New York, NY -- Project/Object, the acclaimed and internationally known Frank Zappa repertoire band, is back with its Fall Surge for Zappa Music" tour, October 10 thru 24, 2007. With former Zappa vocalist/saxophonist Napoleon Murphy Brock as the focal point of this particular installment of Project/Object, longtime fans can expect a unique and fresh lineup from the seasoned touring band - highlighting not only material from Brock's albums and tours with Zappa that started in 1974 - but also many tracks people have not heard him sing before. Napoleon's soulful vocals, and exotic dancing" as Frank used to call it -- will help make Project/Object's fall tour a phenomenon. Brock is fresh off his lengthy stint as lead vocalist for Dweezil Zappa's ZPZ tour, and with Project/Object he just played the highlight set to record attendance at the annual Zappanale festival in Germany in August 2007.
Project/Object has reached a whole new generation of critical music fans, helping to promote, publicize and keep the spirit of Frank Zappa's music alive through their concerts. Best of all, the band has played with well over a dozen of Zappa's most important alumni in at least 28 states, as well as Canada and Germany. Project/Object continually seeks to celebrate this successful insurgency into the minds of so many brand new young fans, as well as seasoned Zappa listeners.
Napoleon Murphy Brock - sax, vocals
Andre' Cholmondeley - guitar, vocals
Dave Johnsen - bass, vocals
Eric Slick - drums, vocals, electronics
Eric Svalgard - keys, vocals
and special guests!
Project/Object formed in the early '90s in New Jersey. After building a fan base in the tri-state area, Project/Object decided to take their show on the road, performing Zappa's music in more cities and larger venues, with a growing set list from every era of Zappa's 30-year recording career. The band strives to stay true to Frank's vision of constantly challenging the musicians and the audiences.
Since 1998, when the band first took their act on the road, the following Zappa/Mothers alumni have performed with the band: Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ike Willis, Jimmy Carl Black, Ray White, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Denny Walley, Mike Keneally, Arthur Barrow, Ed Mann, Roy Estrada, Billy Mundi and even Al Malkin. Other notable artists they've collaborated with include Phish's Jon Fishman, Capt. Beefheart/Jeff Buckley guitarist Gary Lucas, Chuck Garvey, Al Schnier and Jim Loughlin of moe, New York City big band leader and Zappologist" Ed Palermo, and Dweezil Zappa drummer Jerry Cucurullo.
Frank Zappa was extremely influential to many musicians and bands, from The Beatles, Todd Rundgren, Alice Cooper and Yes to many 'jam bands', including Phish, moe and Umphrey's McGee. While many jam band fans are aware that Frank Zappa was influential, they are largely unfamiliar with his music. Of those who are familiar, many were too young to have seen him in concert. Project/Object, with the inclusion of former Zappa frontman Napoleon Murphy Brock, is the closest they will get to the live Zappa experience, and the band has been enjoying increasing support from this growing scene.
Confirmed Tour Dates:
Project/Object With Napoleon Murphy Brock
Performing The Music of Frank Zappa
10 Wed Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
11 Thu Albany, NY Revolution Hall
12 Fri NYC, NY Lion's Den
13 Sat Asbury PK, NJ Stone Pony
14 Sun Phila, PA World Cafe Live
15 Mon TBA
16 Tues TBA
17 Wed Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
18 Thu Detroit, MI Magic Bag
19 Fri Chicago, IL Martyr's
20 Sat Chicago, IL Martyr's
21 Sun TBA
22 Mon Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall
23 Tue Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
24 Wed Cincinnati, OH Poison Room