Banjo Stars Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn Share the Stage

Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn promo photo

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the Grammy Award-winning banjo and vocal duo of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn on Tuesday, March 14.

Tickets start at $39 and are available through www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or 480-499-TKTS (8587).

Called “the unofficial First Family of the Banjo” (NPR), husband and wife Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are widely credited for revitalizing and revolutionizing the instrument.

A 16-time Grammy winner, Fleck has devoted time away from his genre-busting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones to a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments, from writing a concerto for the Nashville Symphony to exploring the banjo’s African roots to jazz duos with Chick Corea. Washburn has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums, done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production, contributed to singular side groups Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force and become quite a live draw in her own right.

Fleck and Washburn won the 2015 Grammy Award for “Best Folk Album” for their eponymous debut album on Rounder Records. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian ballads, gospel, chamber and blues – the culmination of a yearlong tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno.

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is presented in partnership with the Musical Instrument Museum.

ABOUT SCOTTSDALE ARTS
Through its dynamic partnership with the City of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational and outreach opportunities for the community, while fostering the active engagement of individuals, businesses, education and government with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through three acclaimed operating divisions – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art – serving more than 375,000 participants annually.

ABOUT MIM
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches our world by collecting, preserving and making accessible an astonishing variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. MIM offers guests a welcoming and fun experience, incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming and exceptional musical performances. MIM fosters appreciation of the world’s diverse cultures by showing how we innovate, adapt and learn from each other to create music – the language of the soul.

The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo boulevards, just south of Loop 101). For general museum information and a full schedule of events, visit www.MIM.org or call 480-478-6000.

CONCERT LOCATION AND PARKING
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.

HOW TO REACH US
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. Second St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org
480-499-TKTS (8587)