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Gig Alert: Béla Fleck & the Flecktones

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Béla Fleck & the Flecktones: (L-R) Victor Wooten, Béla Fleck, Howard Levy and Roy 'Futureman' Wooten. Béla Fleck & the Flecktones: (L-R) Victor Wooten, Béla Fleck, Howard Levy and Roy "Futureman" Wooten. (Photo by Jeremy Cowart)

Béla Fleck & the Flecktones
"Life in Eleven"
Playing Wednesday at Town Hall
(123 West 43rd St., Midtown)
Get: Tickets ($54.50) | Directions

After a break of almost 20 years, the quartet Béla Fleck & the Flecktones is back with its rich, eclectic sound. The group is Victor Wooten on bass; Béla Fleck on banjo; Howard Levy on piano and harmonica; and Victor's brother Roy "Futureman" Wooten on bass and on his signature drumitar (an electric set of drums that looks like an electric guitar).

The genres found in the Grammy Award-winning virtuosos' music are too many to count. They include classical, jazz, bluegrass, African music and Eastern European folk. Band members have also collaborated with a broad range of acts, from Chick Corea to Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer and the Detroit Symphony.

This track, "Life in Eleven," from the May 2011 album Rocket Science, is a good example of the band's "blu-bop," which blends bluegrass, jazz and electric blues.

Catch Bela Fleck & the Flecktones Wednesday night at Town Hall.

Another shot of Béla Fleck & the Flecktones.
Photo by Jeremy Cowart
Another shot of Béla Fleck & the Flecktones.
The band has been on a break for nearly 20 years.
Photo by Jeremy Cowart
The band has been on a break for nearly 20 years.
The Grammy-winning virtuosos perform Wednesday night at Town Hall.
Photo by Jeremy Cowart
The Grammy-winning virtuosos perform Wednesday night at Town Hall.

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