Bummernacht Roundup

Cleveland Jeff is kicking things off nicely at …Like Dancing About Architecture

Me, I’m taking an attempt at putting down a few notes about the year 1968 over at Adventures

Mock Paper Scissors knows it’s Zappadan. And Roosterville, too.

WNBTv comes up for Enttäuschung Nacht and embeds the ol’ Whipping Post

And podcaster extraordinaire Blue Gal always makes a nice centerpiece for the holiday…I hope she won’t mind if I display it here…

Suzy? Suzy Creamcheese?


And hey, Rev. Alex DiBlasi made a YouTube. I hope he doesn’t mind an embed here.


Updating… contact this blog at aaron at zappadan dot com if yez wanna

Dec. 13 Show in Pittsfield, Mass.

If you’re in New England during Zappadan, mark your calendars:

Overnight Sensation: A Tribute to Frank Zappa — Tavern at the A

Twenty-two musicians will join forces for Overnight Sensation: A Tribute to Frank Zappa on Thursday, December 13th, at Tavern at the A in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. They will be celebrating the 78th birthday of Zappa, born 12/21/40.

Performers will include: Matt Berger, Gina Coleman, Jen Durkin, Dan Esko, Tyler Fairbank, John Haddad, Josiah Joyce, Benny Kohn, Dave Lincoln, Jeff Link, and Rebecca Mattson. Also Matt Mervis, Diego Mongue, Mike Mongue, Julia Ostellino, Austin Peck, Rob Tatten, Al Taylor, Dave Vittone, Asa Webster, Jason Webster, and Mike Wood.

Thanks to Music Fest News for the tip.

Day Two: Zappadan 2017

Blue Gal never fails to add a sparkly graphic to the mix for the holiday:

(Be sure to catch “The Professional Left” podcast by Blue Gal and Driftglass at the Blue Gal weblog.)


It would not be Zappadan without a post from Cleveland Jeff at …Like Dancing About Architecture: Zappadan 2017

Happy Zappadan! from Scrivinor!

Does Mad Dog Media tie “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” to certain current events? Could be!

This post will be updated throughout the day and perhaps throughout the year. Correspondence: aaron at zappadan.com

Bummernacht 2017

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (as quotated Dec. 4, 2009, at Fried Green al-Qaedas)

This article is about the Zapptist celebration during the opening of Zappadan.

The first (or 17th) day of Zappadan was originally known as Enttäuschung Nacht – German for ‘bummer night’ – but over the years it has been Americanized to the much simpler BummerNacht. This being the anniversary of Mister Zappa’s death, the original meaning is rather obvious, and we shall not delve further into it here.

Far from being a day of mourning, however, it is a day of great joy, for Zapptists know that a mere seventeen days later, on December 21st (Zero Day), Frank Zappa was born.

Traditionally, children are not allowed to participate in the celebration of BummerNacht, although teenagers are winked at if they decide to ‘run down to the library and not return until some ungodly hour of the night’. Celebrants are often seen cavorting to the exotic sound of the Mystery Horn while gorging on burnt weenie sandwiches and guzzling white port and lemon juice.


This post will be updated throughout the day and perhaps throughout the year. Correspondence: aaron at zappadan.com