Grandmothers of Invention to Perform Saturday, August 4 at Old Rock House


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Attention, St. Louis area Zappaphiles: The Grandmothers of Invention (pictured), featuring four key ex-members of Frank Zappa's Mothers, will perform at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, August 4 at the Old Rock House.

Three of the The ex-Mothers in question are singer and saxophonist Napoleon Murphy Brock, saxophonist Bunk Gardner, and keyboard player Don Preston. The ORH's announcement also mentions bassist and singer Roy Estrada, who has participated in previous Grandmothers tours, but given that earlier this year he was sentenced to 25 years in prison, it seems unlikely that he'll be at the ORH. The Grandmothers of Invention website, linked above, says that former Zappa bassist Tom Fowler is playing the band's European dates this year.

The Grandmothers name was first used by Preston, Gardner and the late Jimmy Carl Black back in 1980. This version of project has been going in various forms since 2002, with the most recent incarnation also including percussionist Christopher Garcia and guitarists Robbie “Seahag" Mangano and/or Miroslav Tadic.

Updated, 4:25 p.m., 6/28/12: The ORH's Erica Durbin was kind enough to respond to an email and clear up the confusion about the band's lineup for this tour; it will be Brock, Preston, Fowler, Garcia and Tadic.

Ticket for the the Grandmothers of Invention at the Old Rock House are $20 in advance, $23 day of show, and go on sale at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, June 19. The ORH also is offering a VIP ticket for $40, which includes “a meet & greet prior to the show with autographs, photos & a discount on merch."

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This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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