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Video interview with Ray Korona
NOTE NEW LOCATION!
The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 East 35th St.
(between Madison & Park). Take the #6 train to 33rd St.; or the B, D, F, N, Q or R train to
34th Street. Click
for directions or call 212-787-3903.
All shows start at 8 PM, Saturdays; doors open at 7:30. We do not accept reservations in
advance, so come early to be assured of a seat.
$15 contribution--more if you choose, less if you can't; no one
turned away. If you are a member of Peoples' Voice Cafe, then the suggested
contribution is $10. We also accept TDF vouchers for full admission.
Wheelchair accessible (including bathrooms). For info
Buskin & Batteau
With the release of their long-awaited new CD, Red Shoes and Golden Hearts,
award-winners David Buskin and Robin Batteau demonstrate that despite their
13-year hiatus in order to, 1) "raise kids," and 2) " take a nap", they have not lost
their unique alchemy, their " irresistible amalgam of melodic, sensual pop,
folkie grit and killer wit"(Washington Post). Ably assisted by super-percussionist
Marshal Rosenberg, David (on piano and guitar) and Robin (on violin and guitar)
take therir audiences on a journey described by the NY Times as "by turns
acerbic, funny and plaintive. Buskin and Batteau are breathing new life into the
genre of the folk-pop singer/songwriter." They've played in Carnegie Hall and on
London street corners; worked with or written for almost everybody: Judy Collins,
Tom Paxton, Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Christine Lavin and Josh White, Jr.,
f'rinstance; and shared Grammy, Emmy, Clio and Gold Record awards and an Oscar
nomination. For their work in the nonprofit sector, they've each been honored
with the World Folk Music Association's Kate Wolf Award.
Throughout a 35-year performing career, Rod MacDonald has been entertaining
audiences worldwide with his timeless ballads, modern folk songs, and his musical
versatility. He's a prolific and poignant communicator, regarded as "one of the
most politically and socially aware lyricists of our time." (All Music Guide).
The first American folksinger to tour the liberated Czech Republic, at the
Straznice Festival he debuted his passionate anthem "For The People," a tribute
to the newly freed Czechs. His songs have been covered by the likes of Dave Van
Ronk, Christine Lavin, Four Bitchin' Babes and Garnet Rogers. Now based in South
Florida, Rod was a major part of the 80s Greenwich Village folk renaissance,
frequently headlining at the Speakeasy and Folk City. As evidenced by his most
recent release, "After The War," which Dirty Linen calls "the one his fans have
been waiting for," Rod seamlessly weaves romantic ballads in-between his
trademark tongue-in-cheek socio-political commentaries. "Think Phil Ochs, Loudon
Wainwright and Bob Dylan all wrapped in one." (Dan's Distractions).
"Two Lives to Live"
Susan Gordon-Clark: "Red Flags"
"Red Flags," written and performed by Susan Gordon-Clark, is a chilling one-act
anatomy of an abusive relationship. Dana McCoy, Creative Director and Founder of
the Pillowfight Theatre Festival where "Red Flags" premiered, says, "I beseech
you, if you are a woman, if you have daughters, sisters, girlfriends, know
anyone in a potentially abusive relationship, or just love thrillers, see this
play. Susan's deft unfolding of a human frog in a slowly heating pot of water
is hair-raising, and the audience responses show me that I'm not alone in my
strong response to this story and her artful portrayal of it. And it could
literally save lives or years of someone's life."
Laura Warfield: "Life Stories"
"Life Stories: songs along the way," is written & performed by Laura Warfield.
Native New Yorker Laura's life journey is reflected in her songwriting. Her
topics are wide-ranging, from what passes for the economy to women's issues to
the possibilities of peace in the world. Victory Review Music says "Warfield
writes from the heart with a good bit of magical humor." Songs about "lonely
hearts in the city" ("Lenny and Lucy") and the "Unemployment Line" prove a
streetwise background. Through well-placed musical beat and well timed lines of
tongue-in-cheek, Warfield keeps you up and listening." Mary Travers said "there's
poetry in those lyrics," and Sing Out magazine calls her music "catchy and
There are too many messages on the airwaves and in the ether that sneer that we
are not good enough, we should feel shame and we can't win today's social and
spiritual challenges. But once you attend a Spook Handy concert you'll know why
his songs have been covered by dozens of positive, heart-lifting artists and why
he's appeared on stage with the likes of Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow and Donovan.
The passion, purpose and spirit of American folk music ring loud and clear
through a rich blend of Americana, folk, bluegrass, blues and original material.
Mike Agranoff is one of those folk performers who steadfastly defy categorization.
