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

Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 8pm:

Anne Price
New York City native Anne Price has a rich, strong, expressive voice that invites comparison with Joan Baez. Her repertoire includes traditional folk ballads, country and cowboy songs, songs of the sea, and songs about work, the labor movement, and love. She also covers the works of Jean Ritchie, Peggy Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Si Kahn, and others, and writes a few fine songs of her own.

Sharon Goldman
Sharon Goldman is a New Jersey-based singer-songwriter whose latest album, Kol Isha (A Woman’s Voice), offers a bold, unique song journey merging Jewish myth and imagery with a modern, feminist perspective. She digs deep into memories of prayers and rituals, of roads not taken, voices not heard. She also mines the stories of biblical and mythical women for creative inspiration.
"Sharon Goldman has done something quite remarkable." --Si Khan.
"Sharon has dug deep and struck gold, finding her original, brilliant and authentic voice."
--Bev Grant.

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 the suggested contribution is $12.

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

November 25, 2017:

Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend

Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 8pm:

Charlie King & Rick Burkhardt
Charlie & Rick return to PVC for an evening of songs to raise spirits (and the rafters) in this dismal political season with inspired harmonies, incendiary lyrics and theatrical hijinks.

Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He has been at the heart of American folk music for more than half a century and has been writing songs for over 40 years, garnering numerous awards for his writing, recordings and activism. His songs have been recorded and sung by Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, and Chad Mitchell.

Rick Burkhardt is an Obie-award-winning playwright, composer, director, songwriter, and accordionist for The Prince Myshkins. His original music and text pieces have been performed in Australia, Europe, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, and over 40 US cities. His plays have been produced by New York Theater Workshop, LaMama, PS122, JACK, and the American Repertory Theater. His songs have been featured on Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now and NPR’s Morning Edition.

Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 8pm:

Thea Hopkins
Thea Hopkins majored in composition at the Berklee College of Music and studied voice for ten years. She is best known for her 2001 classic "Jesus is on the Wire" which later became a hit for Peter, Paul & Mary. Her voice is crisp and clear with gorgeous sustained tones vested with both blues and country inflections. She is sultry and sensuous, serious and playful, mysterious and fascinating all at once. Thea has won an award from American Songwriter Magazine and a fellowship from the Native Arts & Culture Foundation. Her CDs are Birds of Mystery, Chickasaw and Lilac Sky.

The Peace Poets
The Peace Poets are a collective of artists that celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. Their art can take you on a journey from the Boogie Down to Berlin, from the border to the bodega. Their style emphasizes lyricism, rhythm and authenticity. Hailing from the Bronx, the crew has been rocking the mic since 2005.

Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 8pm:

Gloria Matlock & Michael Nix
Greenfield, Massachusetts, based music teachers Gloria Matlock and Michael Nix reach deep into the centuries-old tradition of African American song. With a powerful and authentic voice, Gloria sings gospel songs, spirituals, story songs, work songs, songs of slavery and emancipation, and present day freedom songs. She also does traditional drumming. Michael accompanies Gloria's singing on his homemade banjar, the direct ancestor of the banjo, whose origins are in West Africa. Gloria and MIchael have performed at People's Music Network Gatherings. This will be their Peoples' Voice Cafe debut.

Jeremy Aaron
Jeremy Aaron is a singer, storyteller, community organizer, bluesman, poet, guitarist, violinist, and the creator of Greenwich Village Showcase. Warm and real, his music evokes nights around the campfire with old friends. His songs tell of Ecuadorian shadows, magic lights, Adirondack evergreens, beggars’ coins, train tracks, and road trips. Check out his new CD, In the Magic Light.

Saturday, December 23, 2017, at 8pm:

Tribes Hill Holiday Showcase
Tribes Hill unites musicians of the lower Hudson Valley and their patrons in a music community. We believe that music is an affirmation of the spirit that transcends the human condition, unites people in a common experience, and helps us understand our differences. Our community is a conceptual gathering place for people of all races, politics, and faiths.

George Geierer

George Gierer crafts songs that are "deceptively hair-raising ruminations on everyman's struggle". He has written and recorded six albums as the front man of Whiskey Logic, South County, and Pluck & Rail.

Fred Gillen Jr., a New York Foundation For The Arts grant recipient, has released nine albums and toured all over the U.S. and Europe. His version of Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home" was featured on "Pete Remembers Woody. His songs reflect the struggles of the marginalized and forgotten, shining a light on both the despair and hope in the human condition.

Fred Gillen

Karen Hudson

Karen Hudson creates a special brew of Americana that combines the sounds of The Byrds, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. 3rd Coast Music magazine named her the Best Female Artist of 2013, and New York Music Daily called her "an elegant tunesmith, evocative lyricist...a subtly nuanced singer."

Susan Kane's sweet and sharp Americana is an alchemy of stuff dug from the dirt, born from books, gleaned from the air, yesterday's news and tomorrow's daydreams. called her recently released fourth CD, Mostly Fine, "a set of potent originals that reveal a rich and eminently human inner world through the superimposition of the mundane and the magic."

Susan Kane

Judy Kass

Judy Kass draws in her audience with soulful vocals, no-nonsense lyrical storytelling and genre-bending guitar and piano. Her CDs Better Things and Beyond the Ash and Steel were on the Folk DJ List of Top albums in 2014 and 2016, and she was a NERFA 2016 Folk DJ Showcase artist.

Larry Kolker is a dynamic performer of observant, touching and humorous songs, and is known for his rhythmic fingerstyle guitar and soulful blues harp. His music has been called the "urban country east-coast white-boy blues".

Larry Kolker

December 30, 2017:

Closed for New Year's Break

And coming up:

Jan 6:Reggie Harris; Pat Wictor

Jan 13:John O'Connor; Lindsey Wilson & the Human Hearts Trio

Jan 20:Martin Swinger; The Raging Grannies

Jan 27:Closed for People's Music Network Winter Gathering in Brooklyn, MA

Feb 3:Gerry Segal; Lois Morton

Feb 10:Rod MacDonald

Feb 17:Jerry Epstein Memorial Concert

Feb 24:Generations; Steve Schalchlin

Mar 3:The Siegel Family & Friends

Mar 10:International Women's Day: Pat Lamanna; Sharleen Leahy; 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; Luci Murphy

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).