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 celebrating our fortieth year!

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Peoples Voice Cafe

Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 8pm:

Thea Hopkins
Thea Hopkins calls her music American Short Story Folk: concise, striking narratives that cast romance and tragedy in modern terms. Her crisp, clear voice blends gorgeous, sustained tones with blues and country inflections, sultry and sensuous, playful and serious all at once. Her classic "Jesus Is on the Wire" became a hit for Peter, Paul & Mary, and she has won an award from American Songwriter Magazine and a fellowship from the Native Arts & Culture Foundation. Thea's newest CD, Love Come Down, is a seamless song journey that begins with a gentle invocation, ends with a lullaby, and travels to a few dark American landscapes in between.

"Whatcha Gonna Do?"

Marie Mularczyk O'Connell & The Mountain Maidens
Three dynamic voices blend in ancient and modern harmonies that will lift your spirit and excite your senses. They sing ballads, folk songs, love songs, Medieval, Irish, country and gospel to the accompaniment of guitars, banjo, dulcimer, bouzouki, dumbec, spoon, castanets and washboard. They met at Swing The Teapot Irish Pub in Floral Park where they were singing for St. Patrick's Day and knew right away they would be a trio. Marie plays just about every string and percussion instrument there is (guitar, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, Irish Bouzouki, dumbec, bones and spoons) and sings British and American folksongs and Jewish music. Candice Baranello is a member of the Long Island group Wild Ginger. She plays dulcimer, washboard, and bodhran and sings traditional, Old Timey, classical and gospel. Lorraine Berger is a member of the Huntington Choral Society, plays guitar and flamenco castanets, dance board and sings in a beautiful alto.

"Down to the River to Pray"

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, October 27, 2018, at 8pm:

Aaron Fowler
Born a city-boy from Kansas, Aaron finds inspiration in the hard-working folks across this country--farmers, teachers, nurses, factory workers, urban and rural families all making this country great. Aaron unites a polished finger style and rhythm guitar playing with a warm tenor voice to sing songs of passion and purpose, of common folks bringing uncommon stories to life.

Joel Landy
Joel Landy has been an activist his entire life. His music has been published in Sing Out and heard on Pacifica Radio stations. His long running cable/internet show, Songs of Freedom, has won national acclaim. He is best known, however, for creative and energetic stage performances in New York City coffeehouses and demonstration stages throughout the country. From corporate media and class warfare to climate chaos and the NRA, Joel delivers intelligent songs with wit and humor in a style reminiscent of a young Phil Ochs.
"He's a real live wire!" --Pete Seeger.

Saturday, Noveber 3, 2018, at 8pm:

Ivy & Miranda
Ivice Rose (dulcimer) and Miranda Haydn (guitar) met at a singalong in Woodstock in 2009 and have been singing together ever since. Their repertoire includes songs of heartache, love, war and peace. Through traditional and contemporary music their harmonies inspire hope and clarity. PVC favorite Barry Kornhauser will join them on cello.

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, now celebrating forty-five years together, bring their unique sound and versatility to traditional songs, vintage blues, swing, country, folk classics, and stirring originals. With powerful voices and harmonies and excellent arrangements on guitars, mandolin, harmonica, dulcimer, and concertina, their sound is powerful and moving.

Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 8pm:

New York City Labor Chorus
The New York City Labor Chorus, with 75 members representing over 20 labor unions and District Councils, was founded in 1991. The chorus promotes worker solidarity by expressing through song the history and ongoing struggles of unions and working people for economic and social justice. Their dynamic repertoire combines the power and culture of union music with the great gospel, jazz, classical and folk traditions. NYC Labor Chorus has an international reputation as the premier multi-cultural and multi-generational labor chorus in the United States. It is a powerful cultural tool in the arsenal of workers. Wherever the struggle for people's rights is being waged, the Chorus will be there. You will enjoy an evening of delightful and rousing singing.

Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 8pm:

Photo by John F. Kramer

Judy Kass
Judy Kass draws in her audience with soulful vocals and genre-bending exploration of the guitar and piano. Her 2014 debut album Better Things and her 2016 CD Beyond the Ash and Steel both appeared on the Folk DJ List of Top Albums of the Year. Judy's recent single, "Look at Us Marching Now", caught the attention of Christine Lavin, who created a music video of the song. Judy was recently named a Top Five Winner in the Singer/Songwriter category of the 19th Great American Song Contest.

Patricia Shih
Multiple national award-winning singer-songwriter Patricia Shih and her husband/accompanist Stephen Fricker present a concert of Music with Meaning, folk fusion songs that have their roots in folk but are influenced by jazz, classical, rock, Broadway and more. Her all-original pieces carry meaningful lyrics, memorable melodies and a deep spirit, delving into the human condition to reach for the common thread that runs through humanity.

Saturday, November 24, 2018:

Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend

And coming up:

Dec 1: Kristin Lems; Sally Campbell

Dec 8: Charlie King; Deborah Silverstein

Dec 15: Toby Tobias: Journey from Johannesburg; Rupert Wates: The Lights of Paris

Dec 22: Thelma Thomas Tribute Night

Dec 29: [Closed for New Year's Break]

The Peoples' Voice Cafe's 2018-2019 season program is supported in part by grants from the Puffin Foundation, the Folk Music Society of New York, and the Community Church of New York Unitarian-Universalist (Ethelwyn Doolittle Grant).