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.
See map.

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 face masks that cover the nose and mouth while inside the Peoples' Voice Cafe, except when performing. Until they are eligible to be vaccinated, we are unable to admit children under 12 years old to our shows. 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!
Please check this website for any updates.

Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 8pm:

In Person or Livestreamed! *

Charlie King
Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. 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 for more than half a century and has been writing songs for over 40 years. In October of 2017 he received the annual Phil Ochs Award, in recognition of his music and activism for social and political justice in the spirit of Phil Ochs. Other honors include: an "Indie" award for one of the top three folk recordings of 1984; the War Resisters League's 1998 Peacemaker Award; the 1999 Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award; and the 2014 Joe Hill Award. Charlie's songs have been recorded and sung by Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small. Charlie has recorded over twenty solo albums since 1976, as well as three albums with Bright Morning Star.

Rick Burkhardt
Rick Burkhardt is an Obie-award-winning songwriter, composer, playwright, and performer whose original music and theater pieces have been performed in over 40 US cities, as well as in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Taiwan. As a songwriter and accordionist, he has shared stages with folk legends such as Utah Phillips, Holly Near, The Indigo Girls, Emma's Revolution, Moxy Früvous, and of course Charlie King. He is one-half of the satirical duo The Prince Myshkins, who have released two CDs of his original songs which have aired nationally on NPR's Morning Edition and Pacifica's Democracy Now! He also plays a 100-year-old robot accordionist in the Off-Broadway musical Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future.

* Livestream: This show will be available live on Facebook for $11.99. Go to this link and click on "Get Access."

* In Person:

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, December 11, 2021, at 8pm:

In Person or Livestreamed!

Cleo Carol Knopf
Cleo Carol Knopf is a poet, singer, dancer, performance artist. She presents work under the name of her PoemDance Company, morphing from one medium of artistic expression to another, depending on what story needs to be told. Her themes are humanitarian and social justice harkening back to when she learned to sing from her sister, Ellen, who ran the Hey Brother Hey Sister Coffee House under the leadership of the late Rev. Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick. Cleo has an MFA from Tisch School of the Arts, and a BA in Creative Writing from Hunter College, where she also studied and performed music.

Alice Farrell-Pearlman & Jay Pearlman
Alice and Jay met at a singing session in 2014. Their love of music brought them together and grew into marriage. They both come from a deep tradition of song. Alice Farrell-Pearlman has appeared Off Broadway, been a featured singer at traditional sessions around NYC, and has appeared twice at PVC. She studied with noted Irish song collector Frank Harte and spent much of the pandemic learning new songs from virtual singing sessions, including Dublin's An Goilín. Alice also hosts the Sunnyside Singers Online. Jay Pearlman grew up with folk (and other) music and frequents singing sessions in the NYC area. He's an occasional songwriter who tends to look for the lighter side. Tonight marks his professional debut.

Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 8pm: Kwanzaa Celebration!
In Person or Livestreamed!

Thelma Ruffin Thomas
Thelma Thomas, our own renowned and beloved storyteller, has gathered together storytellers of many ages to help us learn more about Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of Kwanzaa, by listening to stories that will lift them up and lift us up as well. Thelma is the artistic director of Pearls of Wisdom, a touring ensemble of elder storytellers. She has brought her lively, spirited, authentic presentations to Tanzania, Brazil, Ghana, Costa Rica, The Gambia, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Kenya, and Cameroon, continuing the tradition of elder folk art stories.

Atiba Kwabena Wilson
Atiba Kwabena Wilson is a musician, published poet, storyteller, and the founder/artistic director of both the Songhai Djeli Folkloric Ensemble and the Befo' Quotet Rhythm 'n' Dues Band. He has been a featured artist for several National Association of Black Storytellers festivals (including its most recent in November 2021), the International African Arts Festival and at FESTAM International Music Festival, Inc. in Dakar, Sensgal. Atiba also served as the artistic director of the Music Meets Poetry" series at Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza from 1999 thru 2009 and was commissioned to write a poetic narrative for, and perform in, Harlem School of the Arts' presentation of the Kwanzaa Nutcracker, 1996-2002.

December 25, 2021:

Closed for Christmas

January 1, 2022:

Closed for New Year's Day

Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 8pm:

Mike Lee
Mike Lee is a songwriter based in Minneapolis, MN. Born in South Dakota, he recently packed up his guitar and left Brooklyn to head back to the midwest. Mike has been traveling around singing his songs for the last ten years. His first album, Pick Me Up Café, was released in May of 2020. Mike toured in support of the album in the spring of 2021. Polishing up some new songs, Mike will head back to the studio in the spring to work on the follow up.

"Don't Let Me Get Sick This Year"

Vincent Cross
Vincent Cross is a writer, musician, performer, and educator. Born in Ireland, raised in Australia, and now based in New York City, he was influenced by local traditional players in Ireland as well as inspired by the contemporary singer-songwriters he encountered on his travels. His recent release, The Life & Times of James "The Rooster" Corcoran (2020) has been described as "a tale shot through with villainy, [and] Irish devilment" (The Irish Daily Star) which also "speaks to folk's narrative powers and Cross's special powers as a songwriter." (Pop Matters)

"King Corcoran"

Saturday, January 15 2022, at 8pm:

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.

And coming up:

Jan 22: Katie Naplatarski with Donie Carroll + Dan & Bonnie Milner

Jan 29: [Closed for Peoples' Music Network Weekend]

Feb 5: Black History Month Celebration

Feb 12: Steve Suffett's 75th Birthday Party (PVC fundraiser)

Feb 19: Rod MacDonald & Joe Jencks

Feb 26: Steff Reed + Bob Brashear

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.