• HORS D’OEUVRES + DRINKS | 6:30 PM
• CONCERT | 8:00 PM
• AFTER PARTY
GRAMMY-winning quartet BÉLA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES will be the featured talent during The Center Benefit on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in The Center Theater. Groundbreaking banjoist/composer/bandleader Béla Fleck has reconvened the original ‘Béla Fleck & The Flecktones’, the extraordinary initial line-up of his incredible combo, with pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy back in the fold alongside Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten, and percussionist/ drumitarist Roy “Futureman” Wooten, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band’s inception.
“There’s a special thing that happens when the four of us get together and play,” notes Levy. “We all have the same attitude of trying to do things that we haven’t done before and coincidentally, no one else has either.” One thing was certain, however. The ‘original’ Flecktones were resolute that their reunion would not be rooted in nostalgia. The goal from the get-go was to drive the music forward to places where it might’ve progressed had things gone differently.
Preparations for this highly anticipated event are well underway by the 2018 Benefit Committee – Agnes Bourne, Jenny Felsinger, Mack Mendenhall, and Amanda Moore – who are organizing an extraordinary pre- and post-show celebration. All proceeds from The Center Benefit will help to support The Center’s artistic, education, and community programs.
“We could not be more excited to host this one-of-a-kind experience at The Center. It is incredibly rare to be able to see Béla Fleck as an entire ensemble with the Flecktones, but the opportunity to see them in our intimate theater is truly a life experience not to miss,” remarked Mack Mendenhall, 2018 chair of The Center Benefit.
Past Center benefit performers include Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Emmylou Harris, Pat Metheny and Bruce Hornsby, Vince Gill, Brandi Carlile, and Lyle Lovett and His Large Band.