Dweezil Zappa, son of legendary pop composer Frank Zappa, is undoubtedly his own man. Much like other sons of notable songwriters (i.e. Sean Lennon, Rufus Wainwright, Ben Taylor) the young Zappa has successfully sidestepped whatever shadow his father has created to establish himself as a skilled musical craftsman. Unlike his other progeny contemporaries, however, Zappa's love and admiration for the groundwork his father laid takes on a completely new feeling when it comes to his side project Zappa Playing Zappa. After taking more than three years to study the physical performance and technical compositional techniques of his father, Dweezil's spent the last number of years providing an avenue for the elder Zappa's music to reach a new generation of listeners. With drummer and Zappa Family Trust archivist Joe Travers, and a circus of personally auditioned instrumentalists, Zappa brings his father's avant-garde mix of contemporary classical, jazz, prog-rock and novelty experimentalism to the Hat Factory on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
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