WANT TO GO?
Bela Fleck and the original Flecktones
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
TICKETS: $15, $30 and $40
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's been slightly more than a year since banjo phenom Bela Fleck last played in Charleston. In an interview prior to that visit, he mentioned in passing that original Flecktone Howard Levy would be rejoining the band for a new album and a new tour.
Fleck is back, along with Levy and the rest of the Flecktones, for a Saturday night show at the Clay Center.
The show is Levy's first appearance at the Clay Center, but not his first in Charleston.
"I think I was here for a radio show," he said, which would have been on "Mountain Stage" in November 1992, not long after The Flecktones released their third album, "UFO Tofu," and right before Levy left the band.
It's been a pretty good reunion so far, Levy said. Things are better than they used to be. For instance, the buses are bigger than they were.
"The buses on the tour have bunks where I can lie down and aisles I can stand in," he said.
Regular buses tend to seem small when you're 6'4".
"I used to have to curl up like a snail to sleep," he remembered. "I couldn't stand up."