Dweezil Zappa (photo: Ria Burman)
Dweezil Zappa celebrates 50 years of his father American musician Frank Zappa, with the Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever The Fuck He Wants tour, which hit the Warfield April 29. If you’re unfamiliar with Dweezil Zappa, imagine unusual, carnivalesque music unraveling with a contagious, ripping rock and roll sound zipping through and taking over before leaving a puff of carnival theater in the air.
Accompanied by a stellar band, Zappa played songs from Joe’s Garage and Apostrophe, among others. Cian Corey electrified the auditorium with on-point, wail-worthy vocals. Double-whammy sax solos unfolded from jazz-jumping David Luther and the smooth, versatile sounds of Scheila Gonzalez, demonstrating a jaw-dropping, long-lasting blow-out, bop-jazz solo sequence. Drummer Ryan Brown kept the beat rocking, enjoying a solid, speedy solo. Chris Norton swallowed up by layers of keyboards and cords, skyrocketed to the skies with his sweet vocals and nimble fingers, while Kurt Morgan brought the funk with his dance moves behind the bass. Special guest, James Santiago’s impeccable playing and pure joy vibrated through the stage before ending with a guitar-off showdown of epic proportion. Add to this, the sensational Zappa shreds surfacing throughout the night, the show spun itself splendidly.