By Neil Benjamin Jr.
Tomorrow, May 8 at 7 p.m., banjo extraordinaire Bela Fleck will bring his masterful sound to the Westcott Theater in Syracuse with the Marcus Roberts Trio for an evening full of musical virtuosity. Except the four men will come together to display their sound together.
Chances are you know of Fleck as the man who revolutionized the banjo through relentless touring with his band the Flecktones, who are currently on hiatus. He has sat in with countless musicians spanning his career, which began when his father gifted him a banjo at age 15. The Marcus Roberts Trio is led by its namesake. The ever-changing cast of musicians currently features founder Roberts, who grew up in Florida with a gospel style background, on piano. Tennessee native Rodney Jordan will be playing the upright bass, while Jason Marsalis, nephew of legendary musician Wynton Marsalis, will be playing drums.
The show is sure to be a fun, yet intimate, time. The Westcott has a history of hosting some of the most famous musical acts while providing fans with an up-close, and very personal view of the men and women on stage.
Tickets for the show are on sale now at thewestcotttheater.com for $35 advance, and $40 the day of.