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THE I LOVE ZAPPA TOUR with Banned from Utopia featuring ZAPPA ALUMNI Robert Martin, Scott Thunes, and Ray White
Strand Theatre Hudson Falls
Hudson Falls, NY
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Jul 05, 2024 8:00 PM

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THE I LOVE ZAPPA TOUR with Banned from Utopia featuring ZAPPA ALUMNI Robert Martin, Scott Thunes, and Ray White

Banned from Utopia (BFU) is the Zappa tribute act featuring the most Alumni of his band: Robert Martin, Ray White, and Scott Thunes. Joining them are Robbie Seahag Mangano (Project/Object, The Grandmothers), Jamie Kime (Zappa Plays Zappa), and Joel Taylor (The Al Dimeola Band). BFU plays some of Zappas trickiest compositions while always keeping the fun and chaotic nature of the Zappa live show alive.  Banned From Utopia was formed in 1994 to keep the true spirit of Frank Zappas music alive. Covering a variety of Zappa songs, the ensemble lovingly recreates the eclectic virtuoso approach of their former band leader.

Banned From Utopia:

Ray White - vocals, guitar

One of the most powerful and distinctive voices that ever graced a Zappa vocal, RayWhite. Ray Whites distinctive, powerful voice was first heard interpreting Zappas music in 1976. From that beginning, he became an integral member of Franks band through 1984, and can be seen on the DVD recorded the summer of that year in New York, Does Humor Belong In Music? A former member of the Edwin Hawkins Singers gospel group, he also brings a solid R&B guitar style to the blend, both as a rhythm player and as a soloist. Looking towards future creative endeavors with Banned From Utopia, Ray is also a gifted writer and lyricist.

Robert Martin -

vocals, keyboards, saxophone, French horn Keyboards, horns, and of course, the voice that always made Frank smile, Robert Martin brings it all. Robert (Bobby) Martin joined Frank Zappa in 1981 and sang and played various instruments on every tour from then on, through the final tour in 1988. In addition to the diverse sonic palette Robert brought to the band with his multiinstrumental skills, Zappa relied heavily on Roberts unique vocal power and range to enhance the variety of musical styles Frank explored in all his performances. In any moment, Frank might switch from heavy metal to classic Doo Wop, or anything in between, and Robert would be right there..

Scott Thunes - guitar, vocals

Scott Thunes played with Zappas band from 1981 to 1988, and plays on such albums as The Man From Utopia, Them or Us, Broadway the Hard Way, You Cant Do That on Stage Anymore, Does Humor Belong In Music?, The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life, Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention, Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch, Make a Jazz Noise Here, and Guitar, a double-album compilation of Zappas live guitar solos. His most prominent bass performance can be heard on Frank Zappa's Valley Girl, which peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Robbie Mangano - guitar, vocals

Robbie has performed with Zappa Tribute band Project/Object, playing bass and guitar with members of Frank Zappas band, and embarked on his first tour and first overseas gigs through that ensemble. Soon after he would begin touring with more Zappa alumni in The Grandmothers Of Invention. Most recently he has toured with Sean Lennon & Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.

Jamie Kime - guitar

Jamie Kime has performed and recorded with Dweezil Zappas Zappa Plays Zappa project from 2006 until 2012. More recently, he did a European tour with The Banned From Utopia. Earlier this year, Jamie Kime recorded his very first solo album: Alleys. Some standout moments include gigs w/ The Boneshakers (feat. Texas blues/soul legend Malford Milligan), Jewel, the original lineup of a Zappa Plays Zappa - with whom he collected a Grammy Award in 2009, the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the World Premiere of Frank Zappas 200 Motels Orchestral Suites in 2013, and rock legend Dr. John. The Jamie Kime Group performs on the first Monday of every month at the world-famous Baked Potato in Studio City, CA.

Joel Taylor - drums

Joel Taylor has toured or recorded with artists such as Greg Howe, Brian Bromberg, Mike Garson, Al Di Meola, Frank Gambale, Allan Holdsworth, Banned From Utopia, and appears on Yanni's live concert video Tribute.


Strand Theatre Hudson Falls (View)
210 Main Street
Hudson Falls, NY 12839
United States



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