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Victor Wooten Trio

April 18 | Shannon Hall

About this event

Born into a traveling military family, bassist Victor Wooten relied on music as a source of stability and familial connection. Wooten’s formal training began “as soon as [he] could sit up straight,” and by the age of six, he and his brothers’ soul band were opening for legends like Curtis Mayfield and The Temptations.

After moving to Nashville a few decades later, Wooten met banjoist Béla Fleck and formed Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, whose revolutionary blend of funk, bluegrass and jazz catapulted Wooten into the spotlight.

Despite his impressive musical resumé, which includes five Grammy Awards and a spot amongst Rolling Stone’s top ten bassists of all time, Wooten has remained humble and a champion for the arts by running “Wooten’s Woods”, a nonprofit camp for musical development. Wooten’s charitable philosophy is derived in part from his instrument of choice. “As I started getting older and really looking at the bass,” he explains to the Chicago Sun-Times, “I realized, ‘wow, the whole purpose of this instrument is to serve other people’ … I’ve grown to love it for that reason.”

This spirit of collaboration shines through in his latest project, The Victor Wooten Trio. Joined by Dennis Chambers on drums and Bob Frunceschini on the saxophone, Wooten departs from the bass-centric melodies of his earlier solo material in favor of laying down solid, rhythmic basslines for the other members to improvise over. For fans of funk, jazz, or any kind of gleefully undefinable and eccentric music, The Victor Wooten Trio offers an experience not to be missed.

Ticket Prices

Full Price: $25.00 - $35.00
Union Member/Non UW-Madison Student: $25.00 - $31.00
UW Faculty/Staff: $25.00 - $33.00
UW-Madison Student (w/ ID): $10.00
Youth: $20.00

*Please note: All tickets are Reserved Seating.

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