Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Zappa Plays Zappa revives sounds of the future, Dweezil Zappa says

Dweezil Zappa, Frank Zappa’s son, founded Zappa Plays Zappa to introduce his father’s music to younger generations. The band plays Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Crossroads KC.

When he founded Zappa Plays Zappa in 2006, Dweezil Zappa had a few goals in mind.

Foremost, he wanted to bring the music of his late father, Frank Zappa, to a new generation of music fans. Initially, however, the show took another tack.

“The goal at the beginning was to give younger generations a chance to experience the music live,” he said. “We didn’t know whether we would be able to do it on an annual basis or continual basis. So the first time around, some alumni were part of the show. That was something more the promoters wanted.”

He had something different in mind, however.

“My view of the whole project was to send out a young band with no previous affiliation playing with Frank and play for newer generations. As it turned out, we were able to do that on a regular basis and bring that to life.”

Zappa Plays Zappa will perform Tuesday night at Crossroads KC. Zappa talked to The Star recently about the project and his upcoming album, which will include a collaboration with his father.


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