the foolz

The Foolz are a Dutch Zappa (re)cover band, formerly known as the Dancin' Foolz. After the departure of Marcel Kemp in 1999, the band continued as The Foolz.

In 2003, the band released an all-Zappa music album called "Live In The Cherrytree". One of the tracks from the album can also be found on "Lemme Take You To The Beach", the Zappa Surf tribute album on Cordelia records.

July 2004, The Foolz performed at the Zappanale festival in Bad Doberan, Germany. Parts of the concert can be found on the "Zappanale # 15" album.

In 2007, The Foolz contributed their version of Frank Zappa's 'The Idiot Bastard Son' to "20 Extraordinary Renditions", Andrew Greenaway's project that got released on Cordelia Records. 
The info said:
THE FOOLZ - an acoustic version recorded on Wednesday 8 August just after Zappanale #18 (the plan was to record a version at the festival in Big Blue, with the Zappateers singing along; I fear attempts were thwarted by Lübzer beer!). This version was produced by keyboard man, Wan.
Personnel: Pedro Steneker (bass); Lex Kemper (guitar); Wan Kemper (melodica); Remco Aalhuizen (air guitar). 

July 2009, Lex Kemper left The Foolz for a short time to devote his time to other projects.

March 2013, Marco Onstenk joined The Foolz. Shortly thereafter, the band performed at the "Moo-Ah" festival in Corby (UK).
The picture on the right was taken by Steffen Schindler at the "Moo-Ah" festival.


line-up: and

Fanclub the foolzfreaks released a tape in 2003, and a 4cdr set in 2005.

November 8, 2014, the Slagwerkensemble KNA Lunteren teamed up with The Foolz to perform "Zappa Experience", a tribute to the music of Frank Zappa.



  the foolz: you can't beat the boots off stage anymore
    (2003, k7, nl, private release ff01 - 06/06) - all compositions by frank zappa


the foolz: live in the cherrytree
    (2003, cd, nl, private release tfz0207) - all compositions by frank zappa

  various artists: lemme take you to the beach
    (2004, cd, uk, cordelia records cd035) - all compositions by frank zappa

  various artists: zappanale 15
    (2004, 3cd, ger, arf society) – incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: zappanale 15 - retrospective
    (2004, dvd, ger, the arf society) - feat. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: zappanale # 15
    (2005, cd, ger, arf society) – incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

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  the foolz: live at au3's party
    (2005, 4cdr, nl, private release) - all compositions by frank zappa

  various artists: 20 extraordinary renditions
    (2008, cd, uk, cordelia records) - all compositions by frank zappa

  the foolz / slagwerkensemble kna lunteren: zappa experience
    (2015, dvd, nl, private release) - all compositions by frank zappa

zappa_experience_dvd.jpg (42476 bytes)






  • 2008/03/14 concert "Zappateers Festival", Nijmegen, NL
    • The Foolz opened the Zappateers Festival on Friday, March 14, 2008, in Nijmegen, NL. Besides the new drummer (Erwin), the band featured Ke as a guest on the violin, and BowTieDad on vocals during 'Uncle Remus'
    • set one
      • Uncle Remus (feat. StatusBaby on vocals), Sofa, Let's Make The Water Turn Black, The Idiot Bastard Son, Blessed Relief, Sleep Dirt, San Ber'dino, Joe's Garage, Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
    • set two
      • Echidna's Arf (Of You) > Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?, Uncle Remus, Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance, Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up, Camarillo Brillo, Eat That Question, I Don't Wanna Get Drafted, Bamboozled By Love, Montana
    • set three
      • Elvis Has Just Left The Building, Cosmik Debris, Peaches En Regalia, The Torture Never Stops, Dirty Love, I'm The Slime, Suicide Chump > Jumbo Go Away > MS Pinky
    • encores
      • Peaches En Regalia, Blessed Relief

Above picture taken by Bazbo during the Zappateers Festival in Nijmegen, 2008/03/14
  • 2008/07/06 The Foolz - concert 'Sam Sam', Apeldoorn, NL
  • 2008/07/25 The Foolz - concert 'Bluescafé', Apeldoorn, NL
  • 2009/07/24 The Foolz - concert 'Bluescafé', Apeldoorn, NL - last concert with Lex Kemper

