Peoples Voice Cafe The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse offering live entertainment in New York City,
from folk music and protest songs to rap and jazz, and poetry, storytelling, and dance.

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~ Spring 2022 Season ~

Saturday, January 15 2022, at 8pm:

Livestream only!
Available on Facebook.

Judy Gorman, with special guest artists Mario Cancel-Bigay, Barry Kornhauser, Chris Owens, & Christine Obiamalu

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. Tonight Judy will be accompanied by cello virtuoso Barry Kornhauser and guest artists Mario Cancel, Chris Owens, and Christine Obiamalu.

Mario Cancel-Bigay
Mario Cancel-Bigay is a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, poet, and ethnomusicologist. 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.

Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 8pm:

Livestream only!
Black History Month Celebration, featuring Lindsey Wilson & Jendog Lonewolf
Join Singer-Songwriter Lindsey Wilson and Multi-disciplinary Hip Hop Artist Jendog Lonewolf for a night of musical celebration, poetry and storytelling as we acknowledge the accomplishments of black people in America.

Lindsey Wilson
Lindsey Wilson is an NYC singer-songwriter with a flare for nostalgia with her memorable mix of 70's style urban folk rock and conscious lyrics. Throughout her musical career, Lindsey Wilson has embraced issues of the heart and mind within her original music. Love songs, protest tunes and lyrics of empowerment have all been a true representation of her style and sensibilities. Her songs "Stand for the People" and the "People Shall Rise" have caught the attention of culturally diverse audiences throughout the country. Lindsey's influences stem from a myriad of musically conscious voices such as Odetta, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, and Joan Armatrading. However, Lindsey's message is truly her own.

Jendog Lonewolf
Jendog Lonewolf is a Two Spirit BlackNative Photographer, Hip Hop Lyricist, and Cultural Worker from Bushwick, Brooklyn, who naviates a myriad of spaces, challenging stereotypes and issues at the intersections of class, race, gender and sexuality. She's gracefully shared stages with Harry Belafonte, Nile Rodgers, Desmond Tutu, and Joan Baez, worked with Grammy winner Dan Zanes on two Hip Hop/Folk songs, including a LeadBelly tribute for Smithsonian Institute's Folkways Records, toured South Africa, Sri Lanka, UK, Toronto, US, and Cambodia with YaliniDream as the duo Brooklyn Dreamwolf, and is a pround member of the Peoples' Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle, their Steering Committee, as well as Great Labor Arts Exchange (GLAE) Next Generation Team. Jendog is currently recording a new Hip Hop project.

Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 8pm:

Livestream only!

Rod MacDonald
Rod MacDonald was born in Connecticut and began singing professionally in New York City, where he became a leading headliner in Greenwich Village clubs in the 1980s and recorded 21 songs for Fast Folk magazine now in the Smithsonian Folkways collection, such as "American Jerusalem," "A Sailors Prayer," "Every Living Thing," and "White Buffalo," also recorded by numerous other artists. He has 13 solo CDs, with the latest, Boulevard, at #11 on national folk music charts, and three CDs with the Palm Beach County band Big Brass Bed, which New Times named "Best Folk Band" in 2016. Now living in south Florida, Rod has been named to the "Ten Greatest South Florida Folksingers Of All Time" list by New Times, and one of "Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County" by The Palm Beach Post. He is also Music Americana instructor with Osher Lifelong Learning at Florida Atlantic University, and was named Distinguished Faculty Member in 2012. His second novel, The American Guerillas, was published last year.

Joe Jencks
Joe Jencks is a 22-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter and a celebrated vocalist based in the Chicago area. He is known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration. Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove, and grit. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. Co-founder of the harmony trio Brother Sun, Jencks has penned several Number One folksongs including the ever-relevant "Lady of The Harbor." From Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center to festivals across the US and Canada, Jencks has become a fan favorite throughout North America and beyond. Joe is also a dual US-Irish citizen and has served as a Cultural Ambassador with the US State Department.


Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 8pm:

Livestream only!

