Paris

Dec 22: Thelma Thomas Tribute Night

Dec 29: [Closed for New Year's Break]

The Peoples' Voice Cafe's 2018-2019 season program is supported in part by grants from the Puffin Foundation, the Folk Music Society of New York, and the Community Church of New York Unitarian-Universalist (Ethelwyn Doolittle Grant).