The eOne Music Group is excited to herald the success of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones' recent release, Rocket Science. 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. Released on May 17th to critical acclaim, Rolling Stone noted that Rocket Science "finds the Grammy Award-winning group still in fine progressive form."
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—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.
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."
The response to Rocket Science has been enthusiastic across the board. The Philadelphia Inquirer was impressed by its return to the "the subtler, jazz and classically-inflected acoustic swing of Bela Fleck & The Flecktones in their youth." No Depression, wowed by the musicianship of the Flecktones, noted, "Rocket Science is just that - an extraordinary collection of tunes by unbelievably talented musicians at the height of their craft - a real science project." "Together, these are four of the finest musicians on the planet," DownBeat agrees, "They push, pull and complement each other to create a sound that is unmistakably their own."
Tour dates below:
6/28 - Saskatoon, CAN - Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
6/30 - Toronto, CAN - Toronto Jazz Festival
7/2 - Ottawa, CAN - Ottawa Jazz Festival
7/3 - Montreal, CAN - Montreal Jazz Festival
7/7 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live
7/8 - Lowell, MA - Boarding House Park
7/9 - Newport, RI - Newport Yachting Center
7/10 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
7/21 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre
7/22 - Kansas City, MO - Crossroads
7/23 - Wichita, KS - Orpheum Theater
7/24 - Littleton, CO - Denver Botanical Gardens at Chatfield
7/27 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden
7/28 - Sun Valley, ID - Sun Valley Pavilion
7/30 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle
7/31 - Portland, OR - Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
8/3 - Apple Valley, MN - Zoo Amphitheater
8/4 - Washburn, WI - Big Top Chatauqua
8/5 - Grand Rapids, MI - Meijer Gardens
8/6 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion
8/7 - Charlottesville, VA - Charlottesville Pavilion
8/9 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
8/11 - Asheville, NC - The Biltmore Estate
8/12 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheater
8/13 - Portsmouth, VA - Teles Wireless Pavilion
8/14 - Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
8/26 - Windsor, CT - Summerwind
8/27 - Portland, ME - State Theater
8/28 - New York, NY - Governor's Island
9/2 - Binghamton, NY - Binghamton University
9/3 - High Mount, NY - Belleayre Music Festival
9/4 - Orkney Springs, VA - Shenandoah Valley Music Festival
For more information please visit www.belafleck.com.