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, March 24, 2018, at 8pm:

Colleen Kattau & Dos XX
Colleen Kattau combines the melodic and vocal gifts of artists like Joni Mitchell with the fearless lyrical punch of the best topical songwriters. She seamlessly incorporates Latin and Native American influences into her songs for a unique and satisfying sound. Her latest album, So Much Going On, was a 2015 Sammy nominee. After a performance one audience member said, "That was a religious experience." Tonight she will be joined by cellist extraordinaire, Barry Kornhauser.

Jon Ziv & Tom Weir
John Ziv and Tom Weir together as a duo for the first time ever. "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" is an apt description for what you will hear. Tom and John will be performing a variety of familiar, original, borrowed and blues songs with lots of singalong choruses and refrains. Proceeds from their set will be donated to the Peoples' Voice Cafe. Co-sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

"John and Tom are what Simon and Garfunkel might have become if they stayed together," is a quote we made up that does not describe us at all.--Tom and John.

Tonight's concert is co-sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

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.

March 31, 2018:

Closed for Easter Weekend and Passover

Saturday, April 7th, 2018, at 8pm:

Photo by Irene Young

Emma's Revolution
Emma's Revolution is the dynamic, award-winning activist duo of Pat Humphries & Sandy O. Winners of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize and the Phil Ochs Award, their songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger, and covered by Holly Near. With beautiful harmonies and genre-defying eclecticism, Emma’s Revolution delivers the strength of their convictions in an uprising of truth and hope for the #Resistance.

Emma’s Revolution’s latest CD, Revolution Now, garnered Top 2017 acclaim from folk radio stations across the country, including Top Artist #20 (just after Joan Baez), Top Album #24 (just after Bela Fleck) and Top Song #25 (just after Rhiannon Giddens) for their song, “Sing People Sing”, a loving tribute to the late Pete Seeger, who was a friend and mentor to the duo. Their music has been sung around the world and featured on NPR's All Things Considered and Pacifica’s Democracy Now! Emma’s Revolution performs at concert and peace and justice events, across the country and abroad. Advance tickets are available for this show on the duo’s website.

Saturday, April 14th, 2018, at 8pm:

Photo by Irene Young

An Evening with Holly Near: A Talk with Song
Singing, thinking and taking action in these most extraordinary times. Join Holly for an evening of story and song intended to raise our spirits and sharpen our wits. Come thinkers and activists, artists all. For over 45 years, Holly Near has been central to cultural activism. She will tell stories of her travels and sing songs inspired by social change movements - not for the sake of nostalgia but because we are alive today bringing all that we are to our loved ones and our world community. Holly’s glorious voice heals, inspires and holds space for change.

Saturday, April 21st, 2018, at 8pm:

Fourth Annual Ray Korona Song Night
Ray reminds us that immigrants are not the ones who “Make you work harder while cutting your pay and scheming to outsource your job away.” He warns sexist bosses: “This is Nine to Five, not Fantasy Island. Bring your newspaper here, leave your Hustler behind!” And if we get too much more sunshine: “Why not make the North Pole a hot spot for tennis? Put gondolas on New York streets – it worked in Venice!” Perhaps his most important message to us is “The People Are In Charge!” Trump makes us want to run and hide; Ray’s songs make us laugh and get active!

Please join us for our fourth annual concert of Ray Korona songs. Since he passed away, the band – and you! – have kept Ray’s music alive. This year Ivice, Barry Kornhauser, Ellen Davidson, and Gina Tlamsa — augmented by Laura Liben, Dave Tarlo and Chris Owens – will again present a selection of Ray’s songs. Interspersed will be guest performances by Lydia Adams Davis; Brooke Dramer & Tracy Fitz; DuPree; Jenny Amanda Hurwitz, Talbot Katz & SamiRose Katz; Sharleen Leahey; Marie Mularczyk O’Connell, Candice Baranello, Lorraine Berger & Doreen D’Amico; NYC Raging Grannies; Peter Pasco; Adele Rolider; Mercy Van Vlack, and Lindsey Wilson.

See the flyer for more information on the performers:

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 is also the author of the Broadway musical, Significant (And don’t let them tell you you’re not)." (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

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 198’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 the Disabled in Action Singers, Joel Landy, Heather Lev, Mike Levine (Eric’s brother), Anne Price, Steve Suffet, Gina Tlamsa, and possibly others. 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 favourite 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).