Recently I had the chance to check out “Zappa Plays Zappa” at The Depot in Salt Lake City. This concert performance is Dweezil Zappa playing Frank Zappa’s music. Dweezil is Frank’s son. Of course he doesn’t do it alone and has a collection of very talented musicians and singers along with him to help him play Frank’s music. My friend Jason is a big Frank Zappa fan, in the same way that I’m a big fan of The Who. While I don’t know Frank’s music by heart, and to be perfectly honest I don’t even own any CDs or anything, I’ve heard quite a bit of Zappa music as Jason and I went on our little excursions into the western deserts of Utah to go rockhounding and I always enjoyed what I heard.
The crowd at the depot was very mellow and didn’t mind at all as I worked my way through them back and forth to the bar to bring beers to our little cadre of 4 people. I found the concert most enjoyable and I was very much impressed with the musical proficiency of Dweezil and his crew. After working through a long two hour set with no breaks, they took a little breather. When they came back on stage, Dweezil gave us a choice of which of three songs we’d like to hear for an encore based on the amount of audience cheering. It was a tough call between the top two, but they picked one and played it. Then, they gave us a little treat by saying “since you’ve been so nice and we’re not going to be back here soon, we’ll play the other one too” and gave us our close 2nd runner-up.
If you get a chance to see these guys in your town, I recommend it, even if you’re not a Zappa freak like my friends.