The Peoples' Voice Cafe
239 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012 / 212-787-3903

PVC is an alternative coffeehouse offering live and live-stream entertainment in New York City,
presenting folk, blues, jazz, rap, poetry, spoken word, storytelling, theater and dance since 1979.
We shine a spotlight on social issues and artists from underrepresented cultures.

Peoples Voice Cafe

Alcohol-free ~ Fully Wheelchair Accessible

Refreshments are back!

Masks are no longer required

  • We will continue to offer KN95 or other high quality masks to anyone who wants one.
  • We use three HEPA air purifiers within the Assembly Hall.
  • We offer livestream shows whenever possible.

  • PVC will be back in September, but in the meantime we recommend...

    Saturday, Sept. 7, 2024, at 8pm:

    In Person Tickets        Livestream Tickets

    Peter Pasco Memorial Concert
    Peter Pasco was a talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who wrote over 100 songs and performed countless others. He performed at the Speakeasy, Peoples' Voice Cafe, Clearwater events, Mother's Kitchen, nursing homes, and street fairs. Most people remember Peter for his humanity and willingness to give of himself for good causes, to other artists, friends and family, or total strangers needing caring or a smile. Peter left us on January 15th, 2023. Tonight we pay tribute, remembering Peter's life in song and sharing his story.

    Watch this interview with tonight's performers!

    Joel Landy has been an activist his entire adult life, organizing and promoting events for social justice and environmental issues. From corporate media and class warfare to climate chaos and the NRA, Joel delivers intelligent songs with wit and humor in a style that reminds many of a young Phil Ochs. His music has been published in Sing Out magazine and heard on Pacifica Radio stations. He also produces the award-winning television program, Songs of Freedom.

    lisa roma, aka ElectrikGoddess, is a singer-songwriter of jazz-infused folk and pop songs that embody the human experience, love, our etheric connection to Nature, and the search for peace. Inspired since childhood, her main music influences are Debussy, Jobim, Crosby Stills & Nash, Billie Holiday, Carole King, Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell. lisa began recording in the mid-1970s and released a CD in 2004. She also sings with her new trio Conscious Conversation.

    Judy Livingston is a folk soprano, often compared to a young Joan Baez, and inspired by Judy Collins. Her uplifting songwriting is influenced by heroes Donovan and George Harrison. Judy is committed to the power of Sound Healing with singing bowls, sound baths and voice. She is a Certified Sound and Music Practitioner. Judy sings regularly at meditation gatherings in NYC. Judy teamed up with Peter Pasco in the late 1980s, performing in Greenwich Village clubs and other New York City and Brooklyn venues.

    Judson Memorial Church
    Assembly Hall (not the main sanctuary on West 4th St.)
    239 Thompson Street, between West 3rd and West 4th Streets
    New York NY 10012


    to West 4th St./Washington Square - south exit
    Walk three blocks east to Thompson Street; turn left. (3 minutes)

    All shows start at 8 PM, Saturdays. Doors open at 7:15.
    No reservations, so come early to be assured a seat.

    Suggested contribution: $20. Friends of PVC*: $12. Students & Youth: $12
    Folk Music Society of NY Members: $12. Judson Memorial Church Members: $12
    More if you choose, less if you can't. No one turned away for lack of money.
    * Friends of PVC include monthly sustainers, regular volunteers, Collective members,
    performers and people who donate at least $30.

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

    Saturday, Sept. 14, 2024, at 8pm:

    Irish Style Folk Club Night
    [In person only! No livestream!]

    In pubs and social halls throughout Ireland (as well as in England, Scotland, and Wales) you will find what are called folk clubs. Somewhat akin to open mics, these are groups of friends and neighbors who get together on a regular basis to share songs and enjoy each other's company. Often a folk club invites a featured guest performer for part of the evening. That is what PVC will do tonight, with County Cork native Donie Carroll performing a 40-minute featured guest set. Otherwise members of the audience can sign up to lead one song each. It does not have to be Irish. Traditional songs, especially songs with choruses or refrains for group singing, are especially welcome. Feel free to sing a cappella, or bring an acoustic instrument to accompany yourself. This is an all-acoustic event, so there will be no sound system. Sorry, we do not serve pints of Guinness, but coffee and tea will be available.

