The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse offering live entertainment in New York City,
presenting folk, blues, jazz, rap, poetry, storytelling, theater & dance since 1979.

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Peoples Voice Cafe

Alcohol-free ~ Fully Wheelchair Accessible

New Location!

We have moved to The Judson Memorial Church Assembly Hall at 239 Thompson Street, New York NY 10012, in the heart of the historic Greenwich Village neighborhood!

Please note that this is not the Judson main sanctuary on West 4th Street. The Assembly Hall is instead on the lower level of the church administration building around the corner, half a block south of Washington Square Park.

See map.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at 8pm:

Joshua Garcia
Joshua Garcia is a folk-singer-songwriter whose music and writing style draw from the influences of his musical heroes Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash. He sings in a strong, confident baritone that harks back to the more purposeful voices of earlier folk, and his guitar picking is fluent in several bluesy styles. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Joshua now resides in Astoria, Queens.

Lydia Adams Davis with Barry Kornhauser
Lydia's repertoire includes traditional American folk music, American Songbook standards, fresh interpretations of Hudson River/Pete Seeger songs, and poignant, often funny, originals, including songs about historical women. She accompanies herself on a variety of instruments including guitar, ukulele, and piano. Lydia has recorded five albums for adults and children. She invites you to sing along on "Lake Erie" and other favorites.
"Lydia combines warmth and magic to bring the long history of folk music home to your heart." --Peter Yarrow.

Photo: Robert Berkowitz

Barry Kornhauser is a composer, arranger, teacher and multi-instrumentalist (cello, guitar, bass guitar and mandola) in a wide variety of musical environments. He has performed on stages ranging from Merkin Hall and NJPAC to the Bronx Zoo and Hippo Playground; from Saint John the Divine and Trinity Church to Sing Sing Prison and Creedmoor. Barry was a founding member of Peoples' Voice Cafe and has performed there more than a few times.

Until further notice, the Peoples' Voice Cafe will require that all staff, performers, and audience members each present proof of being fully vaccinated with an approved Covid-19 vaccine upon entering. In addition, all persons are required to wear face masks that cover the nose and mouth while inside the Peoples' Voice Cafe, except when performing. Until they are eligible to be vaccinated, we are unable to admit children under 12 years old to our shows. We are currently suspending food and drink sales for safety reasons. The number of people in our performance space will be limited to 70 to allow for distancing of chairs, so come early!
Please check this website for any updates.

Judson Memorial Church
Assembly Hall (not the main sanctuary on West 4th St.)
239 Thompson Street, between West 3rd and West 4th Streets
New York NY 10012


to West 4th St./Washington Square
Walk three blocks east to Thompson Street; turn left. (3 minutes)

All shows start at 8 PM, Saturdays. Doors open at 7:15.
No reservations, so come early to be assured a seat.

$20 suggested contribution -- more if you choose, less if you can't; no one turned away.
For PVC subscribers, Judson members, Folk Music Society of NY members, students, and youth, the suggested contribution is $12.

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

Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at 8pm:

Dilson Hernandez
Dilson is a genre-merging artist from the Bronx. His talents include creative writing, playing various instruments, spoken-word poetry, singing, audio engineering, and beat making. Dilson wishes to change the world with his art and community work, striving for a more progressive and creative future. His adventures towards that end include music workshops in public schools, advocating in courtrooms for incarcerated youth, teaching English in Haiti, and building dorms for children in rural India.

Photo courtesy of Pioneer Valley Folklore Society

Ben Grosscup
Ben's powerful voice and energetic guitar style inspire action toward a freer society. His songs pull at your heart and provoke laughter and critical conversation, making no apology for a biting critique of the social order. He sings at concerts, rallies, and picket lines, and works with peace and social justice organizers to raise political consciousness and help people sing together for a common purpose. Based in Greenfield, MA, Ben serves as Executive Director of People's Music Network (, a diverse community of singers, artists, activists and allies that cultivates music and cultural work as catalysts for a just and peaceful world.

Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at 8pm:

Photo by Robert Corwin

Anne Price
New York City native Anne Price has often been compared to Joan Baez. Anne began performing when she was a student at Hunter College in the Bronx in the 1960s, and since then she has appeared at venues as close as the Peoples' Voice Cafe in New York City and as far away as the 15th century Black Swan Public House in York, England. Her repertoire includes everything from traditional folk ballads to country songs, songs of the sea, cowboy songs, songs about work and the labor movement, and love songs. She sings many songs from folk based songwriters, such as Jean Ritchie, Peggy Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Si Kahn, and many others, and she writes a few fine songs of her own. Her voice is strong, rich, and expressive.

Gerry Segal
Gerry Segal has performed at the legendary clubs of the Greenwich Village Folk Revival including: Gerde's Folk City, The Village Gate and The Bottom Line. Gerry is writing, performing and recording music full time. His first YouTube Video, "Jacques: The Wall Street Tailor" won first prize on WNYC's Satire Slam and was featured at New York City's Blackout Film Festival.

