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, April 28th, 2018, at 8pm:

David Dodson & Mary Kate Small
David Dodson writes great songs that run the gamut of American styles - folk, rock, blues, jazz and country. They cover a variety of topics and range from heartrending to hilarious. While he won’t be able to perform all 400 of them tonight, count on hearing some of his classics including “The Farthest Field,” a song widely recorded and included in the Rise Again song book. The Boston Globe said that Dodson has “An eye-twinkling, pretension-shattering wit that delighted and surprised the crowd all night.”

Lovely twists of fate brought Mary Kate Small to the People’s Music Network two decades ago, where her political song writing found an encouraging home. Plan on joining her for “Better Without Bombs” and humming along to her parody, “White Christians.” Mary Kate has dreamed of creating a Broadway Musical for years now called "Significant," subtitled "And don't let them tell you you're not." Perhaps its title song will make its debut in New York at the People's Voice Cafe." (David Dodson)
(Mary Kate Small)

Ben Tousley
Ben's lively, engaging concerts blend hopeful topical songs, singalongs, wry storytelling and lyrical love songs. He was the recipient of the Boston Beyond War award "for communicating a clear vision of our richly diverse human family through music." He has released seven albums of original songs.
"Tousley's ability to begin political writing deep within himself represents the genre at its best." --The Boston Globe

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, May 5th, 2018, at 8pm:

Jean Rohe
"A sure-footed young singer-songwriter," in the words of The New York Times, Jean Rohe writes one-of-a-kind narrative songs, concerned as much with the internal world as with the external. She is perhaps best known for "National Anthem: Arise! Arise!", her aspirational alternative national anthem, which has been performed by artists across the country and was published in the second edition of the popular songbook Rise Up Singing. Her most recent record, Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show, won three Independent Music Awards in 2014, and her next, Sisterly, will be a collection of songs about connections and destruction. She tours regularly with Liam Robinson as the duo Robinson & Rohe, which released its debut record, Hunger, in August.

David Roth
David Roth returns to the PVC after many years and multiple appearances here in the 1980’s when he lived in Manhattan. Since then his songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis, Peter, Paul, & Mary and Kingston Trio CDs, (and 14 of his own), four Positive Music Awards, the Rise Up Singing and Rise Again songbooks, and countless venues around the world for three decades.

Saturday, May 12th, 2018, at 8pm:

Eric Levine 10th Anniversary Memorial Concert / Peoples' Voice Benefit
Eric Levine, who passed away in May 2008 at the age of 51, was a folk musician, songwriter, peace and disability rights activist, Hey Brother - Hey Sister Coffee House performer and volunteer, People’s Music Network activist, musical director of the Disabled in Action Singers and of MacDougal Street Rent Party, producer of Topside Records, Peoples’ Voice Cafe performer and volunteer, and much more. Please come as we celebrate Eric's life at the 10th anniversary of his death. Performers will include Mike, Nick, and Zack Levine (Eric's brother and two nephews), the Disabled in Action Singers, Joel Landy, Heather Lev, Anne Price, Steve Suffet, and Gina Tlamsa. 100% of the net proceeds will go to support the Peoples’ Voice Cafe.

Saturday, May 19th, 2018, at 8pm:

Gathering Sparks
You will come to listen, and walk away singing. Gathering Sparks is the graceful collision of Eve Goldberg and Jane Lewis, musical friends who blend tight harmonies, finely crafted songs, and a love of participatory singing to create an intimate and uplifting experience. Their inclusive approach embraces folk, pop, blues and gospel influences tastefully played on acoustic guitar, piano, accordion, and ukulele. Their debut six-song CD was nominated for a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, and they have become an audience favorite at concert series and festivals across Canada. They are currently recording their first full-length CD.

Walkabout Clearwater Chorus
The Walkabout Chorus was created by Pete Seeger to bring the environmental message of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater inland where the boat can't sail. For more than a quarter century the chorus has been performing songs about the environment, peace, and justice – keeping the old songs alive and teaching new ones – and always encouraging audiences to sing along. Walkabout has performed throughout the east coast and internationally and appears on Pete Seeger's Grammy-winning CD, Pete Seeger at 89 and in Peter Yarrow's Singalong Special on PBS.

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).