Fresh off their GRAMMY 2012 win for "Rocket Science," banjo man Béla Fleck and the original Flecktones will perform at Louisville's historic Brown Theatre on Broadway on April 28. Tickets start at $25. Learn more at www.kentuckycenter.org or call The Kentucky Center box office (502.584.7777, 502.562.0730 TTY) for details.
As reported this week in the OWL & BEAR, a San Diego music blog:
The audience that filled every seat, corner, and aisle at Anthology to see the first of four Bela Fleck and the Flecktones shows knew exactly what they were in for: an hour and a half of non-stop, jaw-dropping musicianship. And from the onset, they were not disappointed. The band arrived on stage together, launching into the harmonica-drenched “Bottle Rocket” from the recently released album Rocket Science.
For over 20 years, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones have been breaking the musical mold, refusing to be pigeonholed into any one genre. Certainly the dominance of Fleck’s physics-defying banjo work lends itself to a sound reminiscent of old-time Americana. Or you might come close with descriptors like “funk, progressive, bluegrass fusion,” but even that would miss the mark. The best thing about this group is that you never really know what’s going to happen when they take the stage. And with piano/harmonica player Howard Levy back in the fold to complete the original lineup, The Flecktones were in fine form, bouncing effortlessly from song to song.
“It seems like all the old bands have gotten back together to bring out all their greatest hits,” bass player Victor Wooten announced shortly after the opening number. “But since we didn’t have any hits, we decided to write a new record instead.”
Never ones to rest on their laurels, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones have with Rocket Science bettered themselves and defied expectations yet again; but after all, that’s what they do best. The band is made up of some of the world’s greatest musicians in Bela Fleck (banjo), Victor Wooten (bass), Roy “Futureman” Wooten (drumitar) and Howard Levy (piano/diatonic harmonica), all of whom are masters of their instruments. Read more...