Dweezil Zappa was born on September 5, 1969 in Los Angeles—the son of Frank and Gail Zappa. It was inevitable that from the moment of his birth his life would be filled wall-to wall with music (his father having listed his religion as “musician” on Dweezil’s birth certificate). Dweezil’s early years were spent largely away from the spotlight—something of a rarity for the child of a celebrity but perfect for cultivating a close relationship with his family. Having watched his father perform concerts from the side of the stage since he was in diapers, it was no surprise that Dweezil began to show an interest in music early on. At six years old he received his first guitar, a Fender Music Master, from his dad. It wasn’t until he was 12 that he began to show a serious interest in manipulating the instrument to make music.
In 2012 Dweezil redefined the mission as a band and sculpted it into the current six-piece configuration he takes on tour. (Dweezil Zappa, lead guitar, vocals; Scheila Gonzales, saxophone, flute, keyboards, and vocals; Kurt Morgan, bass and vocals; Chris Norton, keyboards and vocals; Joe Travers, drums and vocals; Ben Thomas, lead vocals, trumpet, and trombone.) When his father toured with smaller ensembles he referred to them as his “Rocking Teenage Combo.” Smaller in size doesn’t mean smaller in sound. Not for Frank or Dweezil. Now able to tour in even more cities and venues because they can fit on stage easier, Dweezil’s rocking teenage combo has been navigating through new geographic and musical territory. This fine assortment of hand-picked musicians all have their own unique qualifications, but it’s their dedication to preserving and performing the detailed music of Frank Zappa that unites them and thrills audiences across the globe.
(Soundcheck party will start 90 minutes before doors and will last approximately 45 minutes. It is included with the $79 VIP ticket.)
Tickets go on sale July 15 at 10:00 a.m.