Ugly Radio Rebellion featuring: Ike Willis (of Frank Zappa)



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8:30 pm

June 15, 2019

UglyRadioRebellion brings an evening of Frank Zappa’s music to The Livery, featuring Ike Willis (Zappa alumni 1978-1988), on Saturday, June 15th!

8:30 doors | 9pm show
$10 adv | $12 door
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Ike Willis is an American singer and guitarist who was a regular sideman for Frank Zappa, First joining Zappa’s band for the fall 1978 tour and remaining in the band for several years. Ike did not tour with Zappa in 1981 and 1982 for personal reasons, but returned to touring with Zappa for his final two tours in 1984 (which Zappa intended at the time to be his final tour) and 1988. Ike currently tours with several Frank Zappa tribute bands including Ugly Radio Rebellion. Ike is most recognized for his involvement in Zappa records such as playing “Joe” in Joe’s Garage, providing vocals on Tinsel Town Rebellion, You Are What You Is, The Man from Utopia, and as the title character and narrator in Zappa’s off-Broadway-styled conceptual musical Thing-Fish.


Ugly Radio Rebellion origins go back to a Detroit band known as Uncle Meat. In 2002, guitarist Scott Schroen felt inspired to start a project consisting of everyone and anyone capable of playing the music of Frank Zappa, a definite challenge.

An ad was placed in the local paper simply stating, “musicians wanted to perform the music of Frank Zappa”, and so ensued a few weekends of what was later dubbed, “Zappa Survivor”. Groups of musicians drilled selected pieces during rehearsal, and later everyone would vote on who they think should stay for the next round. The few that were left from the ‘survivor’ sessions ultimately became the lineup for the band Uncle Meat. The project performed FZ around the greater Detroit area until the last show on Frank’s birthday, December 2003. Eventually Uncle Meat was disbanded but Scott Schroen and bassist Preston Parish reformed the project as… Ugly Radio Rebellion.