ProgStock Presents: The WE LOVE ZAPPA Tour with Banned From Utopia and The Paul Green Rock Academy

  • July 25, 2024 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Williams Center (Black Box)

    15 Sylvan Street
    Rutherford, New Jersey 07070
Ticket Price $30.00-$50.00 Buy Tickets

The WE LOVE ZAPPA Tour is coming to town!

Featuring Frank Zappa alums Robert Martin, Scott Thunes, and Ray White, Banned From Utopia (BFU) is the Zappa tribute act featuring more of his former band members than any other band currently touring. Scott Thunes was Frank’s longest tenured bassist (1981-1988), and such a trusted member of the band that he held the prestigious title of “Clonemeister,” leading the band and serving as MD in Frank’s absence. Robert Martin, also in Zappa’s band from 1981-1988, provided keys, sax, and amazing(ly high) vocals on many of his classic albums, in addition to working with Stevie Nicks, Etta James, and Paul McCartney, just to name a few. Ray White (1976-1984) served as co-lead vocalist on many tours and albums, lending his amazing voice to such classics as Doreen and his backing vocals to countless others. Rounding out the band is Jamie Kime (Zappa Plays Zappa), Robbie Seahag Mangano (Project Object, The Grandmothers), and Joel Taylor (Al Dimeola).

The Paul Green Rock Academy (PGRA) is the latest music school from School of Rock founder, and noted Zappa fanatic, Paul Green. An audition only music school for ambitious students aged 12-18, PGRA has spent the last 5 years touring, alternately, as the backing band for Jon Anderson of Yes and Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers. They have also shared the stage with such amazing musicians as Bill Bruford, Steve Hackett, and Phil Manzanera. Paul’s former students have gone on to play in/with: The Who, Phony Ppl, The Bobby Lees, Dr Dog, Adrian Belew, and Willow Smith, to name a few.

Date & Time

Thu, Jul 25, 2024 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Venue Details

Williams Center (Black Box)

15 Sylvan Street
Rutherford, New Jersey 07070 Williams Center (Black Box)
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