Roy Zimmerman: PeaceNick
Roy Zimmerman: PeaceNick" show Saturday, December 8, the Day that Will Live After the Day that Will Live in Infamy
Concert begins at 7:30pm. Admission: $20 in advance online or at OCUUC on Sundays, or $25 cash only at the door (plus applicable fees). Box office opens at 7:00 pm.
Press Release: ROY ZIMMERMAN: PEACENICK
Who's that chubby old hippy stuck in your chimney? That's the musical question answered by satirical songwriter Roy Zimmerman in his show "PeaceNick," coming to Costa Mesa Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 for a performance at Orange Coast UU Church, 1259 Victoria Street.
"PeaceNick" is Zimmerman's send-up of the political, social and even spiritual absurdities of the Holiday season - ninety minutes of hilarious and heartfelt songs from a decidedly Lefty-Pacifist-Humanist point of view. Admission for the family-friendly show is $20 in advance, available at the church, or $25 at the door.
Zimmerman made a "campaign promise" this year to perform in all fifty states. He did 140 shows in 49 states, traveling 45,000 miles with his wife and frequent co-writer Melanie Harby. In twelve albums over twenty years, and on stages, screens and airwaves across America, Roy 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 a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.
"PeaceNick" contains a dizzying array of Holiday songs in many styles. "Christma-Hanu-Rama-Ka-Dona-Kwanzaa" is the sort of patter song Danny Kaye might have sung, a song of celebration for all world cultures. There's a faux-Dylan protest song, "Christmas is Pain," and an island ballad about climate change, "Hula Yule."
A Crosby-like crooner, "I Won't Be Home for Christmas" is sung from the point of view of an American troop stationed in Afghanistan. And there's a multiple choice number, "What Would You Rather Get for Christmas" where the audience guides the song to one of eight different endings.
Zimmerman says, "Satire is the gift that keeps on giving hell." His "PeaceNick" show is both pointed and poignant, hilarious and heartfelt.
The San Francisco Chronicle says, "Roy Zimmerman has a rare gift for songwriting." The Marin Independent Journal describes him as "Bobby Kennedy meets Bobby Dylan." And Sing Out! Magazine says, "Zimmerman is a guy on the left skewering folks on the right with rapier-sharp lyrics ... underneath the caustic satire is a man who is surprisingly optimistic."
- 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."
Roy Zimmerman's "PEACENICK" songs on YouTube:
Christmas on Mars
I Won't Be Home for Christmas
Christmas Is Pain
Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church (View)
1259 Victoria Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|