On Friday, May 30, Fiddlers Crossing will present popular satirist Roy Zimmerman in his third appearance in Tehachapi. Zimmerman played to sold-out crowds at Mama Hillybeans several years ago, and at a house concert last year.
Zimmerman finds just about everything and everyone funny in one way or another. As a satirist in the vein of Tom Lehrer, but with a decidedly more political point of view, his “funny songs about ignorance, war and greed” skewer our major politicians and celebrities, as well as highlight absurdities in the issues of the day.
Among his many credits and satirical endeavors, Zimmerman was the founder of the comedy folk quartet, The Foremen, a group that toured extensively in the 1990s, playing the nation’s major folk venues, and as he says, “a lot of fancy Progressive benefits.” They also performed at Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival, under an overpass in the rain. Zimmerman wrote over five hours of satire for the group. “We never did it all at once,” he reports, “but we kept it ready in case we had to filibuster.”
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop, or with a credit card by calling 661-823-9994. Tickets may also be purchased directly from the website, at fiddlerscrossing.org, via PayPal. And as always, coffee and goodies are included. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30p.m.
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.”