The Foolz  with special guest Billy the Mountain aka DJ Tim

  • 2010/05/07 concert 'Het Bluescafé', Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
  • 2010/10/31 concert 'Sam Sam', Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
    • special guests Tim Op het Broek & Bas Langereis

  • 2013/03/09 concert "Moo-Ah" festival, Corby, UK

    • setlist

      • Zoot Allures, Joe's Garage, Why Does It Hurt When I Pee, Sofa No 1, Cosmic Debris, Let's Move To Cleveland, Uncle Remus, You Didn't Try To Call Me, Alien Orifice, I Am The Slime, Echidna's Arf (Of You), Peaches En Regalia, Florentine Pogen, Suicide Chump, Ms Pinky

    • line-up

      • Remco Aalhuizen: guitar, vocals * Pedro Steneker: bass, vocals * Wan Kemper: keys, vocals * Lex Kemper: guitar, vocals * Marco Onstenk: drums




random notes

2009 07 21 Bazbo said:

Friday, July 24, 2009 
in Het Bluescafé 
Nieuwstraat, Apeldoorn 
time: about 22.00 CET 
entree: €0 (!)


This is the last concert with guitarist Lex. He leaves the band to devote his time to other projects. 
The FoolZ will continue. More news on that later.

Come and join this party!


Experience Zappa in the theatre:

Percussion ensemble KNA Lunteren and Zappa cover band The Foolz have joined forces to present a unique musical venture: Zappa Experience! On Saturday the 8th of November they will collectively present a theater show in the Schaffelaartheater in Barneveld. As the name implies, this show is geared entirely towards the works of composer, musician and filmmaker Frank Zappa. In a variety of set-ups a wide array of compositions made by Zappa will be performed. Prior to this musical experience renowned Zappa expert Co de Kloet will provide an in-depth lecture about Zappa's life and works. 


Percussion ensemble KNA Lunteren

The Foolz



Percussion ensemble KNA Lunteren:

The KNA percussion ensemble consists of roughly thirty dedicated musicians led by conductor Marco Ostenk. Since the year 2000 the orchestra has been preoccupied with concerts and concourses, consistently delivering musical performances of an impressive level. In 2009 the orchestra even became Dutch champion in its discipline and also partook in the World Music Concourse. Their repertoire is characterized by a large variety of styles, encompassing pop and rock, but also more blues-oriented styles of music. Now Zappa's vintage blend of jazz and rock can be added to their already broad range of skills. In sum: the KNA ensemble is not afraid to embrace variation and new challenges!

The Foolz:

Cover band The Foolz is committed entirely to the work of Frank Zappa. The band, consisting of Pedro Steneker (bass/vocals), Lex Kemper (guitar/vocals), Remco Aalhuizen (guitar/vocals), Wan Kemper (keys/vocals) and Marco Onstenk (drums), is a well-respected name amongst Zappa aficionados. In 2003 they released their live album Live from the Cherrytree. Furthermore, they performed multiple times at the acclaimed 'Zappanale' festival and also made much lauded appearances at Zappateers-organized festivals in Bradford-On-Avon and Corby.


Many people are vaguely familiar with the name of Frank Zappa, but only few know just exactly who he was. Hence, preceding the concert, radio presenter and Holland's most famed Zappa expert Co de Kloet will provide us with a lecture concerning the life and works of Zappa. Zappa challenged many a musical convention and in doing so merged musical styles that previously seemed irreconcilable. In an engaging fashion Co de Kloet will invite the audience into the mind of the composer, demonstrate his working method, and elucidate Zappa's socio-political brand of lyricism. De Kloet's lecture thus promises to be an inspiring experience for Zappa novices and adepts alike.

Zappa Experience:

Further into the night things will get even more inspiring as, over the course of two hours, the musicians will allow the audience a glimpse into the musical universe of Frank Zappa. Here, previously attained knowledge will be heard and seen in practice. The ensemble and the band will separately and collectively perform pieces of Zappa's work, touching on all aspects of his impressive oeuvre. Some songs of note that will be performed include: Echidna's Arf, Little Umbrellas, T'mershi Duween and What's New in Baltimore.



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