The Peoples' Voice Cafe
239 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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

Covid-19 policy (subject to change as conditions evolve):

Required: Mask (we will provide one if you don't have one)

Strongly Recommended: Everyone should be fully vaccinated, boosted, and recently tested.

Risk Statement:
While no one precaution is guaranteed to prevent covid infection, a combination of precautions will contribute greatly to everyone's safety at the PVC. Although we expect that people who have symptoms of covid will stay home, we recognize that there are still risks when entering any public space. The PVC is therefore taking the follow steps:

  • We offer KN95 or other high quality masks to everyone entering.
  • We use three HEPA air purifiers within the Assembly Hall.
  • We have suspended the sale of food or drink, and there should be no eating on the premises.
  • We limit total attendance to 70 persons.
  • We offer livestream shows whenever possible.

  • Saturday, October 8, at 8pm:

    In Person Tickets        Livestream Tickets

    Bob Malenky
    Bob Malenky is steeped in the blues and country of the twenties through the fifties - what Dave Van Ronk used to call neo-ethnic music. As a teenager he met and learned from Lightnin' Hopkins, and later took a guitar lesson from Muddy Waters and sat in with his band. He also toured and recorded with Sonny Terry, and taught World Folk Music at CCNY for many years.

    "Dallas Blues"

    Dan Sofaer
    Dan Sofaer is a songwriter, poet and classical scholar. A long time student of folk blues music traditions (his heroes include Mike Seeger, Mississippi John Hurt, Bukka White and the Carter Family), he plays in various jam sessions and song circles in the New York area, including the Sunnyside Singer's Club. He is now making his debut as a solo performer. Dan was also bassist in the San Francisco punk band Giant Haystacks.

    Tonight's show is co-sponsored by The Folk Music Society of New York.

    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, October 15, at 8pm:

    Bernice Silver Night
    Bernice Silver was the undisputed Queen of Potpourri (puppetry), and a long-time friend of Peoples' Voice Cafe, where she celebrated her 100th birthday (one of many celebrations!). She was also a long-time supporter of The Folk Music Society of New York, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and the NYC Friends of Clearwater. Tonight, please join Joy Bennett, Chris Koldewey and friends for a night of folk music and puppetry to celebrate Bernice's life.

    Chris Koldewey has been singing folk music since his early teens. He comes from a family rich in maritime traditions, and his lullabies as a child were traditional songs of the sea. He has performed all along the US eastern seaboard, the Maritime Provinces of Canada, and in the UK, playing guitar, concertina, banjo, and mandolin. He spent twenty years with the Chantey Department at Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, one of the few places museum visitors could hear the songs and see the work for which they were used.

    Joy Bennett has been singing most of her life. She developed a love of sea chanteys at South Street Seaport Museum in college and today is a highly respected singer as a founding member of the internationally acclaimed ensemble The Johnson Girls, an all-female a capella quartet. Joy has performed solo, with Chris, The Johnson Girls, Water Sign, and with other guest artists at many festivals and concert venues in the US, Canada, and Europe.

    Joel Landy is known for his energetic stage performances, witty parodies and insightful lyrics. He is the host of Songs of Freedom Television, an award winning cable program celebrating the dignity of human struggle. 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

    Donations from a portion of the night's proceeds will be made to The Puppeteers of America's Bernice Silver Festival Grant, which provides support for senior puppeteers; Hudson River Sloop Clearwater; and the Folk Music Society of New York.

    Saturday, October 22, at 8pm:

    International Song Night!

    Photo by Matt Dine

    Guadalupe Peraza
    Mexican mezzo-soprano, artistic director and arts promoter Guadalupe Peraza has performed internationally on both concert and opera stages. The 2022 season includes solo engagements with American Classical Orchestra and appearances as a guest soloist in Nariño, Colombia. She has participated in various productions at New York City Opera and Bard Summerscape, and has sung at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and Lincoln Center. She is the creator of Mexamorphosis, a cross-cultural music production that showcases connections between contemporary regional Mexican styles and early European music, drawing out the influences from Iberia and West Africa.

    "Como la cigarra"

    Éléonore Weill
    Raised in a musical family in southern France, Éléonore spent her youth surrounded by classical and traditional music. She holds diplomas in Recorder, Piano, Music Theory and Chamber Music from the Regional Conservatory of Toulouse and the National Conservatory of Paris, and also learned from the "Street Music School" playing Mediterranean traditional music on wooden flutes, hurdy gurdy, and accordion. She completed a masters degree in Ethnomusicology from Sorbonne and spent a year studying folk music in Romania. She performs early, classical and contemporary music, klezmer, Yiddish, Romanian, and Occitan folk music on flutes, piano, and vocals.

    "Flutes Chant"

    Saturday, October 29, at 8pm:

    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.

    Geoff Kauffman
    Geoff is best known for his time at Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, but he has maintained a wide ranging repertoire from 60s favorites to songs collected in the Catskill Mountains where he grew up, and from his time as a Sloopsinger with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Pete Seeger. Songs of the sea, songs of the earth, songs of the heart and the spirit - all of these are in Geoff Kaufman's ditty bag. Ancient ballads, work songs, love songs, poignant songs of people in struggle, humorous glimpses of human foibles, and insights into history - all of these are likely to be woven into one of Geoff's concerts.

    "Fair Stood the Wind" & "America, It's You"

    Tonight's show is co-sponsored by The Folk Music Society of New York.

    And coming up...

    Nov 5: Jaeger & Reid + Sally Campbell

    Nov 12: Magpie [Co-sponsored by The Folk Music Society of New York.]

    Nov 19: Judith Sloan & friends

    Nov 26: [Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend]

    Dec 3: Charlie King + Rick Burkhardt

    Dec 10: Victor Cunneen + Bonnie & Dan Milner [Co-sponsored by The Folk Music Society of New York.]

    Dec 17: The Diablos (Miguel Gamboa & Hector Saucedo) + Ruben Gonzalez

    Our Spring Season begins Jan. 7

    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

    The Puffin Foundation

    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.