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Wildly popular central Massachusetts band gathers for a reunion concert at the Worcester Hanover Theatre on Saturday, November 13, 2010. SET 1 1. It's a Lovely Feeling 2. Morning Sunrise 3. I've Been Thinking 'Bout You 4. Remember the Night 5. East Virginia 6. Money Man 7. Blues in Mind 8. Coastline 9. Fill Me Up 10. You and I 11. Different Song 12. Rumor Has It SET 2 1. Red Cross Door 2. California 3. Cuban Love Song 4. Drivin' 5. Blue Orchard Sky 6. Goin' Fishin' 7. Earthbound Days 8. Same Old Story 9. Low Down Blues 10. Over the Rainbow 11. Jack Frost 12. Moonshine Mama 13. Talk to Me Baby A double DVD set produced by Gil Markle.

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  • Actors: Zonkaraz
  • Directors: Gil Markle, Producer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Studiowner, Desert Dreams Records
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005B1QT12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,701 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Walter H. Crockett on July 16, 2011
This is a blurb that I wrote for the DVD itself. I am member of the band, so please consider the source of both my positive comments and high number of stars. However, I think what follows is a fair depiction of the band in its heyday:

1972. The fans are 19, 20, 21 years old. Second half of the Baby Boom generation poured into a working man's roadhouse, the Blue Plate Lounge, in Holden, Massachusetts. Long-hairs and short-hairs, nurses and painters, grad students and weed-dealers packed 200-tight in a room built for maybe 70.

Standing on tables, dancing in place, rocking the foundations and bouncing the dance floor like a trampoline, as the trio on stage plays songs no one outside of Worcester County has ever heard.

Magical songs, with three-part harmonies. Just a pounding electric piano and a strummed acoustic guitar, and maybe a tambourine, laying down this mongrel cross of folk, country, blues, rock, pop. Gorgeous, bouncy, dark and joyous songs of love won and lost, green river rushes, moonlit nights, the month of May sleeping in my bones, and a place somewhere over the rainbow that never seemed more real, more here, more now. Marvelous harmonies that flow together without calculation, like water to a mountain stream, and this amazing young woman who makes every song her own whether she sings lead or background, riffing like a bluebird over the strong male voices, frisking like a colt in April, aching, just like a woman, to run free, to be free, to love.

It was eighteen years since the river of rock 'n' roll tumbled headlong into the river of time. Sixteen years after Elvis released "Hound Dog." Nine years after JFK went down. Eight years since the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chet Williamson on July 12, 2011
Zonkaraz At The Hanover Theatre November 13, 2010

Zonkaraz is arguably the most popular club and concert band ever to have originated from Central Massachusetts. In its original iteration as a trio, Zonkaraz (named after a band member's two dogs -- Zonk and Raz) consisted of pianist Paul Vuona, guitarist Ric Porter, and singer Joanne Barnard, piping lead and backup vocals.

The musical style which they developed in the early days of the 1970s (country and blues-influenced, up-tempo roadhouse rock) never changed; nor did the lyrical content of their songs, which has always been green, environmentally-themed mountain and river talk, with an ever-present boy-girl love interest thrown in for many a good measure.

This was simple, happy and often cyclical music, with long instrumental grooves reminiscent of the Greatful Dead allowing for the endless refilling of cocktail glasses and pitchers of beer. It was stone music to drink and dance to, don't you know. It was this feature of the band that made it almost immediately the toast of regional club owners, bistro moguls and saloon keepers, elevating Zonkaraz for many years to the status of a watering hole spectacular.

It was the Clark University professor, Gil Markle, who made the earliest known recordings of the band (some of them still available) in the early `70s. Using an Ampex 440 tape recorder in his suburban Paxton home, Markle captured the young Zonk magic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mattsmacs on October 31, 2011
Every so often, the rewards of being a free-lance writer exceed expectations. This video of the Zonkaraz reunion at the Hanover Theatre is such a case. I have to confess that I got the rough cut of this gem about two months before its official release, and was enthralled. The subsequent polish that was put on the video under the ever skillful guiding hand of Dr. Gil Markle serves up a feast for both eyes and ears.

For those unfamiliar with the phenomenon that was Zonkaraz, a trip back to 1972 is in order. That's when Paul Vuona and Ric Porter, two musicians from wildly different backgrounds got together and began Worcester's legendary music ensemble. Zonkaraz comes from a concatenation of the names of the founding members' two dogs. Paul's dog Zonka, named after football star Larry Csonka, and Ric's dog, Raz. The two dogs got along so well that Paul and Ric decided to name the band after them. Thus Zonkaraz was born.

Joanne Barnard joined the duo after seeing them play at Clark University and their young roadie, Spider Hanson, started sitting in on percussion. The band's roster grew from there to include guitarists Walter Crockett and Larry Preston, bassist Jon Webster, and drummer Tom Grignon.

This engaging double DVD set opens with the band ripping through "It's a Lovely Feeling"; one of the original Zonkaraz songs from the "Paxton Tapes" which were recorded in the spare bedroom of a ranch style house in central Massachusetts back in 1972.
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