It's hard to believe we've been living in a world without Frank Zappa for almost two decades. I still remember the day — December 4, 1993 — when I was driving back to Fort Worth from Denton, heard FZ's music on KERA-FM 90.1, and thought, "Uh-oh." Between 1974 and 1978, I saw Zappa seven or eight times: on the Bongo Fury tour with Captain Beefheart; at one of the shows with the Brecker Brothers and SNL announcer Don Pardo, which were recorded for Zappa In New York; and with the Terry Bozzio/Adrian Belew lineup that appeared in the Baby Snakes film. Active since 2003, the GrandMothers of Invention are rounded out by drummer/percussionist Christopher Garcia and guitarists Robbie "Seahag" Mangano (ex-Project/Object) and Miroslav Tadic. Their repertoire includes material from both the Mothers of Invention's '66-'69 heyday and '73-'76 commercial peak. Like the recent "Zappa Unlocked" performance at UNT, this will give both dyed-in-the-wool fans and Zappa neophytes a chance to hear the music performed by players who participated in its creation. Veteran Dallas improv trio the Tidbits open.
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