    Donie Carroll
    A singer, guitarist, and actor originally from County Cork, Donie Carroll has long been a fixture on the New York Irish music scene. Together with the late fiddler Andy McGann, Donie anchored the long running and internationally famous Saturday night music session at the former Kate Kearney's pub. Donie has also been a stalwart with NYU's Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra. In addition, he founded the highly regarded Sunnyside Folk Club in Queens, now in its eleventh year.

    This event is supported by The Folk Music Society of New York and The Sunnyside Folk Club.

    Saturday, Sept. 21, 2024, at 8pm:

    Chopping Wood
    Pete Seeger Book Release & Concert, featuring co-author David Bernz and Jacob Bernz
    Musician and Grammy-winning producer David Bernz will discuss the book he co-authored with Pete Seeger, based on hundreds of hours of conversations. David and his son Jacob (founding member of Clearwater's Power of Song group) will also play some of Seeger's songs.
    Jawbone Press
    Jacob Bernz

    This event is supported by The Folk Music Society of New York.

    This event is part of The Village Trip!

    Saturday, Sept. 28, 2024, at 8pm:

    Old Fashioned Coffee House Night: David Roth & Singer-Songwriter Showcase
    [In Person Only! No Livestream!]

    Get into the groove of an earlier generation as PVC takes you back to the era of the subterranean Greenwich Village coffee house. No microphones, no speakers, no amps, and no live streaming, just acoustic instruments and natural human voices as we pull the chairs into a circle, turn down the lights, and enjoy homemade music as it was and as it still can be.

    After David Roth's 45-minute set, we feature five very talented but less known singer-songwriters who will each perform two of their very best songs in the round. David Roth will then return to do the final song of the night. Can you dig it?

    This event is part of The Village Trip!

    David Roth
    David is a singer, songwriter, and recording artist who has taken his songs, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues and countries for more than three decades. David Roth songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis, Peter, Paul, & Mary and Kingston Trio CDs, five Positive Music Awards, and the Rise Up Singing and Rise Again songbooks. He has released 15 CDs on the Wind River and Stockfisch labels. Poignant to improbable, untypical to topical, and holistic to hilarious, the Chicago native (now living on Cape Cod) called NYC his home in the 1980s and played for us many times back then.

    "Today I Get to Go and Cast a Vote"

    Singer Songwriter Showcase
    Fred Arcoleo has been called "Don McLean meets Phil Ochs." He addresses the difficult truths of our times with courage, tenderness, optimism, and determination. His three albums to date have charted on Folk Radio.

    Jane Babits began writing songs in the 1970s when she lived in Lower Manhattan. Her songs are gentle and soothing, often coming to her in the dreamy twilight of consciousness as she sings herself to sleep.

    Joel Landy is known for his energetic and engaging stage performances delivering intelligent songs with wit and humor. He hosts the award winning Songs of Freedom cable tv/internet show. Pete Seeger called him "a real live wire."

    Bracha Lieberman is a social worker, activist, occasional songwriter and actor, who connects deeply with the power of singing and is Board President of Peoples' Voice Cafe. Bracha believes that it's important to start your day off with an act of kindness, that community counts and in the power of song to bring people together!

    Lindsey Wilson is an NYC singer-songwriter with a flare for nostalgia with her memorable mix of 70's style urban folk rock and conscious lyrics embracing issues of the heart and mind.

    Saturday, October 5, 2024, at 8pm:

    Folk Music Society of New York: Open Mic
    Tonight the Folk Music Society of New York hosts an Open Singaround. More information coming soon.

    Saturday, October 19, 2024, at 8pm:

    Lisa Klotz
    Lisa is a singer/songwriter whose style is a combination of folk, blues and gospel held together by a powerful and resonant voice. Both her original and cover songs touch upon themes of social justice, environmental awareness, women's rights, empowerment, family, conflict resolution and spirituality. Lisa's first CD Morning Sun, was released this year and reached #32 on international folk radio stations. Tonight she'll be joined on stage by Mark Dann, Amy Soucy and Ben Silver.

    "Seventh Generation"

    Colleen Kattau
    Colleen is a bilingual songwriter who stirs listeners with her clear voice, collective spirit and rhythmic sensibility. Her music is informed by nature, social and environment movements, and Latin American folk in a genre she calls americaña (TM) aka gringa latin. She's a twice-nominated Sammy nominee with seven albums and three benefit compilations for antimilitarism and environmental causes. Her latest release is Besos/Kisses, with another to be released later this year. Her song "Dangerous women" is now featured in the National Women's History Museum in Seneca Falls, NY.
    "It's a thrill singing with you." Tom Prasado-Rao.

