COSMIK DEBRIS: A Birthday Bash for J. Johnson (aka Darth Blazes)

COSMIK DEBRIS: A Birthday Bash for J. Johnson (aka Darth Blazes)

The FZMBBQ Band (A Musical Tribute to Zappa), Count Zero, Axemunkee

Tue, May 30, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 12:00 am)

$10 - $13

This event is 18 and over

COSMIK DEBRIS: A Birthday Bash for J. Johnson (aka Darth Blazes)

Featuring:

The FZMBBQ Band (A Musical Tribute to Zappa)
Count Zero
Axemunkee

Doors @ 8pm / Show @ 9pm

18+ / All ages amditted with an adult

$10 advance / $13 day of show

Tickets are available for purchase online until 5pm day of show / Walk up tickets are available for purchase (cash only) at the door day of show after 8pm (if not sold out)

Physical tickets can be purchased without fees at Somerville Grooves located at 26 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143 from 11am-7pm (cash only)

The FZMBBQ Band (A Musical Tribute to Zappa)
The Frank Zappa Memorial Barbecue Band (FZMBBQ) is the working title for J. Johnson’s 2017 musical project to get Frank Zappa material heard in a live setting in the Boston/Somerville/Cambridge area. The inspiration for the ensemble came as a result of Johnson’s upcoming 60th birthday, as he was urged on by local poet and partner Jennifer Badot to recognize and fulfill his inner need to “throw a party and play a set of Zappa music for all my friends.” He was overheard yelling, “if I’m going over the hill, I am taking it by storm, dammit!” as he began transcribing and arranging a set of Zappa music that draws from some of the earlier jazz-influenced works. Johnson has assembled an all-star band to perform the work (in score order): Brendan Higgins, Russ Gershon, Kathy Olson, Eric Ortiz, Tim Lewandowski, Sara Honeywell, Vessela Stoyanova, Peter Danilchuk, Peter Moore, Mike Leggio, Nate Greenslit, and Johnson himself make up the FZMBBQ Band. Who knows? Surprise guests may get pulled up on stage during the performance, in the spirit of Zappa’s live shows.
Count Zero
Count Zero is an innovative Boston band that combines electronics,acoustic grit, strong melodies, intriguing arrangements and thoughtful lyrics into an intense, eclectic stew of musical experimentation...and it's catchy too. It's Future Pop for the disnenchanted.
Step inside and take a listen.
Axemunkee
Rarely does a guitarist possess both chops and soul. The names of those who do are usually etched in history. Now another name can be added to that exclusive list — Axemunkee’s Catherine Capozzi.

A native of Connecticut, Capozzi began playing guitar at the age of ten. After college, she moved to Boston and paid her dues in a number of local rock bands, most notably the critically lauded All the Queen’s Men (Madam Static, Curvy Baby), a band that also achieved some acclaim in Europe. As a result of her work with AQM, she was tapped to play guitar for several productions by The Boston Rock Opera.

Prior to launching Axemunkee in 2007, Capozzi spent two years as the guitarist for Ziaf, a well-respected Edith Piaf tribute act which released three albums and toured extensively in Europe and the Far East, as well as the U.S. Ziaf was also featured in a documentary on Piaf collaborator Marguerite Monnot for French television.

Once she decided to front her own band, Capozzi chose to keep Axemunkee entirely instrumental and let her six strings do the singing. Her influences are broad, including jazz and classical music, but they are always filtered through the rock idiom, and more times than not, they are draped in an psychedelic-hued aural coat. And while the guitar goddess is schooled in the lexicon of classic rock, she is by no means limited by that. In a day, when so much rock sounds tired, Capozzi excites with her inventive playing and composing.

Not surprisingly, when it came to actually performing her new music live and in the studio, she reached out to two of her former AQM bandmates,Tamora Gooding (electronic drums) and Chris Farrell (bass) She also enlisted Count Zero keyboardist Joel Simches and Bentmen drummer Geoff Chase. Chase ended up coproducing, recording and mixing Axemunkee’s debut, Sidewalk Mary, an album which places Capozzi squarely in the company of rock’s most innovative guitarists.
Venue Information:
ONCE Ballroom
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02143