The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse offering
quality entertainment in New York City.

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The Peoples' Voice Cafe is sad to announce the death, in late 2014, of Ray Korona, who was a guiding spirit of the Café since its early years. Ray's tireless dedication to the café; his generosity in sharing his time, skills, and talents; and the annual Ray Korona Band concerts celebrating our community cannot be replaced. His passing leaves a hole in the fabric of our lives that can be patched over but never mended.
The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist
40 East 35th St. (between Madison Ave. & Park Ave.)
New York, NY, 10016

to 33rd St. (two and a half short blocks to the church)
to 34th Street/Herald Square (three and a half long blocks)

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.

$18 contribution -- more if you choose, less if you can't; no one turned away.
For PVC subscribers the suggested contribution is $10.

Wheelchair accessible (including bathrooms). For info call 212-787-3903.

April 23, 2016:

Closed for Passover

April 30, 2016:

Professor Louie & the Lewis Family
Jordan Carlos writes and performs on Comedy Central's " Nightly Show" and does stand-up all around the country. Shayna Lewis and Matt Hunger run an organic farm upstate and write and play music mostly in the winter. Talk to them if you want to buy their produce. Perry Robinson, a multiple first place winner of the Downbeat International Jazz Poll, has played all over the world with musicians from Dave Brubeck to Badal Roy to Charlie Haden. Joe Lewis plays blues guitar and mouth harp in various bars in Mexico. Erica Hansen sang with the U Mass Chamber Choir and also won the gold medal as the lead vocalist in the state-wide Jazz Band Competition. Professor Louie, a veteran of the Peoples Voice Cafe, has played more meetings, rallies, benefits and demonstrations than even he can remember. Most everyone has CDs out somewhere in the world.

May 7, 2016: Women in Story & Song:

Thelma Thomas
Thelma Ruffin Thomas is artistic director of The Pearls of Wisdom, a touring ensemble of elder storytellers. In richly narrated presentations she tells stories that illuminate her own past and our collective histories. She has brought her lively, spirited, authentic presentations to Tanzania, Brazil, Ghana, Costa Rica, The Gambia, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Kenya, and (coming up this spring) Camaroon, continuing the tradition of elder folk art stories. Thelma is a founding member of The African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc. and a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers and the Harlem Arts Alliance.

Robin Greenstein
Robin Greenstein plays guitar, banjo and ukelele. She studied and worked with folk legend Hedy West, was signed to Bob Dylan's publishing company, and was a clinician for Martin Guitars. Her first "real" job was a grant to study and perform Jewish music. She sings in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino. Robin's most recent CD is Songs of the Season, with Cecelia Kirtland.

May 14, 2016:

Joel Landy
Pete Seeger called him "A real live wire!" and audiences say he reminds them of Phil Ochs. He has sung in coffeehouses and at demonstrations around the country, and his songs are heard on Pacifica Radio. Joel Landy is a familiar friend and spirit at the PVC, known for his topical songwriting, clever parodies, and energetic stage performances. He is perhaps best known as the producer and host of Songs of Freedom, an award winning cable television program celebrating the dignity of human struggle, seen in New York City and on the internet since 1996. Joel says, "My shows are about creating a safe and fun place for people to express themselves." It’s what he does best.

Steve Suffet
Peoples' Voice Cafe volunteer Steve Suffet is best described as an old-fashioned folksinger in the People's Music tradition. His repertoire is a mixture of railroad songs, trucker songs, miner songs, union songs, old-time country music, ballads, blues, ragtime, Gospel songs, bluegrass, topical-political songs, Woody Guthrie songs, and whatever else tickles his fancy, including many songs he has written himself in traditional folk styles. Over the past few years Steve has become better known as a performer in the United Kingdom than back home in the USA. Here in his native New York City, Steve often sings a song or two in a group concert, but this will be one of the rare occasions when he gets to do a full-length performance in his own home town. Don't miss it!

May 21, 2016:

A Toast To Those Who Are Gone:
Matt Jones/Phil Ochs Tribute with Magpie

Celebrate the lives and music of two troubadours of topical songs, with performances by Magpie (Terry Leonino & Greg Artzner) and readings by Susie Erenrich.

Matt Jones (September 17, 1936 - March 30, 2011)
Matt Jones was one of the leaders of the Nashville student movement while enrolled at Tennessee State University in 1960. He wrote his first freedom song in 1961, and in 1963 developed the Danville Voices. The group would go into the tobacco fields of Virginia using freedom songs as an organizing tool. In Danville, he wrote many anthems including the Ballad of Medgar Evers. In the fall of 1963, Matt went to Atlanta to reorganize the SNCC Freedom Singers. He remained with them until 1967. Matt was arrested 29 times while in the Civil Rights Movement. For more then five decades, he dedicated his life to the ongoing struggles for social change. Matt composed more than 500 songs during his lifetime. He will have turned 80 on September 17, 2016.

Phil Ochs (December 19, 1940 - April 9, 1976)
Phil Ochs was a musical spokesman of the 1960's. His song, I Ain't Marchin' Anymore was one of the anthems of the anti-Vietnam War Movement. He was a committed activist who never compromised. In 1964, Phil joined the Mississippi Caravan of Music to help break the back of Jim Crow. He went South to support the domestic warriors on the front lines and then used his songs to educate those who were unaware of southern racial injustice or were unable to make the journey. Throughout his life he traveled the world, lending his voice to many causes and organizing significant concerts like the 1973 “Evening With Salvador Allende,” to raise money for the Chilean people after the 9/11/1973 coup. Phil’s friend, Chilean folksinger Victor Jara, was tortured and executed during the early days of the dictatorship, so the show took on special meaning. This tribute concert marks the 40th anniversary of Phil’s death.

Magpie’s career has spanned more than forty years. The duo has traveled the globe, bringing their unique sound and breathtaking versatility to audiences everywhere. From traditional songs to vintage blues, swing and country to folk classics to contemporary and stirring original compositions, they cover a lot of musical ground. With their powerful voices and harmonies and their excellent instrumental arrangements on guitars, mandolin, harmonica, dulcimer, and concertina, their sound is much bigger than just two people. Award-winning recording artists, songwriters, musical historians, and social activists, Terry and Greg always promise a presentation that is highly entertaining as well as provocative and deeply moving. Tonight they will honor two movers and shakers that touched their heart and transformed their lives.

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Coming Up This Fall, 2016:

Sep 17:Hudson Valley Sally + Terry Kitchen & Mara Levine

Sep 24:Owens Brothers Band + Filthy Rotten System

Oct 1:Dani Savyon + Gerry Segal

Oct 8:Bill & Eli Perras + Fred Arcoleo & Amy Soucy

Oct 15:Benefit Concert for People’ Music Network & Peoples’ Voice Cafe

Oct 22:Kevin Nathaniel + MaryNell Morgan

Oct 29:Martin Daly + Carrie & Michael Kline

Nov 5:Hawaiian Music & Dance Night

Nov 12:Pam Parker + Judy Gorman

Nov 19:Sally Campbell + Jay Mankita

Nov 26:Closed for Thanksgiving weekend

Dec 3:Charlie King & Bev Grant

Dec 10:Adele Rolider + Dave Dersham

Dec 17:Mai Hernon & Celtic Font + Marie Mularczyk O’Connell & friends

Dec 24:Closed for Christmas / Winter holidays

Dec 31:Closed for New Year’s Eve