World renowned bass guitar virtuoso Victor Wooten is beginning 2018 in the Bay Area. After performing last night in Santa Cruz, Wooten will appear tonight, January 12 at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom.
The shows mark the start of the second leg of a tour in support of TRYPNOTYX, Wooten’s tenth studio album and his first since 2012’s Sword & Stone. Joining the artist on stage are the same musicians featured on the recent release: legendary drummer Dennis Chambers (Bootsy Collins, Santana), veteran saxophonist Bob Franceschini (Mike Stern, Paul Simon), and singer Varijashree Venugopal and voice comic Michael Winslow (Police Academy).
The youngest of five boys, Wooten began playing music at two years old, and was performing gigs by the tender age of five with the family band, the Wooten Brothers, opening for acts like Curtis Mayfield and War. He first “wowed music heads” nationwide (Kansas City Star) in 1987, as a founding member of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones.
As well as an accomplished musician with five Grammy awards, Wooten is also an acrobat, magician, and dedicated naturalist, creating Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature, a 147-acre retreat in Tennessee for people of all ages. He’s even penned a novel, The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search For Growth through Music, which is now part of the curriculum at The Berklee College of Music, where he is a performance scholar in residence, Stanford University, and other forward thinking institutions.
“Music is a great way – and a safe way – to teach just about any life principle,” Wooten insists. “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. Everyone speaks their 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.”
If you want to catch some world class musical knowledge delivered via Wooten’s all-embracing expressiveness, this is a do-not-miss opportunity for a funkified soul healing session.
The Regency Ballroom
Friday, Jan 12, 2018