The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse
offering quality entertainment.

~ Fall 2013 Season ~

September 21, 2013:

Walkabout Clearwater Chorus
Founded by Pete Seeger in 1984 as a musical arm of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the Walkabout Clearwater Chorus has been going strong ever since, performing at venues as diverse as environmental festivals, peace rallies, the NYC subways, prisons and halfway houses. They were headline performers at a festival in Germany and performed with Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul & Mary fame) on a PBS special and at the Clearwater Festival. Their CD We Have A Song! features many songs written by their members and friends, and they are featured in two songs on the Grammy-winning Pete Seeger at 89 CD. Walkabout is a true "people�s chorus" made up of folks who love to sing and work hard at keeping alive the legacy of activist music.

September 28, 2013:

Marlene Feingold Tribute Concert
With The SAGE Singers, NYCStreetsingers, and special guest Charles Palmer

Teacher, musician, and LGBT rights activist Marlene Feingold (1931-2013) was a longtime Peoples' Voice Cafe member, performer, and volunteer. She had been an original member of the NYCStreetsingers, but she left to found and direct the SAGE Singers. Marlene tragically passed away earlier this year as a result of injuries she suffered during Hurricane Sandy.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor and the performers, admission to this concert will be free.

The SAGE Singers
The SAGE Singers are a folk chorus that grew out of SAGE, America's largest organization of LGBT senior citizens. Tonight they will pay tribute to their founder, Marlene.

The NYCStreetsingers
The New York City Streetsingers are renowned for their spirited performances of peace, environmental and freedom songs. Founded by Pete Seeger in 1991, this self-directed musical group combines the individual talents of its members to create its very own sound. The mission of the group is to promote peace, justice, healing, and diversity through the power of music. Tonight's special guest, guest, Charlie Palmer, is one of the original founders of the Peace of Heart Choir.

October 5, 2013:

The Mountain Maidens
Marie Mularczyk O'Connell, Candice Baranello and Lorraine Berger met at the Dickens Festival in December of 2012. There was instant magic and harmony. Marie plays just about every string and percussion instrument there is (guitar, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, dumbec, bones and spoons) and sings British and American folksongs and Jewish music. Candice (Candy) Baranello is a member of the Long Island group Wild Ginger. She plays dulcimer and sings traditional, Old Timey, classical and gospel. Lorraine is a member of the Huntington Choral Society, plays guitar and flamenco castanets, and sings in a beautiful alto.

The Johnson Girls
The Johnson Girls are an energetic all-woman a cappella group specializing in sea songs, which they consider the first real �world music�: a bubbling stew of styles culled from many lands. Crashing through the barrier of male-dominated maritime music, each of the Johnson Girls brings a specialty and style to the ensemble, including Afro-Caribbean sounds, songs of the inland waterways, Irish, Scottish, American, English, Italian and French ballads, and work songs. With an exciting sound full of harmony, the Johnson Girls bring audiences to their feet wherever they perform.

October 12, 2013:

Bernice Silver Centennial Concert
Come celebrate the 100th birthday of puppeteer, raconteur, and singer-songwriter Bernice Silver -- born October 7, 1913! The star of the show will be the Birthday Girl herself, but many of Bernice's friends, fans, and followers will contribute a song or two to the festivities. This event is being cosponsored by three organizations of which Bernice Silver is an active member: Folk Music Society of New York, New York City Friends of Clearwater, and People's Music Network.

October 19, 2013:

Joel Landy
Pete Seeger calls him "A real live wire!" and audiences say he reminds them of Phil Ochs. He has sung in coffeehouses and at demonstrations around the country, and his songs are heard on Pacifica Radio. Joel Landy is a familiar friend and spirit at the PVC, known for his topical songwriting, clever parodies, and energetic stage performances. He is perhaps best known as the producer and host of Songs of Freedom (, an award winning cable television program celebrating the dignity of human struggle, seen in New York City and on the internet since 1996. Joel says, "My shows are about creating a safe and fun place for people to express themselves." It�s what he does best.

Ilene Weiss
A musical goofball for grownups. Ilene's multi-generational music ranges from Tin Pan Alley to hip-hop. As a strolling musician, she might inspire (but certainly not insist upon) sing-a-longs to requested songs. WARNING: Ilene's freestyling skills have been know to lead to a condition known as jaw-dropping.

Jan Luby
With a voice full of passion, range and power, Jan Luby's stage presence is riveting. Her songs are lyrical, personal stories ranging from relevant to irreverent, heartbreaking to humorous. Rhode Island's Motif magazine readers voted her Female Vocalist of the year in 2011 and nominated her Singer/Songwriter of the year in 2012. Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) describes Jan Luby as "one of the cutting edge, shining lights... A completely natural performer with a voice of anger, humor, warmth and beauty."

October 26, 2013:

Musical Tribute to Jon Fromer
A gifted singer, writer, activist, guitar-string buster, and Emmy-Award winning filmmaker, Jon passed from this life on January 2, 2013 at the age of 66. He leaves behind a legion of family by blood and family by song who are gathering to celebrate the remarkable ways Jon touched the lives of so many in the name of justice. The performers' share of the gate receipts will go to Jon's wife, Mary Fromer. Featuring Rick Burkhart, D.C. Labor Chorus, emma's revolution, Colleen Kattau, Charlie King, George Mann, Professor Louie, and others. Produced by Bev Grant and Elise Bryant.