Jaeger & Reid
Some of the best discoveries are made by accident. That's what happened in the fusion of the musical talents of Judi Jaeger and Bob Reid. They unwittingly found perfect harmony while standing next to each other at a music camp in 2015. Their musical spark caught fire and was noticed by those around them; the successful collaboration between Jaeger and Reid was born. They combine Judi's Canadian background, striking vocals and intelligent songs with Bob's California upbringing and his own engaging original tunes. Their artful blending of guitars, ukulele and rich harmonies deliver an intimate evening of deeply meaningful music.

"What a Trip"

Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 8pm:

In Person and Livestream!

Carolyn Hester, with her daughters Karla & Amy Blume Folk legend Carolyn Hester, a pioneering figure in the Greenwich Village Folk Scene, came to New York in 1955 and recorded her first album for Coral Records in 1957. Known as a fiercely independent artist, she continues the work of a lifetime using her unique empathy to translate meaningful messages for her audience in the ongoing effort to create a better world. Her honeyed voice has raised up other artists to this calling, from Bob Dylan to Nancy Griffith. Tonight she will be joined by her daughters, Karla and Amy Blume, who continue the tradition of American Folk Singer-Songwriters.
"Her sensual honey-husk voice has been a model for wave after wave of female singers. It somehow always sounds both sweet and strong-hearted, alluringly feminine and fiercely independent." --Scott Alarik, Boston Globe.

Tonight's concert is cosponsored by The Folk Music Society of New York.

Saturday, April 9, 2022, at 8pm:

Livestream only!

Chris Oledude Birthday Benefit Bash
Long-time PVC supporter, Chris "Oledude" Owens, presents a livestream-only birthday concert with a 16-piece ensemble. His exciting music addresses international, national and personal issues and this event will include works from the 1980s to the present. Chris has been moving audiences with his award-winning video, "George Floyd: Say Their Names." Learn more HERE.

Saturday, April 23, 2022, at 8pm:

In Person and Livestream!

Pam Parker
Pam Parker is a labor musician, band leader, activist and union electrician. She is the founder of the Charm City Labor Chorus and a member of the DC Labor Chorus, The Pride of Baltimore Chorus and a mixed quartet. "The chanteuse blends Billie's precision with Aretha's brand of Soul and has been using her perfect classic voice to lure in crowds for years--it's the combination of sweet tone and spot on vibrato that makes seeing her live addictive." --The Washington Post

Donna & Rick Nestler
The husband and wife team of Donna & Rick Nestler have been playing together professionally for over twenty years now, first in Donna's band, The Dirty Stay Out Skifflers, and then as a duo. Though they perform in a variety of different traditional genres, including jug band, blues, country, and maritime music, it all falls under the general heading of roots music. They are both multi-instrumentalists playing 6 & 12 string guitars, tenor banjo, ukuleles, and concertina, among other things. Their CD Late Night, Early Morning showcases their various instrumental talents and their eclectic repertoire.


Tonight's concert is cosponsored by The Folk Music Society of New York.

Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 8pm:

In Person Only!

Elizabeth Jennings
A Play by Lionelle Hamanaka

Elizabeth Jennings is a memory play about an African American schoolteacher who desegregated the New York City streetcars in 1854. Her parents were leaders in the Abolitionist movement that believed in the Declaration of Independence and ending slavery nationally. Elizabeth Jennings was a student at the African Free School No. 1 (founded by Alexander Hamilton and John Jay) where she became a teacher. One day, she and her friend Sarah Adams were late for church. They hopped onto a "Whites Only" streetcar, and the conductor and police forced them to get off. Her father, Thomas Jennings, started a lawsuit that they won in Brooklyn Civil Court in 1855. Chester Arthur, a future President of the US, represented her. Elizabeth Jennings also started the first black kindergarten in New York City.

Flyer with cast and other information.

Video Introduction by Lindsey Wilson.

Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 8pm:
In Person and Livestream!

