UPDATE: Dweezil Zappa Concert Expected to Sell Out Soon

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UPDATE: Nov. 21, 2017

A University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Performing Arts Center spokesperson reported today that “tickets are going really quick.”

Most of the front and center seats are already gone for both shows, the spokespersons said.

UH PAC is expecting a sell-out for Dweezil Zappa.


ORIGINAL POST: Nov. 16, 2017

Dweezil Zappa, Grammy Award-winning artist and son of the legendary Frank Zappa, will perform in a musical tribute to his father at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo when the Performing Arts Center (PAC) presents UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra Meets Dweezil Zappa, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Zappa has been touring the world playing his dad’s music with his band, Zappa Plays Zappa, since 2008.


He has also released multiple solo albums, with the most recent being Via Zammata in 2015. Zappa and the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra will play a set together during each night’s performance to commemorate five years of the orchestra’s annual fall concerts celebrating the music of Frank Zappa.

“We’ve got a special set planned for this year’s show that spans three decades of Frank Zappa’s diverse catalog,” said Musical Director Trever Veilleux. “We’ll be playing songs from many of Frank’s best-selling albums, like Hot Rats, Overnite Sensation, Apostrophe’ and Joe’s Garage. We are also going to throw in some of our favorite songs from the previous Zappa tribute concerts, including Florentine Pogen and Sofa.”

The UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra includes more than 25 singers and musicians with a large horn section blowing over a rock and roll rhythm section. To capture Zappa’s complex music, the orchestra will put in four months of rehearsals.


“They work incredibly hard over the course of the semester to bring our audience a tight, professional-sounding show,” Veilleux said. “It is truly amazing what these young musicians can pull off.”

Tickets are reserved seating and priced at pre-sale prices of $35 for general admission, $30 discount and $15 for UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College students with a valid student ID and children up to age 17.

Ticket prices at the door are $40, $35 and $20. Tickets are available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at (808) 932-7490, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or ordering online.

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