Eclectica at Mendelssohn Feb. 27


Eclectica--drummer Roy "Futureman" Wooten (from left), bass legend Steve Forrest and violinist Tracy Silverman--will perform at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center Saturday, Feb. 27.

From press release

Charlotte’s Web will host the band Eclectica at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St. This is a virtuoso groove event you don’t want to miss! You can also attend a jazz technique and improv clinic earlier that day.

It’s a bit of funky rock, jazz and classical, according to violinist Tracy Silverman. “There are elements of all those things in the music, which is why we call the band Eclectica.” Not just another funk/world/rock/jazz/classical ensemble, Eclectica features world-renowned electric violinist Tracy Silverman, heralded by the BBC as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin,” combined with five-time Grammy Award-winning drummer Roy “Futureman” Wooten, of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Add bass legend Steve Forrest, and you’ve got one of the hottest live bands in the country.

Blending backgrounds of funk, rock, jazz, classical and world music, Eclectica weaves original tunes together with a groove that reaches new heights. With shared vocals and shared moments of virtuosic instrumental synchronicity, Eclectica strikes the perfect balance between the experimental and the fun. Wooten is an inventor, composer and percussionist. Bassist Forrest, from Nashville by way of Memphis, is a first-call musician who has worked with Tony Joe White, Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris as well as with jazz bands and the Wooten Brothers and Friends group. “Live, we approach the music more like jazz players. We leave things open-ended. That makes every night different,” says Silverman. Something else unique is Silverman’s violin, a six-string instrument made by luthier Danny Ferrington. This concert is Eclectica’s debut in Rockford, and it will be out of this world!

From 4-5:15 p.m., Saturday, Eclectica artists Tracy Silverman and Roy “Futureman” Wooten will hold a jazz technique and improv clinic at Mendelssohn. The clinic will be for all instruments and orchestras: Beginning Improv, Improv Games and the Blues; Jazz arrangements and the Improvising Orchestra; Jazz for Classical Players—the ABC’s of Jazz Style; Electric Violin Techniques and Equipment; How to Coach Your Jazz String Ensembles—Coaching Session(s); Improv Games and How to Teach Jazz to Young String Students; Grooving—Rhythm and “The Chop” Technique.

Attendee tickets are $25 clinic only; $40 clinic and concert. Tickets for performance are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, concert only; $40 clinic and concert. Advance tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both of The Postal Shoppe locations, in the Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940; The Kilt & Clover, 1414 N. Main, (815) 962-5458; and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903. Tickets can also be ordered with credit card via PayPal ($1 /ticket service charge), at Print your receipt and present it at the door to redeem your tickets.

For more information, call (815) 964-2238 or visit

From the Feb. 24-Mar. 2, 2010 issue

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