Dweezil Zappa announces his '50 Years of Frank' spring tour
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Dweezil Zappa, son of legendary experimental artist Frank Zappa, has announced a spring 2017 North American tour that will honor his father's career. The tour, entitled Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years Of Frank, is a continuation of the decade-long project Zappa has been working on, and will range from Jan. 11 in Pensacola, FL at Vinyl Music Hall, until the last currently scheduled date in Los Angeles on May 6. The tour is a part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Freak Out!, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention's legendary debut release. The 50 Years of Frank project is career-spanning, and allows Zappa to fully showcase both his own talent, and that of his dad's unique music crafting.

In addition to the tour, Zappa has confirmed his 5th Annual Dweezilla Learn & Destroy Music Boot Camp, an all-ages and all-instruments event that will take place July 24-27 in Big Indian, NY at Full Moon Resort. Zappa will also be adding "Dweezilla On The Road" guitar masterclasses to certain dates across the 2017 tour, so for those who can't make it out to the ensemble event in July, there is still a chance to learn from the master himself. Tickets to the tour are on sale now, and those events offering a guitar masterclass are marked in the listing below.

Zappa also has an upcoming PledgeMusic campaign, incentives of which include new music, art, t-shirts, and other cool merchandise. The campaign is Zappa's attempt to oppose the filing for a Federal Trademark of the Zappa name by the Zappa Family Trust, organized by two of Frank Zappa's younger children. If the trademark were to pass, it would prevent Dweezil Zappa from continuing on in his quest to keep his father's music alive, as it would prevent him from touring and releasing music under his given Zappa name. Zappa recently told the LA Times that his “concern is to just be able to continue to enjoy the music, live within the music, play the music, express that and allow new people to discover that in a live situation.”

 

Dweezil Zappa:  50 Years of Frank Tour Dates

* = Guitar Masterclass available

January 11 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall

January 12 - Fort Lauderdale, FL-  Culture Room *

January 13 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall *

January 14 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live *

January 15 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live *

January 17 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre *

January 18 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel  *

January 19 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre *

January 20 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre *

January 21 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works *

January 22 - Columbus, OH - Express Live!  *

January 24  Kalamazoo, MI - Kalamazoo State Theatre *

January 25 - Bloomington, IN - The Castle Theatre *

January 26 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue  *

April 25 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore

April 25 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre *

April 28 - Stateline, NV - Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room

April 29 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre *

April 30 - Napa, CA - The Uptown

May 2 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst

May 3 - Fresno, CA - Tower Theatre

May 4 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up

May 5 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre

May 6 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre