the don and bunk show
= don preston and bunk gardner
|the don and bunk show: necessity is...
(2000, cdr, usa, brain records) – incl. ‘eric dolphey memorial barbecue’ (frank zappa), 'neon meat dream' (van vliet)
artists: eyeinhand sampler volume
(2001, cd, spain, vaso music vm 032) - all zappa related artists
|the don and bunk show:
joined at the hip
(2002, cdr, usa, brain records) - incl. 'little house' (frank zappa)
|the don and bunk
(2014, cdr, usa, brain records)
don preston, bunk gardner rick bartow & mumbo
(both rick bartow and mumbo are members of project/object. this was their first performance with don and bunk. their first rehearsal had taken place that same afternoon.)
what was zappa really like? * little house i used to live in * 20 small cigars * holiday in berlin * it's all nothin' * memories of el monte * caravan with a drum solo * not so cute * how are you doing, really? * sweet 15
a 47 minute recording of this concert circulates
eye of agamoto * twenty small cigars * holiday in berlin * it's all nothin' * memories of el monte * caravan (with a drum solo) * motherly love * progress? * neon meate dream of a octafish * immaculate deception * the eternal question – part 1 * the little house i used to live in * the eternal question – part 2
2003/08/23 concert 'the downtown playhouse' in los angeles, ca, usa
03 20 - the Don and Bunk Show...on tour!!
SUNDAY -- for those of you in the Wilmington DE, Philly, Baltimore area --
Don't miss an amazing and rare show with the two and only DON PRESTON
& BUNK GARDNER from the Mothers Of Invention.......
guys have been playing jazz, rock, and experimental music for around 50
years! They know what they are doing!! Do not try this at home -- instead
- catch their shows..... I've had the pleasure of touring and recording
with these gentlemen, and there is...simply nothing like it.
tour opens at SCHOOL OF ROCK in Wilmington DE, General Admission only $10.
BE THERE. BE SOMEWHERE. JUST BE.
Don & Bunk Show East Coast Tour
2011 01 26
Mothers of Invention Members Don Preston and Bunk Gardner To Tour East Coast
- Los Angeles, CA - Don Preston and Bunk Gardner, both original members of the
the legendary Mothers of Invention with Frank Zappa, are gearing up to tour east
coast once again with The Don & Bunk Show. The duo will be playing a full
range of Zappa's music from Freak Out to Zoot Allures. The evening will be full
of the zany antics, wild improvisations and strange electronic music the early
Mothers were famous for, along with the expert mastery of their instruments.
"We're doing this tour because I think Zappa fans need to come and hear how
Zappa's music was performed by the originals," says Don Preston. "Hey
people! We're still doing it!"
Gardner and Don Preston are featured on several albums with the original Mothers
of Invention (along with various later compilations of unreleased material by
Frank Zappa) which include Absolutely Free, We're Only In It For The Money,
Cruising With Ruben & the Jets, Uncle Meat, Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Weasels
Ripped My Flesh. Gardner also appeared on Zappa's first solo venture Lumpy
Gravy, while Preston went on to appear on several albums after the break-up of
the original Mothers, which include Fillmore East, June 1971, Just Another Band
From L.A., Roxy & Elsewhere as well as the feature film 200 Motels.
Don & Bunk Show started in 2001 with the duo wanting to show audiences their
unique abilities that were revealed in Zappa's first band. Gardner and Preston
have both been long known for their amazing inprovising abilities and
interpretation of Zappa's music. They have recorded two CDs for Brain Records:
Ahead Of Their Time and Joined At The Hip. Bunk has also recorded and/or
performed with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, Geronimo Black, Tim
Buckley, The 4 Winds Ensemble, ANT-BEE and many others. Don Preston has
recorded/performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gil Evans, Carla Bley, The
Residents and many others. He has also completed 23 film scores including
Apocalypse Now. Don Preston was quite possibly the first person to add synthesis
to live rock performances, taking Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention into
uncharted musical territories over several tours and albums. Today, four decades
after having built "analog synthesizers" from scratch before most
people had heard of such things, Preston is a living legend and a pioneer who
now tweaks synths on his Apple laptop. He has a new download only CD titled
'Colliding Galaxys' released on Norway's Zonic Entertainment.
Don & Bunk show will be appearing on the following dates:
10 Thur - REGGIE'S - Chicago, IL
11 Fri. - Papa Pete's - Kalamazoo, MI
12 Sat - Magic Bag - Ferndale, MI (Detroit)
13 Sun - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
16 Wed - The Abilene - Rochester, NY
17 Thurs - Bearsville - Woodstock, NY
18 Fri - The Rongovian Embassy - Trumansburg, NY
19 Sat - The Magic Room - Boston, MA
21 Mon - The Rotunda -Philadelphia, PA
22 Tues - Mexicali Live - Teaneck, NJ (special gig featuring Project Object,
Ray White and Ike Willis)
25 Fri - The Funhouse - Bethlehem, PA
26 Sat- Orion - Baltimore, MD
27 Sun - Hard Rock Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
of the songs the duo will be performing are:
Uncle Meat, A Pound For A Brown On The Bus, Holiday In Berlin Full Blown,
I Am The Slime, Duke Of Prunes, Eric Dolphy's Memorial Barbeque, Who Are The
Brain Police and many other beloved Frank Zappa compositions.
special date with Project Object is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2010 at the Mexicali
Live in Teaneck, NJ, which will also feature Zappa alumni Ray White and Ike
more information: www.myspace.com/donandbunk
Check out Don Preston's new download only CD 'Colliding Galaxys' www.hotclub.musiconline.no/shop/displayAlbum.asp?id=40350&cid=&sid
Don and Bunk Show
|Don Preston and Bunk Gardner performing as The Don And Bunk Show at the Zappanale #25 exhibit on 2014 07 18 (picture by Javier)|
|Jim Cohen talking to Don Preston and Bunk Gardner (picture by Javier)|
|Don Preston and Javier at the Zappanale #25 exhibit.|