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.
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Covid-19 policy for in-person events (subject to change as conditions evolve):
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 masks that cover the nose and mouth while inside the Peoples' Voice Cafe, except when performing or making announcements. 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!

Saturday, September 10, 2022, at 8pm:

Photo by John F. Kramer

Bev Grant & her band
"Bev Grant still looks like a kid, but she has been a constant source of inspiration to me for almost 40 years... a brilliant feminist pioneer with a true rock and roll heart! What's not to love?" - Anne Feeney Winner of the 2017 ASCAP Jay Gorney songwriter award and the 2017 Joe Hill Award, Bev Grant grew up singing and playing in Portland, Oregon, where she began her performing career as a child in a band with her two sisters. After moving to New York City, she devoted herself to topical songwriting and social activism, notably in her band The Human Condition. Bev is featured on the Grammy-nominated Best of Broadside album and is the founder and director of the Brooklyn Women's Chorus. Her song "We Were There" has become an anthem of women in the labor movement, and many other of her award-winning songs can be found on her numerous recordings. Bev's newest CD is It's Personal.

Mario Giacalone & his band
Mario Giacalone has been a singer, songwriter, musician since the early 70's. Mr. Giacalone has recorded as as a solo artist, with The Human Condition, Inner Gypsy, Regina Palin, and Bill Horowitz. He is a founding member of The Communications Workshop, and has been a member of the bands The Human Condition, Floating, Mario Brothers, Giacalone and Sard, and Mario & Amy. Today Mr. Giacalone continues to perform, and record, with The Mario Giacalone Trio. Mario Giacalone's music has been featured in the Theater Productions of Neighbors, Comping Attractions, and The Music in Me. His music has appeared in the videos, Crack is the Wack, 5 out of 5, The Ballad of Nikki Teen, and in the film 30 Nights of Sex to Save a Marriage.

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, September 17, 2022, at 8pm:

Bob Brashear
Bob Brashear is a singer-songwriter in the Americana tradition who performs both solo and with his "floating musical collective" Home (Away) Band. The "We Love Songwriters" blog has described him as "foremost an American artist" who creates "down to earth American roots music...with even a hint of magic." His songs tell stories ofthe journey towards personal and societal transformation. Bob performs in bars, clubs, churches, living rooms, festivals, rallies, and even the occasional laundromat. His greatest joy as an artist is collaboration with others in both creation and performance.

"Everything's Gonna Be Okay"

Photo by Mari J Brooklyn

Steff Reed
Steff Reed is a Musician, Educator, and Activist. By sharing his story, Reed shows others that they are not alone. He is a Black Man who loves and gives greatly, modeling that emotional sensitivity and compassion can make us stronger as a community. As a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Steff Reed uplifts audiences with his spiritual energy. blending folk rock, alternative rock, and pop inspired by socially-conscious artists like John Lennon, Prince, Tracy Chapman, U2, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Jimi Hendrix.In 2013 he was nominated for the Grammy Music Educator Award. Reed is currently building a Brooklyn-based non-profit, Power of Love, in partnership with Judson Memorial Church.

Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 8pm:

Mario Cancel-Bigay
Mario Cancel-Bigay is a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, poet and PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at Columbia University. He is an expert on the Puerto Rican national guitar, the cuatro, which he has been playing for 25 years. His songs, composed in Spanish and English, are influenced by Latin American nueva canción, Puerto Rican jíbaro (peasant) music, rock, jazz, blues, and American protest music. Often, Mario sings poems that he sets music to. His lyrics address anticolonialism, social justice and global south solidarity, in addition to questioning gender constructs and celebrating Afro-Caribbean legacies.

Judy Gorman
Said Pete Seeger: "Judy is a wonderful singer and musician. No two programs that she gives are the same. Judy 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." Judy has performed for the UN, festivals, universities, concert halls, and events for justice in 49 states and 13 countries. Judy has shared stages with Pete Seeger, Odetta, Richie Havens, Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Suzanne Vega, the Indigo Girls, Meryl Streep, and James Earl Jones.

And coming up...

Oct 1: Atiba Wilson + Abbey Janii & Mike Lee

Oct 8: Bob Malenky + Dan Sofaer

Oct 15: Bernice Silver Memorial Celebration

Oct 22: International Song Night with Guadalupe Peraza + Éléonore Weil

Oct 29: Twa Corbies + Geoff Kaufman

Nov 5: Jaeger & Reid + Sally Campbell

Nov 12: Magpie

Nov 19: Judith Sloan & friends

Nov 26: [Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend]

Dec 3: Charlie King + Rick Burkhardt

Dec 10: Victor Cunneen + Bonnie & Dan Milner

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

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.