Zappa, Vai, Satriani, Dethklok Alumni Help Celebrate Arcata Newspaper’s Birthday
Headlining the event is world-renowned virtuoso guitarist and multi- instrumentalist/composer Mike Keneally. The appearance is part of his first West Coast full-band tour in years, bringing his remarkably inventive musical vision to nine cities in October in support of the Keneally Band’s latest Exowax Recordings DVD/CD live release, bakin’ @ the potato!
From Keneally’s well-documented recorded work as a guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist in Frank Zappa’s last touring band, to his recordings and performances with Robert Fripp, Dethklok, Wayne Kramer, Steve Vai, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Joe Satriani, Andy Partridge and many others, he’s earned a reputation as someone who brings an intense, original musical voice to any and all musical happenings. Keneally’s extensive and wildly diverse original catalog of 20 albums (and counting) defies traditional classification, and concertgoers are regularly left awestruck by his band’s high-wire-act execution of the eclectic material. Time Out New York says “this band, with such a peculiar genius leading it, is a thing to savor.”
“Keneally is the leading progressive rock genius of the post-Zappa era.” – All Music Guide
In a unique twist, this tour’s Mike Keneally Band members also comprise the opening act, the band of Keneally’s longtime bassist Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Dethklok), whose intricate jazz/rock compositions and tasteful playing earned his third and latest album, Wednesday Night Live, widespread acclaim.
The Keneally/Beller Band West Coast 2011 Tour features Keneally, Beller, drummer Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa), and guitarists Rick Musallam (Ben Taylor, Byrd York) and Griff Peters (Billie Myers, Anika Paris).
“I’m thrilled to near-apoplexy to have Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller and company at the Eye’s 15th Anniversary Bash,” said Eye Editor Kevin Hoover. “The Zappa heritage runs strong in this band, and like Frank, they put 100 percent of everything they have into every note. But they go their own way, with a 21st century sound and sensibility.”
Continued Hoover, “Mike and Bryan have played Arcata three times and McKinleyville once, and every time, they rocked the place to its foundations. Now they’re back with their fullest band ever, and all of the musicians are total and complete monsters. We’ll still have the Arcata Eye Ball in January, but meanwhile we can rock out with these face-melting genuises.”
Tickets are available at People’s Records, the Works, Humbrews, the Arcata Eye in Jacoby’s Storehouse and via humbrews.com.
The Arcata Eye 15th Anniversary Bash is co-sponsored by Lost Coast Communications, home of KHUM, Radio Without the Rules. For more information visit arcataeye.com, keneally.com, humbrews.com, the Eye’s Facebook page or call (707) 826-7000.