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Gary Lucas' upcoming Captain Beefheart Symposium

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Courtesy Gary Lucas

Gary Lucas (right) with Don Van Vliet, AKA Captain Beefheart in 1980

Just last month, America mourned the loss of performer and painter Don Van Vliet, better known as Captain Beefheart.

Off-Ramp's Kevin Ferguson talked with former Beefheart guitarist and manager Gary Lucas, who has been doing Captain Beefheart symposiums all over the nation for months now. With the tragic passing of the man himself, Lucas' upcoming presentation at the Echoplex January 13 is all the more poignant and important.

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