Saturday – March 12 – 7:30 pm
David Rovics has been an independent rabble-rousing musician for over 20 years. He writes, as generations of radical songwriters have done, both to and for the voiceless, the alienated, the dispossessed, and the marginalized.
As a storyteller, a participant observer and perceptive interpreter of contemporary social movements, he travels the world sharing his own take on history and the news, bears witness to the hidden history of ordinary people, and keeps alive the highly radical notion that art and social change need each other.
David describes his work as “political commentary that rhymes”; music critic Wally Brooker is less understated. “What’s striking about Rovics”, he wrote in 2013, “is his enduring and seemingly tireless commitment to the life of a radical grassroots troubadour, and his ability to bring first-hand reports of local struggles from around the world to each community that he visits.”
David’s concerns, like his career and following, are local and international, personal and universal. His latest album, The Other Side, reflects these preoccupations. Climate disasters and the inadequate political response, American politics and corruption, gentrification, harm reduction, the plight of refugees past and present; 2015 was a significant year, and this album documents, well, the other side of the story (the one that doesn’t make it to Fox News or even The Guardian) in a way that is both relatable and memorable.
Most importantly, he’s really good. He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, he will make the revolution irresistible.
“David Rovics is the musical version of Democracy Now!” – Amy Goodman
“David Rovics is a freaking genius.” – Eric Spitznagel, MTV
Find out more about David at his web site: www.davidrovics.com
Suggested donation: $10 to $20.