David Rovics in concert January 18
January 2000

David Rovics will be in concert Tuesday evening, January 18 at the Baja Tortilla Grill (formerly the Orange and Brew for you old-timers) in the Reitz Union. Opening will be Gainesville's own Lars Din and J-Free Frank.

Rovics, a folksinger and songwriter, writes and collects songs. His repertoire ranges from topical ballads and love songs to protest songs designed to rouse revolutionary fervor in the soul of a couch potato.

During his travels in America and Europe, Rovics has collected a vast library of material from well-known, little-known and unknown songwriters. He re-invigorates traditional ballads, and puts his own stamp on the songs of such immortals as Woodie Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Jim Page, Christy Moore, and Phil Ochs, to whom he has been comapred.

"I believe in music as a force for social change, and as a tool for education. It seems to me that no gathering of activists is quite complete without music (and food). The heart and stomach must be fed as well as the brain." In addition to performing at festivals, folk clubs, cafes, pubs, and sidewalks throughout the country, Rovics says, "I've played extensively for campus and community activist organizations. Among thoses I've shared stages with have been Pete Seeger, Howard Zinn, and Michael Moore.

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