Grammy Award-winning bassist to perform at CSU Saturday

The Contemporary Music Series at CSU is bringing Grammy award-winning bassist Victor Wooten to the University Center for the Arts this weekend.

For the funk concert, Wooten will be accompanied by Rod Taylor, bass, and J.D. Blair, drums, with special guest Bob Hemenger on saxophone. The concert takes place on Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall, located at 1400 Remington St.

Victor-Wooten-1Wooten, a five-time Grammy award winning bass guitarist, Victor Wooten is widely celebrated as an innovator, composer, arranger, producer, author, teacher and multi-instrumentalist. Known for his solo recordings and tours, and as a member of the Grammy-winning Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, he was voted “Bassist of the Year” by Bass Player magazine three times. In 2008, Wooten surprised critics with The Music Lesson, a book that contains many of the lessons, ideas and ways of thinking about music that have made him famous, but in the form of a story about a struggling young musician who wanted music to be his life and wanted his life to be great. Always pushing the edge of his instrument, Victor recently wrote a concerto for electric bass and orchestra, which he has performed in 2015 with both the Nashville and Denver Symphonies. Through CDs, DVDs, presentations, workshops and camps, Victor has used music to help thousands of musicians and non-musicians from all corners of the world better understand how music can help us in our daily lives.

Before his evening performance, Wooten will be giving a free master class to anyone interested in learning a few tips of the trade. Some participants from the master class, which received a tremendous response and no longer has any openings, will have the chance to join the band on stage during the 8 p.m. concert.

Additional concert information can be found online.


Tickets are *no charge for CSU students, $10 for youth (under 18) and non-CSU students (with school I.D.), and $25 for the public. Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the UCA lobby Monday through Friday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. and 60 minutes prior to performances, by phone at (970) 491-ARTS (2787), or online at Youth tickets must be purchased in person at the Ticket Office. All tickets are subject to a $1 ticket fee for both online and at-the-door purchases. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended to avoid lines and further at-the-door fees.

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