Bela Fleck & The Flecktones Garner Grammy Nomination, Announce 2012 Tour Dates


Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones

The eOne Music Group is proud to announce that Bela Fleck & The Flecktones have garnered a GRAMMY nomination for best instrumental composition for “Life In Eleven,” off their hit 2011 record, Rocket Science. The much anticipated reunion record marked the original founding members of the Flecktones’ first recording together in 20 years and immediately jumped to #1 on both Billboard’s Jazz Charts and Soundscan’s Jazz Charts upon its release. Rolling Stone notes Rocket Science “finds the Grammy Award-winning group still in fine progressive form.”

The final US tour with the original lineup of the Flecktones launches on March 1st in Madison, WI and rolls across the country through the end of April, culminating with a performance at the W. L. Lyons Brown Theatre in Louisville, which is the city where the band played their first show together on “The Lonesome Pine Special.” Other stops include San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, and Nashville. For a complete list of tour dates, please see below.

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 at New York’s legendary Town Hall, Relix Magazine commended the group’s “incredibly impressive and well-executed” musicianship, noting “the crowd was silent throughout the majority of the show, only erupting into applause between songs and after impeccable solos.”

Rocket Science has been met with wide critical acclaim. Jazz Times was impressed by the compositions, which “are all quite bold, showcasing everyone’s versatility and highlighting the collective power of the band,” while All About Jazz declared “Rocket Science recaptures everything that made The Flecktones so fresh, so innovative, so important.” Popmatters called it “an album of stirring ingenuity from musicians rediscovering each other and having tremendous fun doing so,” while Downbeat praised, “Together, these are four of the finest musicians on the planet. They push, pull and complement each other to create a sound that is unmistakably their own.”

Tour Dates:

3/1 – Madison, WI – Union Theater
3/2 – Skokie, IL – North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
3/3 – Naperville, IL – North Central College
3/6 – Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA – Sunset Center Theater
3/7 – Arcata, CA – Humboldt State University Van Duzer Theatre
3/8 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
3/9 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre
3/10 – Sparks, NV – John Ascuaga’s Nugget
3/12 – Las Vegas, NV – The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
3/13 – San Diego, CA – Anthology
3/21 – Tallahassee, FL – Florida State University Ruby Diamond Auditorium
3/23 – Frederick, MD – The Weinberg Center for the Arts
3/24 – Storrs, CT – University of Connecticut
3/25 – Reading, PA – 22nd Annual Berks Jazz Festival
3/26 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
3/28 – Springfield, MO – Missouri State University
3/29 – St. Louis, MO – Sheldon Concert Hall
3/30 – Indianapolis, IN – Butler University
3/31 – Cedar Falls, IA – University of Northern Iowa
4/1 – Omaha, NE – Holland Performing Arts Center
4/3 – Laramie, WY – University of Wyoming
4/4 – Fort Collins, CO – Lincoln Center
4/5 – Aspen, CO – Wheeler Opera House
4/6 – Beaver Creek, CO – Vilar Performing Arts Center
4/7 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
4/8 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
4/10 – Midwest City, OK – Rose State Performing Arts Theatre
4/11 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
4/12 – Fayetteville, AR – Walton Arts Center
4/13 – Germantown, TN – Germantown Performing Arts Centre
4/14 – Nashville, TN – The Ryman
4/19 – Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater
4/20 – Oxford, OH – Miami University
4/21 – Charleston, WV – The Clay Center
4/22 – Richmond, VA – University of Richmond
4/23 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
4/24 – Norfolk, VA – Virginia Arts Festival
4/25 – Chapel Hill, NC – UNC Chapel Hill
4/27 – Wilkesboro, NC – Merlefest
4/28 – Louisville, KY – W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre