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The Furious Bongos (Frank Zappa Tribute)


Join the Furious Bongos as they pay their own unique tribute to the ever-evolving jazz-rock creativity of iconic music innovator Frank Zappa for an entertaining, “raise-your-eyebrows kind of fun” rock show. Space is limited, so grab a friend and reserve your FREE seat while you can!


We’re just a really diverse bunch of professional musicians who decided to take on a pretty big challenge and have some fun in the process.

Now you might ask, “Oh yeah? Professional musicians, eh? What makes you think you can play Frank’s music as well as [insert Zappa family/band member here]?”

Well, maybe you haven't heard of us individually, but we're pretty good musicians and you probably have heard of the folks we've spent our careers working with: Yo Yo Ma, Mick Fleetwood, BB King, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dweezil Zappa, LA Philharmonic, Arthur Barrow, Munich Philharmonic, Bryan Beller, Popa Chubby, Limelight: A Tribute To Rush, Pinetop Perkins, Chicago Lyric Opera, Madison Opera, blah blah blah... you get the idea.

As for Frank's music, he was constantly changing things, both from his own creative evolution, and to adapt to the different musicians he hired over the years. He also understood that his live performances were entertainment: it's supposed to be a rock show, not a piano recital.

With all that in mind, we don’t think playing Song X from Album Y exactly as recorded in 1973 while staring at our shoes is the proper way to go about this.

The result of that approach (combined with a lot of homework) is a show that pays respect to Zappa’s legacy but is also new and different and dangerous and FUN, with lots of eyebrows.

Kinda like Frank.


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