Article by Debra Devi for Guitar International Magazine.
Despite Frank Zappa’s tongue-in-cheek “Montana” from 1973’s Over-Nite Sensation, he never traveled to Big Sky Country.
But his son Dweezil Zappa has, most recently as an Artist-In-Residence (AIR) for the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop & Festival in Bigfork MT (Aug 24-31).
Founded by classical-guitar enthusiast David Feffer five years ago, Crown Guitar Fest has turned this arty, well-heeled town into an international center for the study and appreciation of the guitar.
This year, Dweezil auctioned off a black-and-silver Fender guitar etched with Frank’s likeness to benefit the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation. The foundation supports environmental groups and school music programs in northwestern Montana.This marks the first time the Zappa family has sanctioned the use of Frank’s image outside the Zappa Family Trust.
Dweezil also established an annual Frank Zappa Student Guitar Scholarship to bring gifted young guitarists to the Crown Guitar Workshop to study.
Zappa wowed the Workshop students each day with his friendly, approachable vibe, and the festival crowd at night with an incredible concert that was both mind-blowing and moving.