Three former members of the legendary Mothers of Invention will be playing a series of selected concerts as The Grandmothers of Invention starting in April 2012. The Grandmothers of Invention recently performed to enthusiastic audiences in Europe and now plan to bring their distinctive blend of musical mayhem to the United States.
The Grandmothers of Invention includes the talents of Mothers of Invention (MOI) / Frank Zappa band members: Napoleon Murphy Brock (MOI member 1974-1984) lead vocals, tenor sax, woodwinds and dancing; special guest Don Preston (MOI member 1966-1974) vocals, keyboards and transformations; Tom Fowler (MOI member 1973-1978) bass and chair dancing; Chris Garcia – drums, percussion, marimba and vocals; Miroslav Tadic – electric guitar (from April 24 thru May 2); Robbie Seahag Mangano – electric guitar (from May 3 thru May 15).
The Grandmothers of Invention promise a night of thorough entertainment, featuring virtuosic playing, bizarre humor and the performance of many Frank Zappa/Mothers beloved compositions; not only re-creating the music as was originally written and produced, but also breathing new life into it as well.
The Grandmothers of Invention will perform such Frank Zappa penned classics as “I Am The Slime”, “Muffin Man”, “Florentine Pogen”, “Andy”, “Trouble Everyday”, “Village Of The Sun” and many more.
“Once again, after all of these years, be able to witness this music performed as it was intended. Total Music Theater,” says Napoleon Murphy Brock
The Grandmothers of Invention tour dates:
Apr-24 – Stubbs – Austin, TX
Apr-26 – Tipitinas @ at French Quarter – New Orleans, LA
Apr-27 – Smith’s – Atlanta, GA
Apr-28 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
Apr-30 – Ramshead – Annapolis, MD
May-01 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC
May-02 – Infinity Hall – Norfolk, CT
May-03 – Iridium – New York, NY (2 shows)
May-04 – Iridium – New York, NY (2 shows)
May-05 – World Cafe Live – Wilmington, DE
May-06 – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
May-08 – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
May-09 – Magic Bag – Detroit, MI
May-10 – Martyrs – Chicago, IL
May-11 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
May-12 – Bourbon Theater – Lincoln, NE
May-13 – Denver CO or Boulder CO
May-15 – State Room – Salt Lake City, UT