UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra’s Frank Zappa Tribute Concert Returns December 11-12

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The UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra’s Frank Zappa tribute show returns for its seventh annual performance at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center on Dec. 11th and 12th. Ticket info below.

The Hilo Jazz Orchestra has enjoyed worldwide recognition for their exciting performances of Frank Zappa’s music, and they have been invited to Germany to perform next summer. In 2017 Frank Zappa’s son and Grammy award-winning guitarist Dweezil Zappa came to Hilo to perform with the band, and they have earned the endorsement of Ahmet Zappa and the Zappa Family Trust. The Hilo Jazz Orchestra is the subject of the documentary film Zappa U which follows the band in the months leading up to their 2016 Frank Zappa tribute concert.

Trever Veilleux

This year’s show will feature Zappa songs never before played by the Jazz Orchestra as well as some old favorites. “We’ve got a really exciting set planned for this show,” says musical director Trever Veilleux, “it’s a great mix of accessible songs and face-melting instrumentals that show off the band’s talents.  And, this show isn’t only for Zappa fans, we often hear from audience members who were not familiar with Zappa that they love the show!”

Dweezil Zappa and Ike Willis with UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra in 2017

A recurring favorite in Hilo, the Orchestra’s Zappa tributes are often performed to sold-out crowds. The music takes a journey through hard rock, elegant jazz, delightfully bizarre neo-classical tangents, driving progressive adventures, and soulful rhythm and blues, all culminating in a sound that can only be described as “Zappa.”

Zappa 7 concert shirts will be sold before, after, and during intermission on the theater lanai to benefit the Jazz Orchestra and Student Arts Association. Bring some blank shirts, totes, or anything flat and get the Zappa7 design printed on your items for half the price.

Since 2013, the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra’s annual Frank Zappa tributes have provided Hilo with an exciting window into some of the most exciting music of the 20th century. Tackling the genre-bending and often tricky-to-perform pieces of music, each show gives audiences a chance to witness a rare example of the virtuosic composer’s works realized live on stage.

If You Go… Have A Good Show!

UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra: Zappa 7 at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center on Dec. 11th and 12th.

Tickets are open seating priced at $12 General, $10 Discount, $5 Students w/ Valid ID & Children 17 & under. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. For more information, or to order tickets, contact the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Box Office at 932-7490 or artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu.


Photos: Steve Roby

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