He draws his material from traditional ballads and fiddle tunes, Tin Pan Alley,
contemporaries in the folk world, and his own witty pen. He delivers it with a
skilled hand on guitar, piano, and concertina, an almost telepathic transmittal
of the essence of the song, and an occasionally sly twinkle in the eye in
anticipation of some of the most horrible parodies ever perpetrated on an
No one else plays guitar and racked harmonica like Peter Pasco, and no one else
writes songs like his. The melodies are unique and the lyrics subtly crafted,
with novel metaphors and internal rhymes that delight the ear. His subject
matter is moving and thought-provoking, reflecting an interesting life that
started in Tallahassee, Florida, and has included folk groups and rock bands, an
M.A. in English, and stints as a plant care specialist and a music therapist.
Coming Up in April & May:
Jolie Rickman Celebration
Celebrate International Women's Day with an evening of creativity, love and compassion in
the spirit of Jolie's songs, which inspire the same. With special guests Pamela Means,
Colleen Kattau and Some Guys (Dave Pandori, Mike Brandt, Jamie Yaman, Yuri Gohan), Barry
Kornhauser, Craig Rouskey, Nervous But Excited. Singer-songwriter and activist Jolie
Christine Rickman (1970-2005) was a critically-acclaimed musician and cultural activist
with a nationwide community of support. A dedicated student of feminism, nonviolence and
direct action, Jolie was in part inspired to music after studying with Coretta Scott King
at The King Center in Atlanta, GA. Years later Jolie left a doctoral program in Social
Movements to devote herself to music and social change. As a result, Jolie's music and
spirit reached out, offering her revolutionary spirit to untold thousands around the US
and abroad. Her eclectic style of music and performance was celebrated for its sonic,
lyric and social innovation. Jolie's CDs, reissued with bonus tracks, will be available
at the show.
Tribute to Mercedes Sosa
A Legend of Latin American Song
with Rebecca Salazar & Barry Kornhauser
Singer Rebecca Salazar and guitarist/cellist Barry Kornhauser reignite revolutionary and
emotional sparks from the songbook of this Argentinian visionary (July 9, 1935-October 4,
2009). Her music runs the gamut from the political to the intensely personal, giving
voice to the spirit, history, and people of Latin America.
Jean Rohe and her Band
Celebrating her debut album, Lead Me Home, Jean Rohe is quickly becoming a gem of
New York City's jazz and Brazilian music scene. After winning two awards at the Montreux
Jazz Festival in 2006, Jean assembled an unusual sextet, featuring accordion, clarinet,
and South American percussion. The resulting project involves the full breadth of Jean's
stylistic attractions, challenging traditional boundaries around musical genres. Her
original compositions and fresh arrangements of songs from Latin America explore the
intersections of jazz, North American folk music, Brazilian and Afro-Peruvian traditions.
Matt Jones: 50 years of songwriting
Tonight, songs of freedom and struggle featuring international freedom singer and composer
Matt Jones. A former Field Secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
(SNCC) and former director of the SNCC Freedom Singers, Matt was arrested 29 times in the
movement. His repertoire of over 500 songs includes his "Ballad of Medgar Evers," used in
the film The Ghosts of Mississippi. Currently Matt travels the world teaching
civil rights history, relating his experiences and singing freedom songs. He's also the
1986 founder and director of the Open House Coffee House (call 212-874-3423 for info).
Singer/songwriter, educator, producer and director Donal Leace started out as "Washington's
Favorite Folk Singer" when a 60s college student at Howard University. He can sing it all,
but is at his best on the slow, melodic ballads that have become his trademark. He brings
his passion for social justice and civil rights to his music. With roots in traditional
American folk music, he's sought to incorporate the musical traditions and political
concerns of the countries he's visited (Turkey, Japan, but especially South Africa and
Brooklyn Women's Chorus
with Annie Dinerman
The Brooklyn Women's Chorus, directed by
Bev Grant, is back for their annual Peoples' Voice
Cafe concert. Now in their 13th year of existence, this spirited community chorus based in
Park Slope continues to demonstrate the joy of singing, combined with songs that nourish
our minds and touch our hearts and souls. They are excited to be performing a number of
new arrangements. Joining them at this performance will be singer/songwriter Annie
Dinerman, an award-winning, contemporary folk singer-songwriter with a funny, frank and
definitely female point of view.
Closed for Easter & Passover
Ray Korona Band
Sarah Thompsen & Bernardo Palombo
Disabled in Action Singers
Goddess Gospel Choir
New York City Labor Chorus
with Amy and Karla Blume