The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse offering
quality entertainment in New York City.

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The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist
40 East 35th St. (between Madison Ave. & Park Ave.)
New York, NY, 10016

Take the #6 train to 33rd St.; or the B, D, F, N, Q or R train to 34th Street.

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. If you are a member of Peoples' Voice Cafe, the suggested contribution is $10.

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

October 25, 2014:

Judy Gorman
Judy Gorman's songs get their wings from her imagination and their roots from the folk, blues, jazz and gospel music she's been surrounded by all her life. Her earliest memories are of hearing the music of Billie Holiday, Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson and Leadbelly, all of whom influenced her passionate vocals and her vision 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."

Arlon & The Healing Project
An Americana/folk-pop songsmith, Arlon Bennett delivers timeless vignettes and melodies that recall Harry Chapin and James Taylor, but with an eloquence, emotional honesty and style all his own. He draws you in with that aw-shucks charisma before engaging you with songs that provoke, heal, and just plain cut right to your soul. Arlon is a three-time finalist in the prestigious Grassy Hill-Kerrville New Folk Competition and was twice selected by Noel "Paul" Stookey to perform in his Music2Life Showcase featuring some of America's best songs of social consciousness. Arlon’s fourth CD is World of Possibility, which was called "his best effort to date" by Richard Cuccaro of Acoustic Live! in NYC and Beyond. He will be joined on stage by guitarist John Sonntag.

November 1, 2014:

Pearls of Wisdom with Thelma Thomas
The Pearls of Wisdom are Elders Share the Arts' touring ensemble of elder storytellers, led by artistic director, Thelma Ruffin Thomas. In richly told presentations, the Pearls present stories that illuminate their individual pasts and, in turn, our collective histories. Their lively, spirited, interactive, and authentic presentations not only promote the tradition of elder folk art stories but also inspire audience participants to share stories of their own. This performance is partially funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

November 8, 2014:

Jack Landrón (a.k.a. Jackie Washington)
Juan Cándido Washington y Landrón was one of the most popular folksingers at the legendary Club 47 coffee house during the Boston/Cambridge folk revival of the early sixties. Going by the stage name Jackie Washington, he thrilled audiences with his onstage wit and charm, silky voice, and his sensitive reshaping of ballads and songs from a wide range of folk traditions, including blues and his native Puerto Rico. He recorded four albums for Vanguard and scored a hit with his song "Long Black Cadillac" and also traveled to Mississippi with Len Chandler, working for the Civil Rights movement in 1964 and forming the Free Southern Theater. Switching his name to Jack Landrón in the 1970s, he concentrated on his acting career in plays, musicals, and television. In 2012 he recorded the CD Curbside Cotillion, which features the piano genius of Joel Diamond, Professor Louie on organ and accordion, Tony Aiello on flute and piccolo, Bobbie Van Detta on bass and guitar, the unmistakable guitar stylings of John Sebastian, and Gary Burke on drums. The result is an album that is musically rich and satisfying, and lyrically represents an intensely lived, deeply personal statement. More than a collection of songs, it is a journey through one man’s life and vision, and Jack Landrón will share that journey with us tonight.

November 15, 2014:

Rustic Riders
Lisa Meissner sings and plays cello, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and tenor banjo. Klaus Meissner provides the percussive foundations. Together, Rustic Riders create their distinctive sound of new music with traditional roots, fresh arrangements of American standards and their love of traditional tunes. Their CDs are Hearing Hearts (2008) and Among These Hills (2011).

Jenny Murphy
Whether you know her as lead singer for The BluesMothers, founding member of Hudson Valley Sally, Babies & Grands Music Director, or as a song leader for Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, Jenny Murphy has been a New York area favorite for her vocal styles and audience interaction. Tonight she claims the stage for herself in a special performance where her love of blues, folk, Motown, broadway and her her rich celtic heritage will have an equal role. Her original songs range from delightful portraits of people in her life to the more serious personal quest for answers and action. Her interpretive covers of well known to barely known songs, laced with stories and laughs, will have you feeling like you are having tea in her kitchen.

November 22, 2014:

Our very first flyer!
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Peoples's Voice Cafe 35th Anniversary Celebration
Peoples' Voice Cafe opened its doors in November 1979, and we have been going strong ever since. We will be celebrating our 35th anniversary with a special program featuring many of our stalwart performers, including Sally Campbell, Mike Glick, Judy Gorman (who performed on opening night in 1979), Barry Kornhauser, The Ray Korona Band,* Susan Lippman, Bruce Markow, Peter Pasco, Anne Price, Professor Louie, Rachel Stone, and Steve Suffet (MC). This will be a benefit concert, with 100% of the gate receipts going to the Peoples' Voice Cafe so we can maintain and replace our sound equipment as needed. Join us!

* The Ray Korona Band will be performing without Ray, but please celebrate his memory by singing along on his songs.

