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We had a great time on our 18-day run! The Montreal Jazz Festival was super fun; Quebec ALWAYS has amazing audiences. The Brooklyn Bowl in NY was incredible, and I got to see lots of friends as we travelled around the East Coast and into the Midwest. Really looking forward to the little California run beginning August 8th. Then the next leg starts September 9th in Kalamazoo. Hope to see some of you at the shows!! Check for dates.


Goodnight, Montreal!!


On stage in Saguenay, Quebec


On stage at The Brooklyn Bowl


Beautiful backdrop in Rockport, Mass.


Goodnight, Cleveland!




Week One, ZPZ

Posted: September 10, 2013 in News
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Week one of Zappa Plays Zappa is complete, and the shows were a blast! It is such an honor to play this music with these players.

We started on Tuesday in Rhode Island and worked our way west. Below are a few pictures from the shows.

First show in Providence, RI

First show in Providence, RI

Good friend and fellow IU grad Tom Diehl made it to my first show in Rhode Island. Great to see him!

Good friend, East Coast drummer and fellow IU grad Tom Diehl made it to my first show in Rhode Island. Great to see him!

Good Night, Rhode Island

Good Night, Rhode Island

On the Marquis in Columbus, OH

On the Marquis in Columbus, OH

Sound Check, Columbus

Sound Check, Columbus

Drum's eye view in Columbus

Drummer’s eye view in Columbus

Columbus, OH

Columbus, OH

I’m looking forward to every minute of our upcoming shows! More pictures to come later.

VERY happy to announce my latest gig! Coming soon to a town near you. Here’s the official announcement:


Zappa Plays Zappa, the Grammy® winning group that has made and recreated history performing the music of Frank Zappa, is set to embark on an epic musical trek across the US, Canada and Europe celebrating the classic Frank Zappa album, Roxy & Elsewhere. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of that pivotal Zappa fan favorite, the entirety of its repertoire — including the provocative rhythms of “Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing?” “Echidna’s Arf (Of You)” and Be-Bop Tango (of the Old Jazzmen’s Church)” will be performed Live!

Since 2006, Dweezil Zappa has led his highly acclaimed group through more than 500 performances worldwide and over 275 compositions spanning the breadth of his father’s deep catalog. “I think my father’s music deserves the chance to be discovered by a contemporary audience. His creativity and discipline is inspirational. Since generation X has apparently evolved beyond generation Y, perhaps we’ve reached generation Z. I think this is an appropriate time and place to inherit and adopt Frank Zappa as the musical figure head for Generation Z. Many facets of his music are bold and unconventional and it feels to me like it’s from the future. Generation Z should be bold and unconventional”

Beginning this September, Zappa Plays Zappa will hit the road premiering songs that have not been performed on previous tours and cutting its teeth on additional surprise material. “The Roxy & Elsewhere album has always been one of my favorites and I’m excited to play it top to bottom. It has a great balance of musical styles and showcases some of the funkiest grooves and most devilishly frenetic instrumental passages my father ever composed.”

Navigating the musical twists and turns of Frank Zappa’s Music onstage isn’t the only attraction on offer for the upcoming tour. As a bonus to the tour, a 90 minute personalized guitar instruction session from Dweezil’s annual musical bootcamp, Dweezilla, will be offered as a separate ticket in the afternoon before sound check in every city. Players of all skill levels are welcome to attend. “I really enjoy sharing musical ideas and improvisational strategies with people. In these classes we discuss technique and application as our main topics. People will also get a chance to have a close up look at the newly released Frank Zappa Roxy SG made by Gibson Guitars,” notes Zappa.

Certain to be among the tour’s highlights are performances at iconic venues that resonate with Zappa history. Honoring the long-standing tradition in New York City Dweezil will stand in the same place Frank Zappa often stood on Halloween at the Beacon.

Auspiciously paying homage to Roxy & Elsewhere, Dweezil and his bandmates will perform at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, exactly 40 years to the day of Frank Zappa’s Performances at the Roxy in December, 1973.

9/3/13 Providence, RI Lupo’s Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
9/4/13 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Music Hall Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
9/5/13 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
9/6/13 Iowa City, IA Englert Theater Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
9/7/13 Urbana, IL Krannert PAC/ Ellnora Guitar Festival On Sale Aug 10
9/8/13 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/8/13 Lincoln, NE Rococo Theatre Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/9/13 Eau Claire, WI State Theatre Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/10/13 Chicago, IL Copernicus Center On Sale May 11 / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/11/13 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/12/13 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/13/13 Kent, OH Kent Stage Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/16/13 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theatre Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass by phone 215-572-7650
10/17/13 Buffalo, NY Kleinhans Music Hall Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/18/13 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass link coming soon
10/19/13 Toronto, ON Queen Elizabeth Theatre Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass link coming soon
10/20/13 Ottawa, ON Algonquin Commons Theatre Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass link coming soon
10/22/13 Laval, QC Salle Andre’ Matie Tickets
10/23/13 Sherbrooke, QC Theatre Granda Tickets
10/24/13 Saint Hyacinthe, QC Centre de Arts Juliette-Lassonde Tickets
10/25/13 Saint Jean sur Richelieu, QC Theatre des Deux Rives Tickets
10/26/13 L’Assomption, QC Theatre Hector Charland Tickets
10/27/13 Quebec City, QC Imperial Theatre Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/28/13 Rimouski, QC Salle Desjardins-Telus Tickets
10/31/13 New York, NY Beacon Theater Tickets
11/1/13 Portland, ME State Theater Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
11/2/13 Boston, MA House Of Blues Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
11/3/13 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
12/7/13 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
12/8/13 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
12/9/13 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
Frank Zappa’s Roxy & Elsewhere on Zappa Plays Zappa TourPenguin In Bondage
Pygmy Twylyte
Dummy Up
Village of the Sun
Echidna’s Art (Of You)
Don’t You Ever Was That Thing?
Son of Orange County
More Trouble Every Day
Be-Bop Tango (of the Old Jazzmen’s Church)THE BAND:
Dweezil Zappa: Guitar
Scheila Gonzalez: Saxophone, Flute, Keyboards & Vocals
Ben Thomas: Vocals
Chris Norton: Keyboards
Kurt Morgan: Bass
Ryan Brown: Drums