Victor Wooten played Boulder last week and I was there. Victor is one of the most famous bass players in the world; he is the only person named by Bass Player Magazine as “bass player of the year” for three years. What he can do with a bass is unreal. He plays it like a guitar–on Thursday he was using a slide–and bass players from all over Colorado clustered at the front of the stage to steal his licks. Victor is generous with his talent. He conducts a bass camp every summer and sells videos demonstrating his technique. Several videos of him are on YouTube.
Most people know him as the bass player for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Bela’s group could almost be named “Bela Fleck and Wootens,” for joining Victor in the band is his older brother Roy, a drummer known in that group as “Futureman.” Victor and Roy are just two of the remarkable Wooten brothers: Regi, Roy, Rudy, Joseph, and Victor. When not touring with Bela and Roy, Victor takes to the road with Regi and Joseph plus other musicians, and that’s who played to a packed house in Boulder.