Singer Roy Zimmerman will perform his satirical songs in a special tribute to Ashland. Photo courtesy of Steve Scholl - hoto courtesy of Steve Scholl

'Faulty Intelligence'

What's funny about war, poverty, ignorance, bigotry, neo-conservatism, homophobia, greed, lust and fear? Ask Roy Zimmerman. He's been writing satirical songs for 20 years.

Rogue Valley audiences will have a chance to enter Zimmerman's wacky world when the satirical lyricist performs his, "Faulty Intelligence Show" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland.

The evening in Ashland is being staged as a "Celebration of Ashland Values: Progressive Visions — Locally and Globally." A time for friends and neighbors to get together for some great music and to connect with one another.

Jeff Golden will be the emcee and local nonprofit groups will provide information on their activities at information tables.

Opening the evening will be Monkfish, a newly formed band featuring Kevin Cooney (guitars), Kieran Devine (guitars, vocals), Duane Whitcomb (violin), Baruch Golding (bass), Richard Seidman (harmonica), G Valmont Thomas (guitars, vocals), Scott Beveridge (drums) and Steve Scholl (vocals).

Monkfish's influences range from Irish music, to Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and the great American tradition of garage bands.

"Faulty Intelligence" is a 90-minute one-man theatrical presentation of Zimmerman's original songs and comic commentary — an indictment of the Bush administration along with songs such as "My Conservative Girlfriend," "Defenders of Marriage," "Creation Science 101," an Elvis-sounding love song to the government phone tappers called "Hello, NSA" that's featured on the ACLU Web site; and the bawk-along "Chickenhawk," already a Zimmerman classic.

He says, "I hope this record gets good reviews, but mostly I hope it gets denied under oath by Karl Rove."

Zimmerman has played clubs across the country, and shared the stage with George Carlin, Bill Maher, Kate Clinton, Dennis Miller, Sandra Tsing Loh, kd lang, Andy Borowitz and Paul Krassner.

He's done several shows with Frank Black of the Pixies, swapping songs in a solo acoustic setting. His up-to-the-moment topical songs are featured on American Public Media's syndicated broadcast "Weekend America" and Sirius Radio's "West Coast Live.

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."

Joni Mitchell says, "Roy's lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection."

"We used to have a name for right wing satire," Zimmerman says. "We called it 'cruelty.'"

"There's nothing funny about world peace," he observes. "Social justice never killed at The Comedy Store. If we ever attain a worldwide consciousness of peace and justice, I'll be happily out of a job. But as long as power corrupts, I'll absolutely have a career."

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at door.

Call 301-7469.

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