    "In the Garden"

    Saturday, November 2, 2024, at 8pm:

    City Streets and Mountain Peaks

    Brooklyn Stoop Singers
    Brooklyn Stoop Singers feature lively choruses, vibrant harmonies and strong voices wrapped around guitar, banjo and mandolin accompaniment. Individually and in other bands, the group's members have been delighting East Coast audiences for decades with their eclectic repertoire of sea chanteys, contemporary pieces, singalongs, gospel numbers and songs from the British Isles and Appalachian Mountains. An ensemble since 2022, the group unites Deirdre Bialo-Padin, Katie Browning, Chris Carpenter, Elizabeth Hershon and Chris Seymour.

    The Rustic Riders
    The Rustic Riders, Lisa and Klaus Meissner, were raised in Northport, NY and moved to the Adirondack Mountains in the fall of 1980. They loved the mountains and traded the salt water for fresh. They've been folk performers since 1996. Their music is informed by their love of folk traditions, careers as social workers and activists and their love of the outdoors. They love helping people connect with each other by singing together with new and well known songs. Join them as they bring a taste of the Adirondacks to New York City.

    "Goodman Mountain"

    Saturday, November 16, 2024, at 8pm:

    Peoples' Voice Cafe Benefit Concert
    Artists to be announced!

    Saturday, December 7, 2024, at 8pm:

    Photo by Susan Stava
    My Greenwich Village: Dave, Bob and Me
    Terri Thal in conversation with Heather Wood and Steve Suffet

    A personal story of the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music world, told by the woman who was Bob Dylan's first manager and Dave Van Ronk's then-wife and manager. Terri Thal was an intrinsic member of that world. She hosted folk singers such as Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, and Danny Kalb in her apartment. She was involved with socialist groups and the civil rights movement. Later, she merged her social justice commitment with her work for not-for-profit organizations. She is a fascinating speaker and has written a fascinating book. Tonight she'll be speaking with Heather Wood and Steve Suffet.
    About the Book

    This event is supported by The Folk Music Society of New York.

    Saturday, December 21, 2024, at 8pm:

    Rubén González & Handmade
    Rubén González, originally from Argentina, performs his own idiosyncratic world-beat compositions, inviting audiences to listen, to move, to sing along, to think. The stories around the songs bring listeners into a world made by hand, one song at a time. Rubén was invited by trailblazing composer Phillip Glass to perform in his 75th birthday celebration at the Tune-In Music Festival for his "musical ingenuity" and as "an example of new directions in music."

    "Cantar para ser libre"

    Kevin Allred
    Kevin Allred is an independent singer/songwriter based in Brooklyn, with an unlikely combination of influences spanning the women's singer/songwriter explosion of the 1990s and Lilith Fair, punk rock, outlaw Country, Woody Guthrie, Nina Simone, and Odetta. His songs peel back artifice - whether social, interpersonal, individual, or political - and cut to the core of our shared experience with earnest charm. He likes to say he plays "sad gay music for the end of the world," chock-full of humor and a whole lot of heart.

    "Shades of Blue"

    And coming up in 2025:

    Jan 4: Sally Campbell + Chris Brown

    Jan 18: Martin Luther King Day Celebration, featuring Chris Owens

    Feb 1: Lindsey Wilson + Jendog Lonewolf

    Feb 15: Rod MacDonald

    Mar 1: Tribute to Bev Grant, featuring DuPrée & others

    Mar 15: Charlie King + Rick Burkhardt

    Mar 29: Gina Forsyth + Reggie Harris

    Apr 5: [to be announced]

    May 3: [to be announced]

    May 10: Paul Kaplan & Rod Sinclair + Open Mic [no livestream]

    May 17: Carolyn Hester with Karla & Amy Blume

    May 31: Jamie Anderson [+ one other to be announed]

    Help The Peoples' Voice Cafe!

    We are making great progress towards our fundraising goal!
    A heart-felt thanks to all who have contributed so far.
    If you can help, please click here.

    The Peoples' Voice Cafe is supported in part by the generosity of

    Judson Memorial Church

    The Folk Music Society of New York

    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.