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member to stop harassment of his
family. Eventually, the KKK Grand
Dragon converted to Judaism.
On the lighter side, "Nights at the
Chez," the title song from an album,
tells about what it was like being a
child enjoying club entertainment
and going backstage for face-to-face
talk with celebrities. The CD cover
has a picture of Roth and his sister
with the late comedian Jimmy
Durante.
'All the music I heard while I was
growing up just rubbed off, and my
• own musical writing became ongo-
ing," says Roth, who recalls having a
crush on all three singing McGuire
Sisters at the same time. "When I
get an idea, I make time to get it
down on paper."
Roth describes himself as very shy
when he was young and fascinated
with his parents' careers. He remem-
bers taking up the guitar at the sug-
gestion of a friend, hoping that
developing his instrumental talents
would give him confidence.
After graduating from the
University of Illinois with a major in
radio/TV communications, Roth
went on a backpacking trip across
the country and landed in New
York. In that showbiz environment,
he started turning his stories into
songs. His selection in 1986 as an
award winner at the Kerrville New
Folk Festival in Texas resulted in
Roth's career decision.
"The tape recording from that fes-
tival was done by a friend in the
audience and became my demo

headlines Thursday, July 25,
Other performers featured
throughout the reunion weekend
are David Roth, Pam Ostergren
and Bobi Thomas, Barry O'Neill,
Bob White, Kelly Jo Phelps,
Amanda Bailey, Owen McBride
and the Argo Pond string band
with David Cahn, Martha Burns,
Becky Nappies and Billy Myer.

David Roth performs 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 21, at the Ark, 316
South Main St., Ann Arbor.
$13.50. He also will be among
the artists performing during the
Ark reunion, July 25-27. $17
for single evening/$45 for three-
night pass/$5 more for reserved
seat per evening. (734) 761-
145 1 or www.a2ark.org .

tape," Roth says. "It got me book-
ings around the country."

During the month of July Mario's will not be
punching Entertainment Cards

Creating A Songbook

Roth, who has lived in Alaska and
Seattle, now makes his home along
the shores of Cape Cod with his
wife, Tricia. Although the Jewish
performer is not very religious, he
has sung at spiritual gatherings.
He thought of his mom when he
sang the national anthem for the
NBA's Michael Jordan-era Bulls at
the Chicago Stadium. She had sung
the national anthem at the Cubs'
Wrigley Field for an entire season.
Other memorable experiences have
included singing his composition
"Earth" at the 40th anniversary of
the United Nations; having his song
"Rising in Love" performed by
Andrea Marcovicci at the 100th
anniversary of Carnegie Hall in
1991; and seeing his lyrics included
as part of the international best-sell-
ing Chicken Soup for the Soul and
Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul series.
When Roth visits Michigan, he
will fill his days with work responsi-
bilities beyond the concerts. There
will be workshops with teachers to
demonstrate how music can be used
in learning, and he will be collabo-
rating with his friend Chip Kramer,
an Ann Arbor resident, to transcribe
his writings into a songbook.
Roth travels with a stash of star
photos taken at the Chez Paris. The
entertainer likes to show them as he
markets his CDs, which include

Irreconcilable Similarities, Rising in
Love, Digging Through My Closet,
Another Side of David Roth and If
You Can't Fly.
A seventh CD is in the works.
"I like to perform a variety of
music," says Roth, who will be
joined by cellist Anna Huthmaker
for part of his performances. "I
think that keeps the pace of the
show going." ❑

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