The Magic Band

  • Thursday | 05.11.15
  • 7.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £25 on the ...

Captain Beefheart’s wildly influential and seminal Magic Band return to Band on the Wall. Realising the compositions of unrivalled creative Don Van Vliet, The Magic Band created some of the finest rock records of the period, with ‘Safe as Milk’, ‘Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)’ and ‘Troutmask Replica’, the album produced by Frank Zappa which is regarded as one of the greatest rock albums ever made, among their finest works. The current line-up features longstanding members John “Drumbo” French and Mark “Rockette Morton” Boston with exceptional players; Eric Klerks, Max Kutner and Andrew Niven.

Bringing the avant-garde and the unfathomable into rock music, the group shook up a genre that could be perceived as formulaic. Alongside contemporaries like Frank Zappa and Henry Cow they introduced a range of influences to Rock music, simultaneously informing a new generation of ambitious composers. Like the The Velvet Underground, they launched a thousand bands, Tom WaitsSonic YouthThe KillsEdgar Broughton BandFranz FerdinandPJ Harvey and Beck have all cited Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band as a major inspiration for their own musical directions.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.