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/Harold 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 members of Peoples' Voice Cafe the suggested contribution is $10.

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

October 3, 2015:

Andy Cohen has been on the road fifty years and shows no signs of slowing down. Andy is known for his virtuoso renditions of Golden Age Blues and Gospel numbers and Old-Time benchmarks, but more than that, he carries a deep knowledge of Southern music, stem to stern, and a sympathy with the people of the South. Expect some hot picking, of course, along with blind men's blues, the agonies of rural ministers grappling with the blues, the medicine show pitchmen's blues, the blues writ large and small, the blues of mountain men and tough women. It's all there.

Photo by Bibiana Huang Matheis

The Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo is dedicated to the preservation of Country Blues and the Piedmont style, and their mission is to help keep this rural, east coast tradition alive by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture through musical entertainment. They have been enthralling audiences at venues along the east coast from Woodstock, NY to Tybee Island, GA, and are much loved wherever they go. The husband and wife duo feel that "there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said." So in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song.

October 10, 2015:

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!

David Laibman brings together an exciting variety of people’s music, all wrapped around with colorful commentary and creative instrumental guitar techniques. He is an innovative ragtime guitarist, with a classic Folkways album The New Ragtime Guitar (with Eric Schoenberg, 1970), and most recently Adventures in Ragtime. He has released two DVDs, The Guitar Artistry of David Laibman and Play the Classic Rags of Scott Joplin, James Scott & Joseph Lamb. Inspiration for this evening's set comes from Pete Seeger; several songs will be in remembrance. David will play some new ragtime compositions, and fingerstyle (not classical!) renditions of classical works. He'll reach deep into the English folk tradition, and reserves the right to come up with a surprise or two! Expect to participate: there are songs that just require many voices to work.

October 17, 2015:

Singer-songwriter and activist Jolie Rickman died in January 2005. 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. Years later Jolie left a doctoral program at Syracuse University to devote herself to music and social change, offering her revolutionary spirit of creativity, love and compassion to untold thousands. Tonight's performers will honor her music and achievements.

Barry Kornhauser: Composer, arranger, teacher and a phenomenal multi-instrumentalist (bass, cello, guitar and mandola) in a wide variety of musical environments.

Bev Grant & the Dissident Daughters: Three-part harmonies bellowing out like the Andrew Sisters gone Red. Bev is a veteran social activist, feminist, and award-winning singer/songwriter, joined by poet/playwright Angela Lockhart and singer/dancer/percussionist Carolyn Murphy.

Colleen Kattau and Dos XX: Her bilingual music is power and beauty steeped in a fine tea, combining an urban sensibility with a backwater sound. Featuring Mike Brandt on bass and Jane Zell on electric guitar.

Elisabeth DeMaria makes music and other odd creations out of air, carrying Jolie's songs into further adventures.

Jamie McCallum has helped to build labor unions and protests against corporate globalization. His writing has appeared in Mother Jones, Z Magazine, and The Nation. You might just here some Chumbawamba from this scholar!

Nickolas Orth: Polymath, singer, guitarist, chef, and a most true Friend of Dorothy.

October 24, 2015:

Photo by Bob Curtis

New York-based cultural worker Bev Grant sings what Woody Guthrie once called "hard-hitting songs for hard-hit people", yet she celebrates the joyful things in life with equal fervor and balances them off with stoicism and strength in the face of adversity. Bev is a contemporary folk veteran, a topical songwriter with heart and edge, telling life stories that celebrate South African grandmothers on a soccer team, salute a solitary old man who just won't leave his mountaintop in West Virginia, the trials of living above a crazy neighbor, and the personal feelings about family and failed relationships. Bev is also the founder and director of the Brooklyn Women's Chorus, and tours with her one-hour multi-media show “We Were There!” about women's labor history. You can read Bev's story in Smithsonian/Folkways Magazine Summer/Fall 2014.

