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The Zappa Band at Progstock and The Baked Potato this month

We got a few things happening…this Friday we’re playing at ProgStock, a three-day festival in Rahway, NJ. We’re headlining the first night, Oct. 7. It’s gonna be good to play again! Been a few months right? I’ve spent the last week brushing up on all my parts, trying to even more extensively micro-analyze all the details, so if you hear any increased authority and/or authenticity in what I have to deliver, I shall know ‘twas not for naught.

(Separate from Zappa Band happenings but relevant to ProgStock, on Sunday Oct. 9 at the same dang festival I’ll be sitting in with the absolutely marvelous Rachel Flowers on her set, playing on two of her compositions as well as on an ELP classic. Joe Travers mentioned in an email to me this week that Rachel is “inspiring.” This is absolutely correct and I’m very happy to finally, for the first time, share a stage with her.)

ProgStock! Here!: www.progstock.com/2022/tickets/
(some of the other artists appearing: Stick Men! Adam Holzman! District 97! Pattern-Seeking Animals! Matt Dorsey! Dave Kerzner! Lots of other luminaries! Come on!)

At the end of this month we will continue what appears to be shaping up as an annual tradition – four nights of The Zappa Band at the Baked Potato, Oct. 28-31. Halloween, as y’all know, is a major Zappa holiday, and last year’s Halloween Potato run was so much freaking fun…two sets a night (set one will be different from set two every night), so there’s eight opportunities for you to be there with us.

Halloween at the Baked Potato with The ZAPPA Band

Baked Potato! Here!: www.thebakedpotato.com/events-calendar/
(scroll down and you’ll find all four nights)

Thank you!
Thank you!

Mike

The Zappa Band Returns To The Baked Potato

On Feb. 24-27 2022, the torture will be re-started! Another four nights of FZ extravagance at the Baked Potato (hopefully a precursor to a full-blown US tour a little later in the year).

We will re-introduce some material we haven’t played since before the pandemic, as well as some tunes we’ve NEVER played before.

Two sets a night, eight sets total. The links to all the sets are on this page (scroll down a bit): https://www.thebakedpotato.com/events-calendar/

Playing with this band has become one of the great joys of my life and I’m fiercely excited to do it some more!

The Zappa Band Returns To The Baked Potato

Zappa Band at the Baked Potato Oct. 28-31

Zappa Band at the Baked Potato Oct. 28-31

When Beer For Dolphins played at the Potato in July, Joe Travers and club-owner Justin Randi struck up a conversation right away to discuss getting The Zappa Band back into the club. The results were pretty much immediate and now we’ve got four nights there next week. Two sets per night, 8 and 10 pm.

We are ready to play. The band definitely got its act together over the bunch of dates we did a few weeks ago opening for King Crimson. For that tour we played pretty much the same set every night (the safest way to comply with the stringent scheduling requirements common to opening acts – and we STILL ran overtime when Jakko and Gavin sat in with us in NYC), but we’re adding a bunch of additional material for this Potato run. The early and late set each night will be radically different from one another, and there will be distinctions from night to night as well, plus special guest(s) (I’m waffling on the plural because some things still need confirming).

Maybe you can make it to one of the gigs! As of this very typing, there are still tickets available for both sets on Halloween, and for the late sets on the 29th and the 30th. We’ll do all we can to make it a memorable experience for you.

Mike!