The Victor Wooten Band
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The Victor Wooten Band and the Wooten Woods Experience
Five-time GRAMMY award-winning bass player, producer, composer, author, and educator Victor Wooten hits the road this spring with his band and a select group of students from his music and nature camps, an immersive educational program focusing on the relationship between music, nature, and life. The tour kicks off April 16 at City Winery in Nashville, TN.
Known for their funky/jazzy music and powerful unpredictable performances, The Victor Wooten Band, comprised of brothers Regi and Joseph Wooten on guitars and keyboards and Derico Watson on drums, will play a dynamic mixture of old and new music mixed with improvisations jams and classic cover songs. In addition, fellow musicians and educators Steve Bailey, Bob Franceschini, Bob Hemenger, and a select group of students from Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature will add to the extravaganza. For the first time ever, Wooten and friends will include an audience participation demonstration of the educational program that has helped and inspired hundreds of people worldwide.
As the youngest of five brothers, Victor began playing music at the tender age of two years old. Under the tutelage of his older brother Regi, Victor was playing gigs and touring with the family band by the age of five. The Wooten Brothers performed with the likes of Curtis Mayfield, War, and the Temptations, among others. Rolling Stone Magazine lauded Victor, a founding member of the supergroup Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, by noting, “every player in the Flecktones is a master, but when Wooten busts out a solo at a concert every jaw in the audience drops to the ground.”
Named “one of the Top 10 Bassists of All Time” by Rolling Stone, he has been voted “Bassist of the Year” three times by Bass Player magazine readers’ poll. In February 2017 Huffington Post named him one of “50 Iconic Black Trailblazers,” pictured just after President Barack Obama.
Not only an accomplished musician, Wooten is also an acrobat, magician, and skilled naturalist who created Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature in 2000, a 147-acre camp retreat in Tennessee for people of all ages. Through highly interactive programs on topics such as music, nature, community, and creativity, Wooten aims to enhance students’ abilities with tools that can be used to enrich their personal lives as well.
His respected reputation as an author, teacher, and speaker has garnered invitations for him to speak and teach at schools, universities, conferences, and spiritual centers around the world. In addition to a spectacular night of music, The Wooten Woods Experience tour will give a glimpse into the magic that happens at Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature.
“Music is a great way – and a safe way – to teach just about any life principle,” Wooten declares. “To be in a band, you have to listen to each other. Bands are at their best when every instrument is different, not the same. Everyone takes turns talking and everyone speaks with their own voice. A lot of times musicians might ask, ‘What would you like me to play?’ I say, ‘Listen to the music. The music will tell you exactly what it needs.’”
Source: City Winery
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