If would be a hard task to find a musician as talented as Béla Fleck. A good place to look would be his performance at Red Rocks on May 30, where Fleck is slated to perform with The Flecktones in celebration of their thirty years as a band. Also in tow will be Fleck’s very talented wife, Abigail Washburn, as well as longtime Fleck collaborators Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush.
We caught up with Fleck to talk about what the journey to this point in his career has been like and what to expect at the festival-like lineup coming up at Red Rocks.
303 Magazine: You are returning to Red Rocks and are bringing a gaggle of friends and family. How often would you say you have shared the stage with the likes of your wife, (Abigail Washburn) Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas? What can you say about collaborating after all these years?
Béla Fleck: I’ve logged many happy shows with all of these folks but never with all of these folks together, not to mention the dang symphony!
303: Do you have a favorite memory performing in Colorado?
BF: Love Colorado, please let me come back!
303: 2019 marks a 30th-year celebration for The Flecktones. How would you compare the creative process from then to now? What changed for the better, and what do you look back at fondly?
BF: I’m thrilled that we still love each other, and certainly still love to play together. Back when this crazy ride started it was hard to see how far it could go.
303: The May 30th show will be your first festival. What inspired the event? What are you most looking forward to?