It was Future Man that hit the nail on the head when he was introducing Béla Fleck, calling the banjoist an absolute master and visionary for wanting to bring the banjo into jazz music. The Flecktones are heady jazz through and through; don’t let Fleck’s bluegrass tones fool you. The band recently reunited for their first shows since 2012, playing a short but sweet two week run on the way to Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Their stop at the Capitol Theatre was a work of beauty, treating fans to an instrumental odyssey that captivated at every turn.At the crux of the Flecktones is incredible musicianship. Aside from the band’s namesake, the band features brothers Victor and Roy Wooten, the latter best known as “Future Man.” Additionally, multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy has made his return to the Flecktones. Levy was a founding member, but left in the 1990’s and was replaced by Jeff Coffin. As Coffin joined the Dave Matthews Band, it was up to Levy to help rekindle the “original” Flecktones magic. Fortunately, the group had a lot to say when they hit the Cap.All four are tremendous musicians, bringing a unique slice to the tight-knit core of the band. Fleck alternated between a traditional and custom electric banjo throughout the night, while Victor Wooten offered some funky tones with his arsenal of basses. Futureman kept the rhythm rocking with an incredibly unique instrument, dubbed a drumitar. Somewhere between a drum machine and a guitar, Futureman would stand up at times and sit down at others, but one hand was always rocking along on that drumitar. Rounding out the ensemble was Levy, who alternated between piano and harmonica primarily, at times peppering the music with juice harp or other percussion tactics.To attempt a description at the music would do it an injustice, because the sheer talents of each member came together to go well beyond the sum of its parts. Together, the four musicians captivated for a full two set performance, keeping fans at the edge of their seats throughout the show. There was a unanimous feeling of reverence from the crowd, as the four awe-inspiring musicians led listeners through an aural journey.Thanks to taper Kevin Antaya, we can listen to the whole show. Tune in below.If you have the chance to see this band live, do not miss it. They are truly masters of their craft, and seeing them perform was a true gift.[Photo by the Capitol Theatre]
“The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa” is set to launch in 2019 with a Frank Zappa hologram, alongside members of the Mothers of Invention. The tour will kick off with nine U.S. dates in April followed by seven European dates in May, with additional dates set to be announced in the coming monthsA Penguin’s Ass Ignites New Frank Zappa Censorship Controversy Surrounding Upcoming Hologram Tour [Video]If you’ve been wondering what the heck this hologram tour will look like, organizers have shared a sneak peek from rehearsal to be viewed below:Frank Zappa Hologram Rehearsal VideoThe Frank Zappa hologram was created by Eyellusion, the company behind a hologram of Ronnie James Dio that embarked on a world tour last year, and will serve as the centerpiece to “hours of never-before-seen (or heard) Zappa performance footage from the early seventies.”As a previous press release detailed,In 1974, FRANK ZAPPA transformed his Los Angeles rehearsal space into a sound stage and cranked out some unbelievable performances seen and heard only by the camera operators in the room. The audio from these performances–locked away in the ZAPPA vaults for 44 years–will serve as the basis for what will be the world’s most ambitious hologram tour to date. The “can’t miss” concert spectacle is being produced in close cooperation with the ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST.The “Bizarre World of Frank Zappa” hologram tour band is comprised of former Zappa bandmates for this unique series of shows. The touring unit boasts guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally, bassist Scott Thunes, multi-instrumentalist Robert Martin, percussionist Ed Mann, and drummer and Zappa archivist Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers.The “Bizarre World of Frank Zappa” tour is approved and organized by the Zappa Family Trust. Ahmet Zappa, a co-trustee and the trust’s executive vice president of business development, enthused in a statement: “We’re excited to world premiere a handful of Frank Zappa compositions; these mind-melting concerts we’re putting together celebrate the music, often surreal imagery and humour synonymous with Frank.”Ahmet continues, “As a futurist, and hologram enthusiast, Frank fearlessly broke through boundary after boundary as an artist and in honouring his indomitable spirit, we’re about to do it again, 25 years after his passing.”Check out the promotional video, which includes audio of Frank Zappa speaking out about Holograms, below:“The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa – Coming 2019”[Video: Frank Zappa]The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa U.S. Tour Dates4/19 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theater4/20 Rochester, NY – Kodak Center Theater4/22 Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie4/24 Long Island, NY – Paramount Theatre4/26 Boston, MA – Shubert4/28 Albany, NY – The Palace Theatre05/1 Wilkes Barre, PA – Kirby Center05/2 Collingswood, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium05/3 Baltimore, MD – The Modell LyricThe Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa European Tour Dates5/9 Edinburgh, UK – Playhouse5/11 Gateshead, UK – Sage5/12 Manchester, UK – Bridgewater Hall5/13 Birmingham, UK – Symphony Hall5/14 London, UK – The Palladium5/16 Ostend, BE – Kurssal5/17 Amsterdam, NL – Rai TheaterView All Tour Dates
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Annaleigh Ashford to Belt for BroadwayA quartet of Tony winners will headline the sixth annual Broadway Belts for PFFF. Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It With You), Randy Graff (City of Angels), Cady Huffman (The Producers) and Judy Kaye (Phantom of the Opera, Nice Work If You Can Get It), along with Allegiance’s Telly Leung, have boarded the February 29 event. Emceed by Julie Halston, the Edison Ballroom concert will honor the late AP theater critic Michael Kuchwara and others with Pulmonary Fibrosis.Kevin Spacey to Lead Hollywood StudioKevin Spacey, who recently wrapped up a decade-long tenure as Artistic Director of London’s Old Vic, has now been enlisted to run a Hollywood studio! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Tony and Oscar winner will take charge of Relativity Studios alongside his Trigger Street partner Dana Brunetti. The pair will assume the roles of chairman and president, respectively, from mid-February.Watch Live Theater in a Hotel RoomFancy hanging in a hotel room with Max Baker, Michael Pemberton and Susannah Hoffman? The Broadway alums have been tapped to star in the New York premiere of Insignificance, which will be staged entirely within a hotel room on the fifth floor of Langham Place, New York. Penned by Tony winner Terry Johnson, the play, which is set in a hotel room in 1953, will be directed by Defibrillator’s James Hillier and is scheduled to begin previews on February 19. The official opening will take place on February 24, with the limited engagement running through March 20.Get Up Close & Personal With Jennifer HollidayAnd we’re telling you that this is not one to miss! Tony winner Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls) will take part in a very special Broadway Names With Julie James Live! on January 18. Tickets for the event at 42 West are available here.First Look at Baz Luhrmann’s The Get DownWe have our first trailer for Netflix’s previously reported new musical series The Get Down from Baz Luhrmann! Tony winner Billy Porter and Jimmy Smits, along with a host of newcomers, will appear in the series, which is set in 1970s New York. Check out the video below.