The Furious Bongos @ BOP STOP
When: May 05, 2020, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Where: BOP STOP
The Furious Bongos play the music of Frank Zappa, featuring musicians who have played alongside heavyweights like Yo Yo Ma, Mick Fleetwood, and Les Paul. Featuring:
- Conrad St. Clair (bass, music director, arranger)
- Lou Caldarola (drum kit)
- Lo Marie (vocals, guitar)
- Chris Huntington (guitar, vocals)
- Vince Szymborski (saxes, Tuvan throat singing)
- Randal Harrison (violin, vocals)
- Matt Peters (vibes, marimba, general percussion utensils)
- Scott Gendel (keyboards, vocals)
- Mike Massey (keyboards, vocals)
Message From The Band:
We’re only in it for the money.
Actually, we’re just a bunch of professional musicians with pretty diverse backgrounds who decided to take on a pretty big challenge and have some fun in the process.
Now, you might ask, “Oh yeah? ‘Professional’ musicians, eh? What makes you think you can play Frank’s music as well as [insert Zappa family member here]?”
Well…you might not have heard of us individually, but you have heard of the people we’ve spent our careers working with (and we don’t mean “I played a 10am slot at a festival once that was headlined by Mr. Big Name Artist Guy”):
Yo Yo Ma, Mick Fleetwood, BB King, REM, Vinnie Colaiuta, Oasis, LA Philharmonic, Madison Symphony, Arthur Barrow, Munich Philharmonic, Camille Zamora, India Arie, Popa Chubby, Limelight: A Tribute To Rush, Pinetop Perkins, Chicago Lyric Opera, Arrested Development, Madison Opera, blah blah blah....you get the idea.
When it came to the music, Frank was constantly changing things, and he allowed his band members to bring their unique voices to the table. He also understood that his live performances were entertainment - it's supposed to be a rock show, not a piano recital.
With that in mind, we don’t think playing Song X from Album Y note-for-note while staring at our shoes is the proper way to go about this.
The result of that approach (combined with a lot of homework and being lucky enough to have a killer complement of musicians) is a show that pays respect to Zappa’s legacy, but is still new and different and dangerous and FUN, with lots of eyebrows.
Kinda like Frank.