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.
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.