Three former members of the Mothers of Invention are playing a series of selected concerts as The Grandmothers of Invention starting in April. The group recently performed to wildly enthusiastic audiences in Europe and now plan to bring their show to the US shores.
“This is going to be the most exciting tour of my entire career!” Don Preston says.
The Grandmothers of Invention, showcasing the talents of Mothers of Invention/Zappa alumni, features Napoleon Murphy Brock (MOI member 1974-1984) on lead vocals, tenor sax, woodwinds and dancing; Don Preston (MOI member 1966-1974) on vocals, keyboards and transformations; and Tom Fowler (MOI member 1973-1978) on bass and chair dancing.
The band also includes Chris Garcia on drums, percussion, marimba and vocals; Miroslav Tadic on electric guitar (from April 24 thru May 2); and Robbie Seahag Mangano on electric guitar (from May 3 thru May 15).
The Grandmothers of Invention indulge audiences with virtuosic playing, bizarre humor and many Zappa/Mothers compositions. Get ready to hear such Zappa penned classics as “I Am The Slime,” “Muffin Man,” “Florentine Pogen,” “Andy,” “Trouble Everyday,” “Village Of The Sun” and many, many more.
“Once again, after all of these years, be able to witness this music preformed as it was intended,” says Napoleon Murphy Brock.
The Grandmothers of Invention tour dates:
Apr-24 – Stubbs – Austin, TX
Apr-26 – Tipitinas @ at French Qrtr – 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