Joe Travers – Drummer, Vaultmeister

DRUM Smack Joe Travers

Joe Travers with the Mike Keneally Band

Joe has been playing drums in the Los Angeles area for twenty years. A Berklee College Of Music graduate, Joe moved to LA in 1992 and by March 1993 he had landed the gig with Dweezil & Ahmet Zappa’s group “Z”. Since then Joe has gone on to play for the last 7 years with Zappa Plays Zappa, Dweezil’s group devoted to the music of Frank Zappa. Other musical experiences over the years includes Duran Duran, Lisa Loeb, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), & Billy Idol to name a few.

Joe Travers

Joe Travers

When joe is not on the road, he spends his time being the “Vaultmeister” for the Zappa Family Trust. This entails being in charge of archiving and preserving the legacy of legend Frank Zappa, working closely with Gail Zappa, co-producing future delicacies released by the ZFT. Joe continues to play with The Mike Keneally Band, Warren Cuccurullo and others as well as fronting his own group “Joe Travers & Friends”, which plays around town most notably at the famous Baked Potato in Studio City.

Watch Joe Travers on Drumsmack TV Episode 64

Watch Joe Travers on Drumsmack TV Episode 8


  1. mike ward October 10, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

    a question for the vaultmeister about the roxy movie…i’ve seen it in on amazon available only in blue-ray…will it be released as a “regular” dvd as well?…sure hope so, i don’t have blue-ray…


  2. Jenny Arlington-Kohler March 16, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

    I went to school with Joe Travers. Do you know how I can get a hold of him?


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