Playlist: Duo Madrona

The Beatles!TZ Dream On



The Velvet Underground!


Joan Jett!

All rock royalty and all have been played or air guitar-ed here within the last two days. These bands aren’t what most people associate with us. In fact, most equate Teatro ZinZanni musical fare to the swanky, jazzy, cabaret variety (did we just invent a fun new genre? You are welcome.).

However, guitar riffs and drum solos have been permeating the tent as rehearsals for our upcoming family show Big Top Rock: Dream On heat up. This has lead to some passionate debates about fundamental rock anthems and what music makes up a true rock education or rockucation if you will. Almost all debates end in YouTube videos. And air guitar-ing.

We’ve asked the cast of Dream On to generate a top five list of  all-time greatest rock songs. Quintessential rock songs that are the cornerstone to a musical education. 

Ben Wendel and Rachel Nehmer of Duo Madrona stepped up to the DJ booth first andDuo Madrona  provided an epic list:

Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana
While My Guitar Gently Weeps, The Beatles
Highway to Hell, ACDC
Whipping Post, The Allman Brothers Band
Piece of My Heart, Janis Joplin

Twist and Shout, The Beatles
Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
Born the USA, Bruce Springsteen
Your Momma Don’t Dance, Poison (cover)
Blister in the Sun, Violent Femmes


Now you’ve got the mic. What is your top five?