Monday, June 18, 2012

Grandmothers of Invention to perform Saturday, August 4 at Old Rock House

Attention, St. Louis area Zappaphiles: The Grandmothers of Invention (pictured), featuring four key ex-members of Frank Zappa's Mothers, will perform at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, August 4 at the Old Rock House.

Three of the The ex-Mothers in question are singer and saxophonist Napoleon Murphy Brock, saxophonist Bunk Gardner, and keyboard player Don Preston. The ORH's announcement also mentions bassist and singer Roy Estrada, who has participated in previous Grandmothers tours, but given that earlier this year he was sentenced to 25 years in prison, it seems unlikely that he'll be at the ORH. The Grandmothers of Invention website, linked above, says that former Zappa bassist Tom Fowler is playing the band's European dates this year.

The Grandmothers name was first used by Preston, Gardner and the late Jimmy Carl Black back in 1980. This version of project has been going in various forms since 2002, with the most recent incarnation also including percussionist Christopher Garcia and guitarists Robbie "Seahag" Mangano and/or Miroslav Tadic.

Updated, 4:25 p.m., 6/28/12: The ORH's Erica Durbin was kind enough to respond to an email and clear up the confusion about the band's lineup for this tour; it will be Brock, Preston, Fowler, Garcia and Tadic.

Ticket for the the Grandmothers of Invention at the Old Rock House are $20 in advance, $23 day of show, and go on sale at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, June 19. The ORH also is offering a VIP ticket for $40, which includes "a meet & greet prior to the show with autographs, photos & a discount on merch."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The GRANDMOTHERS OF INVENTION play music they rehearsed, performed and recorded with the MOI and FZ between 1965 and 1983 with 2 guest musicians for the previous and upcoming tour.
Christopher Garcia, drummer since August 2002, and Robbie Managno - guitar are playing, NOT Miroslav Tadic.

The band formerly known as the grandmothers ONLY played music they rehearsed, performed and recorded between 1965 and 1969 with numerous guest musicians.

That band featured Jimmy Carl Black and Bunk Gardner who are not part of this band.

Roy Estrada is not mentioned as being part of the tour.The ORH site just states that he was a founding member in 2002 of the current GMOI

This band has performed over 250 concerts in 16 countries since 2003!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!