[Cover photo credit to Nick Cuneo]

55 years ago, Frank Zappa found Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles unsafe for “musician types with long hair”, so he decided to check out the music scene in New York City, arranging a residency at the Garrick Theatre. The Mothers of Invention performed nearly every night for an entire month, often improvising spontaneous acts and pulling people from the crowd to collaborate and jam onstage.

Zappa has described some memories in his autobiography, stating “…the people on stage had stomped a bunch of vegetables and whipped cream into it…” He also notes, “On another occasion, Jimi Hendrix sat in with us.”

In the spirit of this noteworthy piece of musical history, Venice Beach instrumental Psych Rock duo Movie Club will be performing three special nights, March 23rd, March 24th, and March 25th, at all-inclusive queer-owned venue C’mon Everybody in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The group has invited artists from all genres and walks of life, including but not limited to instrumentalists, authors, rappers, singers, writers, poets, dancers and drag queens.

Guitarist Vince Cuneo says:

The goal of these shows is collaboration and to make each night a one-of-a-kind experience for both the audience and the artists on stage.

Drummer Jessamyn Violet continues:

The best part is getting out there and collaborating with pure freedom. We’re aiming to have as much fun as possible, and take nothing but inspiration from Zappa’s legacy.