Paging Mario Fuente and all earthlings in LA!

Urgent! Chaffey College to “Freak Out” for Zappa: Full details are at, but Saturday’s performers include a chamber music septet, a jazz fusion band and a surf rock group, a suitably eclectic lineup. Mario, don’t get any compromise for tomorrow evening at 7 PM and let us know how it went!!

8 Responses to “Paging Mario Fuente and all earthlings in LA!”

  1. Mario Fuente says:

    Got my ticket—Yes, I’ll be there!

    Anybody else going?

  2. Dr Sharleena says:

    Too bad we are not anywhere close to that location…The ocean is a bit of a problem!
    The concert will be part of the documentary! Tell us how it went later, eh?

  3. ken duvall says:

    You like it when people get off topic, right ?
    Well, according to Mark Volman, the Zappa
    plays Zappa tour is postponed….
    The info is at the Z forum….

  4. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    You have GOT TO BE kidding!!! :o

  5. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    … so anyway… was it any good Mario? Didya have a Good Time? Inquiring minds need to know!

  6. Mario Fuente says:

    Barry–yeah, it was a good time. About 160 people in a 250-seat auditorium. Aside from several sound problems on stage, the evening was quite enjoyable.

    It was basically a concert featuring Cucamonga-based musicians from the old days and Zappa-influenced bands from today interspersed with interview footage from the upcoming documentary. The whole evening’s festivities were filmed for inclusion in the documentary as well.

    Paul Buff was given a few citations from the Mayor of Cucamonga and proceeded to drop one on his way off the stage. Hahaha!! He’s a very humble, unassuming guy—seems really cool.

    A huge thrill for me was seeing The Definiens Project play “Big Swifty.” It just warmed the cockles of my heart to see a bunch of 20-somethings play FZ classical!!!

    Another highlight was some interview footage with Paul Buff—he mentioned that he taught Frank about recording techniques and Frank taught him about music.

    There was also some interview footage with Roy Estrada, Don Preston and Motorhead, but the best quote came from Don Preston. I’m paraphrasing: “It’s like an IQ test. If you like Frank’s music, you’re smart. If you don’t like it, you’re dumb. So go ahead—buy a Frank Zappa album and see if you’re smart or stupid.”

    I’m sure I’m forgetting other stuff—but this is all off the top of my head. It was a fun evening and I’m glad I went. The documentary looks pretty good—I can’t wait until it’s done.

  7. Dr Sharleena says:

    Mario, thanks for the story. Here’s an article on the event.
    Looking forward for the documentary!

  8. Mario Fuente says:

    Thanks Doc!

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