The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse offering
quality entertainment in New York City.

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The Peoples' Voice Cafe is sad to announce the death on October 16th of Ray Korona, who has been a guiding spirit of the Cafe since its early years. Ray's tireless dedication to the café; his generosity in sharing his time, skills, and talents; and the annual Ray Korona Band concerts celebrating our community cannot be replaced. His passing leaves a hole in the fabric of our lives that can be patched over but never mended.
The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist
40 East 35th St. (between Madison Ave. & Park Ave.)
New York, NY, 10016

to 33rd St. (two and a half short blocks to the church)
to 34th Street/Harold Square (three and a half long blocks)

All shows start at 8 PM, Saturdays; doors open at 7:30.
We do not accept reservations in advance, so come early to be assured of a seat.

$18 contribution -- more if you choose, less if you can't; no one turned away.
For members of Peoples' Voice Cafe the suggested contribution is $10.

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

April 4, 2015:

Closed for the Holidays

April 11, 2015:

The New York City 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.

Left to Right: Adele, Susan, Judith, Mercy, Sally, Sunny

Patricia Shih
Multiple national award-winning singer-songwriter Patricia Shih and her accompanist/husband Stephen Fricker will present a set of mostly originals songs from her four decades in music, plus perhaps a classic cover song or two from her latest album. Many in the NY metro area will recognize her from her concerts for children and families, Patricia’s area of specialty over the past 28 years. But now she is returning to her roots in music for the taller set in an extremely rare appearance for adults in NYC. Her songs are truly for the heart, mind and funny bone!

April 18, 2015:

Ray Korona Song Night
Though Ray will not be here in person, he will certainly be joining us in spirit as the Ray Korona Band and special guests perform Ray's songs of love, peace, dignity and empowerment. Ray's songs are funny, poignant, hard-hitting, joyous, and sometimes quirky — they are just too good to be left unsung! This date was originally booked as the Ray Korona Band’s annual evening at the Café, but we are turning the event into a broader community celebration of Ray's music. The Band — Ivice, Barry Kornhauser, Ellen Davidson and Gina Tlamsa, augmented by Rick Ulfik, Ben Silver and Laura Liben — will present a number of Ray's songs. These will be interspersed with performances by guest artists: Jay Mankita, Mercy Van Vlack, Adele Rolider, the NYC Raging Grannies, Lisa Garrison, Sharleen Leahey, Lydia Adams Davis, Laura Warfield, and Jim Gahn. They are all performers Ray would be proud to have on stage representing him! Please join us in keeping Ray's music alive tonight and further down the road.
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April 25, 2015:

Sally Campbell
Quaker singer/songwriter, Sally Campbell, returns with her autoharp to celebrate her 73rd and a half birthday. She'll be singing her sometimes funny, sometimes deep, always friendly songs and inviting you to sing along. So far she has given away almost 2,000 copies of Gift Songs and Blessings, the CD of her 70th birthday concert/party. Since she feels these songs were given to her, she wants to pass them along. One of the songs she'll be singing is Malvina Reynolds' "Magic Penny" which asserts "love is something, if you give it away, you end up having more." Come and share in the wealth.

Pat Lamanna
Pat’s songs have been praised highly by Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, David Roth, and others. They have a strong folk influence, and cover issues such as peace, religion, the environment, and personal topics. They are carefully crafted and lyric-driven, with tunes that are eminently singable. She has two solo albums, Full Circle (2009) and Do I Know My Song Well Enough to Start Singing Yet? (2012).

May 2, 2015:

Anne Hills
"Anne Hills is such an exquisite singer that it’s understandable that people might be swept up in the pure beauty of her voice and thereby overlook her writing. That would be a mistake. For me, Anne’s writing, in songs like "Follow That Road" and many others, is as direct, melodic and deep as any work being done today. She is quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters." - Tom Paxton.

Harmonic Insurgence
Harmonic Insurgence has been singing about peace, freedom, justice, and social change since 2003. With the rich harmonies and intricate rhythms of director Gene Glickman's arrangements, the singers--Laurie Bennett, Ellen Davidson, Ben Frisch, Mara Goodman, Nancy Hoch, Mark Karwowski, Jenny Knight, and Marie Robinson--present folk, reggae, blues, labor and love songs. Tonight includes the joyous "Frutos Deliciosos," which they learned on their 2011 trip to Cuba; the haunting "We Come and Stand at Every Door," about children and war; and the rousing "Banks of Marble" (yes, please join in!) against economic inequality. Come to rekindle your conviction that another world is possible.

May 9, 2015:

Second Annual Pete Seeger Sing-Along Celebration & Benefit
Come celebrate Pete's life in song by adding your voice to this participatory sing-along. The songs will all be Pete Seeger favorites, and the song leaders will include Steve Deasy, Mike Glick, Bev Grant, Robin Greenstein, Ben Grosscup, Joel Landy, Anne Price, Professor Louie, Ben Silver, and Steve Suffet (MC), plus others to be announced. This event will be a joint benefit for the People's Music Network and the Peoples' Voice Cafe, with all proceeds divided equally between the two organizations.

May 16, 2015:

The Cost of Freedom: Kent & Jackson State 1970-2015
A Commemorative Concert with Emma's Revolution and Magpie.
Produced by Susie Erenrich. A project of the Cultural Center for Social Change and PVC.