Being the son of Frank Zappa is not for the faint of heart. The award-winning musician, inventor and composer made music that was challenging, complex and often off-putting to the casual listener. Dweezil Zappa has taken it upon himself to expose the works of his dad to the world, in hopes of gaining wider acceptance for the music while educating the public beyond snap judgments.
For the past 10 years, Dweezil has hit the road with his idea in the critically acclaimed “Zappa Plays Zappa” tour, which hits the Keswick Theatre on April 11. The set list goes way beyond the offbeat hits “Dancin’ Fool” and “Valley Girl,” and the players represent the work faithfully. There’s a lot of technical brilliance on display, along with some soaring experimentation. This tour marks the 40th anniversary of One Size Fits All, with a performance of the album in its entirety. In addition, there’s over an hour of Zappa gems culled from a rotating list of 15-20 songs.
The afternoon before each performance, Dweezil hosts his Dweezilla music boot camp. Like the show, the Keswick class is sold out.
Zappa Plays Zappa
291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, Pa.