peoples voice cafe The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse offering
quality entertainment in New York City.

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Ray Korona (1946-2014) was a guiding spirit of the Peoples' Voice Cafe since its early years. Ray's tireless dedication to the PVC; his generosity in sharing his time, skills, and talents; and the annual Ray Korona Band concerts celebrating our community cannot be replaced. His passing left 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.

$20 contribution -- more if you choose, less if you can't; no one turned away.
For PVC subscribers the suggested contribution is $12.

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

October 22, 2016:

Kevin Nathaniel and Friends
Kevin Nathaniel returns to Peoples' Voice Cafe for an interactive healing resonance, "Songs of the Awakening." His music ranges from meditative to dance frenzy, featuring the ancient Afrikan instruments mbira and shekere. Be ready to sing and move, and experience the healing vibrations coming from all directions through circle singing, and breath and body music, as "Songs of the Awakening" is about the big picture of unity and love. Special Guests: Marsha Perry Starkes and Lakshmi Marfil Delgado.

MaryNell Morgan
MaryNell Morgan is an inspirational a capella singer of traditional spirituals, blues and pop. Her music has taken her to Caffe Lena, Peoples’ Voice Café, Folk Factory, and colleges across the nation. MaryNell has been a member of the People’s Music Network for over 20 years. When not singing, she is a professor of political science at Empire State College at Saratoga Springs, NY.

October 29, 2016:

Martin Daly
Martin Daly was born in County Cork, Ireland, and came of age during the folk revival of the early 60's. He became fluent in the singing of traditional Irish and English songs, later adding traditional American songs to his repertoire. He was heavily influenced by the singing and writing of Ewan McColl and Woody Guthrie. Later, he was a founding member of the legendary Stoker's Lodge. After a few years Martin returned to solo work and won first place in the songwriting competition at the Cork Folk Festival two years in a row. He emigrated to the United States in 1986 and currently lives in Queens, NYC. Martin has appeared as a guest artist on several albums and is currently recording his own. This will be his first performance at Peoples' Voice Cafe.

Carrie & Michael Kline
Michael and Carrie Kline weave West Virginia stories and folklore with spine tingling harmonies on voice and guitar. They live and breathe Appalachian music and culture. Their voices carry the songs with truth and authenticity. The Klines present their music both as entertainment and social history, with engaging ease and hard-hitting passion. They have spent years recording music and spoken narratives from Cherokee, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. They have documented the southern mountain experience and music in industrial cities from Cincinnati to New England.

November 5, 2016:

Hawaiian Music & Dance Night
Come beat the winter chill with an evening of traditional Hawaiian music and dance produced by Evy Mayer, and co-sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York, Inc. You will hear ukuleles, slack key guitar, steel guitar and more, from some of the finest local practitioners of Hawaiian music, including Jason Poole (The Accidental Hawaiian Crooner,) who will be joined by Tommy Cheng, Kristabelle and dancers Dara Faust & Lisa Herlinger-Thompson from Na Lehua Melemele, plus Triboro (Evy Mayer, Don Friedman, and Phyllis Elkind.) We will also have hula dancing by members of Pua Ali'i 'Ilima o Nuioka, under the direction of kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine of Hawai'i, and the musicians of Pua Ali'i 'Ilima o Nuioka (Claudia Goddard, Chris Davis and Andy Wang). And if you feel like dancing, you might even learn a hula yourself, taught by Ping Chun. Wear a Hawaiian shirt or other festive attire.

November 12, 2016:

Pam Parker
Pam Parker is a labor musician, activist and union electrician. She is the founder of the Charm City Labor Chorus and a member of the DC Labor Chorus, The Pride of Baltimore Chorus and a mixed quartet. “The chanteuse blends Billie’s precision with Aretha’s brand of Soul and has been using her perfect classic voice to lure in crowds for years – it’s the combination of sweet tone and spot on vibrato that makes seeing her live addictive.” --The Washington Post

Judy Gorman
Judy Gorman's songs get their wings from her imagination and their roots from folk, blues, jazz and gospel. Her passionate vocals remind us that another world is possible. Pete Seeger sums up Judy Gorman like this: "She came, she sang, she conquered. No two programs that she gives are the same. She is always thinking how to find the right phrase, the right song to hit the nail right on the head, to shoot the arrow straight to the heart of the matter. I hope she lives to be 100 and is able to bring her songs to every nook and cranny of this suffering world."

November 19, 2016:

Sally Campbell
Quaker singer/songwriter, Sally Campbell, returns with her autoharp to celebrate her 75th birthday. She'll be singing her sometimes funny, sometimes deep, always friendly songs and inviting you to sing along.. Since she feels these songs were given to her, she wants to pass them along. So far she has given away almost 3,000 copies of Gift Songs and Blessings, the CD of her 70th birthday concert/party. If you don't have one yet, come pick one up and hear her live.

Jay Mankita
Jay Mankita writes and performs songs about animals, ecology, nutrition, baseball, peace, dogs, and time travel. He’s won some awards (Parents’ Choice), seen his songs Grammy-nominated, and watched his music travel around the world (Putumayo). He’s recorded six albums, performed in over 1500 venues, and has recently seen three of his iconic songs, "Living Planet", "I Am A Dolphin", and "From A Dog's Stance", published in the brand new Rise Again songbook. He's a dad, a tetherball champ, a strange and wonderful guitar player and foot percussionist, and is presently studying the piano.

November 26, 2016:

Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend

December 3, 2016:

Charlie King & Bev Grant
After 40 years of friendship and mutual admiration, Bev Grant and Charlie King are joining forces and taking it on the road. Both grew up in singing families and share roots in the musical and political uproar of the 1960s. With Bev’s powerful guitar work, Charlie’s haunting harmonica accompaniment and a rich array of vocal leads and harmonies, they present a repertoire of songs that stands the test of time. It’s a show not to be missed.

And coming up:

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

Jan 7:Reggie Harris & Pat Wictor

Jan 14:Windborne + Robin Greenstein

Jan 21:Professor Louie & the Lewis Family

Jan 28:Closed for PMN Winter Gathering

Feb 4:Lindsey Wilson & the Reckoning + Tsibele

Feb 11:Rod MacDonald

Feb 18:Steve Suffet 70th birthday celebration (free concert, performers to be announced)

Feb 25:New Voices Night: Linnea Paton + Jonny Grave + Pamela Jean Alagoos

Mar 4:NYC Labor Chorus

Mar 11:Camela Widad + Alix Dobkin

Mar 18:Concetta Abbate + Chris Nauman + George Mann

Mar 25:Human Condition reunion concert

Apr 1:Lavender Light + Taina Asili

Apr 8:Ray Korona Band

Apr 15:Closed for Easter Weekend

Apr 22:Susie Erenrich's book release (performers to be announced)

Apr 29:Bing Futch

May 6:Spoken Word Night: Thelma Thomas + The Bread Is Rising Poetry Collective

May 13:Skinner & T'witch + Vincent Cross

May 20:Jean Ritchie tribute concert (performers to be announced)

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