Banned From Utopia Play Frank Zappa

Yardbirds Club, Grimsby

Doors open at 7:00 PM
Show starts at 8:00 PM



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    £16.50 (£15.00)


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Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. We cannot issue refunds to under 14s who are not accompanied by an adult.

Frank Zappa is one of the twentieth century’s most important composers. His works of more than eighty albums is by far the most voluminous and versatile of the entire generation rock – encompassing of course jazz as well as avant-garde and orchestral music. And appropriate to the complexity of his compositions, the list of his band members is a who’s who of incredible musicians.

To mark the twenty years which have passed since Frank Zappa's untimely death on December 4 1993, a whole bunch of his most popular collaborators have re-banded to turn his multi-dimensional compositions from syllabus material at the music academies into blistering experiences in the world’s concert venues again. Two lead singers on the go are part of a truly imposing line-up, both of which were held in high esteem by the great master for many years (Bobby Martin and Ray White); Frank’s longest running drummer (Chad Wackerman); the man who opened Zappa’s door for three brothers before he went on to play with Ray Charles for well over a decade (Tom Fowler)...

The Band From Utopia, referring to Frank Zappa 's album "The Man From Utopia", was first to perform his music again after his passing (and able to do so, one should add). This was initiated by an invitational show at the Stuttgart Jazz Open which was televised in Germany. Now they call themselves Banned From Utopia, please the connoisseurs and convert the curious into dedicated fans. Having played on innumerable Mothers / Zappa albums, the musicians of this virtuoso fusion ensemble are performing classics from all eras. Suffused with the authenticity of their deep Zappa history. 


Robert (Bobby) Martin - vocals, keys, saxophone, French horn, harmonica Frank Zappa 1981-88 / Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Paul McCartney, Wilson Pickett, Eric Burdon, Leo Kottke, Prince, Stevie Nicks Ray White - vocals, guitar Frank Zappa 1976-84 / Edwin Hawkins Singers, Zero Tom Fowler - bass, violin Frank Zappa 1973-78 / It's A Beautiful Day, Captain Beefheart, Ray Charles, Jean-Luc Ponty, Steve Hackett, Hildegard Knef, Elton John Chad Wackerman – drums Frank Zappa 1981-88 / Allan Holdsworth, Steve Vai, Barbra Streisand, John Patitucci, Albert Lee, James Taylor Albert Wing - saxophones, flute Frank Zappa 1988 / Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Diana Ross, Flo & Eddie, Rosanne Cash, Shuggie Otis Jamie Kime – guitar Zappa Plays Zappa, Michelle Branch, Jewel