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The Victor Wooten Band & The Wooten Woods Experience

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The Victor Wooten Band & The Wooten Woods Experience

Music
Thursday, April 18
8 pm
Wisconsin Union Theater | Shannon Hall
Cost: $25 | Ticket Policies: Youth (up to 18 yrs old) tickets must be purchased at the same time as regular priced General Public, Union Member, UW Fac/Staff or UW Madison Student ticket. Limit to 2 youth tickets per regular priced ticket.
Student ID may be required when presenting ticket at entrance.
General Public: $25/$31/$35, Union Member: $25/$27/$31, UW Faculty/Staff: $25/$29/$33, Youth: $20, UW Madison Student: $10
Five-time Grammy Award-winning funk bassist

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.”

More information about Victor Wooten and the Victor Wooten Band can be found on their website.


 

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.”

More information about Victor Wooten and the Victor Wooten Band can be found on their website.


 

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