The Artist Currently Named Fake Zappa is one of the most overly-ignored, overly-unpopular, and overly-nerdy-home-recording-geeks to hide since the 1980’s. After a devastating house fire March of 2018, his studio was destroyed, and his current projects were thought to be unsalvageable. Unable to finish his earlier projects, he decided to buy some gear to build a tiny mobile studio, find a gay guy who sings like Joni Mitchell, and make an eclectic album based on her music. Fake Zappa, AKA Jason T. Ingram, injected various genres including classical, techno, jazz, industrial and hiphop, into this pseudo-folk art-pop monstrosity; bringing Joni’s music to a new generation of listeners. Most of the music was captured at a nudist club and produced in a 21-foot motorhome throughout the Summer of 2018 around the Pacific Northwest. David Johnson is a Seattle area based singer-songwriter who provided all the lead vocals on the project.

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David, while on a hike with Jason and friends during the first session on the Columbia Gorge in Oregon
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Fake Zappa’s Taco Scramble at the lake between sessions

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David Johnson, singing “Black Crow” from Hejira
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“Roses Blue” 1969

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“The Last Time I Saw Richard” from Blue, 1971

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Proposal for Flanders Day

This first annual Flanders Day event has been on my heart for quite a while, and I’m excited to launch this new project

Although next year I plan on having more community involvement, I decided to have a sort of “soft opening” this year, focusing more on media and documenting the march instead of renting a space and staying in one location

(After the 22nd, we might organize another appearance of Fake Flanders, upon demand)

Here’s my first proposal, currently under construction:

I already have a big mustache, and big brown hair, so it won’t take much more to have a great Ned Flanders costume –  A few assistants and I will begin our march around noon near the grassy area where northwest Flanders begins at 1st ave.

Our working date so far is, Tuesday, August 22nd

We will have signs that say things like:

Happy #FlandersDay

Honk if you love Ned!

Jesus loves the left handed

Diddly!!!

After making a stop at the park blocks, and a small detour in order to cross I405, we proceed to Couch park, where we present the rest of the lefty safety scissors that aren’t handed out during the earlier march to a few faculty members and others who want to see our march, and participate for the last leg of the march (roughly 1:30PM)

We plan on having a few other left handed supplies to offer as well

We continue on to NW Westover and 24th, where Flanders ends, and we can finish up around 2:30PM

Some of my goals for this event, are to raise awareness about how we treat people of faith, my experiences as a conversion therapy survivor, and to help bring exposure to my new art career I launched this year (my personal goals include working my way off of disability, and hopefully being an example for other mentally disabled artists)

It’s also a fun way to inform the public about the proposed, “Flanders Crossing” project, a pedestrian bridge over I405

As a Portland native and Simpsons fan, I believe that events like this are part of what makes Portland wonderfully weird, and fun to live in

People are also encouraged to participate creatively with any Simpsons and Ned fandom

Jason T. Ingram

AKA FakeZappa

Sunday Driver, LLC

Milwaukie, OR

MLC grad, 1979-1991

 

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Living with mental illness and working as a professional artist reminds me of a woman I met who walked the entire US West Coast on one leg. My fake leg is invisible, so when I complain about climbing Mt. Everest, maybe I’m just lying.

 

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Rehearsing with NorthBound Rain, Portland, Oregon, 2015