A Musical Journey with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

With the first signs of spring finally appearing in the city, things really heated up Friday night at the Metropolis. Banjo virtuoso and acclaimed Grammy Award winner Bela Fleck and the Flecktones hit the stage for a nearly 3 hour show. Everyone in attendance enjoyed a musically eclectic evening with o­ne of the premiere groups o­n the "jam band" scene.  Bela's Flecktones include: bassist Victor Wooten, percussionist Future Man and saxophonist Jeff Coffin. This highly structured band had their supporters dancing to every groove and treated their fans to a fusion of jazz, swing, bluegrass and pop. Forming the Flecktones in 1989, Bela Fleck has reinvented the image and sound of the banjo. Inspired as a teenager by the themes from the Beverly Hillbillies and the Dueling Banjos, Bela Fleck still packs the house.  Bela Fleck has the honor of being the o­nly musician nominated for various Grammy Awards in a wide range of genres, including: jazz, bluegrass, pop, country, spoken word, Christian, composition and World Music. The audience kept o­n bopping all night. The first set started off blazing with the song "Next." An exchange of musical riffs in songs like "Scratch" and "Sleeping Dogs" kept the audience o­n their feet song after song. o­nly Fleck and his Flecktones can launch a set saturated with a jazz/fusion influence and end it with a medley that starts with "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" and ends with "Wipeout."  Having toured with bands such as The Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Medeski, Martin and Wood and The Grateful Dead; Bela Fleck and the Flecktones have carved out a niche for themselves. They can be appreciated by musical enthusiasts of all musical styles since they cover them all, sometimes in o­ne song.

SET 1
Next
Scratch
3/4
Sleeping Dogs
Roy/Vic
Stomp

SET 2
Blea into
Dm 5/4
Am latin
Sherpa
Moment
Big Country
Hoedown

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