Zappanale had taken a nice start on Tuesday in the little town of Bad Dobaran. It continued with the first concerts on the festival grounds on Wednesday, August 1.
Originally, Gary Lucas had been scheduled to open the festivities with a solo set, but somewhere down the line the program had been rearranged and so we got treated to Ben Watson who gave a lecture on Captain Beefheart.
Ben Watson stated that Don Van Vliet did not write in English but in Internationalist Dada Tongue Ballet.
Ben proved his point by reciting one of his own poems and by having various people reading translated Beefheart lyrics in a language that was not their own.
It was nice. It was fun. It was a fine start of the day.
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