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The World of Captain Beefheart feat. Gary Lucas, Nona Hendryx, Tammy Faye Starlight, and Bob Holman


Jan 22, 2018

155 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013 Map

  • nona Hendryx
  • Gary Lucas

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Legendary guitarist Gary Lucas with very special surprise guests presents a tribute to his longtime friend and mentor, the visionary composer, bandleader, poet and painter Don Van Vliet a/k/a Captain Beefheart.  Lucas mastered Captain Beefheart’s complex music on the final two Beefheart albums, “Doc at the Radar Station” and “Ice Cream for Crow”.

Since the dissolution of Beefheart’s band Gary has been actively performing tributes to Don Van Vliet all over the globe. This special evening will include a performance by Lucas' latest ensemble The World of Captain Beefheart, which includes expert Beefheart practitioners Jesse Krakow on bass, Richard Dworkin on drums, Jordan Shapiro on keyboards —with a very special guest lead vocalist to be announced! The performance features screenings of rare video clips of Beefheart, projections of Don Van Vliet’s stunning paintings and drawings, live readings of his surrealist poetry, rare tracks and spoken word pieces, plus more surprises.

Van Vliet changed music beginning with a series of ground-breaking albums with his Magic Band - from 1967’s “Safe as Milk” to 1969’s “Trout Mask Replica” through 1982’ “Ice Cream for Crow”.  By combining Delta blues, free-jazz, off-kilter rhythms, and savage proto-punk rock with surreal imagery, ecological concerns, and the highest and airiest of wit, Captain Beefheart’s sound proved highly influential on the first wave of punk avatars including John Lydon, Joe Strummer, and David Byrne.  On stage and on record Van Vliet explored musical and lyrical territory never before charted before devoting himself full-time to painting, garnering a loyal worldwide fan base in the process.


nona Hendryx: N O N A H E N D R Y X: from Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles to Labelle, the ground breaking glam funk band (Lady Marmalade (Voulez Vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?) to a stunning solo career (Bustin' Out, I Sweat, Transformation), Nona Hendryx has always been on the cutting edge of music. Her collaborations range from George Clinton, P-Funk, Bernie Worell (Dr. Woo), Prince Charles, Bernard Edwards of Chic, Cameo, Africa Bambatta, Lenny Kravitz, Wyclef Jean, Gamble & Huff, Talking Heads, Material, Prince and Peter Gabriel to Rahzel, Dead Prezís M1, and Res's producers Doc and Khaliyl.

Sheís written R&B/Blues music for BLUE a Broadway a play with music and scored and contributed 14 new songs to the film 'Preaching To The Choir'. Nona has performed at Summer Festivals across Europe with 'The Daughters of Soul', Lalah Hathaway, Milini Khan (Chaka's daughter) Simon (Nina's daughter) & Sandra St Victor. Nona has taught funk music seminars in New York and Europe. Nona is one of the main voices featured on the score of the Showtime hit series 'Sleeper Cell'.

Nona most recently joined Patti Labelle and Sarah Dash for the 2009/10 Labelle Reunion CD & U.S tour performing 'Back To Now' songs from the past to the present.

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