Frankenstein Brothers: Buckethead & That 1 Guy @ La Zona Rosa (3/3/12)

La Zona Rosa…March 3, 8:00 pm…Frankenstein Brothers…Buckethead and That 1 Guy…

If you’re like me, your introduction to Buckethead came while watching a very special MTV Video Music Awards Show performance by Guns n Roses, during which you probably asked yourself two questions: 1) Why is the lead guitarist wearing KFC bucket on his head? and 2) Does Axl Rose have, ehm, cornrows? And as if the headgear isn’t perplexing enough (the bucket, not the cornrows), Buckethead has also been known to incorporate nunchucks into his performances. Strange? Most definitely, but when you’re widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, you can more than pull it off. Buckethead has been blowing audiences away for decades, and has done so not just as an ultimate shredder, but as a multi-instrumentalist with absurd versatility across a range of musical genres (e.g. metal, blues, funk, jazz, and bluegrass, to name a few). Did I mention that he’s got 35 studio albums under his belt, NOT including his performances on over 50 albums by other artists? Ya, he’s the real deal.

And then there’s That 1 Guy…No really, his stage name is That 1 Guy, and not because you’ll have a hard time remembering his name, but because he puts on perhaps the most dynamic one-man show you’ll ever have the pleasure of experiencing. Dynamic is quite an understatement, I might add, considering That 1 Guy brings to the stage a sound, style, and instrument even more bewildering than Buckethead’s wardrobe. I’m talking, of course, about his legendary “Magic Pipe”, a 7-foot-tall collection of steel plumbing pipes and joints, orchestral bass strings, and electronic thingamajigs. On top of that, his vocals and lyrics are just as, for lack of a better term, out there. But That 1 Guy isn’t just some random Shmoe noodling around on stage banging metal fixtures and flapping his gums. That 1 Guy (a.k.a. Mike Silverman) is a classically trained double bass player who attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and prior to coming into his current artistic identity was a well-established figure in the progressive jazz scene during the 1990s. Legend has it that Silverman, feeling restrained by both the limited dimensionality of his double bass and the restrictive creativity that comes with playing and recording for other people, set out to devise a new instrument that would allow him to produce a wholly different sound, free of silly boundaries and arbitrary musical constraints. The end result, is “Buttmachine“.

Combine these two deviant geniuses and you’ve got The Frankenstein Brothers, one of the most eccentric, distinctive, and groundbreaking musical collaborations that you or I have ever seen. Needless to say, it’s truly anything goes with this duo. One minute they’re melting your face with original jams like “Bolt on Neck”, and the next they could be rocking your world with an off-the-wall rendition of the Willy Wonka theme song. That’s just how they roll.

Convinced yet? Yeah, me too.

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