The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse offering
quality entertainment in New York City.

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PVC in the media:
The Indypendent
Columbia Spectator

Ray Korona Interview
Woody Guthrie Centennial
Peoples' Voice Cafe Anthem
Holly Near at PVC

The Peoples' Voice Cafe is sad to announce the death on October 16th of Ray Korona, who has been a guiding spirit of the Cafe 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.

January 24, 2015:

Closed for People's Music Network Winter Gathering
in Greenfield, Massachusetts, January 23-25.

Register at:
See you there!

January 31, 2015:

David Kleiman Memorial
David Kleiman, singer, musician, genealogist, choral director, and much more, passed away in January 2014. A group of singers and musicians who played with David over the years is gathering to honor his memory, including Joy Bennett, Jan Christensen, Alison Kelley, Kate Kleiman, Chris Koldewey, Jen Larson, Ken Schatz, Chris Seymour, Ellen Weiss, Frank Woerner, and Heather Wood. Expect an evening of great chorus songs, shanties, and reminiscences. Performers' share of the proceeds will go to Kate, David's widow. Cosponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

February 7, 2015:

Rod MacDonald
A Rod MacDonald concert is an intimate and uplifting experience. Wry and sentimental, silly and inspiring, humorous and reckless, and always compelling, he grabs his audiences and doesn’t let go. Rod began as a reporter for a national newsweekly after he finished Columbia Law school, and his sharp ear and keen observations have found their way into his songs. When not touring, Rod is an instructor at Florida Atlantic University through their Lifelong Learning Program, presenting eight-week lecture/performance series on music history. His most recent CD is Later That Night (2014), and he has just published a novel, The Open Mike.

February 14, 2015: Women's Voices for Love & Freedom

MaryNell Morgan
MaryNell Morgan is a professor and 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 Peoples' Music Network for more than 20 years and has performed with Pete Seeger and other well-known folk singers.

Alice Farrell
Alice Farrell has been singing traditional Irish music in the New York session scene for over 25 years and was the founder of the weekly session at Swift Hibernian Lounge in the Village. Alice studied with noted Irish singer and song collector Frank Harte and has recorded with Colm Mac Con Iomaire, the fiddler in the original lineup of seminal Irish trad supergroup Kila. Her calatog encompasses both Irish and American traditions.

Robbie Wedeen
Singer-songwriter Robbie Wedeen plays folk, gospel, country, blues, bluegrass, and sea songs. She performs traditional and contemporary songs as well as her own compositions on guitar, autoharp and banjo.

February 21, 2015:

"Remember the Major" Benefit Concert
The late Congressman Major Owens founded the Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Commission in 1985, the same year his son, Chris Owens, first performed at the Peoples' Voice Cafe. The Commission promotes the work of Dr. King and awareness of social justice in Brooklyn's public schools through annual essay, poetry and art contests. This "Remember The Major" tribute concert features original music by Chris Owens and OBB - The Owens Brothers Band. Guest performers include fellow Brooklynites Bev Grant, Judy Gorman, Barry Kornhauser, Professor Louie, Mauricio Alexander, Mike Glick, Steve Mayer, and others. We hope you'll sing along as well! Your financial contribution will support the Commission and the PVC. This event will be recorded live for distribution in CD and DVD formats.

February 28, 2015:

MacDougal Street Rent Party Reunion Hoot!
Formed at the 2003 Woody Guthrie Birthday Bash in New York City, the acoustic-folk-Americana band MacDougal Street Rent Party was Joel Landy, Eric Levine, Anne Price, Steve Suffet, and Gina Tlamsa, or some combination thereof. When they performed in New England, Sandy Pliskin sometimes pinch hit for Eric. The group dissolved shortly after Eric's untimely death in 2008, but the surviving members are getting back together for an evening of honest-to-goodness folk music, some traditional, some contemporary, and some in-between. This is going to be a good old fashioned hootenanny as Joel, Anne, Steve, Gina, and Sandy mix it up round robin style with solos, duets, and whole group numbers. Expect the unexpected, and as always, please feel free to sing along on the choruses and refrains.

And coming up...

Mar 7: International Women's Day Celebration: SONiA of disappear fear

Mar 14: emma's revolution

Mar 21: Brooklyn Community Storytellers; Adele Rolider

Mar 28: Brooklyn Women's Chorus

Apr 11: Raging Grannies; Patricia Shih

Apr 18: Ray Korona ¡Presente! produced by Ivice, with the Ray Korona Band and others

Apr 25: Sally Campbell; Pat Lamanna

May 2: Anne Hills, Harmonic Insurgence

May 9: 2nd Annual Pete Seeger Sing Along (PVC benefit)

May 16: The Cost of Freedom: Kent & Jackson State 1970-2015.
A Commemorative Concert with emma's revolution and Magpie, with readings by Vince Brown. Produced by Susie Erenrich. A project of the Cultural Center for Social Change and PVC.