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

January 27, 2018:

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

Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 8pm:

Gerry Segal
Gerry Segal has performed at the legendary clubs of the Greenwich Village Folk Revival including Gerde's Folk City, The Village Gate and The Bottom Line. After a long career in education and computer science, Gerry is writing, performing and recording music full time. The music of his first YouTube Video, "Jacques: The Wall Street Tailor", won first prize on The Brian Lehrer Show's Satire Slam on WNYC. The video, which he created, was featured at New York City's Blackout Film Festival. A bunch of political, love songs and satire will fill up the evening.

Photo by Robert Berkowitz.

Lois Morton
Lois Morton is an award-winning singer and songwriter who has delighted audiences in New York and beyond since 2008 with her abundant charm and humorous songs of social commentary on such subjects as cell phones, clutter, diets, psychotherapy, and road rage. Reinventing herself in retirement, Lois has gone from being an educator and therapist to a singer-songwriter with a rapier wit and a surprisingly contemporary approach.
"Underneath Lois Morton’s sweet grandmotherly demeanor lurks a wickedly clever songwriter. The legacy of Tom Lehrer lives on in Lois." —John Platt, host of WFUV's Sunday Supper.

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, February 10, 2018, at 8pm:

Rod MacDonald
Rod MacDonald was born in Connecticut and rose to prominence in NYC’s Greenwich Village in the 1980s, where he headlined Village clubs and co-founded the Greenwich Village Folk Festival. A recording and touring artist since 1983, he has released eleven CDs and and gives 100 performances annually throughout North America and Europe, dazzling audiences with his passionate singing and thought-provoking writing. His songs have been recorded by Shawn Colvin, Jonathan Edwards, Dave Van Ronk, Happy Traum, David Rowe, Four Bitchin’ Babes, Garnet Rogers, Joe Jencks, and many others. His latest CD, Later That Night, reached number three nationally on the Roots Music Folk charts, and the song "Raven" hit number one. Rod’s songs will stay in your heart and mind long after the music has ended. In 2014 he published his first novel, The Open Mike.

Saturday, February 17, 2018, at 8pm:

Jerry Epstein Memorial Concert
Jerry Epstein, whom Ron Olesko called one of the folk music community's guiding lights, was widely known for his powerful voice, his encyclopedic knowledge of musical traditions, and his consummate mastery of the older traditional styles of singing. He was also among the best players of the English concertina. In addition to performing, Jerry was active in many other facets of the folk world. He was one of the original founders of the Folk Music Society of New York (originally known as Pinewoods Folk Music Club.) For many years, Jerry was the musical/choral director for the New York Revels and arranged many of the pieces in the Revels' repertoire. He was the music editor for the acclaimed Warner Collection of traditional folk songs. Jerry also conducted vocal workshops, helping many to become better singers.

Jeff Davis
Fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, etc. Jeff Davis plays more instruments than he can carry and carries more than he has time to play! He performs traditional songs and tunes from southern Appalachia, New England, Britain, and more, often in the style of the musicians from whom folklorists collected the material. Jeff is considered one of the world's greatest performing experts on traditional folk music.

Julia Friend
Julia's favorite songs are the ones that were born in the time of candlelight. She is intoxicated by the power of the human voice to bridge the distance between minds. More important than the quirky specificity of a ballad's text is the moment of its conveyance, so come meet us in the music. There might be banjos.

David Jones
David Jones is an enthralling singer and consummate stylist. He sings traditional ballads, sailing songs, music hall favorites, and the works of contemporary writers. Besides performing solo, David has sung as a member of Poor Old Horse with Heather Wood and the late Tom Gibney, and in Bermuda Quadrangle with Jerry Epstein, Jeff Davis, and Jeff Warner.

Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 8pm:

Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick
Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick is an NYC-based father-and-son duo blending soulful vocals with virtuoso guitar playing. Mike (lead vocals, guitar) toured the USA, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean with an earlier group, The New Song Project. Robert Palmer of The New York Times wrote, "More rousing and musically substantive than the music of city folksingers of previous generations." Now Mike is back, better than ever, with his son. Aleksi (lead guitar, vocals) leads his rock/jazz group Snack Cat and plays in other groups with such sterling jazz masters as Paul Bollenback, Ed Cherry, Vic Juris, and Seth Weaver. Nick Noble of WICN-FM, Worcester, MA, describes their new CD as "a wonderful album!... Listeners to my show have commented on its timeliness."

Steve Schalchlin
Steve Schalchlin is a small town singer/songwriter living in New York City. He was expected to die of AIDS, but he wrote a musical instead, The Last Session. The healing songs from that show set him on a worldwide adventure that is still unfolding. That's why he calls his life "Living in the Bonus Round." The New York Times raved about The Last Session and his other musical, The Big Voice: God or Merman?

Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 8pm:

Grassroots Harmony
Grassroots Harmony is an activist community chorus based in New York City. We bring powerful, spirited singing to progressive gatherings. As a bottom-up organization, we empower our singers to contribute their voices to the struggles that inspire them. Led by director Josh Feintuch, Grassroots Harmony has performed at the People's Climate March, The Bailout Theater, and more.

Chris Seymour
Chris Seymour wraps his warm baritone and driving yet sensitive banjo accompaniments around songs of hope and struggle, and he charms audiences with his wry sense of humor. His eclectic repertoire runs from ballads to gospel to union hymns; from courting songs to satirical ditties that skewer the powerful. He makes old songs relevant today and finds (and writes) new ones that flow right into the folk tradition. He'll be joined by singer, guitarist and harmonist extraordinaire Matt Borgmeyer.

And coming up:

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; David Roth

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).