“Mr. Fleck can lay claim to the title of the most popular living banjoist, having done much to push the instrument beyond the bluegrass terra firma into jazz, classical and beyond.”
-The New York Times
“Magical…wonderfully manic mélange of sounds. On tour celebrating their thirtieth year, the Flecktones sounded as spry as ever, each at the absolute high level of craftsmanship.”
How do you define Béla Fleck? With 44 Grammy nominations and 22 wins—in more categories than any other musician in history—it is impossible to categorize this genre-jumping visionary artist. His adventures in music leap from bluegrass to funk to jazz to exotic world music and beyond, many of which forms never crossed paths with a banjo before this wide-roving artist made their acquaintance. In this welcome Virginia Arts Festival return, Béla Fleck reunites with the Flecktones to celebrate their 30 years together making music that merrily defies categorization, and leaves audiences slack-jawed in admiration and clamoring for more.