"Jacques: The Wall Street Tailor"

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at 8pm:

The Ranzo Boys
Lafayette Matthews (he/him) and Jules Peiperl (they/them) explore the history of queerness in traditional sailing as reflected in traditional songs - hidden in plain sight - as well as in the modern Tall Ships world. They have performed at Chantey Sings at the South Street Seaport Museum, the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, and TradMad. As queer/trans musicians, they are dedicated to honoring the tradition of the songs they sing while making the folk community a more inclusive and welcoming space for all people.

Twa Corbies
Twa Corbies is a duo of Alison Kelley (of the Johnson Girls, New York Packet, Ida Red, and NexTradition) and Anayis "AJ" Wright (Mystic Seaport, Norumbega Harmony). They embrace musical traditions spanning from the 12th century up to Gilbert and Sullivan. You'll find grim stories, resilient women, hysterical happenings, and darkly comic tales. They frequently sing a capella, sometimes accompanied by Anayis on concertina or Alison on the banjo. Dulcimers, guitars, banjoleles, dumbeks, vielle, and cello have been known to pop up as well. When not performing, they spend their time serenading an assortment of dogs and garden vegetables.

Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at 8pm:

Reggie Harris & Greg Greenway: Deeper Than The Skin
Born three days apart, ancestry flowing through the same portal of History, Richmond, VA, Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway are on a pilgrimage together - one that began three decades ago. The racial divisions that are the reality of America started them in two different worlds, but the amazing bonds of music, respect, and shared vision have brought them together as friends and colleagues. The musical and spiritual blooming of this history has become Deeper Than The Skin, the telling of their stories through words and music. It is a great American story, informative, inspiring, and uplifting all at once.

"Hickory Hill"

Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at 8pm:

Joel Landy
Known for his energetic stage performances, witty parodies and insightful lyrics, Joel Landy is the host of Songs of Freedom Television, an award winning cable program celebrating the dignity of human struggle. Joel is a Peoples' Voice Cafe volunteer and fan favorite. A public school teacher during the day, Joel continues to get into good trouble organizing and appearing at rallies and demonstrations in addition to playing at coffeehouses and clubs. "He's a real live wire!" --Pete Seeger

"I Can't Help Falling In Love With Me"

Pat Wictor
Pat Wictor's convoluted path to roots music - passing through rock, heavy metal and jazz on a variety of instruments, and living abroad for much of his youth - has shaped his panoramic approach to the blues and gospel-influenced folk music he now writes and sings. His skills as harmonizer, improviser and accompanist have made him a sought-after collaborator and session musician. Pat's newest album is Counterpoise, a collaboration with jazz vocalist Deborah Latz. His most recent solo album is This Is Absolutely Real: Visions and Versions of Phil Ochs, which was nominated for Best Tribute Album by The Independent Music Awards.

And coming up:

Nov 6: Sol y Canto + Pamela Jean Agaloos

Nov 13: Mike Glick & Generations + Pat Lamanna

Nov 20: Suzanne Schmid + Carrie & Michael Kline

Nov 27: [Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend]

Dec 4: Charlie King + Rick Burkhardt

Dec 11: Katie Naplatarski + Cleo Carol Knopf

Dec 18: Kwanzaa Celebration with Thelma Ruffin Thomas & others

Dec 25: [Closed for Christmas]

Jan 1: [Closed for New Year's Day]

The Peoples' Voice Cafe is supported in part by the generosity of

The Folk Music Society of New York

Judson Memorial Church

Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist

PVC Solidarity Statement Against Racism

Peoples' Voice Cafe, started in 1979 by members of Songs of Freedom and Struggle, carries forward the vision of using songs and performing arts to support the struggle for peace and justice.

All are impacted by the history and ongoing practice of systemic racism in this country and the continuing brutal murders of Black Americans by police.

We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, outraged by the many faces of racism found in education, healthcare, housing, jobs, poverty, criminal justice, and voting. All must be free to move about in the "land of the free" without suspicion, harassment, or arrest.

Peoples' Voice Cafe stands committed to speak out, sing out, and work against racism, white supremacy, and indifference.

<--PREVIOUS SHOWS: Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 8pm:
Welcome Back! Fundraising Concert

Pamela Jean Agaloos, Gary David Allard, Fred Arcoleo, Sally Campbell, Bev Grant, Cleo Carol Knopf, Joel Landy, Diane Perry, Gerry Segal, Steve Suffet, and Thelma Ruffin Thomas welcome you back as the Peoples' Voice Cafe resumes our regular program of weekly in-person concerts after an 18-month hiatus. This fundraiser will be our first concert at our new location, the Assembly Hall of Judson Memorial Church at 239 Thompson Street in the heart of Greenwich Village. All proceeds will go to help the Peoples' Voice Cafe cover the costs of relocating from Community Church to Judson Memorial.