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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Zappa alums reunite for new Project/Object

Project/Object is enlisting two former members of Frank Zappa's band together for the first time in 25 years.

Ike Willis and Ray White will be appearing on Project/Object's December and January tour dates.

December 2009

27 Sun Sellersville Theatre Sellersville PA
28 Mon 8x10 Club Baltimore MD
29 Tues Rex Theater Pittsburgh PA
30 Wed Beachland Ballroom Cleveland OH
31 Thurs Mac's Bar E. Lansing MI

January 2010
1 Fri Martyrs Chicago IL
2 Sat Martyrs Chicago IL
3 Sun Miramar Theater Milwaukee WI
5 Tues Appalachian Brewing Co. Harrisburg PA
6 Wed River Street Plains PA
7 Thurs BB King Blues Club New York NY
8 Fri Regatta Bar Cambridge MA
9 Sat Revolution Hall Troy NY
10 Sun Toad's Place New Haven CT

Ike Willis is the legendary 10-plus year Zappa vocalist and guitarist whose career with Frank began in the role of "Joe" on the quintessential Zappa album, Joe's Garage. He toured with Zappa's band in 1978 and appeared on every Zappa tour thereafter; and almost every album until Frank Zappa's tragic early death. Ike played an integral role in Zappa's final tour in 1988, which some say was his most historic tour, and one that he richly represented to his fan base with several live recordings.

Ray White is a soul vocalist and rock and blues guitarist, best-known as a member of Frank Zappa's touring ensembles. He was drafted into Zappa's band in the fall of 1976, being featured on rhythm guitar and vocals, forming a memorable vocal harmony partnership with Ike Willis on later tours in 1980 and 1984. He participated on the albums Zappa in New York, Joe's Garage, Tinsel Town Rebellion, You Are What You Is and more. Ray has also worked with jam-oriented groups like KVHW and Umphrey's McGee since his contributions to the Zappa band, and more recently, in summer 2007 Ray White joined Dweezil Zappa as a special guest for the Zappa Plays Zappa Tour.

More weekend wrap up:
  • Glass Rock is releasing Tall Firs Meet Soft Location on Ecstatic Peace on Jan 12.
  • Bloc Party, Grizzly Bear and Metric have new T-Shirts available from Yellow Bird Project
  • Locksley is the newest feature on Wendy's/Myspace "Fresh Faces"
  • Anti-Flag has added more opportunities to help out with their Economy Sucks, Let's Party tour.
  • Alesana will release The Emptiness on Fearless on Jan 26.
  • A Hero A Fake will release Let Oceans Lie on Jan. 19 on Victory

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