From the American Banjo Museum in Bricktown:
Bela Fleck, the genre busting banjo player who, to many, has redefined the instrument to a worldwide audience, will be visiting the American Banjo Museum during his upcoming concert stop in Oklahoma City.
A New York City native with musical roots in the traditional Bluegrass music associated with banjo, Fleck’s departures into blues, jazz, classical and world music have netted the artist over 30 Grammy nominations and 15 wins since 1998. While memorable stops with the New Grass Revival and his own Flecktones provided hints to his musicianship and direction, Bela Fleck remains a unique artist who continues to defy musical classification.
During his April 10th concert at Rose State College, Fleck will be reunited with the original line-up of his Flecktones group which was formed in 1989. In addition to the fusion of blues and jazz which brought the group to national prominence in the 1990s and can be heard on their new CD, Rocket Science, the current Flecktones repertoire also includes African inspired melodies and rhythms resulting from Fleck’s acclaimed Throw Down Your Heart film and CD project.
Prior to the concert, Fleck will be visiting the American Banjo Museum in the Bricktown district of downtown Oklahoma City. Since opening in 2009, the American Banjo Museum – with its world class collection of over 300 ornate vintage instruments – has developed into a must see Oklahoma City attraction which celebrates the vibrant history and heritage of America’s adopted native musical instrument.
In addition to touring the museum (where he is recognized as one of six Banjo Heroes who have defined the banjo to their respective generations), Bela Fleck will participate in a Q&A session with the media as well museum visitors. During this special event the American Banjo Museum will be closed to the general public but will offer complimentary admission to a limited number of people who are holding tickets for Fleck’s April 10th concert at Rose State College.
Tickets for the Bela Fleck and the Flecktones concert on April 10th at Rose State College may be purchased by calling 405-297-2264 or visiting www.myticketoffice.com
While no admission charge will be required for museum entrance during the Bela Fleck Q&A session, tickets will be required and seating is not guaranteed. Q&A session tickets will be distributed beginning April 3rd at the museum. Q&A session ticket requests must be made in person at the American Banjo Museum (9 E. Sheridan Avenue, OKC). Each Q&A session ticket request must be accompanied by a ticket to the April 10th Bela Fleck and the Flecktones concert at Rose State College (no additional guest tickets will be provided). Telephone, text, mail or email requests for Q&A session tickets cannot be honored.