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Published: 2012/05/04

Bela Fleck & the Original Flecktones Close Reunion Tour

The original Béla Fleck & the Original Flecktones lineup closed their year-long reunion tour at Louisville, KY’s Kentucky Center-Brown Theater this past weekend. Not only did the show mark the end of founding member Howard Levy’s reunion run to the band, but the performance literally brought things full circle: The Flecktones played their very first show at the Kentucky Center in 1988 as part of a PBS taping. During their recent Kentucky stop, the Flecktones offered a mix of songs from early year days as well as material from their 2011 release with Levy, Rocket Science. According to a statement from the band, the Flecktones will take the rest of 2012 off while Fleck, Victor Wooten and Futureman pursue their individual projects. Levy is not expected to perform with the Flecktones in 2012, though an article published on says that Fleck suggested onstage that the musicians may perform together in the future.

It is not known if the Flecktones will perform as a trio going forward, reunite with saxophonist Jeff Coffin or perform with an additional fourth members. Fleck will tour with The Marcus Roberts Trio throughout the summer months.


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TCinNYC May 7, 2012, 08:52:02

Awesome band!! A recent show from Wetlands, Nov 92 recently went up on Archive & it flooded me with memories of that amazing night from 20 years ago.

MikeNPfafftown May 8, 2012, 11:54:47

Saw the reunion show at MerleFest and I just want to say that Howard Levy is unfreakingbelievable! He did things on hamonica during the Amazing Grace solo that seem beyond human. At some point during the show, it dawned on me that this quartet is made up of the top 2 or 3 best musicians on their respective instruments. Bela is certainly one of the greatest. Victor, duh. Future Man, yea he’s definitely the best drumitar player ever. But Howard wins the award. He’s one of finest pianist I’ve seen as well as the man with the golden harp. Here’s hoping the reunite again.

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