LEWISBURG, Pa. — Béla Fleck and the Flecktones will open the 2006-07 season at the Weis Center at Bucknell University with a return appearance Friday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. A limited number of seats are available; tickets are $30.

"Béla Fleck has played to appreciative Weis Center audiences twice, once with his groundbreaking group the Flecktones and once with Edgar Meyer," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. "This time Fleck and the Flecktones will play much of the music on their latest recording, The Hidden Land."

The Hidden Land flows from improvisation and back again on 13 new tracks showcasing the expansive range of the group. The album opens with a Bach fugue (Fugue from Prelude & Fugue No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 889), evokes a surrealist now with P’lod In The House, conjures a ’30s jazz vibe with Who’s Got Three? (a song Béla wrote for his grandfather, the man who bought him his first banjo more than thirty years ago) and winds up in the home-spun upward-looking melody of "the whistle tune."

The group — Béla Fleck on the banjo and strings, Victor Wooten on bass, Future Man on synth-axe drumitar, and acoustic drums, and Jeff Coffin on the sax, flute, horn and percussion — has bridged the sounds of jazz and bluegrass, with a pinch of classical, pop, and soul.

"The musicians will announce from the stage selections to be performed during the concert, so this will be a free-wheeling and unique concert, like all of the Flecktones concerts," said Boswell.

Founder of the famous Flecktones, Bela Fleck is the only musician ever to be nominated for Grammy Awards in jazz, bluegrass, pop, country, spoken word, Christian, composition, and world music categories.

Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office by calling 570-577-1000 or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/. The box office in the Weis Center also opens one hour prior to performances.

The 2006-07 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

Posted Sept. 6, 2006

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