The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse offering live entertainment in New York City,
presenting folk, blues, jazz, rap, poetry, storytelling, theater & dance since 1979.
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Peoples Voice Cafe

Alcohol-free ~ Fully Wheelchair Accessible

Saturday, February 29, 2020, at 8pm:

Judy Gorman with special guest artist Mario Cancel
Judy's songs get their wings from her imagination and their roots from the deep traditions of blues, folk, jazz, and gospel that defined her childhood. Her earliest memories are of hearing the music of Billie Holiday, Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson and Leadbelly. Pete Seeger sums up Judy Gorman like this: "She came, she sang, she conquered. No two programs that she gives are the same. She is always thinking how to find the right phrase, the right song to hit the nail right on the head, to shoot the arrow straight to the heart of the matter." Tonight Judy will be accompanied by cello virtuoso Barry Kornhauser and special guest Mario Cancel. Mario is a classically-trained musician, a gifted singer-songwriter, and an ethnomusicologist at Columbia University. He studies the anticolonialism of 60s and 70s-era Puerto Rican nueva canción and the chançon québécoise of Québec. He will join Judy on the cuatro (Puerto Rican guitar).

Barry Oreck & Friends
Barry Oreck, a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, writes and performs ear-catching songs that bring new, thought-provoking, often ironic perspectives to a range of topics: politics, ecology, the perils of aging, long-lived and long-forgotten love, and the power of music to connect and inspire. Barry writes songs in a variety of styles from bluesy finger picking to driving bluegrass, sweet harmonies, and a touch of funk.

"60's Hippy's Psychedelic Nightmare"

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, Folk Music Society of NY members, students, and youth, the suggested contribution is $12.

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

Saturday, March 7th, 2020, at 8pm:

Women Songwriters Night
A Benefit Concert for Peoples' Voice Cafe

Come hear amazing women songwriters and musicians from New York and New Jersey make magic in honor of International Women's Day and the Centennial of Women's Suffrage. Pat Lamanna, Carolann Solebello, Lindsey Wilson, and Sharleen Leahey will sing and play classic, original, and herstoric folk music about our struggles and victories with drama, humor and passion! Come hear songs to uplift, inspire and strengthen us for a transformational year ahead! Also featuring Diane Doolittle (flute & saxophone), Robin Burdulis (percussion), and Linda Phillips (percussion).

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 released three albums, most recently 2017's Something Beautiful.

Carolann Solebello
Carolann is best known as a founding member of the Americana trio Red Molly. She now tours solo and with the modern folk quartet No Fuss and Feathers. Carolann's smooth, compelling voice and warm acoustic guitar style nod to rural folk traditions, yet her urban sense of rhythm and sophisticated vocal phrasing bend those traditional forms into more contemporary shapes. She is a proud member of the Jack Hardy Songwriters’ Exchange and has won numerous songwriting awards. Carolann released her fifth solo album, Shiver, in 2018.

Lindsey Wilson
Lindsey Wilson, leader of the Human Hearts Trio, is a singer-songwriter with a flair for nostalgia and a memorable mix of 70s-style urban folk rock and conscientious lyrics. She embraces issues of the heart and mind through love songs, protest tunes and lyrics of empowerment. Her influences include Odetta, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Carole King, and Karen Carpenter.

Sharleen Leahey
Sharleen is a singer, songwriter and guitarist known for speaking truth to power in a strong distinctive voice. Her stirring and heartfelt lyrics hark back to the New York coffeehouses where she grew up immersed in the revolutionary songs of Buffy Sainte-Marie, Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan. Sharleen founded Songs for Peace magazine in 1993 with her mentors Sis Cunningham and Pete Seeger. Inspired by the healing power of music in her own life, Sharleen believes we are all profoundly affected by music in mysterious ways.

Saturday, March 14th, 2020, at 8pm:

Shawna Caspi
Shawna Caspi is a mighty singer, a story sculptor, and a truth teller. She has toured across Canada and the USA and believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument. Shawna’s vocals are brewed by years of classical training followed by years on the road finding her own voice singing folk songs. Her remarkable, lyrical, fingerpicking guitar style can evoke a whole band, yet she captivates audiences with grace and intimacy, whether the setting is a living room, a festival stage, or the bar car of a passenger train.

"Not So Silent"

Lydia Adams Davis
Lydia Adams Davis is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, banjoist, and improvisational entertainer hailing from Beacon, NY. She joined PVC at the invitation of Ray Korona in the early 1980s. She performs a variety of historical-themed concerts and also does children's workshops in sign language, puppetry, and songwriting. Her fourth CD, One Earth So Green and Round, was shortlisted for a Grammy nomination. The New York Times called Lydia "one of our finest folk composers."

"The Road Will Lead You Home"

Saturday, March 21st, 2020, at 8pm:

Elizabeth Jennings: A play by Lionelle Hamanaka
Elizabeth Jennings is a play about the schoolteacher who desegregated the New York City streetcars by jumping aboard a "whites only" streetcar in 1854. Elizabeth Jennings Graham was part of a circle of brilliant African American abolitionists who organized throughout the city and state to fight slavery and discrimination. She also founded the first black kindergarten in New York City. A sculpture of Jennings will be installed outside Grand Central Terminal in 2021. Tonight's performance will feature Broadway actresses, film veterans, and African-American songs from the period. Produced by Crossways Theatre, devoted to celebrating the multicultural, multiethnic tapestry of New York City.

Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 8pm:

Welcome Spring! Poetry & Music Extravaganza

Come see an exciting group of artist friends combine the imagery and dynamism of spoken word with the rhythms and melodies of music. When these artists come together, they create sparks! Expect some joyous collaboration and improvisation, and some surprise guests.

Fred Arcoleo
Pat Lamanna calls Fred Arcoleo "Don McLean meets Phil Ochs." His Rally Folk Music label addresses the difficult truths of our times with tenderness, optimism, and determination. His new CD Today Again just reached #7 on the National Folk charts.

Demetrius Daniel
Demetrius Daniel is renowned on the New York City poetry circuit and an instant hit anywhere he performs, pioneering a poetry-music hybrid called TROMBOETRY, infusing his poems with New Orleans-style trombone. Stark Reality's Viviana Grell says Demetrius keeps audiences "engaged, entertained, and awake!!!

Robert Gibbons
Robert Gibbons channels Langston Hughes into a riveting amalgam of spoken word and music steeped in blues and gospel traditions. Three Rooms Press published his first collection of poetry, Close to the Tree, which Miriam Hipsh calls "deeply emotional truth-telling." Marc Primus notes, "“The poetry of Robert Gibbons flows from him like a mighty river."

And coming up...

April 4: Sara Trunzo + DK and the Joy Machine (Dian Killian & friends)

Apr 18: Cleo Carol Knopf + Katie Naplatarski

Apr 25: Gathering Sparks (with special guest Cheryl Prashker) + Professor Louie

May 2: Joel Landy + Theresa Sareo

May 9: Joshua Garcia + Anne Price

May 16: Kent State/Jackson State 50th Anniversary Memorial

The Peoples' Voice Cafe's 2019-2020 season program
is supported in part by grants from:

The Folk Music Society of New York

The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist
(Ethelwyn Doolittle Grant)