December 6, 2014:

Charlie King & Rick Burkhardt
What do you get when you cross Joe Hill with Bertolt Brecht? We're not sure either but Charlie King & Rick Burkhardt are bringing it to the Peoples' Voice Café tonight. King is the 2014 recipient of the Joe Hill award for his agitprop writing and singing. He honed his craft touring with Bright Morning Star back in the day. Burkhardt is an Obie-award-winning playwright, performer, composer, songwriter and founding member of the satirical political cabaret duo the Prince Myshkins. For the past decade they have been warming up December's calendar at PVC with their incendiary lyrics and theatrical smeddum*, enlivened by accordion, guitar, piano, harmonica, ukuleles and some very odd harmonies. They rely heavily on the audience for extreme harmony, so don't let them down. Be there or B-flat.
* smeddum: Zest, energy; pluck; sagacity; gumption; spirit; mettle.

December 13, 2014:

New York City Labor Chorus
Now in their 23nd year, the New York City Labor Chorus has 75 members representing over 20 labor unions and District Councils. The Chorus promotes union solidarity through song by expressing the history and ongoing struggles of workers for economic and social justice. Their dynamic repertoire combines the power and culture of union music with the great gospel, jazz, classical and folk traditions. Join us to celebrate solidarity with people’s struggles for a better tomorrow.

December 20, 2014:

Generations: Mike and Aleksi Glick
Generations is a progressive urban father and son led group. If you can imagine a cross between Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles and Pete Seeger (with a touch of Santana), this is it. They will be playing songs from not one, but two, recordings. Aleksi and Mike will first feature a number of new songs from their duo exploration of the blues in preparation for their new CD, Two for the Blues. Then they will be joined by a few surprise guests to play some songs from their current release, In These Times. Of course, there is no telling what else Generations may do at any given show, but it is guaranteed to include some virtuoso playing from Aleksi and others as well as some meaningful lyrics from Mike and some soulful vocals.

Dan & Faith Senie
Dan and Faith are a Bolton, Massachusetts-based husband and wife singer-songwriter duo specializing in dream-inspired folk music. Daniel (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Faith (mandolin, bass, tenor banjo, vocals) tap into dreams and everyday life in crafting their original songs. They also perform select covers. The duo has released two CDs, Dreaming of Another Path (2010) and Simple Grace (2014), and an EP, Live at Rosindale (2011).

January 3, 2015:

Reggie Harris
Born in Philadelphia, a city rich in musical and cultural heritage, Reggie was exposed to a range of composers and musical genres. Reggie met his wife and musical partner Kim by chance at a summer camp in 1974, and began to develop their "Bach to Rock" musical approach, mixing classical, folk, gospel and jazz to their music of love, hope, freedom and empowerment. Tonight Reggie performs as a soloist while his soulmate, Kim is away at another event.

Pat Wictor
Pat Wictor burst on the folk and acoustic scene as an innovative slide guitarist known for doing fresh and memorable versions of traditional and contemporary songs. He's become a well-regarded singer and songwriter, creating material grounded in rural country, gospel, and blues. In recent years he's been touring nationally as one third of Brother Sun, the powerful harmonizing trio with Joe Jencks and Greg Greenway. Pat has lived in Venezuela, Holland, Norway, and England, which has given him an awareness of how people can take different paths to arrive at the same destination.

January 10, 2015:

Professor Louie & the Lewis Family
Professor Louie and Fast Eddie, two of PVC's most beloved performers, have brought together a few family members for a very special evening of music and poetry. Jeffrey Lewis and his brother Jack have played in Australia, Russia, China and all over Europe and the USA. You can catch Jordan Carlos doing live stand-up at comedy clubs all over NYC, or you can see him right now on MTV's Guy Code and Girl Code. Perry Robinson, multiple winner of the DownBeat International Jazz Poll, has played all over the world with musicans from Dave Brubek to Badal Roy to Charlie Haden. Joe Lewis is back from playing blues harp in Mexico with various Mexican rhythm and blues bands. Shayna Lewis is currently playing in Grupo Descarrilado, a hot Brooklyn-based salsa band. The Peoples' Voice was full the last time these guys played and we anticipate it will go from full to fuller this time.

January 17, 2015:

Photo: Irene Young

An Evening with Holly Near
Reflections in Story and Song

Holly Near is a singer, songwriter, record producer and teacher. Her powerful voice has creatively articulated the complexities of social change activism since the early seventies. With critical thinking as a major element in her songwriting, she has been a unifying force connecting the issues that so challenge the lives of activists, educators and community. In this special presentation, Holly Near speaks of her travels in the world weaving songs and stories into an entertaining, humorous and fragile web. She says, "Now that Pete Seeger, Odetta, Mary Travers, Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee, and so many other elders have left us, artists of my generation are no longer elders in training. We are the elders."

Holly is generously donating her share of the gate receipts to Action for Health in the Americas to support the work of Educación Popular en Salud in Chile.

January 31, 2015:

David Kleiman Memorial
David Kleiman, singer, musician, genealogist, choral director, and much more, passed away in January 2013. 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.

And coming up...

Feb 7: Rod MacDonald

Feb 14: Women's Voices for Love & Freedom: Alice Farrell; Robbie Wedeen; MaryNell Morgan

Feb 21: Rep. Major Owens Memorial, produced by Chris Owens, with the Owens Brothers and others

Feb 28: MacDougal Street Rent Party Reunion

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 Celebration & Tribute Concert, 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, Magpie & Holly Near. Produced by Susie Erenrich. A project of the Cultural Center for Social Change and PVC.