|Sacramento's Crest Theater|
The show: Zappa Plays Zappa
The audience: ranging from young, to not-so-young, balance tipped towards the upper range; long-time fans of Frank Zappa and his music, kids that had been raised with his music, and Dweezil's own followers. I hope there were some newcomers to Zappa.There should have been.
Equipment afficionados looking over the huge set of guitar pedals and controls. Guys queuing to purchase Zappa t-shirts and CDs. Throughout the show, two gentleman dancing and gyrating through the entire show right at the back, right at the top of the rows of seats in the Crest.
And the music: Roxy & Elsewhere, in its entirety--and that was before the intermission. The crowd had their money's worth. A night full.
Dweezil Zappa's band do his father's legacy justice. It's such intricate, deeply-layered, intense and complex music.
The fun and jokes are an extra, a freeby, thrown in because words are needed, and you might just sometimes think you were listening to some arty-farty jazz if they weren't there. Just don't ever mistake Zappa for comedy. This is music, this is rock, (some call it "jazz-rock")... this is special. This is Zappa.
|Ben Thomas and Ryan Brown|
(I wonder what would have happened if Frank Zappa arrived on the music scene today, instead of late sixties/seventies. Today's commercial world is less tolerant of musical invention and the market appears to crave conformity. The world still needs Zappa. Do your kids, your grandkids, a favour, and introduce them. There are plenty of albums to choose from.)
I envy one of my long-time-England friends, who saw Frank in concert in Sweden. I am happy that I saw Dweezil and Zappa Plays Zappa last night. They made the music real. How many albums are there? Sixty? That will keep Zappa Plays Zappa going for a few more years yet. I'll see you again.
Go see, go hear, Zappa Plays Zappa. They'll be playing near you--don't miss the tour.
Zappa Plays Zappa are: Dweezil Zappa (guitar), Scheila Gonzalez (sax, vocals), Ben Thomas (vocals, trombone, recipient of diploma from Phelan High School), Chris Norton (keyboards and vocals), Ryan Brown (drums) and Kurt Morgan (bass).
For more Toon's Tunes photos from the show, go to http://alisontoon.com/zappaplayszappa to see the full gallery.