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

~ Fall 2023 Season ~

Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 8pm:

Bev Grant
Inspired by the socially conscious songs of the 1960s, Bev Grant uses music as a means to express her position on longstanding social dynamics and societal issues. Her songs tackle themes of social justice, feminism, and workers' rights, reflecting her commitment to using her art as a tool for change. As Bev's career gained momentum in NYC, other likeminded artists who also sang of the triumphs and struggles of everyday people joined with Bev. These music groups include The Human Condition, Bev Grant and the Dissident Daughters, The Miller Sisters, Wool&Grant, and most notably, the Brooklyn Women's Chorus. Her inspirational work has earned her the 2017 ASCAP Foundation's Jay Gorney award, as well as earning her the Labor Heritage Foundation's JOE HILL award.

Photo by Brian McCloskey

Carolann Solebello
Inspired by theater, Appalachian music, and social justice activism, Carolann Solebello successfully blends a progressive ethos with a more traditional sound. A founding member of the Americana trio Red Molly, Carolann now tours as a solo troubadour and with the modern folk quartet, No Fuss and Feathers. Her smooth, compelling voice and warm acoustic guitar style nod to rural folk traditions while her rhythmic precision and sophisticated phrasing plant her firmly in the urban present. Carolann is a proud member of AFM Local 1000 and the Jack Hardy Songwriters Exchange. She has hosted many open mics, won a bunch of songwriting awards, and is currently working on her sixth solo album.

Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 8pm:

Martha Schlamme

Leonard Lehrman & Helene Willaims

Martha Schlamme Centennial Celebration
Helene Williams, Belle Linda Halpern, Leonard Lehrman and Ron Roy, with The Solidarity Singers of the New Jersey Industrial Union Council, present songs commemorating the life and work of singer/actress Martha Schlamme (Sept. 25, 1923-Oct. 6, 1985), whose 100th birthday would have been tonight.

Martha Schlamme was an Austrian-American Jewish force of nature, a fighter for social justice, and a performer in 12 languages, specializing in Yiddish, German, French, Spanish, and Russian. After the Austrians accepted Hitler in 1938, Schlamme went into exile, first to Strasbourg, then London, and then interned on the Isle of Man, where she learned to sing "Songs of Many Lands". During the last five years of Schlamme's life she was a faithful friend, supporter, correspondent, and advisor of composer/conductor/pianist/translator Leonard Lehrman. She was also a devoted teacher and friend to singer Belle Linda Halpern, who studied with Martha from age 14 until Martha's death ten years later. Belle Linda's 1986 WBAI tribute to Martha, produced with Sue Renee Bernstein, inspired this series of concerts.

Leonard and Helene began working together in 1987 and have performed over 700 times in Europe, Australia, Israel, Canada, and the U.S.

Belle Linda Halpern, with her accompanist Ron Roy, has performed as a cabaret singer in NYC, Boston, San Francisco, Paris, Munich, Jerusalem, Bombay, and every summer in the hills of Tuscany.

The Solidarity Singers, led by Bennet Zurofsky, perform at demonstrations and concerts throughout the Metropolitan area. Their collaborations with Leonard Lehrman & Helene Williams have included The Marc Blitzstein Centennial; the opera The Triangle Fire at the American Labor Museum, Puffin Cultural Forum, NYU, and HBO.

Watch an interview with tonight's performers!

Belle Linda Halpern

The Solidarity Singers

Saturday, September 30, 2023 at 8pm:

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Gary Allard
Gary David Allard is a soulful contemporary singer-songwriter from Brooklyn. He continues to build his unique sound by extracting inspiration from a plethora of genres including pop, folk, gospel, R&B, and Caribbean music. He composes his lyrics from his own personal and social experiences, striving to connect with his audience through tender yet powerful emotional singing. Tonight Gary will be joined by Natalie Guiteau, Wilner Louis Jean, Fabiola La Marque, and David Simon.

Check out this interview with Gary Allard!

Pamela Jean Agaloos
Pamela Jean is an active musician in the Irish/Scottish trad scene in New York City. This week she will be giving us an appetizer of her October 7 set! See her full bio below, under October 7.

