Peoples Voice Cafe The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse offering live entertainment in New York City,
from folk music and protest songs to rap and jazz, and poetry, storytelling, and dance.

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~ Fall 2017 Season ~

Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 8pm:

Carolyn Hester's 80th Birthday Celebration
Carolyn Hester, living legend and pioneer of the Urban Folk Revival, celebrated her 80th birthday this year. Tonight she and her daughters, Amy and Karla Blume, will perform highlights from her career of over sixty years.
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Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 8pm:

Joshua Garcia
Joshua Garcia is a folksinger / songwriter influenced by his heroes Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Joshua now lives in Astoria, Queens. A firm believer in "the album" as an artistic format, Joshua is currently recording his first CD.

Jan Luby
Jan Luby is known for her engaging stage presence as well as a voice full of passion, range and power. Janís songs are evocative, lyrical, personal stories, ranging from socially relevant to silly. She connects with people whether performing to a large audience at a festival, or in an intimate coffeehouse setting, or heard by those nearby when singing from solitary confinement.

Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 8pm:

Tret Fure
Tret Fure's concerts employ a rich canopy of beautifully crafted lyrics and varied musical styles from folk, blues, and jazzy-tinged melody and chording. She is a polished storyteller whose tales will leave you laughing and crying while her songs lift your heart and fill you with joy. She has a wonderful way of engaging you, inviting you to sing along and express yourself. Climb into Tret's world of song tonight.

Liz Hershon & the Living Room Singers
Lizzie Hershon & The Living Room Singers are thrilled to return to the Peoples' Voice Cafe. The group brings together the unique voices of Alison Kelley, Katie Browning, Chris Seymour, and Frank Woerner, all led by Elizabeth Hershon. Members have performed solo and in various groups, including The Johnson Girls, The X Seamenís Institute, and The NexTradition. Tonight they will present "In a Time of Love and War," a program of traditional songs drawn from a rich variety of sources.

Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 8pm:

Professor Louie & the Lewis Family
Professor Louie performs at meetings, rallies, benefits and demonstrations in Russia, Australia, China, Europe and the USA. He raps hard-hitting, punchy songs about race, class, injustice, and rising up.

Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 8pm:

Bill & Eli Perras
The many inspired lyrics interpreted by Eli, combined with Bill's bluesy finger-style guitar playing, create a uniquely modern take on true Americana music in its purest form. Receiving much recognition for their tightly woven musical creativity, they humbly remain true to their personal values. They speak out with strong heartfelt lyrics accompanied by soulful rhythms against social injustices, corporate greed, and daily follies in everyday life. Eli & Bill are mainstays of the Florida folk scene.

George Mann
A former union organizer and activist in New York, George Mann sings songs from the last century of labor and social activism, and his own songs are powerful and funny takes on the state of the nation. His concerts are part sing-along, part history lesson, and he can make you shout for joy, send chills down your spine or bring tears to your eyes in the same set. George created and produced the Hail to the Thief! anti-Bush CD series, which featured Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips, Billy Bragg, and others, and The Almanac Trail, a CD that celebrates the music of The Almanac Singers.

Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 8pm:

The Rix
Old friends Rik Palieri and Rick Nestler, proponents of the "Hudson River School of Music", take the stage as a duo for an evening filled with songs both old and new, familiar and obscure, and from poignant to just plain zany! Playing individually and together in various combinations on guitars, banjos, ukulele, Native American flute, Ozark Mouth bow, autoharp and perhaps even the Polish bagpipe, there will be plenty of chances for singing along, foot tapping, knee slapping, and belly laughing!

Photo by Dan Tappan

Chris Nauman
Cleveland-born Chris Nauman is an award winning singer/songwriter who pumps passion into his performance with his dynamic guitar work and expressive vocals. He commands the stage with a keen sense of honesty and freshness. Drawing inspiration from Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy, Colin Meloy, Bob Dylan and others, Nauman channels his Midwestern sensibilities into a spirited blend of Americana and folk-rock. Sometimes caressing, sometimes kinetic, his music is always sure to please.

Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 8pm:

Jaeger & Reid
Jaeger & Reid (Judi Jaeger & Bob Reid) present well crafted, intelligently written songs of personal experience and social awareness. Their performances feature rich voices in tight harmony over the interplay of two guitars, or guitar and ukelele. Bob served on the Peopleís Music Network Steering Committee in the 90s as a West Coast Representative from California. Judi Jaeger grew up near Montreal and Vancouver and brings her Canadian perspective to the duo.

Filthy Rotten System
The Filthy Rotten System is a folk/rock/protest band grounded in the values of the Catholic Worker Movement, supporting peace and justice for all people. They are usually found out front at New York and New Jersey peace vigils, immigrant support marches and rallies, and a variety of other events for progressive causes. Activists all, the members of the band rock and will move you with their spirited versions of familiar songs and an occasional original.

Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 8pm:

Tsibele is a Brooklyn-based klezmer band. Their first album, In Droysn iz Finster (Itís Dark Outside), showcases their original compositions and dark, atmospheric arrangements of Yiddish songs drawn from the Jewish music of Romania and Moldova, 19th century secular Yiddish folksongs from Eastern Europe, and contemporary folk and improvised music. Some songs describe life under capitalism and heteropatriarchy, yearning for freedom and unrequited love, while others celebrate the triumph over tyranny.

Diane Perry & Todd Dennison
Beauty, Passion and Heart. Thatís what the duo of Julliard-trained violinist Diane Perry and? guitarist Todd Dennison attains with their unique blend of folk, swing, jazz and classical music. Together they explore the outer limits that two voices and two instruments can realize. ?
"Madly original... playful, mischievous, and innocent all at once." --New Jersey Jazz Society. ?

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 Womanís 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.

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. Tonight they will be joined by vocalist/harmonist extraordinaire Jermaine Golden.

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 NPRís Morning Edition.

Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 8pm:

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.

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.

Please note: Thea Hopkins has cancelled due to the storm. The Peace Poets will perform the entire evening. We apologize for any convenience. Thea Hopkins will be rescheduled next year.

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, beggarsí 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

The Peoples' Voice Cafe's 2016-2017 season program was supported in part by an
Ethelwyn Doolittle Grant from the Community Church of New York (Unitarian-Universalist).