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WOOTen and his bass leave behind a funk trail in Charlotte

WOOTen and his bass leave behind a funk trail in Charlotte

Photos by: Ricky Thigpen

This week we’ve been getting super funky; I think today shall be time for a shower or three. Monday night made for a chill time with Asheville homies The Get Right Band. opening for Grammy award winning Victor Wooten. We celebrated all the mothers in the crowd as an extended Mother’s Day party and danced to some of the sounds.

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If you are unfamiliar with The Get Right Band, first of all, shame on you. Second, where have you been?! Worry not, because all is forgiven. The Get Right Band is nothing if not a musical stream of positive notes and loving melodies. No negative nancys allowed at a GRB show. This genre-defying trio is known best for their raw songwriting style and fearless stage presence as they perform their unique brand of pop-funk; that’s a genre, right? With a talent that rivals Wooten’s, this tour could not have been opened up by anyone better.

Victor Wooten lit up Charlotte today and if you blinked, you for sure missed him. He visited some sweet eats and checked in at Ballantyne School of Music to see what Connie Cooper and her clan were up to. Long time friend and first bass Anthony Wellington joined him and they shared some fun stories about music, life, and being on the road. Wooten then jetted on over to Sam Ash and did a musician’s clinic for the eager attendees. Charlotte was treated to an unreal musical experience yesterday!

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Afterward it was pretty much time for what we had all been waiting for. The tour bus parked outside of Neighborhood Theatre and fans were buzzing with energy as they scanned their tickets and rushed inside. Wooten’s fans (do they have a bandom name?) filled every corner of the theatre, from seats to the sides of the stage to the dank spaces by the bathrooms; this show could not be missed.

Modern concert culture is defined by the use of cellphones during sets, and while there is a debate on whether that’s cool or not, Wooten is not a fan. He expressed his dislike for the recording of his set with an anecdote from his childhood, stating that his reason for recording shows was to use it as a learning reference for various instruments he would learn to play. Wooten, and many folks from his generation, were not concerned with getting hits or likes on social media platforms.

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Wooten is hardly the first to make a speech in opposition of phones during shows, and he also knows that many wouldn’t listen and record the set anyway. His compromise? To post the video has a teaser, similar to a movie trailer. Give their audience a sneak peek of what they can’t miss when he visits a town near them.

As if you needed anymore convincing, we encourage you to find these sneak peeks, wherever they are, and get yourself to a show. Don’t let this chance to be up close and personal with a Grammy award winning legend like Wooten!

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Sheila Walsh graduated from USC Aiken in 2015 with a degree in English. While in school, she won an essay competition for an argumentative essay on why the arts are crucial to the education system. Additionally, she was recruited to play volleyball for USCA and contributed to a weekly journal discussing the life of a student-athlete. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

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