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David Rovics

Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, 315 E. Costilla St. Monday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation; show is sponsored by Citizens for Peace in Space and Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission For tickets, call 632-6189.

Armed with an acoustic guitar in his hands and 14 albums under his belt, David Rovics is coming to Colorado Springs with a mission to activate and educate its citizens.

The 39-year-old singer-songwriter, who has earned strong kudos from both peace activist Cindy Sheehan and "Democracy Now!" host Amy Goodman, sings about the events of today with a bluegrass twang. He's had audiences in North America, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East since he started touring in the mid-'90s.

"Shows tend to be intimate," Rovics says. "People sing along a bit, hear stories they haven't heard, laugh and cry, and get inspired."

Rovics doesn't fiddle around with his stance on the issues. His latest album, Halliburton Boardroom Massacre, features extremely pointed songs, like "New Orleans" and "Song for Cindy Sheehan." And it ends with a love song called "Life is Beautiful."

But, Rovics says, "not everything is happy out there. And neither are all of my songs.

"It's just a little introduction to life on Earth," he adds. "We have to hear the defeats along with the victories."

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