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The Furious Bongos (Frank Zappa Tribute)

Friday, August 09, 2019 8:30 PM
Redstone Room
$10 adv / $12 day of show

Doors: 7:30pm / Show: 8:30pm
Opening Act: None
Age Restriction: 19+ (minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian) 
Genre: Experimental 

All tickets are general admission. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a seat.
The Furious Bongos are a Frank Zappa tribute band who understand that however people describe Zappa, safe or vanilla aren't usually first in mind. The Furious Bongos appreciate the dirt under his fingernails, and they don't shy away from taking risks and putting on a great show.
When bassist/arranger Conrad St. Clair decided to tackle this project, knowing Zappa drew on influences ranging from Stravinsky to Leadbelly, he felt it was important to assemble musicians with backgrounds as far-flung as Zappa's influences.
The result is an extremely diverse band with a serious collective resume, including work with artists like Yo Yo Ma, Mick Fleetwood, and Les Paul.
And because Zappa's music was constantly evolving and adapted to the musicians he was playing with at a given time, The Bongos wanted to respect the music but follow Frank's example and let the music grow. Doing a note-for-note rendition of Song X from Album Y didn't seem like the proper way to go about this.
To that end, they tracked down hundreds of pages of transcriptions and quickly scribbled notes from former band members and other sources, painstakingly compared different versions of the songs, and even dug up rare scores in Frank's own hand (coffee stains included). Arthur Barrow, Zappa's bassist and Clonemeister from 1978 to '81, has been instrumental in this effort, and a sounding board throughout the continuing process. And, when his schedule allows, Arthur tours with The Bongos as a keyboardist.
All of that homework, combined with the extremely talented musicians in the band, produced something that isn't strictly a tribute project - it's more like a band that Frank might have assembled himself, playing his songs with a fresh approach, a sense of humor, and plenty of eyebrows.

*Seating Disclaimer*

The Redstone Room at River Music Experience is a standing room only concert venue. All tickets are General Admission unless otherwise stated. For the comfort of our guests, a limited amount of seating is available on a first come first serve basis:
  • Reserved Tables: a limited number of tables are for sale in advance, sold through our ticketing service. You will need to add both your General Admission tickets AND your Reserved Tables to the cart for purchase. Reserve Tables come with 4 seats to a table. 
  • General Admission Tables: A number of tables are available when doors open. First come first serve.  
  • Disability: If you require handicap accessible seating, you will need to purchase your General Admission ticket first, and then call the box office to reserve up to 2 seats. Tables must be purchased separately.
*Ticket Disclaimer*

All tickets for RME events are sold via Eventbrite and all carry applicable transaction fees. Tickets can be purchased the day of event online, at the RME Box office during business hours, and at the door (subject to availability). All tickets purchased with credit cards and/or cash will be subject to all applicable service fees whether the purchase takes place online, over the phone, or at the RME box office. Ticket fees also still apply for admission at the door.


River Music Experience
129. N. Main Street
Davenport, IA 52801
Mon: Closed
Tues: 12pm - 6pm
Wed: 12pm - 6pm
Thurs: 12pm - 6pm
Fri: 12pm - 6pm
Sat: 12pm - 6pm
Sun: Closed

*Box Office hours may vary due to event schedules

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Most shows in the Redstone Room are 19+, unless otherwise noted, but minors may attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
RME & The Redstone Room are in the heart of downtown Davenport, and accessible by public transportation or cabs & ride-share apps (Uber, Lyft). There is a paid parking garage right next to the RME that only costs a couple of dollars for an evening. When using the ramp, make sure that you prepay at the pay stations in the garage stairwell or on the Parkmobile app. Free street parking is available, but sometimes hard to find on concert nights.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may call the RME's box office at (563)326-1333 or email
What's the refund policy?
Purchased tickets are nonrefundable.