June 6, 2011, 8:00 amThe master banjoist is back with his Flecktones for Bonnaroo AND the Oregon Zoo.
Sunday, July 31, 2011 | 7 – 10pm
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers at 6 pm; Bela Fleck & The Flecktones at 8:30 pm
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones with Bruce Hornsby and the NoisemakersBéla Fleck is often considered the premier banjo player in the world. A New York City native, he picked up the banjo at age 15 after being awed by the bluegrass music of Flatt & Scruggs. While still in high school he began experimenting with playing bebop jazz on his banjo, mentored by fellow banjo renegade Tony Trischka. In 1980, he released his first solo album, Crossing the Tracks, with material that ranged from straight ahead bluegrass to Chick Corea’s “Spain.” In 1989 he formed the genre-busting Flecktones, with members equally talented and adventurous as himself.