Three powerhouse groups are coming this month to shake down The Warehouse and Stage One, both venues located directly next to the Fairfield train station. A James Brown Themed Dance Party comes October 16th, Bruce Willis’ daughter, Rumer, tours the U.S. for the first time ever on October 22nd, and Dweezil Zappa, “plays whatever the f%@k he wants” on October 28th.
A James Brown Funky Party features members of the original James Brown Band in addition to a plethora of more contemporary artists like Lettuce, Galactic, Trombone Shorty and tons more. The group cycles out new artists, with this years lineup including, The James Brown Band,Elise Testone (American Idol) Matthew Chase (The Chase Brothers) Adam Dotson (Rubblebucket, Slavic Soul Party) Carter Yasutake (LCD Soundsystem, David Byrne & St. Vincent)Morgan Price (Antibalas, Charles Bradley) Freekbass (Boosty Collins, The Original JB’s) and Adam Chase (Jazz Is PHSH). Needless to say, the group will be gargantuan with a sound that will be even bigger. Doors open at seven, show starts at eight.
A week later, Rumer Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis) will be performing at the intimate Stage One venue. Willis is known for her many appearances on the big screen and small screen. This year she’ll try her hand at her first ever U.S. concert tour. Although she has not released an album of her own yet, she is expected to cover many classic cabaret and jazz, to R&B and contemporary pop songs as well as a few of her own original pieces. In an interview with The Washington Post, Willis described where she pulls her inspiration from.
“My dad, from when we were really little … introduced us to a lot of kind of different, bluesy artists. A lot of Etta James and Billie Holiday. Everything ranging from obviously The Beatles and Led Zeppelin and The Stones to just everything in between…[The songs] definitely take a bit of the old-school influences that I like, but still have enough of a new flavor to, I think, be accessible to a lot of people.” The show will cost $58 with the doors opening at 7:00 and show starting at 7:45.
Not soon after Willis, the man named after Frank Zappa’s toe, will rock The Warehouse playing “Whatever the F@&k He Wants.” After a drawn out and ridiculous legal dispute, the band will now tour under the name, Dweezil Zappa plays Frank Zappa, with the tour name,50 Years of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@%k He Wants – The Cease and Desist Tour. A ridiculous mouthful of a name for a tour, but what else is to be expected from the son of a Zappa? The band has been comprised of same members for some years now, but two new musicians have been added to make for an even more unique sound. Cain Coey and Dave Luther were inducted into the group, and Deezil saying he hopes that adding the new members will help the band dive into some of Frank’s more complex pieces. This is sure to be an interesting performance, and possibly a bit spiteful, looking at all the legal bullshit Dweezil has endured. Tickets are $65 with doors cracking open at seven and the show starting at eight.