Provided by Lincoln City Cultural Center
Editor’s Note: We’re receiving protests that such music/entertainment doesn’t belong on this news website. It is decidedly anti GOP. The Lincoln City Cultural Center asked us to run a story on it, and we are running a story on it. If somebody has a local entertainment story involving musical satire on Democrats, we’d be pleased to run that one too. But in no way should this website be turned over to an up or down vote on what stories are run, and which ones aren’t. The political divisions in this country and in this county are getting to be unbearably sharp. But we should all be adults and choose for ourselves what to read or watch. GOP political PACs are far outgunning any other political organization. The GOP won the Wisconsin recall vote by outspending democrats and progressives 7 to 1. Why are some people worried about some pointed satire on a small town website announcing that a particular artist is appearing in Lincoln City? It doesn’t pencil out.
LINCOLN CITY – “We used to have a name for right-wing satire,” says funny songwriter Roy Zimmerman. “We called it ‘cruelty.’”
Zimmerman’s satirical songs have an unmistakable lefty slant, and now they’re on the left coast. “Roy Zimmerman: Live From the Starving Ear” comes to Lincoln City Sunday, July 1, at 7 pm for a performance at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Highway 101. Admission at the door is $18. Tickets are available at the center, or by calling 541-994-9994.
“The Starving Ear” is Zimmerman’s homage to San Francisco’s legendary nightclub the hungry i. In the late 50‘s and early 60‘s the hungry i was a jumping-off place for such talents as Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, Phyllis Diller, Maya Angelou, the Kingston Trio, and a flash point for music and comedy with a social message.
In this election year, Zimmerman has made a “campaign promise” to perform in all 50 states before the Republican National Convention. All his shows in cities across the country are called “Live From the Starving Ear.” The Occupy Movement, the Tea Party, same-sex marriage, Socialism, Creationism, guns, taxes, abstinence and yes, presidential politics all come under tuneful scrutiny.
“There’s a whole new political landscape,” he says, “painted by Jackson Pollock.”
In 12 albums over 20 years, Zimmerman has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for peace and social justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and he’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. Roy’s YouTube videos have garnered over seven million views and tens of thousands of comments, many of them coherent.
“You’re Getting Sleepy” is Zimmerman’s new CD, featuring 11 of his wickedly inventive originals. “Vote Republican” is a mesmerizing mockery of GOP nonsense in the run-up to the 2012 election (already a hit on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ege_RBhh37A). “Citizens United” is a sensuous slow-jam sneer at corporate personhood. “The Unions Are to Blame” lampoons the Big Business lunacy that has spurred thousands to Occupy Wall Street. And “I Want a Marriage Like They Had in the Bible” is an hallelujah blow-out that would make Rick Santorum proud.
There’s even an unabashed Progressive anthem. “Hope, Struggle and Change” adds one important word to Obama’s election slogan. Zimmerman co-writes many of these songs with his wife, Melanie Harby.
The Los Angeles Times says, “Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society’s foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer.” Tom Lehrer himself says, “I congratulate Roy Zimmerman on reintroducing literacy to comedy songs. And the rhymes actually rhyme, they don’t just ‘rhyne.'” Joni Mitchell says, “Roy’s lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection.”
The HBO documentary “The Trials of Ted Haggard,” directed by Alexandra Pelosi features Roy’s song, “Ted Haggard is Completely Heterosexual.” Mr. Haggard himself said of the song, “It’s really bad — I mean, it’s poorly done — but it’s funny.