Victor Wooten brings his band to Beaver Creek
Ryan Summerlin February 8, 2013
Victor Wooten has performed in Vail many times, either with his own Victor Wooten Band or with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, a band he helped found. His Colorado shows are a highlight for him, he said.”I always love playing anywhere in Colorado. The air is so pure and the view is always brilliant,” he said. Wooten, a bass player, composer, producer and the winner of five Grammy Awards, will take the Vilar Center stage with his band on Sunday evening for a show that’s in support of album “Words and Tones,” released in Sept. 2012. “Wooten’s ‘Words and Tones tour’ really showcases his multi-faceted approach to music, performance and songwriting, and is the perfect blend of technical and vocal talents for a spectacular show,” said Kris Sabel, executive director of the Vilar Performing Arts Center.Wooten took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.1. Vail Daily: Your 14-year-old daughter Kaila sings on some tracks on your new record “Words and Tones.” Are you hoping she follows in your footsteps?Victor Wooten: Yes! I hope she follows in my footsteps of being a happy confident adult. Whether she chooses music as a career is totally up to her. 2. VD: I’ve read your live show is a sight to behold. What can you tell us about it?VW: I change my touring band and show quite often. This band features two drummers, an incredible female vocalist, and four of us who play three or more instruments each. We all switch instruments a lot during the show and even mid-song. It’s a fun show that keeps you paying attention. 3. VD: Over the course of your career, you’ve collaborated with a lot of folks. Is there someone on your bucket list that you’ve yet to play with?VW: There are many, but I don’t over-focus on it. I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve been provided. Just a few nights ago, I performed a show with my wife and four kids. That was the biggest treat ever. 4. VD: You’ve played with Bla Fleck and the Flecktones, Stanley Clarke, Dave Matthews and more. Overall, what’s the best and worst part about fronting your own band?VW: There are many, many more responsibilities when fronting a band. You’re in charge of most or all of the decision making as well as keeping everyone happy. A few years ago, at the end of a tour, my band got stuck at the airport in Madrid, Spain. They were told they wouldn’t get out until three or four days later. I couldn’t stay with them because I had to continue on to Italy. Rather than risk having a disappointed band sleeping in the airport, I bought all of them tickets home. When things go right, you get the credit. But when things go wrong … Well, you get the idea. 5. VD: You’ve been asked to speak at colleges around the country. What do your talks mainly focus on?VW: I usually talk about life, but I disguise it as if I’m talking about music. I want people to become more free when playing as well as become better when listening. I try to help them play more of the music and less of the instrument. 6. VD: Tell me about the camps you run at Wooten Woods? VW: Our camps are a bit different because we add in a large nature element. The best way to become natural at anything is by following nature’s example. Our musical staff as well as our nature staff helps everyone with that. We’ve been running camps for 13 years and accept all instruments and vocalists. Our season runs from spring through fall and are for adults as well as kids. The easiest way to find out more information is to visit www.victorwooten.com and click on “camps.” 7. VD: What am I not asking that you wish I would?VW: Do Geese See God? It’s a palindrome. Read it backwards.