04/22/06 Bela Fleck & The Flecktones @ Irving Plaza, New York, NYThe Flecktones are one of the most virtuosic group of musicians ever assembled. Each of them are among the best at their individual instruments. It helps that the aptly names Future Man plays an synth-axe drumitar of his own design, but from Jeff Coffin's dual sax attacks to Vic Wooten's light speed bass slapping, these guys are truly in a league of their own. Leading the jazzy, funky nu-grass is banjoist extraordinaire, Bela Fleck.
Next, Frontiers, Hurricane Camille, Throwdown at the Hoedown, Weed Whacker, Couch Potato, Whistle Tune, Victor/Bela, Kaleidoscope, Kalied1, Futureman/Jeff, Africa Jam1, New South Africa, Sojourn of Arjuna, Bela Solo, Sinister Minister
1 w/Baaba Maal
This was my first and only live Flecktones experience and it was everything I hoped it would be, even though they didn't play one of my all-time favorite songs, Stomping Grounds. It definitely ranks up there as one of my most memorable musical experiences.
In the international and collaborative spirit of the Green Apple Fest, Senegalese singer Baaba Maal guested on vocals for a couple tunes.