Legendary Funk Rock Diva Nona Hendryx and acclaimed avant-guitarist Gary Lucas perform a tribute to visionary composer, bandleader, poet and painter Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart, who single-handedly changed the face of music, beginning with a series of ground-breaking albums with his Magic Band from 1967’s “Safe as Milk” to 1969’s hallucinatory “Trout Mask Replica” through 1982’ “Ice Cream for Crow.”
Beefheart's music combines Delta blues, free-jazz and proto-punk rock with surreal imagery, ecological concerns, and the highest and airiest of wit, a sound which proved highly influential on the first wave of punk avatars (including John Lydon, Joe Strummer, and David Byrne) and many other seminal artists (David Lynch, Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, and Matt Groening). On stage and on record Van Vliet explored musical and lyrical territory never before charted in the confines of a traditional electric band line-up before devoting himself full-time to painting, garnering a loyal worldwide fan base in the process.
The World of Captain Beefheart is a comprehensive overview of the man’s towering legacy, re-imagined and infused with new blood by Hendryx and Lucas, who starred in a symphonic Beefheart Tribute with Amsterdam’s famed 65-piece Metropole Orchestra. Along for the wild ride are expert Beefheart practitioners Jesse Krakow on bass, Jordan Shapiro on keyboards, and Richard Dworkin on drums. Nona Hendryx is a longtime fierce admirer of Van Vliet's music, and Gary Lucas cut his guitar teeth as an incendiary player on the last two Captain Beefheart albums.
“The only place you can get ribs at 3 o’clock in the morning, Roland, is in the Bible”—Don Van Vliet to jazzman Rahsaan Roland Kirk on searching for a post-gig snack