FIRST ALBUM WITH ORIGINAL LINEUP IN TWENTY YEARS;
TOUR STARTS MAY 29 AT SUMMER CAMP
eOne Music is excited to announce the May 17 release of Grammy Award-winning Béla Fleck and the Flecktones' new album, Rocket Science. For the first time since 1991, pianist/ harmonica player Howard Levy has returned to the fold alongside bassist Victor Wooten percussionist/Drumitarist Roy "Futureman" Wooten and banjoist bandleader Fleck to create some of the most forward-thinking music of their long, storied career.
"There were a lot of unfinished aspects to this line-up of the band," Fleck notes, "in that it stopped right when we were peaking creatively." For Fleck, Levy's return enables the Flecktones to follow through on the original concept of a band "where each person was reinventing their instruments, where every one of us was a kind of mutant."
Fleck first united the Flecktones in 1988, ostensibly for a single performance on PBS' Lonesome Pine Special. From the start, there was a special kinship between the four musicians, a bond forged in a mutual passion for creativity and artistic advancement. Three breakthrough albums and a whole lot of live dates followed before Levy decided to move on in late 1992.
The band's North American tour kicks off May 29 at Summer Camp Festival, and includes stops Mountain Jam, Bonnaroo, and Telluride before wrapping up on June 30 at the Toronto Jazz Festival. Check out all the dates below.
05/29 – Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Festival
05/31 – York, PA @ Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center
06/01 – Bethlehem, PA @ MusikFest
06/02 – Wilmington, DE @ Grand Opera House
06/03 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
06/04 – Raleigh, NC @ Carolina Museum of Art
06/05 – Charleston, SC @ Spoleto Festival
06/10 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
06/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Cain Park
06/12 – Burlington, VT @ Burlington Jazz Festival
06/13 – Lebanon, NH @ Opera House
06/14 – Rochester, NY @ Rochester Jazz Festival
06/17 – Telluride, CO @ Telluride Bluegrass Festival
06/28 – Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
06/30 – Toronto, ON @ Toronto Jazz Festival
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