Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 8pm / $55, $45, $35
Dweezil Zappa Guitar Masterclass: Dweezilla On The Road
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 3pm / Tickets for the Masterclass are $75
Ticket Office: 732-246-SHOW (7469)
State Theatre presents Zappa Plays Zappa on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 8pm. Led by Dweezil Zappa, the eldest son of the late musician Frank Zappa, Zappa Plays Zappa will be performing the Frank Zappa album Roxy and Elsewhere in its entirety along with other hits. Zappa’s hits include, “Dumb All Over,” “Cosmik Debris,” and “Muffin Man.” WFUV is the media sponsor for this event. Tickets range from $35-55.
Dweezil Zappa Guitar Masterclass: Dweezilla On The Road
Dweezil Zappa’s music camp Dweezilla has a motto “Learn And Destroy.” It refers to destroying the boundaries that confine music creativity. While on tour with Zappa Plays Zappa, Dweezil will be previewing some of the guitar concepts he teaches at camp in a special masterclass prior to the concert. Zappa says, “I transformed my guitar technique before starting Zappa Plays Zappa out of necessity to play my dad’s most sophisticated and challenging melodies. I’ve found a lot of exciting new approaches to the guitar. I started Dweezilla music camp as a way to share this information with guitarists. I’m excited to present an opportunity to share thoughts on my approach to guitar with students of all levels before each show on tour.” To sign up for this masterclass, patrons can buy online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org or call 732-246-SHOW. Tickets are $75.
About Dweezil Zappa and Zappa Plays Zappa
After taking time off to study the compositional techniques of his father, Dweezil Zappa came back into the music industry emerging as a “better guitarist, a better musician.” In the spring of 2006, Dweezil’s new live band Zappa Plays Zappa hit the road for their first tour. Playing a long, ambitious set of Frank Zappa favorites and obscure gems to big audiences of crazed Zappa fans, Dweezil proved that he could reach his goal to form a core band of previously unknown expert musicians capable of respectfully executing his father’s music. He was uniquely qualified to bring these compositions back to life with complete authenticity from the page to the stage.
In 2012, Dweezil redefined Zappa Plays Zappa’s mission as a band and sculpted it into the current six piece configuration he takes on tour. The current line-up includes Dweezil, lead guitar and vocals; Scheila Gonzales, saxophone, flute, keyboards, and vocals; Kurt Morgan, bass and vocals; Chris Norton, keyboards and vocals; Joe Travers, drums and vocals; and Ben Thomas, lead vocals, trumpet, and trombone.
In 2009, Zappa Plays Zappa was honored at the 51st Grammy® Awards winning Best Rock Instrumental Performance for their rendition of Frank Zappa’s classic, “Peaches en Regalia.”
Rock of Ages
Friday, March 7, 2014, 8pm / Saturday, March 8, 2014, 3pm and 8pm
$75, $65, $55, $45, $35
State Theatre presents three performances of the smash-hit Broadway musical, Rock of Ages, on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 8pm and Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 3pm and 8pm. Opening night of Rock of Ages is sponsored by Doug and Diane Garback. Tickets range from $35-75.
In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer—and in L.A.’s most legendary rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80’s. It’s Rock of Ages, a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more.
Rock of Ages is a worldwide phenomenon with smash hit productions in Stockholm, London, Las Vegas, and still rockin’ on Broadway, featuring 28 classic rock tunes including “Don't Stop Believin’,” “We Built This City,” “The Final Countdown,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Here I Go Again,” “Harden My Heart,” “Can't Fight this Feeling,” “Renegade,” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.”
Rock of Ages is directed by Tony® Award Nominee Kristin Hanggi (Bare, Pussycat Dolls on the Sunset Strip) and choreographed by Kelly Devine (Jersey Boys – Associate Choreographer). With a book by Chris D’Arienzo (writer and director of the film Barry Munday), original arrangements by David Gibbs (Counting Crows, Film: That Thing You Do), and the Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations by Ethan Popp (Tarzan; Europe: We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia).
Rock of Ages features set design by Beowulf Boritt (Spelling Bee, LoveMusik), costume design by Tony Nominee Gregory Gale (Cyrano, The Wedding Singer), lighting design by Jason Lyons (The Threepenny Opera), sound design by Craig Cassidy (Phantom, Mamma Mia), and projection design is by Zachary Borovay (A Catered Affair).
Rock of Ages is produced by PHOENIX ENTERTAINMENT.
The Oak Ridge Boys: Boys Night Out
Thu, March 13, 2014 at 8pm
See the Grammy® Award-winning group The Oak Ridge Boys sing their greatest hits including "Elvira," "Bobbie Sue," "Dream On," and "American Made." The group's distinctive four-part harmonies and their roots in gospel, rock and roll, blues, and country have earned them 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album with a double platinum single.
The men who make up the Oak Ridge Boys—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban—comprise one of the most successful touring groups and present around 150 shows per year. With their ever-evolving music and fine-tuned shows, The Oak Ridge Boys have stood the test of time after 40 years of performing to sold-out venues across the country.
Tickets: $35-65See the Grammy® Award-winning group The Oak Ridge Boys sing their greatest hits including "Elvira," "Bobbie Sue," "Dream On," and "American Made." The group's distinctive four-part harmonies and their roots in gospel, rock and roll, blues, and country have earned them 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album with a double platinum single.