One Shot Deal Plays Zappa

Saturday, March 09, 2024

One Shot Deal Plays Zappa Cover

Playing the music of Frank Zappa BEN THOMAS- Vocals, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Percussion, Armpit Ben Thomas is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, storyteller and performer with over 30 years of live performances. He toured the world with his Zappa compatriots as lead vocalist, trumpeter, trombonist and rhythm guitarist in Zappa Plays Zappa from 2009-2016, where he developed the towel-based underground sleeper post-show, after-shower hit : Slap Attack!  He’s currently the lead vocalist of the Danny Carey UnTrio – a band formed around the eponymous Tool drummer, and performs and records with the Neo-Soul singer Aloe Blacc. Ben also writes and performs in the collaborative experimental prog/rock/metal/funk group, The Bird Brain with fellow Zappa alum Mike Keneally in support of their new self-titled EP. He also likes to swim a lot; come find him in the shallow end and greet him with a friendly but aggressive towel-snap! JAMIE KIME- Guitar, Vocals, Shredding, Shouting Jamie has been fired by some of the biggest names in the business. He also plays crappy gear that breaks down onstage, has bad ears, and is always late to gigs. BILLY HULTING- Mallets, Percussion, Super-Happy-Announcer-Voice Grammy Award winning percussionist and mallet player Billy Hulting has a checkered past traveling the word with Zappa Plays Zappa, Natalie Cole, The Manhattan Transfer, Lou Rawls, Maynard Ferguson, and others. He can easily be talked into do recording sessions and editing videos if you can get him off his sailboat. Also – he is loved by large animals and people’s parents the world over yet no one can explain how or why. PETE GRIFFIN- Bass, Vocals, All-Around Good Looks Pete Griffin has played with luminaries from all genres of music, from pop stars Hanson to New Orleans legend Dr. John to guitar god Steve Vai to cartoon death metal band Deathklok. JOE TRAVERS- Drums, Vocals, Vaultmeister Joe has been playing drums in the Los Angeles area for over 30 years. A Berklee College Of Music graduate, Joe moved to LA in 1992 and by March 1993 he had landed the gig with Dweezil & Ahmet Zappa’s group “Z”. Since then Joe has gone on to play for many acts over the years including Duran Duran, Lisa Loeb, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Billy Idol, Zappa Plays Zappa, Eric Johnson and Joe Satriani. When Joe is not on the road, he spends his time being the  “Vaultmeister” for the Zappa Brand and Universal Music. This entails being in charge of archiving and preserving the legacy of legend Frank Zappa, co-producing and supervising future projects. SPECIAL GUEST – MIKE KENEALLY- Guitar, Keys, Vocals, WTF doesn’t this guy do?!?! Multi-instrumentalist and composer Mike Keneally was born in 1961 in Long Island, and then again in 1987 when he was hired to play in Frank Zappa’s band. He performed on the Zappa albums Broadway The Hard Way, Make A Jazz Noise Here, The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life, Zappa ’88: The Last U.S. Show and numerous tracks across other releases. Keneally has put out around forty solo releases over the past four decades (discography is here:; the most recent solo album is 2023’s The Thing That Knowledge Can’t Eat. Whenever possible he plays his own songs live with his band Beer For Dolphins, featuring OSD drummer Joe Travers. He has recorded and/or performed live with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Robert Fripp, Andy Partridge, Dethklok, Mastodon, Shankar, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, The Zappa Band, The Persuasions and countless others. Currently he tours, co-produces and records with Devin Townsend, and tours as a member of the progressive rock homage band ProgJect.