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Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

Posted by pawoodwkr on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What a great show at the Homestead Library-Andrew Carnegie Music Hall. ($45) I must admit I did not know what to expect, my exposure to this band was only in the form of Polka on the Banjo, their cover of the Flatt & Scruggs song. It definitely was not Bluegrass being played last night!

Fleck is a master of the fret board, wielding both an acoustic Gibson (with Jones pick-up) and full electric (Deering Crossfire) looking like one of Prince's Purple Rain guitars. This was a true 5-string, not a "banjitar" 6 string guitar conversion. I have no idea of his tuning choice, for it did not look like open G.

All 4 members are extremely talented, but I was most impressed by pianist Howard Levy. But calling Mr. Levy a piano player is like calling Bela a banjo picker. And when he switched to harmonica, I was completely blown away. He played Bach! Did things with his mouth involving such speed and accuracy I thought could not be humanly possible. And I play one pretty good myself. 

They all played their butts off for at least 2 1/2 hours, doing new "Rocket Science" cuts as well as early selections. Their blend of Funk, Jazz fusion, Rock, Celtic and Classical was a huge departure from anything anybody in BHO would be used to, but I thoroughly enjoyed the performance, and would not hesitate in seeing them again.

2 comments on “Bela Fleck and the Flecktones”

lbartosh Says:
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @11:28:03 AM

I have tickets to see them friday night in Indy. I've seen Bela several times but never with the Flecktones and dont know wether Im more excited to see him or Victor Wooten. Now if I can just get away from my job long enough to make it to the concert

pawoodwkr Says:
Friday, March 30, 2012 @4:55:43 PM

You are sure to enjoy it as much as I did.

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