Music Millennium Presents GRANDMOTHERS OF INVENTION


Aladdin Theater
Thursday, July 18
Tickets available at Music Millennium
$24.20 (includes service charge)



One of my favorite, most influential artists of all time is Frank Zappa. Two of the first 10 albums I ever owned were We're Only In It For The Money and Cruisin' With Rueben and the Jets. From the early Mothers of Invention albums to the many Frank Zappa solo albums, Frank always surrounded himself with amazing musicians and vocalists. There was never a dud.

The Grandmothers of Invention is a group on Mothers of Invention and Zappa alumni. Keyboardist Don Preston was with The Mothers from 1967 through 1970, and then with Zappa in 1970 and 1971. Tom Fowler played bass and other various instruments with Zappa in 1973 until 1976. Vocalist extraordinaire (Yes, he's amazing!) Napoleon Murphy Brock was with Zappa from 1974 to 1984. He made a Portland appearance in 2006 with Zappa Plays Zappa with Dweezil Zappa playing his father's music. The performance was reeled on DVD.

The band is rounded with two non-Zappa alumni. I haven't seen them live, but the video online is pretty impressive. If you have been a Mothers of Invention and Zappa fan, I can't figure a reason not to check out this great show!

-TERRY CURRIER

Great news for Zappaphiles!"..."If you ever dug Zappa, you don't want to miss the GrandMothers of Invention."..."They are THE authentic live version of Zappa's music."..."This isn't just another comeback, this is the reincarnation of the Mothers of Invention!"..."From Zappa's mid to late 70s Mothers bands, the Grand Mothers are touring the world and keeping Zappa's music alive."..."The evening contained a lot of the contradictory eclectic, serious and circusy flavors of a Zappa show. ...the Grande Mothers were able to go deeper into the material, rather than merely parroting Zappa's notoriously tricky composed lines."...

The GrandMothers of Invention are the only Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention alumni who have been consistently performing the music of the maestro since 2003. From "We're Only In It For The Money," "Uncle Meat," and "Burnt Weeny Sandwich," to "The Grand Wazoo," "Overnite Sensation," "Roxy & Elsewhere," "Bongo Fury," "One Size Fits All," and of course, the classic "Freak Out" - they have performed on a very long list of classic Frank Zappa & the Mother's of Invention's albums, movies and other projects. (See their combined Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention discography and videography lists below.)

"Rare are the musicians who can even play Zappa's music, let alone make it live and breathe. So Thank the Lord for the Grand Mothers of Invention."..."With three different Zappa eras represented, the Grande Mothers have a wide palette of material to choose from."..."They served up vintage psychedelia - rock songs with surreal lyrics, jazz-like harmonies and melodic complexity, with flashes of wacky satire."..."Amazing virtuoso musicians, fun and funny."

The GrandMothers of Invention are: NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK (Mothers of Invention/Frank Zappa alumni from 1974 thru 1984), on vocals, tenor saxophone, flute, suavenicity, and dancing(!) - TOM FOWLER (Mothers of Invention/Frank Zappa alumni from 1973 thru 1976), on bass, violin, hats, and musical M.D. - DON PRESTON (Mothers of Invention/Frank Zappa alumni from 1967 thru 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1974 as a Special Guest), on keyboard synthesizers, electronics, IPOD, magic tricks(!), and vocals. Also featuring the incredible MIROSLAV TADIC on electric guitar, and the masterful CHRISTOPHER GARCIA on drums, percussion, marimba, and vocals.

The GrandMothers were formed in August of 2002, when four legendary former members of Frank Zappa's "The Mothers of Invention", Napoleon Murphy Brock, Roy Estrada, Bunk Gardner, and Don Preston were invited to perform the music of Frank Zappa in Leipzig, Germany. It would be the first time that these esteemed "Mothers of Invention" alumni would be getting together to rehearse and perform classic Frank Zappa material.

Finally, on March 27th 2003, after 6 months of intensive rehearsals, The GrandMothers of Invention took the stage to a standing room only audience in Leipzig, Germany. This event was recorded, filmed, and released by Warner Classics in Europe, and has been broadcast and re-broadcast repeatedly on European television. Due to the overwhelming demand since then, they have performed more than 140 concert events across America, Canada and Europe, including performances in: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland.

The list of dates at clubs, concert halls and festivals is long, and includes headlining the Frankfurt Jazz Festival, the Zappanalle Festival, the Vancouver Folk Fest, performing classic Frank Zappa material with the Bergen Filharmonik Orkester in Bergen Norway, performing the orchestral music of Frank Zappa under the baton of Kristan Jarvi, the Ottawa Blues Fest, the Winnipeg Folk Fest, the Sarajevo Jazz Festival, the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival , and performing classic Frank Zappa material with string orchestra (the Trondheim Soloists) at the Trondheim Jazz Festival in Norway. Each performanceproviding indisputable proof that "THEY CAN (AND DO) STILL DO THAT ON STAGE!"