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With The Flecktones’ reunion tour all but imminent, the great banjoist Belá Fleck spoke about their motivation to reunite and what might come next. The new interview in JamBase touches upon Fleck’s many ongoing projects, mentioning work with Chick Corea, The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, his wife Abigail Washburn, and, of course, The Flecktones.Belá Fleck spoke about the reunion dates, explaining that it was his annual role at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival that brought them together.This lineup is a return to our original lineup: Victor Lemonte Wooten, Futureman and Howard Levy. We had planned on trying to get together in 2017, but somehow blocking a big time period wasn’t working for everyone, what with all the different projects and lives we now all have. So we scrapped the idea for that time. A little later Telluride Bluegrass Festival promoter Craig Ferguson got in touch to ask me what I wanted to do this year at the festival.I’ve played there every year since 1982, and I always try to bring something special. I knew that The Flecktones guys always loved coming to Telluride, so I thought, what about a much shorter commitment? Just a couple of weeks leading up to Telluride this time? I floated the idea, and it went over big. So we’re doing it. Who knows what it will lead to next.Of course, the follow-up question was about what it could lead to next. Fleck answers vaguely, but optimistically for fans who want to hear more.It’s an open book. We are all share a lot of history, and warmth towards each other. At a certain point we all felt ready for new challenges, and Flecktones had been the center of our musical lives for decades, so we decided to give it a break. Four years later, we’re starting to miss each other!It’s nice to hear that the band is as excited to play as we are to listen! The tour starts on June 1st, wrapping through the country and landing at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 16th! read more
Greensburg students and faculty sent their team off to state with a pep rally Thursday.The Greensburg Pirates hope to become the first back to back state basketball champions in school history.They will battle the Bowman Academy Eagles, of Gary, for the Class 3A state title. Tipoff is 6 p.m. on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.The Pirates won the 3A championship and Bowman Academy won the 2A title last year, making Saturday’s game the first time two defending champions will faceoff for the IHSAA 3A final.The 13-players that make up the Greensburg squad have spent the past week in anticipation of the game, while managing expectations and homework. The week prior to the state championship last year fell on spring break, while school has been in session this time around.On Wednesday night, some members of the team watched an NBA basketball game on television between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. Less than 24 hours later, the Greensburg Pirates were practicing on the same court Lebron James was on the night before.Junior Ryan Welage said, “It is an honor just to be able to play on the same court!”The team returned home from Indianapolis on Thursday afternoon to a pep rally in the high school gym. Welage said the team enjoys the build up to the big game, but is taking their opponent seriously.“Watching a lot of film, our coaches have been doing a great job giving us a scouting report on every player,” Welage said. “[Bowman] plays a lot different than any other team we have faced before, so practice has been a lot different and it has been tough to prepare but the coaches have been doing great getting us ready for the game.”The Greensburg community has been hit hard by recent tragedy. Students and faculty have mourned the loss of two classmates within the past month. The players hope the success on the basketball court can bring some joy to a community that can certainly use it.“I think the basketball team has been a good rallying point for everyone. We have brought some good news to this town. I know there has been some bad stuff, but some good news around here is good,” senior Macy Holdsworth said.Greensburg High School Principal Phillip Chapple noted the each player on the team also makes good grades in class.Chapple said on Thursday, “My AP Calculus teacher said half of the students are out of class today at practice!” read more