Hartwick Welcomes Frank Zappa Tribute Band The Mothers of Intention

April 29, 2010

Hartwick College's Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre will reverberate on Wednesday, May 5 at 8 p.m. when The Mothers of Intention--an Oneonta-based Frank Zappa tribute band--takes the stage. The performance is free, and the public is invited to attend.

The Mothers of Intention was formed in 2005 by two local musicians, Darcy Gibson and SUNY Oneonta adjunct lecturer (and 1998 Hartwick College graduate) Mark Pawkett. Over the past five years, the band has performed more than 100 of Zappa's intricate compositions, with an ever-changing lineup of 23 members.

The current incarnation of The Mothers of Intention features nine members. They plan to perform a large portion of Zappa's storied 1971 Fillmore show, which features the infamous "Groupie Routine."

Critically acclaimed, Zappa was a prolific artist throughout his largely independent career. An influental jazz and rock composer, his records are considered key components of the history of both genres. Zappa had limited commercial success, particularly in Europe. Following his death in 1993, Zappa was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1995) and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1997).

The concert is sponsored by the Hartwick College Department of Music. For more information, contact Lynda Clark at 607-431-4800 or

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