July Coffeehouse with Jim Green

Join us on Friday, July 12th at 7:30pm for the Second Friday Coffeehouse in Molly’s Cafe on floor 3 1/2 (take the elevator to the third floor and walk up half a flight). Admission is always free, and coffee and homemade lemon squares are available for purchase. All are welcome!

Our featured performer this month is Jim Green! Chicago based guitarist Jim Green transcends popular genres by creating ambient and exciting percussive driven solo finger-style acoustic guitar instrumentals in a fresh and compelling way utilizing unusual guitar tunings while incorporating percussive rhythms, harmonics, and finger-tapping with a piano-like approach that is both musically and visually stimulating. He was voted “One of the best independent artists in the Midwest” by Billboard Magazine, he is a 2004 Guitar Idol Champion and has opened for artists such as Ann Wilson (Heart), Poi Dog Pondering, Pat Benatar, Muriel Anderson, Credence Clearwater Revisited, and Dire Straits Legacy to name a few.

Follow Jim on Facebook@jimgreenguitar

 

June Coffeehouse with Heather Styka!

Join us on Friday, June 14th at 7:30pm for the Second Friday Coffeehouse in Molly’s Cafe on floor 3 1/2 (take the elevator to the third floor and walk up half a flight). Admission is always free, and coffee and homemade lemon squares are available for purchase. All are welcome!

Chicago songwriter Heather Styka cuts to the truth with gutsy vulnerability. With a heartfelt croon that brings to mind Billie Holiday or Patsy Cline, Styka combines the lyrical intricacy of folk with a catchy melodic pop sensibility and the grit of classic country in songs that are smart and disarming.

Learn more at heather.styka.com or follow Heather on Facebook: Heather Styka Music

May Coffeehouse with Brian Carmona

Join us on Friday, May 10th at 7:30pm for the Second Friday Coffeehouse in Molly’s Cafe on floor 3 1/2 (take the elevator to the third floor and walk up half a flight). Admission is always free, and coffee and homemade lemon squares are available for purchase. All are welcome!

A first-generation American whose mother hails from Colombia and the product of a musical family, Carmona’s a soulful vocalist. He picked up the six-string at age 11 and developed his own distinctive style, influenced most by the three Kings — B.B., Freddie and Albert, Carlos Santana, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix while also playing drums, bongos and other percussion instruments along the way. Carmona is rooted in the past and it’s clear he learned his moves from musicians some three generations ago. Brian emphasizes how the American roots of music is grounded with the ‘60s notion of blues and soul, all filtered through the prism of ‘70s classic rock. Which isn’t to say Carmona ignores the straight stuff: much of his original music is modern- His roots are just that- roots, not anchors, allowing the group to grow, often in unexpected and quietly thrilling ways.

An Evening with Glennon Doyle at the Peoples Church

On March 8th, join the Peoples Church of Chicago for an evening with Glennon Doyle. Glennon is an activist, author, speaker, and blogger, and founder of Together Rising, a non-profit focused on the needs of vulnerable women and children. Enjoy an inspiring evening of real talk and truth-telling conversation about life, love, family, justice, and community.

7:00-8:30pm, doors open at 6:00. This is a ticketed event – click here for tickets and more information.

Meet the 46th Ward Aldermanic Candidates

To help all of us get ready for the upcoming aldermanic election on February 26th, we are providing space for a series of events with candidates for 46th Ward Alderman. After Alderman James Cappleman’s event in December, next up is Marianne Lalonde, who will have a fundraiser here on Monday, January 28th at 7pm. Keep an eye on this page for more events, including an upcoming forum with all the candidates.

February Coffeehouse with February Sky

The next Peoples Church Coffeehouse is on February 8th at 7:30pm! As is our tradition, the musicians for the Coffeehouse will be February Sky, Susan Urban and Phil Cooper. Admission is always free,and coffee and lemon squares are available for purchase. The concert is in Molly’s Cafe on floor 3 1/2. Take the elevator to the third floor and walk up half a flight. All are welcome.

 

About the artists:
February Sky is traditional singer and Celtic guitarist Phil Cooper with songwriter and singer Susan Urban. Phil sings and plays his own arrangements of traditional songs and tunes on six string guitar and cittern, and he also interprets a number of carefully chosen songs from the best of modern Folk song writers, as well as backing Susan up on her songs. Susan Urban is a writer of story songs and humorous “slice of life” songs. She accompanies her songs, plus Phil’s songs and tunes, on six and 12-string guitar, six string banjo, mountain dulcimer, hand percussion instruments and Native American Style flute. Phil and Susan present a combination of old and new songs addressing the widest possible range of experience, complete with vocal harmony, intricate instrumentation and thoughtful stagecraft. They believe that Folk Music is a continuum – whether the songs are self-penned or have a history thousands of years old, as long as they speak to the human condition and the human heart, they carry on the Folk Music tradition.

December Coffeehouse with Marc Mayer

Join us on Friday, December 14th at 7:30pm for the Second Friday Coffeehouse in Molly’s Cafe on floor 3 1/2. Admission is always free, and coffee and homemade lemon squares are available for purchase.

Come join Marc Mayer at The Peoples Church on December 14th for a fun filled evening of original, subversive left wing music that will make you laugh – instead of the usual crying – at the current state of our politics. Marc is an ex -hippie from the 1960’s who brings his sense of humor and music to life in his songs.

In addition to his original political and love songs, he’ll be playing some classic rock and roll music from the 50’s and 60’s along with some fun Christmas and Chanukah tunes. Join us for a fun filled, sing along night with Marc.

September Coffeehouse featuring Andina and Rich

Join us on Friday, September 14th, at 7:30pm for the next Second Friday Coffeehouse, presented by the Peoples Church of Chicago.

Andina and Rich are Sandy Andina of Chicago and Stephen Lee Rich of Madison, WI. Their guitar, dulcimer, vocals, harmony, and humor are sure to delight you. Check out their website here, and then come to their free concert on the 14th. The concert will be in Molly’s Cafe on floor 3 1/2. Take the elevator to the third floor and walk up half a flight of steps.

July Coffeehouse featuring Sue Fink

Mark your calendars for July 13th at 7:30pm, when Sue Fink will perform at our monthly Coffeehouse. Admission is always free, and coffee and delicious lemon squares are available for purchase. Bring your friends!

Since 2001, Chicago-based singer-songwriter Sue Fink has been enchanting audiences with her whimsical perspective on the world.  She shares witty social commentary and perceptive observations of the human condition.  Her genre, “urban campfire cabaret,” is folk with a hint of jazz, a large dollop of humor, and a drop of sadness for good measure: think Christine Lavin, with a dash of Rickie Lee Jones, Melanie, and Nellie McKay.  http://suefink.com

June Coffeehouse featuring Emily White

Be sure to join us for the Peoples Church Coffeehouse on Friday, June 8th featuring folk-rock singer/songwriter Emily White! Admission is always free, and coffee and baked goods are available for purchase.

Independent folk-rock touring singer/songwriter Emily White has been described as standing out “conspicuously from the pack…with her hushed, preternaturally haunting vocal delivery (and bewitching sense of indie-rock-informed melody” (Connect Savannah). She has released four albums to date, the most recent being the Kai Welch-produced LP “Staking Flags in the Valley.” In creating her show, she “adds an infusion of humor, audibly diverse musical influences and a truly singular sound that may leave even the most severe folk cynics entertained.” (Asheville Citizen-Times) She is based out of Chicago, but travels regularly throughout the US, captivating crowds with her unique voice and favorite Martin guitar, bringing her Southern roots and Midwestern charm to each city she visits. Find out more at www.emily-white.com.