Lara Herscovitch's music is an original blend of modern folk with blues, jazz, and pop influences, sung with a voice "clear and smooth like expensive liquor." Former Connecticut State Troubadour, Lara has appeared as a guest on A Prairie Home Companion and tours Maine to Miami. She has worked in the US, Latin America and Asia on behalf of disadvantaged individuals. focusing on education, community development, and juvenile justice. Echoes of these themes resonate throughout her music. "Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch doesn't write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart and soul." (Daily Journal, Tupelo MS)

October 31, 2015:

A singer, guitarist, and actor originally from County Cork, Donie Carroll has long been a fixture on the New York Irish music scene. Together with the late fiddler Andy McGann, Donie anchored the long running and internationally famous Saturday night music session at the former Kate Kearney’s pub. Donie has also been a stalwart with NYU’s Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra. Most recently he organized the highly regarded Wednesday night Sunnyside Singers Club and Friday night Irish session at the Aubergine Cafe in Woodside, Queens.

Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter was born in County Galway, Ireland, and is currently based in Philadelphia. He performs mostly on guitar and piano but also plays many more instruments from bouzouki/mandolin to Irish and exotic percussion. For many years he performed with the Chieftains.

November 7, 2015:

The Siegels' roots are firmly implanted in social justice and a love of music. Raised in the Hudson Valley activist folk scene, Laurie and Peter began performing together at local festivals as part of the Harmonious Hogchokers folk trio. They joined Pete Seeger’s Clearwater organization in the 1970's, and both contributed to Pete Seeger'S CDs, Tomorrow's Children and Pete at 89. Carole, Jeff, and Laurie sing with the Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, and Laurie is also a member of Hudson Valley Sally. Peter’s songs and fiddle tunes have been published in Sing Out! and The Portland Collection of Fiddle Tunes. His most recent work is centered around his Vermont-based world beat ensemble The Gaslight Tinkers.

November 14, 2015:

Smart, funny and informative--like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars--Emma's Revolution is the duo of award-winning activist musicians Pat Humphries & Sandy O. Their songs have been have been an integral part of justice movements for 30 years and have been sung for the Dalai Lama and covered by Holly Near. The duo's awards include Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and, for the second year in a row, the Washington Area Music Association's Fan Favorite Award. Emma's Revolution has released three CDs and recorded two with Holly Near, and Pat has two solo albums. Their uprising of truth, hope and a dash of irreverence is inspired by Emma Goldman's famous attribution, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution."

And Coming Up:

Nov 21: Danny Savyon; David Cadaqu; Ron Duncan

Nov 28: (Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend)

Dec 5: Charlie King

Dec 12: Lydia Adams David; Ubaka Hill

Dec 19: Guy Davis

Dec 26: (Closed for Holidays)

Jan 2: Lois Morton; Sue Jeffers

Jan 9: Reggie Harris & Pat Wictor

Jan 16: Marie Mularczyk O'Connell & the Mountain Maidens; Norris Bennett

Jan 23: Kevin Nathaniel; Owens Brothers Band

Jan 30: (Closed for People's Music Network Winter Gathering in Albany, NY)

Feb 6: Alix Dobkin; DK and the Joy Machine

Feb 13: Rod MacDonald

Feb 20: Ben Grosscup; Chris Seymour

Feb 27: Hawaiian Music & Dance Night

Mar 5: Filthy Rotten System; second act TBA

Mar 12: Carolyn Hester with Amy & Karla Blume

Mar 19: Colleen Kattau & Some Guys; Hudson River Rose

Mar 26: (Closed for Easter Weekend)

Apr 2: Pat Lamanna; Elaine Romanelli

Apr 16: TBA

Apr 23: (Closed for Passover)

Apr 30: Professor Louie & the Lewis Family

May 7: Women in Story & Song: Thelma Thomas; Robin Greenstein

May 14: Joel Landy; Steve Suffet

May 21: A Toast to the those who are gone: Matt Jones/Phil Ochs Tribute with Magpie