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    West Hollywood Officially Declares June 10 as Frank Zappa Day

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    West Hollywood Mayor John Erickson and Vice Mayor Chelsea Byers officially declared June 10 as “Frank Zappa Day” to honor the legendary musician, activist, and counterculture icon’s invaluable contributions to music and culture in West Hollywood and beyond. Daughters Moon and Diva Muffin Zappa were presented with a proclamation in honor of their father’s work. A ceremony took place at the iconic Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip

    “Frank was an iconic part of our amazing Sunset Strip and they are releasing new unheard music from his time in West Hollywood and so not only are we proclaiming it Frank Zappa Day, but here at our iconic Whisky a Go Go, we are making sure that rock-n-roll history lives on,” said Mayor John M. Erickson.

    The City of West Hollywood Declares June 10 as Frank Zappa Day – WEHO TIMES

    “It’s a thrill to have this wonderful opportunity to have my father recognized in a historical landmark space that was actually the location that really brought my parents together,” Moon Zappa told WEHO TIMES. “This was also an wonderful opportunity to meet two amazing people, the Mayor and Vice Mayor of West Hollywood who took the time be here and allowed me to have this time with my sister.”

    “I’m really honored that our father was recognized for his work and his life,” said Diva Zappa. “I’m overwhelmed with emotion. My father was prolific and amazing for what he stood for and he’s an inspiration even now.”

    (L-R) Moon and Diva Zappa – The City of West Hollywood Declares June 10 as Frank Zappa Day – WEHO TIMES
    The City of West Hollywood Declares June 10 as Frank Zappa Day – WEHO TIMES

    Frank Zappa, renowned for his pioneering work in music and his outspoken views on social and political issues, left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape. His band, The Mothers of Invention, played a memorable three-hour concert at Whisky a Go Go on July 23, 1968. Although plans for an album release from that night were never fully realized, the performance will finally see the light of day with the upcoming release of “Whisky a Go Go, 1968” on June 21. The collection, produced by Ahmet Zappa and Zappa Vaultmeister Joe Travers, includes every note from Zappa’s three distinct sets that evening.

    The proclamation ceremony at Whisky a Go Go not only commemorates Frank Zappa’s contributions but also celebrates the release of this historic recording, bringing full circle a moment in music history that has remained unreleased for over five decades.

    “Frank Zappa Day” is a tribute to a man whose innovative spirit and relentless creativity continue to inspire generations of musicians and fans worldwide.

    Frank Vincent Zappa was born on December 21, 1940 in Baltimore, MD. Zappa was a musician, composer, and band leader. His more than three-decade career was characterized by non-conformity, experimentation, and innovation. Zappa is a 9-time Grammy nominated and 2-time Grammy winning artist. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, and named as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2005. As a composer, Zappa created volumes of music spanning and combining a variety of genres and styles. As a self-taught musician, Zappa famously incorporated a wide range of influences in his work.

    in 1965, Zappa took over leadership of the band previously known as the Soul Giants, transforming it into what would become The Mothers of Invention. This group would go on to be one of Zappa’s most renowned projects, particularly in the West Hollywood scene.

    In 1968, Zappa and The Mothers of Invention famously dominated the Sunset Strip, performing at Whiskey A Go Go. This legendary performance, which has remained largely unheard, will be released on June 21, 2024, as a tribute to this extraordinary night in music history.

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Natasha
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    Congratulations Frank! You continue to rock on

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