What can one person do about climate change, torture, racism, gun violence, fracking, Congressional ineptitude, ignorance, war and greed? Write funny songs, says Roy Zimmerman , master satirist, songwriter, and performer.
HPJC is bringing Roy Zimmerman back to Houston in a benefit to raise funds for Peace Camp Houston. In 14 albums over 20 years, Roy has brought the sting of satire and parody to the struggle for peace and social justice.
Roy says, “I’m calling the election year tour “This Machine,” a reference to Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger to be sure, but also an acknowledgement that songwriting does good work in the world. Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression, because in calling out the world’s absurdities and laughing in their face, I’m affirming the real possibility of change.”
He makes fun of right wing politicians, hypocrites, war profiteers, large multinational corporations, religious bigots, and hate-mongers, while entertaining you with stories and music.
His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, John Oliver, Ellen DeGeneres, Kate Clinton and George Carlin. He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and he’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.
He’s funny, he’s a great musician, he’s an excellent performer, and his in-person performances are outstanding. What more could you ask for?
The concert starts at 7:30 pm, but there’s also an optional pot luck dinner at 6:30 pm — bring some food or drink to share, if you wish.
We’re asking for a contribution of $20 at the door, or $15 in advance, but if that’s too much for you, please let us know. Reserve your tickets today!
We’ll also collect additional donations just for this summer’s Peace Camp Houston, for those who can give more. We hope to add additional weeks of peace camp, at different locations, and provide subsidies for more children of lower income families – it all depends on how much funds we can raise.
If you can’t come, but would like to help us pay expenses so more children can attend peace camp, go to the Peace Camp Houston donation form.
Roy usually brings CD’s to sell for those who want more of his music. (Generally many people do!)
For more information about Roy and his music, go to http://www.royzimmerman.com or search for “Roy Zimmerman” on YouTube.