With word having it that Zappa père spent some quality time in town back in the 1960s, when his band was first establishing itself with some key New York City gigs, there’s some supposition around town that the sold-out aspect of this show may have something to do with former babysitters coming out to check out their former charge. There may also be hosts of younger fans as thrilled by the guitarist’s ongoing work with the world’s top axe-slingers, for his epochal 75-minute What the Hell Was I Thinking? work-in-progress, as well as the entire Zappa legacy’s increasing allure (Zoot!) in recent years.
Me, I’m thrilled by the presence of famous oddballs Flo and Eddie, as known now for their background vocals on T-Rex’s “Get It On (Bang a Gong)” and Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” as their own “Happy Together” (not to mention all those Care Bears soundtracks that they forced into our deepest memories).
Cracker: It’s still hard to consider that this band has been at it for a quarter-century already, and that lead man Lowery is now not only over 50, but also as much an impresario and Muse as an interpreter and original psychobilly. Constantly renewing his roots with his classic campout concerts and other open-armed activities (all openhearted and open-throated, too), Lowery and gang seem the perfect counterparts to what the Band once promised to be back in its Woodstock day, albeit on a less Dylan-inspired sequestered level of privacy. It’s all great for the pushing of a new nascent music scene building up in the area, from the hills of Shandaken (from whence Two Dark Birds and others have been emerging of late) to Palenville (the Felice Brothers) and Hudson’s whole Helsinki vibe (home to Mother Fletcher, Lady Moon, Young Paris and other newfangled wild synthesis acts).
Remember: Tickets for Cracker, at 9 p.m. this Friday, July 22, are still available and some for “Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa,” with Flo and Eddie, on Thursday, July 28 may still be open.
Bearsville Theatre is located at 291 Tinker Street in Woodstock, down where the Bear and Little Bear restaurants are (along with the nearby Cub Market, a great meandering country stream and Grossman’s resonant gravesite behind some nearby hemlocks). For further information and reservations, call (845) 679-4406 or visit www.bearsvilletheater.com.