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« on: Aug 14, 2012 at 20:18 »

Sitting here in the balcony, waiting for The Tidbits to open the proceedings. Made a solo jaunt tonight, spared Mrs. Jonzr another late week night concert outing.

I saw the Mother's drummer, Christopher Garcia,  outside, talking on the phone, sitting on seventh street. Nodded Hi. He probably doesn't get recognized much.
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 14, 2012 at 20:22 »

The wife asked who'd be here. I said old dudes who loved Zappa, that I'd be the youngest unless people bring their kids. And the only women will be those unfortunates drug there by their spouses.

I was right, you wouldn't believe the gray pony tails! Well, maybe you would.
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« Reply #2 on: Aug 14, 2012 at 21:36 »

The Tidbits were fantastic. They're a 3 piece, free jazz band.
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« Reply #3 on: Aug 15, 2012 at 08:24 »

OOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLD DDDD NNNNNEEEEEEERRRRRRRRD DDDDDSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: Aug 15, 2012 at 08:28 »

Wow, what a show!  The Mothers were incredible, the level of musicianship was damn near off the charts.  Napoleon Murphy Brock was a great front man.  He played a mean sax, belted out the vocals, danced around the stage and directed attention where needed.

The band was a 5 piece, featuring three Mothers, the aforementioned Brock plus Don Preston on keyboards and Tom Fowler on 5 string bass.  The majority of the vocals were handled by Brock and Preston (79 years, 11 months, ? days and counting).  Drums and guitar were manned by Christopher Garcia and Robbie Seahag Mangano, both held their own.  You could close your eyes and hear Zappa playing, Mangano nailed it, what a talented player!  Garcia did a spot on Capt. Beefheart on Debra Kadabra.  They were tight, Zappa never hired slouches.  These guys have aged well and seamlessly integrated the new members.

They played two sets, both lasted around an hour.  After the show Brock and Preston signed autographs and posed with fans for pictures.  They were great guys, gracious and patient.

As for the venue, yes, it was the Kessler again.  I believe the place is my favorite for live music in Dallas.  It's accessible with plenty of free parking, but best of all, intimate and laid back.  There were roughly 125 people in attendance last night, they left with smiles on their faces and favorite Zappa tunes bouncing around in their heads.
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« Reply #5 on: Aug 15, 2012 at 08:28 »

Go see these guys if you get the chance!
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« Reply #6 on: Aug 15, 2012 at 09:03 »

Photos weren't that great tonight, I posted a bunch over here: https://plus.google.com/photos/101041200366851149734/albums/5776895469277463105

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