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Zappadan Starts TODAY!

In our coverage of Zappadan, we begin on the anniversary of Frank Zappa’s death, Dec. 4th, and we’ll proceed to the date of his birth, Dec. 21. We’ll be working sort of backwards, so we’re going to begin with Frank’s son, Dweezil, and his band playing one of his father’s numbers: Black Napkins.

Also… here’s Dweezil’s upcoming schedule for those of you wanting to hear him live.

Hello Friends,
We’ve been busy making touring plans for 2012. In the past the early part of the year has been downtime for us but not next year! We are happy to announce a special run of dates in February that take us up and down the west coast of California as well as a brief visit to Arizona. We’re excited to be playing some new cities on this tour and look forward to making the shows memorable for all of you.

         Fri  10-Feb-12   San Luis Obispo, CA   SLO Brew
         Sat 11-Feb-12 San Diego, CA  House Of Blues
         Sun 12-Feb-12 Tucson, AZ   Rialto Theatre
         Tue 14-Feb-12 Anaheim, CA   House Of Blues
        Wed 15-Feb-12 Santa Cruz, CA   Rio Theatre                                                                    
           Thu 16-Feb-12 Napa, CA   Uptown Theatre
         Fri 17-Feb-12 Chico, CA   El Rey Theater
         Sat 18-Feb-12 Sacramento, CA   Crest Theatre

In our continuing effort to present the variety and depth within Frank’s musical compositions we are planning to premier more new material on this tour. More 60’s, 70’s and 80’s FZ! Of course we still have a good amount of the well known classics we’re ready to whip out as well!
Please keep an eye open and an ear tuned for other special announcements about additional dates, new projects and music that is coming soon as well! If we are able to do everything on our list, 2012 is going to be a very busy year for us and a good year to provide the “World’s Finest Optional Entertainment”!

See you on the road very soon!

DZ

BTW: interesting fact about Dweezil c/o Wikipedia:

Dweezil’s registered birth name was Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa.[4] The hospital at which he was born refused to register him under the name Dweezil, so Frank listed the names of several musician friends. “Dweezil” was a nickname coined by Frank for an oddly-curled pinky-toe of Gail’s. At five years old, Dweezil learned that his legal name was different, and he insisted on having his nickname become his legal name. Gail and Frank hired an attorney and soon the name Dweezil was official.

Pure Zappa for Zappadan – Black Napkins

This is from the (very long) video of Frank doing BlackNapkins at the Palladium broadcast by MTV. You can’t celebrate Zappadan without hearing the classic Zappa guitar work on Black Napkins at least once. Enjoy:

– and an UPDATE –

Dweezil Zappa plays Black Napkins… Like Father, Like Son:

Hope this starts your day off in a great way!