When Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn take the Eau Claire State Theatre stage on February 27th they will not only be playing to their fans, they will be supporting the future of the Eau Claire arts scene.
The husband and wife duo have chosen to donate their net profits from merchandise sales, at the concert, to the Confluence Project. This is an amazing show of support from these seminal musicians and shows that this project is receiving national attention.
Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy winner with his band, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. He has also played or been featured on hundreds of jazz, bluegrass, classical, and rock recordings in his several decades as a musician. To most music fans, Fleck is simply the best banjo player in the world.
Washburn is also a banjo virtuoso as well. She performs and records as a soloist, as well as with the old-time bands Uncle Earl and Sparrow Quartet.
Both widely credited for revitalizing and revolutionizing the banjo, Fleck and Washburn decided they were ready to collaborate. “We didn’t want any other instruments on there, because we’re into this idea that we’re banjo players, and that should be enough,” says Fleck. “Sometimes when you add other instruments, you take away from the ability of the banjo to show all its colors, which are actually quite beautiful.”
“This is a great chance to see world renowned musicians and support the Confluence Project at the same time,” says Ben Richgruber of the State Theatre, “it’s great to see that they are supporting this project which is vital to the Eau Claire community.”
Fleck and Washburn perform at 7:30 PM on February 27th. You can learn more at eauclairearts.com.
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