On December 8th and 9th, Grammy-Award winner and guitarist Dweezil Zappa, son of the prolific rocker Frank Zappa, will join forces with the University of Hawaii Hilo Jazz Orchestra for a string of shows at Hilo Performing Arts Center. The two dates will honor the fifth anniversary of the Hilo Jazz Orchestra’s annual fall concerts and will also see Zappa and the orchestra playing numbers from Frank Zappa’s immense musical catalog.
As the orchestra’s musical director Trever Veilleux explained, Dweezil Zappa and the jazz orchestra—featuring over 25 singers and musicians, including an extensive horn section—will be “playing songs from many of Frank’s best-selling albums, like Hot Rats, Overnite Sensation, Apostrophe’ and Joe’s Garage. We are also going to throw in some of our favorite songs from the previous Zappa tribute concerts, including ‘Florentine Pogen’ and ‘Sofa.’” He continued, after noting that the orchestra has been practicing for four months in preparation for these special shows, “[The orchestra] work[s] incredibly hard over the course of the semester to bring our audience a tight, professional-sounding show… It is truly amazing what these young musicians can pull off.”
Tickets for the show are available online here.