Joel Landy
Joel Landy is known for his energetic stage performances, witty parodies and insightful lyrics. He is the host of Songs of Freedom Television, an award winning cable program celebrating the dignity of human struggle. A public school teacher during the day, Joel continues to get into good trouble organizing and appearing at rallies and demonstrations in addition to playing at coffeehouses and clubs. "He's a real live wire!" --Pete Seeger

Lindsey Wilson
Lindsey Wilson is a 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.

Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 8pm:

Barbara Dyskant
Barbara Dyskant is a dynamic pianist, singer, songwriter and activist. Her spectacular piano is both a solo instrument and an extension of her voice. She presents music infused with warmth and fire, believing that the deeply political and deeply personal are joined at the hip. Her music ranges from intense to silly and will empower, entertain, energize, and affirm, plus connecting with struggles of our time. And it just might make you dance! Barbara has been writing songs and instrumentals "forever." She loves intersections of multiple genres; her music includes blues, salsa, classical, jazz, and "trad" styles from Ireland, Quebec, and beyond. Stay tuned for Barbara's solo CD, Full of Life, currently in the works. She also performs with her daughter in the duo Confluence; their CD, An Early Spring, will be available at the concert.

Check out this interview with Barbara Dyskant!

Pamela Jean Agaloos
Pamela Jean is an active musician in the Irish/Scottish trad scene in New York City. Born to Filipino parents in a US Naval Base in Chicago, she has a background in musical theater in the Philippines, where she lived until 2011. She participates in folk sings like Exceedingly Good Song Night and the Sunnyside Singers Club, and is also a guest vocalist for the band New York Brogue. Although a frequent figure in the Manhattan trad scene, Pamela makes Iona Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn her session home, which has hosted and attracted top-notch talent from the city and around the world.

Check out this interview with Pamela!

Sunday, October 8, 3-6pm:

A Life Well Loved: Memorial for Peter Pasco
NYC Friends of Clearwater is hosting a memorial for Peter Pasco, who was also a great friend of, and performer at, Peoples' Voice Cafe.

The Church of the Village
201 W. 13 St.
New York, NY 10011

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Saturday, October 14, at 8pm:

Judith Zweiman
Throughout her illustrious career, Judith Zweiman has graced prestigious concert halls and stages, delivering performances that leave audiences spellbound, earning her a Meet the Composer awards grant and recorded numerous times for Fast Folk Musical Magazine. Her ability to connect with her listeners on a profound emotional level sets her apart as a true musical luminary. Whether performing solo or collaborating with other accomplished musicians, Zweiman's music transcends cultural boundaries, evoking universal emotions that resonate with people from all walks of life through storytelling. She was featured in several of the Fast Folk Revues at the Bottom Line. Judith's compositions and performances soar sonically and poetically, touching the heart and elevating the spirit. As she continues her harmonic journey, Judith Zweiman's legacy in the world of music is destined to remain an enduring testament to the enduring power of artistic expression. Tonight she will be accompanied by long-time musical partner Duane Bergman.
It Was 20 Years Ago, Today (full album)

Check out this interview with Judith and Duane!

Barry Oreck
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Barry Oreck is known for his evocative, poetic and humorous storytelling. With an affecting vocal style and soulful guitar picking, his songs touch on societal and ecological issues as well as the perils of aging and long-forgotten love. Oreck honed his craft surrounded by the rich folk and blues tradition of his native Chicago, studying with Frank Hamilton and Steve Goodman at the famed Old Town School of Folk Music. Other major influences include John Prine, Stephen Sondheim, Odetta, Pete Seeger, and Josh White. Oreck's latest album, Leap Year (2022), reached #6 on the US Folk charts in May 2022 and was described as "an album of hope and humanity that questions and answers, played and sung with a beguiling simplicity and a deep heart." (Mike Davies, Fatea Magazine.)

"We Were Wood"
"The Norris Dam"

Check out this interview with Barry!

Saturday, October 21, at 8pm:

Sol y Canto
Rosi and Brian Amador founded the pan-Latin ensemble Sol y Canto in 1994, and before that were co-founders of Flor de Caña. They perform songs from the Nueva Canción tradition, creative arrangements of beloved Latin classics, and Brian's originals, which are distinguished by poetic lyrics, diverse styles and surprising twists. The Amadors can make you dance, laugh, cry and sigh all in one concert.

Watch this interview with Brian Amador!

