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Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510.238.9200


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The GrandMothers of Invention

July 21, 2013


The legendary members of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention performing the music of Frank Zappa.

Sunday, July 21
6pm $22 & 8pm $25

Napoleon Murphy Brock - vocals, tenor saxophone, flute, suavenicity, and dancing(!)
Don Preston - keyboard synthesizers, electronics, IPOD, gongage, magic tricks(!) and vocals

Also featuring
Christopher Garcia - drums, percussion, marimba, and vocals
Dave Johnsen - electric bass, horn, vocals Max Kutner - electric guitar, vocals

"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 70's Mothers bands, the
GrandMothers 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 GrandMothers 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 the classic “Freak Out”, “Absolutely Free”, "We're Only In It For The Money", "Uncle Meat", and "Burnt Weeny Sandwich" - to - “Weasels Ripped My Flesh”, “Apostrophe”, "The Grand Wazoo", "Overnite Sensation", "Roxy & Elsewhere", "Bongo Fury", and "One Size Fits All" - they have performed on a very long list of classic Frank Zappa & the Mother's of Invention's albums, movies and other projects.

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. Each performance providing indisputable proof that "THEY CAN (AND DO) STILL DO THAT ON STAGE!"