There are tribute acts for practically every classic band out there, but there are none quite like Zappa Plays Zappa.
That’s because Frank Zappa‘s eldest son, Dweezil Zappa, is the man behind this group, bringing more than just his father’s incredible guitar playing to life. With vocalist Ben Thomas, keyboardist Chris Norton, bassist Kurt Morgan, drummer Ryan Brown, and Scheila Gonzalez on saxophone, flute, keyboards, and vocals, Zappa transported the one-of-a-kind Zappa experience to the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on July 26 as part of the 40th anniversary tour of “One Size Fits All,” the 10th and final studio album released by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.
Those familiar with the often indescribable progressive jazz fusion rock that Zappa is known for understand that it is no easy task to perform this music live, but the group not only made it look effortless, but they had a blast doing it, bringing the mesmerized audience to their feet and back to a time when Frank Zappa spoke and played the truth with equaled passion.
Photos by Robb Malloy/NEPA Scene
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, practicing poet, adequate photographer, and podcast co-host. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.