Vacation Vibrations Announces Summer Tour Package to Frank Zappa Festival in Germany

December 29, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
Fans of the late Frank Zappa's music and "conceptual continuity" can enjoy a tour package to next summer's Zappanale festival (the 18th annual celebration of Frank Zappa's music) in Germany. Vacation Vibrations is offering a tour package that will take travelers to the festival and other Zappa-related sights and ceremonies surrounding this year's gathering. Their "Farther Oblivion 2007 Tour" will take the group to Berlin, Prague and then to the festival in Bad Doberan, Germany.

The tour begins in Berlin on July 27, 2007. The group will tour the city, and attend an extraordinary event to honor Frank Zappa. On July 28th, in the Marzahn district of what was East Berlin, "Street Number 13" will be formally dedicated as "Frank-Zappa-Strasse". This will be the first street in Germany named for a rock star, and the first street in the world named for Frank Zappa. The dedication will be preceded and followed by live music, and by a late "chill-party" that is sure to exemplify Berlin's legendary nightlife.

From Berlin the tour will proceed to Prague. "Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe," says tour operator Scott A. Tepper, "and Frank Zappa holds a special place in Czech history. Former Czech president Vaclav Havel called Zappa 'one of the gods of the Czech underground' for his uncompromising belief in freedom of thought and expression. We're planning an informal 'summit' with the Czech Frank Zappa Fan Club, to hear how Zappa's music and ideas inspired people who lived under communism."

After enjoying Prague, the tour will head to the northern German town of Bad Doberan for the 18th annual Zappanale, a three-day festival of Zappa tribute bands, former Zappa band members, and other musicians and performance artists with kindred styles and interests from all over the world. Thomas Dippel, president Germany's Arf-Society, the non-profit group behind the Zappanale, describes the event: "Unlike a lot of festivals, the Zappanale is designed as a complete Zappa experience, not just a parade of bands. The atmosphere on the festival grounds is every bit as important as what happens on stage. The whole city of Bad Doberan accommodates the festival, from our honorary member Mayor Polzin to the café waitresses in the town square." Dippel adds, "For over fifteen years we've maintained close contact with our American fans; we're thrilled that Vacation Vibrations has now put together an organized Frank Zappa excursion."

Vacation Vibrations is a division of American International Tour Groups, a group tour operator with 15 years of experience specializing in customized group trips. American International's founder and CEO Sam Schlossberg says, "Vacation Vibrations' Farther Oblivion Tour 2007 is another example of what we are so good at: planning trips to meet the needs of groups with a very specialized interest. As always, people on our trip will have a great time!"