Anne Price
Anne Price was born and raised in New York City and has been performing for over 30 years. Her repertoire includes everything from traditional folk ballads to songs about work and the labor movement. She sings many songs from contemporary songwriters, such as Jean Ritchie, Peggy Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Si Kahn, and she writes a few fine songs of her own. Her voice is strong, rich, and expressive. "This is the very best kind of music produced in America today - organic, honest, personal, and unaffected." - Bill Feagin, Crow and Wolf Music.

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

Saturday, October 28, at 8pm:

Judith Sloan & Friends:
A Benefit for Doctors Without Borders

Judith Sloan is an actor, audio artist, writer, radio producer, human rights activist, educator and poet whose work combines humor, pathos and a love of the absurd. Her stories take the audience on journeys about the trials and tribulations of teaching in prisons and youth detention centers, migration, refuge, the climate crisis, and navigating bureaucracies. She will be performing excerpts of songs and monologues from various theater projects including It Can Happen Here, Yo Miss!, Crossing the BLVD, and a new work in progress, This is Not a Drill, written in collaboration with Andrew Griffin. Her work has been supported by the New York Foundation on the Arts, commissions from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and support from NYU professional development fund.

She will be joined by poet, performer, playwright Darrel Alejandro Holnes, filmmaker Mychal Pagan, and playwright Mêlisa Annis.

There will be a talkback after the performance focusing on the balance of being an artist, teaching, and prison education.

This program supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs awarded to EarSay.

Saturday, November 4, at 8pm:

Michael Veitch
Michael Veitch developed his craft with his mentors Shawn Colvin and Jack Hardy in the Village in the 1980s. He delivers heart-driven songs combined with a beautiful tenor and fluid guitar playing, visiting the past without regret and the future with an optimist's eye. He was featured in the PBS special We Remember: Songs of Survival. Michael's latest CD, Wachtraum ("Wake Dream"), is the culmination of his skills as a songwriter. Recorded over several years and around the globe, the album sets a new bar for Veitch with its finely tuned sonics, wide-ranging vocals, and lyrics that evoke another time and place.

"Above the Rain"

Watch this interview with Michael Veitch!

Judy Kass
Judy Kass draws in her audience with soulful vocals, no-nonsense lyrical storytelling and genre-bending exploration of guitar and piano. Her 2014 debut album, Better Things, and her 2016 CD, Beyond the Ash and Steel, both received notable airplay, appearing on the Folk DJ List of Top Albums for those years. An award winning songwriter, Judy can also be heard performing with Amy Soucy and Glen Roethel in their harmony driven trio Us! Their co-write, "Too Much Crying," won the Gold Award in the Open Category of the 36th Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. Judy is completing a new album to be released this year.

"The Snows They Melt the Soonest"

Check out this interview with Judy Kass!

Saturday, November 11, at 8pm:

George Mann
George Mann is a songwriter's singer who would just as soon share stories and songs from the long history of folk music as sing his own originals. His concerts are singalong sessions and history lessons. George has produced albums featuring such folk music legends as Utah Phillips, Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton, and produced national tours of the US and Australia in honor of the Almanac Singers and Joe Hill. George brings his experience as a union organizer and educator to his concerts - stories and songs about real events and the struggle for a better life. His new CD is This Chain.

"Let the Healing Begin"

Check out this interview with George Mann!

Photo by Marianna Holzer

Rik Palieri
Rik sings original and traditional songs on a variety of folk instruments, including the banjo, 6 & 12 string guitars, mouth bow, Native American flute and a collection of rare Polish bagpipes. His shows are a fun evening of fast banjo picking, exotic instruments, sing-a-longs, and a little bit of yodeling. He also likes to sprinkle his songs with stories.

Rik has created a History Of The Banjo program that he performs for The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, in which he presents a range of banjos, from the early African gourd-style banjo to the minstrel banjo, mountain fretless, banjo uke and the modern day Pete Seeger long neck. He also hosts and produces The Songwriter's Notebook TV show on VCAM TV in Vermont.

Check out this interview with Rik!
(Part Two is here!)

Saturday, December 2, at 8pm:

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!

Saturday, December 9, at 8pm:

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

Check out this interview with Charlie!

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"

Check out this interview with Tret!

Saturday, December 16, at 8pm:

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.

Check out this interview with Reggie and Pat!

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