Second Time around


For the second time in a 5 month span I was able to go see Zappa Plays Zappa at the Crest Theater in Sacramento. For those unfamiliar with the Band, it is a tribute band of sorts that plays the music of famed guitarist and rock hero Frank Zappa, who died of cancer in 1993 of cancer. The leader of the band is Zappa’s son Dweezil. Dweezil spent over three years to learn the catalog of his father’s vast collection and has done a great job to master it. Dweezil Zappa opened the catalog of his father and put on a great show. The venue itself was very unique and gave a great sound to the show. The Crest theater has stadium like seating and is older and gave a great surround sound feel. This show was vastly different from the show I had seen in San Francisco when the band was an opening act. The first act of the show was a short half hour set of mostly lesser known songs from the 1960’s. The second set was much longer and was absolutely rocking. The second set featured a more diverse sound. Some blues songs, mixed in with some jazz and then a quick turn into a solo on a kazoo.

Probably the most impressive component was that some of the musicians were playing multiple instruments, most notably Scheila Gonzalez. She played the keyboard, flute, saxophone, and also sang. This a key part of Frank Zappa’s band in the 1970’s and 80’s artist being able to do multiple tasks. The unique aspect about the Sacramento show was that Dweezil had time talk to the audience in between songs. Being that his band were the only performing at the venue that evening. Some the most intricate guitar solos and even bass ripping solos that sounded like a lead guitar.

The best part of the show ,aside from the dancing hippies, was the encore. It was the most expected encore in the history concerts, or somewhere close. A great thirty encore that was only three songs the songs. One song in particular “Dancing Fool” captured the mood of the older crowd reliving the glory days.

Often times a first impression is what you remember about a person or group, but the having seen Zappa Plays Zappa the second impression leaves a lasting impression.  If you ever get a chance to see Zappa Plays Zappa DO IT! Great live, diverse music and great atmosphere follows them. http://www.zappaplayszappa.com/.

Thanks for checking out my post, until next time hit me up on twitter @JustinT_Djtre, show time tuesday 5-6 PM tuesdays on KSSU.com

Peace,

DJ Tre

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