Dweezil Zappa at Social Hall SF, by Ria Burman
Dweezil Zappa (photo: Ria Burman)

Photos and words by Ria Burman

After 10 years touring Zappa on Zappa, playing his papa’s music, Dweezil Zappa has taken what he’s learned from the ’70s icon, mix-merging his own vision and voice to create the formidably awesome album Via Zammata. This album is exceedingly excellent in that it moves from different genres of music maintaining a seamlessly smooth interwoven chemistry of sound throughout. Not to mention each musical piece is an absolute masterful creation remaining true to the genre’s musical roots while honoring the organic evolutionary process of originality.

Dweezil Zappa’s stage presence emits a rare humbleness, and if one believes Malcolm Gladwell’s take on first impressions, there may be a sweet truth to this perspective. Dweezil and his most excellent band shared the stage and limelight playing a plethora of instruments throughout the show adding greatly-enjoyed ’80s themed musical interludes between songs and stories. The show left me believing it really couldn’t get any better…until the 20-minute unstoppable, unsurpassable, super-surprising continuous mix-match mash-up encore of quite possibly every excellent 80’s song was played. The encore flowed from one classic ’80s song to another with smooth funk-rock melodic moves and lyrical links creating a euphoric explosion within, which blew everything out of my face leaving me with the widest grin for days on end.

Check out “Malkovich” and “Truth” from Dweezil Zappa’s latest album Via Zammata for a variety of versatility.

Dweezil Zappa played at the Social Hall SF on Friday, February 12, 2016, with support from Uncle Sea Monster.