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November 2, 2013:

The SeaWaves
The SeaWaves blend passionate, playful and political music with LGBTQ+ sensibilities in their original songs. The colorful mix gives personal expression�to a lifetime of activism, weaving compassion, wonder and commitment. Jeri Hilderley (guitar, vocal), began performing and recording her original compositions for voice and marimba within the seventies' Women�s Music Network. Susan Ahlborn (guitar, vocal) performed with Jeri in the quartet Some Folks.�Janet Mayes (bass, vocal) has been performing political jazz/rock since the sixties and sang in the Brooklyn Women�s Chorus. Lauren Draper (trumpet) has performed and recorded with Isis, the Kit McClure Big Band, Robert Palmer, Barry White, the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and Machito. Their new CD Talking Truth features songs about life, love, sexuality, and being female.

Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter Linq provides an eclectic mix of folk, rock, and blues. She came of age in the turbulent sixties, but don�t expect some wide-eyed hippie in tie-dye cooing about love and daisies. Her songs are varied and edgy, and may inspire you to dance around or call your congressperson. Linq left a lucrative career as a pharmacist and pharmacy owner to jump on stage at 55 because her music needed to be shared, resulting in worldwide airplay, radio interviews, and multiple music nominations and awards. Don't miss this chance to hear Linq in person.

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November 9, 2013:

Such As Us
Such As Us is an alternative rock band founded by Chris Kitlan Burns (guitar/vocals) and Melissa Connell (bass/vocals). The various members of Such As Us have been musical journeymen for several decades. They have played their music long distances down legendary paths of song and styles. Through it all they have always kept their music true to the relevant, the honest, front line concerns of the times. Featuring Gina Tlamsa (flute, violin, mandolin & Vocals), Carl Fortunato (keyboards & Vocals), Joni Note (percussion & vocals), and Vivian Stoll (drums), Such As Us will get your feet tapping and your emotions engaged. Their latest CD is Up Against the Bull.

Tom Ghent
Tom Ghent's songs are tender expressions of dreams and misunderstandings between father and son, man and woman, the lessons of time, and lust for the road. He delivers them in a rich, warm, expressive voice that compels the listener to understand. His songs have been recorded by Kris Kristofferson, Gene Watson, Bobby Bare, Rita Coolidge, Bobby Goldsboro, Mama Cass, and Michael Settle, and his "Whiskey Whiskey" is considered a standard.

November 16, 2013:

Professor Louie and the Lewis Family
Professor Louie and Fast Eddie, two of PVC's most beloved performers, have brought together a few family members for a very special evening of music and poetry. Jeffrey Lewis and his brother Jack have played in Australia, Russia, China and all over Europe and the USA. You can catch Jordan Carlos doing live stand-up at comedy clubs all over NYC, or you can see him right now on MTV's Guy Code and Girl Code. Perry Robinson, multiple winner of the DownBeat International Jazz Poll, has played all over the world with musicans from Dave Brubek to Badal Roy to Charlie Haden. Joe Lewis is back from playing blues harp in Mexico with various Mexican rhythm and blues bands. Shayna Lewis is currently playing in Grupo Descarrilado, a hot Brooklyn-based salsa band. The Peoples' Voice was full the last time these guys played and we anticipate it will go from full to fuller this time.

November 23, 2013:
Anne Price & Steve Suffet -- Double Digital Album Release Concert!

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 and as far away as the 596-year old Black Swan in York, England. Her repertoire includes socially conscious traditional folk songs, songs she has written herself, and songs from politically progressive folk based songwriters such as Jean Ritchie, Peggy Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Si Kahn. Joining Anne on several songs will be special guest artist Rita Deutsch, a Florida-based folksinger who recently relocated to New York City.

Steve Suffet
Well known to Peoples' Voice Cafe audiences, Steve Suffet is best described as an old fashioned folksinger in the People's Music tradition. Steve's repertoire is a mixture of railroad and trucker songs, coal miner songs, cowboy songs, union songs, Woody Guthrie songs, old time country music, outlaw ballads, blues, ragtime, Gospel, bluegrass, topical-political songs, and whatever else tickles his fancy, including many songs he has written himself in traditional style.

December 7, 2013:
Charlie King & Rick Burkhardt

Charlie & Rick are becoming a holiday institution at PVC (but who wants to spend the holidays in an institution?) Charlie is kicking off his 50th anniversary year as a folk performer and his 40th as a songwriter, celebrating with a 40 song retrospective CD. Rick has been listening to Charlie for most of those 40 years and will breathe new life into some of those old songs. Rick has some new songs of his own to flaunt as well as nuggets from the Prince Myshkin repertoire. They plan to have more fun than you.

Charlie King
is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Charlie has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century. His songs have been recorded and sung by other performers such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger & Chad Mitchell. Charlie, in turn, has recorded an embarrassingly large number of Rick's songs. "If we had more Charlie Kings in the world I'd be less worried." --Peggy Seeger.

Rick Burkhardt
is an Obie-award-winning playwright, performer, composer, and songwriter whose original chamber music and theater pieces have been performed all over the world. He has toured as songwriter/accordionist for the Prince Myshkins, a political cabaret / folk duo, and he is a founding member of the Nonsense Company, an experimental music/theater trio. Their 2008 performance in NYC's Frigid Theater Festival was reviewed as "the must see show of the festival" and won Best Show and Audience Choice awards. In 2011 he was listed as an "Off Off Broadway Innovator to Watch" by Time Out New York.

December 14, 2013:

New York City Labor Chorus
Now in their 22nd year, the New York City Labor Chorus has 75 members, representing over 20 labor unions and District Councils. The Chorus promotes union solidarity through song by expressing the history and ongoing struggles of workers for economic and social justice. Their dynamic repertoire combines the power and culture of union music with the great gospel, jazz, classical and folk traditions. Join us to celebrate solidarity with people�s struggles for a better tomorrow.