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.

Now in our 41st year!

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Peoples Voice Cafe

Saturday, January 25, 2020:

Closed for the People's Music Network Winter Convergence

Saturday, February 1st, 2020, at 8pm:

Jenna Linbo
Singer-songwriter. Dog-lover. Bike-rider turned banjo player somewhere along the way. Jenna is a multi-instrumentalist who makes room for the sweetness and sorrow life brings, shining a light on the sacred in the ordinary and finding magic in the mundane. Jenna’s lively energy is infectious -- of which a New Yorker recently proclaimed, “That is genuine joy.” Hold onto your hats for an engaging performance, peppered with poetry, spoken word, and melodies that will follow you home.

"Harbor and My Boat"

Photo: Susan Wilson

Ruth Hill
Songwriter, singer, storyteller, Ruth Hill has roots that run deep in the hills of New England. She is inspired by the gritty joy of growing up in a working-class family, and by a wandering spirit that’s taken her to both poles of the globe. She accompanies herself expressively on guitar, but it’s when she opens her heart and sings from a place of depth and compassion that you are compelled to lean in closer. Ruth was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Great American Song Contest.

"Bitten by the Wolf"

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, February 8, 2020, at 8pm:

Rod MacDonald
Rod MacDonald rose to prominence in 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 twelve CDs and and gives a hundred performances annually, 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, Beginning Again, was released in 2018. In 2014 he published his first novel, The Open Mike.

"American Jerusalem"

Joe Jencks
A 20-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, Joe Jencks delivers compelling musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Blending vivid songwriting with well-crafted instrumentals, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. He is deeply rooted in social justice work, and draws on many cultural and artistic reference points in his concerts. Co-founder of the band Brother Sun, Joe has also penned several #1 songs, including the ever–relevant "Lady of The Harbor." His latest CD is the award-winning The Forgotten: Recovered Treasures From The Pen of Si Kahn.

"Everybody Sings the Blues"

Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 8pm:

Gary Allard & Friends
Gary Allard is a soulful contemporary singer-songwriter. He continues to build his unique sound by extracting inspiration from a plethora of genres, including folk-blues, gospel, R&B and Caribbean music. He composes his lyrics from his own personal and social experiences, striving to connect with his audience through tender yet powerful emotional singing.

Bob Brashear
Bob Brashear is a singer-songwriter in the Americana tradition who performs both solo and with his "floating musical collective" Home (Away) Band. The "We Love Songwriters" blog has described him as "foremost an American artist" who creates "down to earth American roots music...with even a hint of magic." His songs tell stories ofthe journey towards personal and societal transformation. Bob performs in bars, clubs, churches, living rooms, festivals, rallies, and even the occasional laundromat. His greatest joy as an artist is collaboration with others in both creation and performance.

"Everything's Gonna Be Okay"

Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 8pm:

Lonnie Harrington
Guitarist, percussionist, singer, songwriter, and author Lonnie Harrington has been strumming, hitting, and singing his way throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada for more than 45 years, spanning many musical genres, including rock, soul, R&B, worldbeat, and Native American styles. He has been a member of Grooves of the Hemisphere and Kandia Crazy Horse's Cactus Rose, and was a guest on Martha Redbone's album Garden of Love. He sings with several New York City Native American Drum Groups. His album Northern Tropicale and Other Romantic Illusions was released in 2017. He is also the author of Both Sides of the Water: Essays on African-Native American Interactions.

Clare Horgan
You will never forget the first time that you hear Clare sing a traditional Irish unaccompanied song, where she seems to lose herself completely in the powerful ancient, landscape of her native Ireland. In one song, she will draw you into the mystical world of pre-Christian Ireland; in the next song, you will find yourself sharing a laugh, hearing her admonish a misbehaving man in a raunchy blues number, and before you know it, you have stepped into a dimly-lit jazz club in 1940s New York, sharing in the heartache of lost love. Don't miss this rare U.S. appearance.

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 joined by Mario Cancel, a classically-trained musician and ethnomusicologist from Puerto Rico.

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"

And coming up...

Mar 7: Women Songwriters Night: Pat Lamanna, Sharleen Leahey, Lindsey Wilson & Carolann Solebello

Mar 14: Shawna Caspi + Lydia Adams Davis

Mar 21: Elizabeth Jennings, a play by Lionelle Hamanaka

Mar 28: Welcome Spring! Poetry & Music Extravaganza with Fred Arcoleo, Demetrius Daniel, Robert Gibbons, Amber Atiya & friends

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

Apr 18: Cleo Carol Knopf + Katie Naplatarski

Apr 25: Gathering Sparks + 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)