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, 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?

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, 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.

Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 8pm:

Songs to Celebrate Women's Suffrage & Women's History Month

Photo by Lyn Burnstine

The Herstorians
Celebrate International Woman's Month with songs and stories performed by three women singer-songwriters. Join Pat Lamanna, Lydia Adams Davis and Sharleen Leahey to honor our foremothers' struggles for equality and justice. For the past year the trio has been performing gripping songs of activism and bravery about the women's movements for Abolition, Temperance and Suffrage to enthusiastic audiences throughout the Hudson Valley. Historical material from the 19th and 20th centuries is brought full circle with original contemporary songs written to honor the rising feminist resistance to oligarchy and endless war. Don't miss this rare New York City appearance--an inspiring musical journey performed with drama, humor and passion. (Sharleen Leahey)

Lindsey Wilson
Opening the show is Lindsey Wilson, a singer/songwriter who embraces issues of the heart and mind in empowering songs encompassing love and protest. Her influences include Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, and Carole King but her message is all her own.

Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 8pm:
Irish Women's Voices for Peace & Equality

Dian Killian
Dian performs under the name DK and the Joy Machine, the latter being her Appalachian Mountain dulcimer. Her quirky and smart songs celebrate all the crucial things in life: getting the girl's phone number on the train, falling in love with feral cats, and treating yourself with kindness. Known for her sultry, expressive voice, well crafted songs, and genre-blending, innovative work on mountain dulcimer--plucking, strumming, bowing and rocking out on this trad instrument, DK's music is at turns evocative, moving, playful and fun, and always genuine.
Note: The first 25 people who attend the show will receive a free copy of Dian Killian's CD, Shy One.

Alice Farrell
Alice has been singing traditional Irish music in the New York session scene for over 25 years and was the founder of the weekly session at Swift Hibernian Lounge in Greenwich Village. Alice studied with noted Irish singer and song collector Frank Harte and has recorded with Colm Mac Con Iomaire, the fiddler in the original lineup of seminal Irish trad supergroup Kila. Her catalog encompasses both Irish and American traditions. Nowadays, you can find Alice most Wednesday evenings at the Aubergine Cafe in Woodside, Queens, where she is a resident member of the Sunnyside Singers Club.

Alison Kelley
Alison grew up singing traditional music as a chantey brat at South Street Seaport. She was also inspired by sitting at the feet of Pete Seeger as he performed for children on the Upper West Side. Bitten by the music bug, she hasn't stopped singing since. When not sailing on the Mystic Whaler or haunting Mystic Seaport, Alison performs with The Johnson Girls (sea chantey and maritime music women's quartet), Ida Red (a triad of sultry songbirds), The New York Packet (South Street Seaport's official maritime music group), and The NexTradition (a dynamic a capella duo). On rare occasions, Alison performs as a solo artist or with her mentor Craig Edwards, occasionally accompanying herself with "The Banshee," her clawhammer 5-string banjo.

Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 8pm:

Colleen Kattau & Dos XX
Colleen Kattau combines the melodic and vocal gifts of artists like Joni Mitchell with the fearless lyrical punch of the best topical songwriters. She seamlessly incorporates Latin and Native American influences into her songs for a unique and satisfying sound. Her latest album, So Much Going On, was a 2015 Sammy nominee. After a performance one audience member said, "That was a religious experience." Tonight she will be joined by cellist extraordinaire, Barry Kornhauser.

Jon Ziv & Tom Weir
John Ziv and Tom Weir together as a duo for the first time ever. "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" is an apt description for what you will hear. Tom and John will be performing a variety of familiar, original, borrowed and blues songs with lots of singalong choruses and refrains. Proceeds from their set will be donated to the Peoples' Voice Cafe. Co-sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

"John and Tom are what Simon and Garfunkel might have become if they stayed together," is a quote we made up that does not describe us at all.--Tom and John.

Tonight's concert is co-sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

And coming up:

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 21:4th Annual 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).