The Peoples' Voice Cafe
239 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012 / 212-787-3903

PVC is an alternative coffeehouse offering live and live-stream entertainment in New York City,
presenting folk, blues, jazz, rap, poetry, spoken word, storytelling, theater and dance since 1979.
We shine a spotlight on social issues and artists from underrepresented cultures.

Peoples Voice Cafe

Alcohol-free ~ Fully Wheelchair Accessible

Masks are Required

  • 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 offer livestream shows whenever possible.

  • Saturday, December 2, at 8pm:

    In Person Tickets        Livestream Tickets

    John John Brown
    Songs, Stories, and Art: Lessons from Strangers

    No Depression magazine calls John John Brown's debut album The Road "a blend of astute Americana accompanied by a quiet, reflective glow," while Americana UK said his newest release is "so well written that every song could be a short story." Post to Wire noted that "John Prine is a clear influence in the way Brown rolls astute observations and a humorous slant into his lyrics." In recent years, John John has been chosen as a Kerrville New Folk winner and an Emerging Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. In concert he mixes storytelling songs with the visual arts, creating an engrossing multisensory experience.

    Watch an interview with John John Brown here!

    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 - south exit
    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.

    Suggested contribution: $20. Friends of PVC*: $12. Students & Youth: $12
    Folk Music Society of NY Members: $12. Judson Memorial Church Members: $12
    More if you choose, less if you can't. No one turned away for lack of money.
    * Friends of PVC include monthly sustainers, regular volunteers, Collective members,
    Fall 2023-Spring 2024: performers and people who donate at least $30.

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

    Saturday, December 9, at 8pm:

    In Person Tickets        Livestream Tickets

    Charlie King
    Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. 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 since the early 60s. His songs have been recorded and sung by Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, and Arlo Guthrie. He and Tret have been performing online lately, and this is their first in-person appearance since the pandemic.
    "If we had more Charlie Kings in the world, I'd be less worried." - Peggy Seeger
    "Luckily, we have him!" - Tom Paxton

    Tret Fure
    Tret Fure began her career at the age of 16, singing in coffeehouses and campuses in the Midwest. At 20, she was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, touring with him and penning the single for his album Mousetrap. She recorded her first album in 1973. Some career highlights include winning the South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition in 2 out of 3 categories (Best Overall and Best Up-Tempo Song), winning the Women in the Arts Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women's Music, and winning the A Still Small Voice 4U songwriting competition with her song "Monuments." 2023 brings Tret's 18th album, Lavender Moonshine, a CD addressing the times in which we live. Besides touring and recording, Tret teaches guitar and songwriting, paints pet portraits on commission, and has even published a cookbook, Tret's Kitchen.

    Charlie and Tret sing "Someway Soon"

    Saturday, December 16, at 8pm:

    In Person Tickets        Livestream Tickets

    Reggie Harris & Pat Wictor
    When Reggie and Pat take the stage, it's a celebration. The joy that transfers to their audience is boundless. For these veteran musicians and friends, their artistry and skill is heightened by years of collaboration and trust.

    Reggie Harris has earned wide acclaim from audiences and peers around the world. Reggie's ability to craft songs of subtlety and power, and to create arrangements that stir the soul, emanates from a deeply rooted passion for song across a wide range of genres. He is an accomplished writer and singer whose vast knowledge of the songs of human and civil rights has made him one of the leaders of the tradition. Reggie serves on the board of the Northeast Folk and Dance Alliance. As Musical Education Director of the Living Legacy Project, he works to increase knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement.

    Pat Wictor burst on the acoustic music scene as an innovative slide guitarist known for fresh and memorable interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs. He has since become an acclaimed singer-songwriter of lean and poetic songs, and a sought-after collaborator and session musician with dozens of recording credits. Pat has been nominated for Folk Alliance Emerging Artist of the Year, for the Gospel Song of the Year by the Independent Music Awards, and was a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk songwriting contest. His new CD, FLARE, reached #1 on the Folk-DJ charts, and the song, "How Will They Tell It," also climbed to #1. He is also a member of the band Brother Sun.

    Together, Reggie and Pat form a duo of jubilant harmony and instrumental expertise. They blend originals and carefully chosen songs by other artists into an expansive and free-ranging musical conversation that draws audiences into a warm embrace.

    December 23 & 30:

    Closed for the Holidays

    And Coming Up...

    Jan 6: Peter Pasco Memorial Concert

    Jan 13: Martin Luther King Celebration featuring Chris "Oledude" Owens and "Optimists For Peace"

    Jan 20: Sogobrook + Vera Lata

    Jan 27: Jon Dell + Talbot & Jenny & SamiRose

    Feb 3: Jendog Lonewolf + Owusu Slater

    Feb 10: Lindsey Wilson + Judy Gorman

    Feb 17: Rod MacDonald & Marc Dann

    Feb 24: Toby Fagenson Memorial Celebration

    Mar 2: Young Voices: Brie Kelly + Lindsey Smith (Sponsored by The Folk Music Society of New York)

    Mar 9: Barbara Rosica + Eric Kilburn

    Mar 16: International Song Night: Le Ombre di Rosso + Guadalupe Peraza

    Mar 23: Woman in Song and Struggle, with the Herstorians (Sharleen Leahey, Lydia Adams Davis & Pat Lamanna)

    Mar 30: [Closed for Easter]

    Apr 6: Atiba Wilson + DuPrée

    Apr 13: Thelma Thomas with Pearls of Wisdom

    Apr 20: Dilson Hernandez + Ben Bath

    Apr 27: Thea Hopkins + Luci Murphy

    May 4: [To Be Announced]

    May 11: Genny Haley & Steve Suffet: 60th Year Reunion

    May 18: Spring Finale with Fred Arcoleo, Shanika Anderson and others

    Help The Peoples' Voice Cafe!

    We are making great progress towards our fundraising goal after last year's cybertheft.
    A heart-felt thanks to all who have contributed so far.
    If you can help, please click here.

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

    Judson Memorial Church

    The Folk Music Society of New York

    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.