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.

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  • December 3, 2022, at 8pm:

    In Person Tickets        Livestream Tickets

    Charlie King
    Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Pete Seeger hailed him as "One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time." Charlie has been at the heart of American folk music for more than half a century and has been writing songs for over 40 years. His honors include the 2017 Phil Ochs Award, an "Indie" award for one of the top three folk recordings of 1984; the War Resisters League's 1998 Peacemaker Award; the 1999 Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award; and the 2014 Joe Hill Award. Charlie's songs have been recorded and sung by Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small. Charlie has recorded over twenty solo albums since 1976, and three albums with Bright Morning Star.

    Rick Burkhardt
    Rick Burkhardt is an Obie-award-winning songwriter, composer, playwright, and performer whose original music and theater pieces have been performed in over 40 US cities, as well as in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Taiwan. As a songwriter and accordionist, he has shared stages with folk legends such as Utah Phillips, Holly Near, The Indigo Girls, Emma's Revolution, Moxy Früvous, and of course Charlie King. He is one-half of the satirical duo The Prince Myshkins, who have released two CDs of his original songs which have aired nationally on NPR's Morning Edition and Pacifica's Democracy Now! He also plays a 100-year-old robot accordionist in the Off-Broadway musical Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future.

    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.

    Dec 10, 2022, at 8pm:

    In Person Tickets        Livestream Tickets

    Bonnie & Dan Milner
    Dan Milner, born into an Irish family, first heard traditional ballads sung by his father, William Milner of Birmingham, England. At the age of 16, he was introduced to maritime songs by his elder brother, Liam Milner. Dan lived in three countries--England, Ireland, and Canada--before moving to New York. He has sung at many major festivals in Europe and America, and has made five CDs, including the Indie-nominated Irish Pirate Ballads (Smithsonian Folkways, 2009). His latest book is The Unstoppable Irish: Songs and Integration of the New York Irish (Notre Dame Press, 2019).

    Native New Englander Bonnie Milner has been singing all her life, most notably as a member of the highly acclaimed all-woman maritime group, The Johnson Girls, and with her husband, Dan Milner. Bonnie's specialty in maritime songs was sparked by hearing shanties sung at South Street Seaport and Mystic Seaport museums, and carried further by her acquaintance with the last working tall-ship shantyman, Stan Hugill, who exhorted her to "keep these ditties alive." She took him at his word by putting together presentations on maritime music for audiences of all ages throughout North America and Europe.

    Michael Howley
    Michael Howley is a poet from the West of Ireland and has lived in New York since 1989. His work has been published in journals in Ireland, Britain and this country. His poetry collection Hit List was published by Three Mile Harbor Press, from whom his next collection is forthcoming. He has reconnected to his singing voice since joining the Sunnyside Singers, now the Sunnyside Folk Club. This will be his first appearance on the stage as a singer.

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

    December 17, 2022, at 8pm:

    In Person Tickets        Livestream Tickets

    The Diablos (Miguel Gamboa & Hector Saucedo)
    Miguel and Hector are two amigos who share a passion for vintage Mexican boleros and South American criollo waltzes, played on guitar and requinto in a very traditional way, as classic as grandma's soup.

    "Me Voy Pal Pueblo"

    Rubén González & Handmade
    Argentine singer songwriter troubadour Rubén González & Handmade's music is a journey crossing borders between distant places and spaces: South and North America, politics and poetry, pain and humor. The lyrics reflect social observations and traditional tales, while the music echoes a vast set of influences from Latin American rhythms and genres, to jazz and rock. The music has a "hand-made" feeling that draws audiences into a communal music-making experience.

    "I'm Gonna Pawn My Love"

    Dec. 24 & 31:

    Closed for Holidays

    And coming up...

    Jan 7: Chris Lang + Filthy Rotten System

    Jan 14: MLK Weekend Event: Worldwide Songs of Freedom

    Jan 21: Professor Louie + Jody Kolodzey

    Jan 28: Ben Grosscup + hot glue & the gun (joEL McGlynn & Carrie Klein)

    Feb 4: Black History Month Celebration

    Feb 11: Heather Wood + The Ranzo Boys

    Feb 18: Rod MacDonald + Joe Jencks

    Feb 25: Twa Corbies + Geoff Kaufman

    Mar 4: International Women's Day Celebration with Lydia Adams Davis + Sue Jeffers

    Mar 11: The Brooklyn Stoop Singers + Heather Lev

    Mar 18: Hudson Valley Sally + Mike & Aleksi Glick: Generations

    Mar 25: Young Women Singer Songwriters Night with Lenna Pierce + Charley Bea Baker + Emma Graves

    Apr 1: Pete & Woody: an Unlikely Friendship: multimedia presentation with Pat Lamanna, Steve Suffet, and Richard Mattocks (PVC benefit)

    Apr 15: Ray Korona Song Night

    Apr 22: Save the Peoples' Voice Cafe Fundraising Concert

    Apr 29: Steff Reed + Marie Mularczyk O'Connell & the Mountain Maidens

    May 5: Gene Glickman Memorial Night

    May 13: Sam Gleaves + Carrie & Michael Kline

    May 20: Kent State & Jackson State Memorial

    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.