Musical History Tour

The Musical History Tour will take place all over the US, Canada and Europe throughout 2018 and 2019 — with your help!  Contact me anytime to book a date, and share this message with potential organizers.  As I go I’ll be putting out a new 5-minute podcast every Friday, This Week with David Rovics, which you can find wherever you get your podcasts.



The Musical History Tour is cosponsored by the Zinn Education Project and the Peace and Justice Studies Association.  To see the tour as it stands so far, scroll down…

If you want to promote the tour by posting the following notice on websites, social media, etc., this would be much appreciated:


It seems to me that in order to understand the world we live in now, we have to know how we got here.  In order to have any idea of where we’re going, we need to know where we’ve been.  We need to know our own history — the history of the social movements, uprisings, invasions, coups, economic bubbles, stock market crashes and other events that have shaped our societies and created the world we live in today.  The more we know about key events of the past — often events that the powers-that-be would prefer we forgot about completely — the more the world around us becomes a comprehensible place, existing not just in the three dimensions of the physical world, but in the dimension of time as well.

There are many ways to learn history — ways that can be a lot of fun, as well as educational.  I have a Musical History section of my website dedicated to using songs as well as prose to introduce people to important events in world history.  With the Musical History Tour, I’ll be taking that act on the road.  Concerts (we can still call them concerts even if I’m talking more than usual in between the songs) will be appropriate for any adult or teen audience, and will seek to use historical anecdotes as a means of addressing the present moment.


  • Refugees:  Throughout Europe and North America, they’re calling it a “refugee crisis.”  Did you know that in 1492 the Muslim-led Ottoman Empire sent its entire fleet to go rescue as many as 800,000 Spanish Jews and resettle them in Muslim lands, where they lived in peace and prosperity for hundreds of years?  (“1492“)  Did you know that most people in the US as well as Australia are descended from European refugees? (“Before Their Ship Arrived“)  Did you know that the US didn’t lift its quota on Jewish and other eastern European refugees until 1944 — five years into World War II and the Nazi Holocaust?  (“Send Them Back“)
  • Child Migrants:  The children and adults at the Mexican border are also refugees.  Did you know that the United States government sponsored a military coup in Honduras in 2009 that has caused the country to become one of the most violent places on Earth?  Did you know that the US also violently overthrew the democratically-elected governments of Iran in 1953 and Guatemala in 1954?  (“US Embassy“)
  • Immigration:  Many politicians and media pundits talk about “illegal immigrants.”  Did you know that before 1964, Mexicans were free to cross the US border anytime?  (“No One Is Illegal,” “Guanajuato“)
  • Trade Wars:  Between Trump’s US and the rest of the world, the trade war is on.  The original trade war — the Opium War that began in 1839 — involved troops from Britain, France, Russia and the US, and involved the deaths of tens of thousands of Chinese people, ultimately forcing China to “open its economy” — to an addictive drug being forced down the throat of the nation via naval bombardment and fire.  (“Trade War“)
  • Lots more examples

I’m booking now for 2018 and 2019.  If you have some flexibility in terms of the date, I’m available to do a concert anywhere in the continental United States and most anywhere in Canada or Europe if you’re involved with an organization such as a union, school or arts center that is in a position to commit to a date and some funding (variable depending on where you are and whether I have gigs in the area).  Just email me at or text me at +15038631177 (I’m on WhatsApp).  If funding is tight there’s the possibility of Matching Funds.


Wednesday, September 26th, 7 pm
Louden Nelson Community Center — Facebook Event
301 Center Street
Santa Cruz, California

Friday, September 28th
Corazon Performing Arts Center — Facebook Event
125 S Topanga Canyon Blvd
Topanga, California

Saturday, September 29th, 7 pm
Grassroots Oasis — Facebook Event
3130 Moore St
San Diego, California

Thursday, October 4th
Hove Folk Club
Railway Inn

Friday, October 5th, 7 pm
Housmans Bookshop with Jack Harris — Facebook Event
5 Caledonian Road
London  N1 9DX

Monday, October 8th
Doublet Bar — Facebook Event
74 Park Road
Glasgow  G4 9JF

Friday, October 12th
Love Music Hate Racism event!
3 Spooner Road

Saturday, October 13th
Otley Labour Rooms with Chris Butler and others — Facebook Event

Sunday, October 14th, 1 pm
BumZen — Facebook Event
Baldersgade 22

Monday, October 15th
Haderslev — details TBC

Tuesday, October 16th
10 Mindegade

Thursday, October 18th
Broken Dreams

Friday, October 19th
Joe Hill House

October 21-25:  Sweden (Skåne region) with Kristian Svensson — details TBC

Saturday, October 27th
Aachen — details TBC

Sunday, October 28th, 3 pm
Vrijplaats Utopie
Waldeck Pyrmontkade 116
Den Haag
The Netherlands

Thursday, November 1st
The Netherlands — details TBC

Friday, November 2nd
De Loft with Gert Kleinpunk! — Facebook Event

Saturday, November 3rd
Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Friday, November 9th
Hayti Heritage Center
Fayetteville Road
Durham, North Carolina

Saturday, March 23rd, 6:30 pm
Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center
Yahara Room
953 Jenifer Street
Madison, Wisconsin


*As states turn red (when I sell 50+ tickets in a given state), I will also be making plans to include those states in the tour with at least one gig of some kind in each state.  States so far on that list include Washington, Arizona, Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

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