Béla Fleck and the Flecktones Set to Tour Through the Summer

July 6, 2011
<img src="/Portals/0/flecktones_img04.jpg" alt="img" style="float: left; margin-right: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px;" />The eOne Music Group is excited to herald the success of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones' recent release, <em>Rocket Science</em>. &nbsp;The highly anticipated reunion record, which marks their first recording together in 20 years, immediately jumped to #1 on both Billboard's Jazz Chart, Soundscan's Jazz Chart, and iTune's Jazz Chart. &nbsp;Released on May 17th to critical acclaim, Rolling Stone noted that <em>Rocket Science</em> "finds the Grammy Award-winning group still in fine progressive form."<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Flecktones' North American tour route began in May with a stop at the Summer Camp Festival in Chillicothe, IL, followed by a pair of spectacular performances at the Mountain Jam Festival, the Bonnaroo Festival of Music and Arts, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival&mdash;some of the strongest of their nearly 25-year career. The Flecktones will also play four major jazz festivals in Canada: Saskatchewan, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.<br /> <br /> The collaboration of Bela Fleck (banjo), Howard Levy (piano/harmonica), Victor Wooten (bass), and Roy "Futureman" Wooten (percussion/Drumitar) has been leaving audiences mesmerized, surprising fans with groundbreaking compositions and nontraditional improvisation. After a recent show, the Charleston City Paper declared, "[their] virtuosity is so pervasive that it's actually more efficient to leave your dropped jaw on the ground and simply wait to pick it up until the band stops playing."<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The response to <em>Rocket Science</em> has been enthusiastic across the board. The <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em> was impressed by its return to the "the subtler, jazz and classically-inflected acoustic swing of Bela Fleck &amp; The Flecktones in their youth." &nbsp;No Depression, wowed by the musicianship of the Flecktones, noted, "<em>Rocket Science</em> is just that - an extraordinary collection of tunes by unbelievably talented musicians at the height of their craft - a real science project." &nbsp;"Together, these are four of the finest musicians on the planet," <em>DownBeat</em> agrees, "They push, pull and complement each other to create a sound that is unmistakably their own."<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Tour dates below:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 6/28 - Saskatoon, CAN - Saskatchewan Jazz Festival<br /> 6/30 - Toronto, CAN - Toronto Jazz Festival<br /> 7/2 - Ottawa, CAN - Ottawa Jazz Festival<br /> 7/3 - Montreal, CAN - Montreal Jazz Festival<br /> 7/7 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live&nbsp;<br /> 7/8 - Lowell, MA - Boarding House Park<br /> 7/9 - Newport, RI - Newport Yachting Center<br /> 7/10 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap<br /> 7/21 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre<br /> 7/22 - Kansas City, MO - Crossroads<br /> 7/23 - Wichita, KS - Orpheum Theater<br /> 7/24 - Littleton, CO - Denver Botanical Gardens at Chatfield<br /> 7/27 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden<br /> 7/28 - Sun Valley, ID - Sun Valley Pavilion<br /> 7/30 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle<br /> 7/31 - Portland, OR - Oregon Zoo Amphitheater<br /> 8/3 - Apple Valley, MN - Zoo Amphitheater<br /> 8/4 - Washburn, WI - Big Top Chatauqua<br /> 8/5 - Grand Rapids, MI - Meijer Gardens<br /> 8/6 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion<br /> 8/7 - Charlottesville, VA - Charlottesville Pavilion<br /> 8/9 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion<br /> 8/11 - Asheville, NC - The Biltmore Estate<br /> 8/12 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheater<br /> 8/13 - Portsmouth, VA - Teles Wireless Pavilion<br /> 8/14 - Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater<br /> 8/26 - Windsor, CT - Summerwind<br /> 8/27 - Portland, ME - State Theater<br /> 8/28 - New York, NY - Governor's Island<br /> 9/2 - Binghamton, NY - Binghamton University<br /> 9/3 - High Mount, NY - Belleayre Music Festival<br /> 9/4 - Orkney Springs, VA - Shenandoah Valley Music Festival<br /> <br /> For more information please visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.belafleck.com/" target="_blank"><strong>www.belafleck.com</strong></a>.<br />
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