• Pamela Froman

ROAR Review

Protest music has defined each generation through the present. Enter ROAR or Rock on American Resurrection which looks back at the rock and folk music that helped shape America!

Celebrating the voices of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, ROAR shares the music of social justice and protest and takes us on a journey with it. This musical show was conceived and written by Davitt Felder and performed along with the band The First Amendments. Dressed in era appropriate costumes, this musical revue is a celebration of the American spirit through folk and rock music. As well, it is a powerful expression of our obligations as citizens to raise our voices in protest and song.

The band is made up of Michael Anesberger on drums, Hugh F. Brockington III Vocals, Davitt Felder Guitar and Vocals, Michelle Holmes, Bass and Vocals, Corey Watkins, Keyboards and Vocals, and Fyto Perez, Lead Guitar. Michael has studied at The Drummers Collective, Hugh has been performing since he was five years old, Michelle performed Dona Lucia in I'm Just Wild About Harry, Corey performed for Clint Eastwood with his jazz combo, and Fyto has mastered styles from classic, Latin, pop, rock, metal, funk and blues.

The musical experience begins with Down By the Riverside, a slave spiritual that still resonates today. Next up was Old Man Trump by Woody Guthrie and Ryan Harvey, folk song Midnight Special, and Where Have All The Flowers Gone by Pete Seeter and Joe Hickerson.

Davitt Felder leads the show, with commentary and wit as well as talented vocals. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama with a BFA in Acting, and he believes in art as a social cause. He specializes in the music of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

The first act continued with the iconic Blowin' in the Wind by Bob Dylan, Promised Land by the infamous Chuck Berry. As well girl power was expressed when Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell, was performed by the talented Michelle Holmes.

Musical stylings from Otis Redding, John Fogerty, Paul Simon, Stephen Stills and Wilbert Harrison completed the first half of the show.

The show asks us to question ourselves, and what America stands for. If we want to improve our future we must look back to the music of the past.

For the second half of the show, the band sported 80s looks performing iconic songs like The Power of Love by Huey Lewis, Chris Hayes and Johnny Colla, Freedom '90 by George Michael, in which Davitt Felder sported some fly mirrored glasses to enhance his performance.

Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen, Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2, American Pie by Don McLean, Winds of Change by The Scorpions and America by Neil Diamond rounded out the performance. As well Davitt performed his own original song Incline Your Mind. The show ended with a humorous rendition of Roar by Katy Perry and Rockin' in the Free World by Neil Young.

ROAR is playing at Crown City Theatre Company, 11031 Camarillo St, North Hollywood. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. until Sunday May 7th. All tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling (818) 605-5685 or at

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