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The Grandmothers of Invention

Tue, Jul 16-Wed, Jul 17




Doors open at 5:30 PM each night.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
$25.50 Free parking

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes The GrandMothers of Invention for two nights, performing the music of Frank Zappa’s One Size Fits All. Band members are Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocals, tenor saxophone, flute) Dave Johnson (bass), Don Preston (keys, vocals), Max Kutner (guitar) and Christopher Garcia (drums, percussion, marimba, vocals). Show time Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors at 5:30pm.

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"Great news for Zappaphiles! Short of Frank himself coming back from beyond to bend ears and brains, this is about as close to an authentic live version of Zappa's music as you can possibly get..... Reaction on the fan web sites have been nothing short of rapturous." - Prague Post

The GrandMothers of Invention are the only Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention alumni who have been consistently performing the music of the maestro since 2003. They are the authentic live version of Zappa’s music. From the classic “Freak Out”, “Absolutely Free”, "We're Only In It For The Money", "Uncle Meat", and "Burnt Weeny Sandwich" - to - “Weasels Ripped My Flesh”, “Apostrophe”, "The Grand Wazoo", "Overnite Sensation", "Roxy & Elsewhere", "Bongo Fury", and "One Size Fits All" - they have performed on a very long list of classic Frank Zappa & the Mother's of Invention's albums, movies and other projects.

Rare are the musicians who can even play Zappa’s music, let alone make it live and breathe. The GrandMothers are able to go deeper into the material, rather than merely parroting Zappa’s notoriously tricky composed lines-as many try to do. This is truly the reincarnation of the Mother of Invention. The GrandMothers of Invention, (having performed in Zappa’s mid to late 70’s Mothers bands), are touring the world with the mission of keeping Frank Zappa’s music alive. With three different Zappa era represented, the GrandMothers have a wide palette of material to choose from. They serve up vintage psychedelia – rock songs with surreal lyrics, jazz-like harmonies and melodic complexity, with flashes of wacky satire. They are amazing virtuoso musicians, fun and funny.

The GrandMothers of Invention are: Napoleon Murphy Block (with Mothers of Invention/Frank Zappa from 1974-1984), on vocals, tenor saxophone, flute, suavenicity, and dancing! Don Preston (with Mothers of Invention/Frank Zappa from 1967 thru 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1974 as a Special Guest), on keyboard synthesizers, electronics, IPOD, magic tricks and vocals. Also featuring the incredible Miroslav Tadic on electric guitar, and the masterful Christopher Garcia on drums, percussion, marimba and vocals.

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