Emma's Revolution
Known for fearless, truth-telling lyrics and melodies you can't resist singing, Emma's Revolution is the award-winning activist duo of Pat Humphries & Sandy O. Emma's Revolution writes songs about critical issues happening in the world and lends their voices to the movements those issues inspire. The duo are winners of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize and the Phil Ochs Award. Emma's Revolution has just released two recordings: Rooted, featuring new songs - the majority of which they've written during the pandemic - and Evolution, a compilation celebrating their 20 years as a performing and songwriting duo.

"Keep On Moving Forward / Sigamos Adelante"

Tonight's concert is cosponsored by The Folk Music Society of New York.

Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 8pm:
In person only!

Katie Naplatarski with Donie Carroll ~ "Songs of Longing and Belonging"
Katie Whyte Naplatarski will sing "Songs of Longing and Belonging," a selection of old and new American, English and Irish ballads and folk songs. Through songs sung with simplicity and heart, Katie gives voice to the eternal longing for love, land, justice and home. A member of the Sunnyside Singers Club, Katie will be accompanied by club founder and renowned singer and guitarist Donie Carroll. Violinist Todd Rogers will also provide accompaniment. Katie is a community activist, singer and former teacher from the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Marina Meyler
A native of Dublin, Marina started playing Irish folk music with her father at a very young age, eventually joining his folk group and performing at many renowned ballad houses in Dublin in the 1980s, honing her skills as a singer and musician on the mandolin and banjo. As a teenager Marina toured the US with The Raheny Ceili Band. Since moving to New York City, Marina has been a regular presence leading Irish music sessions, and she enjoys performing Irish and American folk songs and her own originals. Her album Rosy Remedy is available on Spotify.

Tonight's concert is cosponsored by The Folk Music Society of New York.

Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 8pm:
In person and Livestream!

Grand Finale: Spring SpiritRaiser and CD Release Party, featuring Fred Arcoleo & Us!
Join the Us! trio and Fred Arcoleo and his RALLY FOLK band as they close out the Peoples' Voice Cafe's 2021-2022 season LIVE and IN STYLE! Let's release our burdens from the last two years and raise our voices in celebration of new beginnings.

This power trio of award-winning singer-songwriters - Judy Kass, Glen Roethel, & Amy Soucy - combines their eclectic talents and musical influences to encourage positive change, unity, and dialogue with joyous harmonies, soaring melodies, and unexpected twists and turns. This is their PVC debut. Get ready to sing!

Fred Arcoleo & his Rally Folk! Band
This show marks the official release of Fred's third album of music: WE ARE MIGHTY: Sustenance for the Struggle, a collection of urgent, uplifting songs that resonate far beyond the last two trying years. Musicmasters Ritt Henn, Rex Benincasa, and Shanika Anderson form his Rally Folk! band.

"Lead the Way, Save the Day" LIVE!

Saturday, June 18, 2022, 11am - 5pm:

Encore: Peoples' Voice Cafe Stage at Porch Stomp 2022, Outdoors and In-Person, on Governors Island

Porch Stomp is a free annual celebration of bluegrass, folk, old-time and roots music on Governors Island on the porches of historic Nolan Park. The Peoples' Voice Cafe Stage will feature a star-studded lineup of some of our most popular performers!

11:00am - 11:30am 
Steve Suffet, anchor / MC
Open stage for any Peoples' Voice Cafe performers, past or present. 

11:30am - 12:00 noon
Mario Cancel-Bigay, featured opening artist

12:00 noon - 1:00pm
Lindsey Wilson, MC
Steve Suffet
Thelma Thomas
Sharleen Leahey + accompanists

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Marie Mularczyk O'Connell, MC + Mountain Maidens (Candice Baranello & Lorraine Berger) 
Joel Landy
Hudson Valley Sally (Dave Tarlo, Laurie Siegel, Terry Colliton)
Barry Oreck

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Judy Gorman, MC
Fred Arcoleo
Bob Malenky

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sally Campbell, MC
Joshua Garcia
Pat Lamanna
Lydia Adams Davis

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Gary Allard, MC
Chris Lang
Cleo Knopf
Ranzo Boys (Jules Peiperl & Lafayette Matthews)
Governors Island Visitor Information and Covid Policies: 

Past Seasons at PVC