Today, esteemed bassist, songwriter, five-time Grammy winner and author Victor Wooten announced a tour as the Wooten Brothers along with the Rebirth Brass Band. The family unit– comprised of Victor on bass/vocals, Joseph on keyboards/vocals, Roy “Futureman” on percussion/vocals and Regi on guitars/vocals–will perform across 13 cities in the eastern United States with the beloved New Orleans jazz-funk ensemble in tow.
The tour featuring Victor Wooten and The Wooten Brothers will commence in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Sept. 28 and make stops in cities like Philadelphia, Atlanta, Asheville, N.C., Brooklyn, N.Y., Boston and more before wrapping on Oct. 14 with a closing show in Buffalo, N.Y. at a venue that is TBA.
Wooten is known is collaborations that have peppered his career that spans over four decades, including his work with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones (of which he is a founding member), Chick Corea, Dave Matthews Band, India Arie, Keb’ Mo’, and more recently, Cory Wong and his passion for music and collaboration extend into his performance and family life.
The Wooten brothers are also individually accomplished in their own right: Joseph Wooten, known as the “Hands of Soul,” has served as the keyboardist/vocalist for the Steve Miller Band since 1993, and his work as a composer, arranger, author, and motivational speaker has led to collaborations with artists like Whitney Houston, George Clinton, and Kenny G and more. Roy “Futureman” Wooten, another founding member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, is also a five-time Grammy award winner renowned for his groundbreaking inventions, the “Drumitar” and the “RoyEI” keyboard. Regi Wooten, known for his signature guitar style, which includes chording, slapping, tapping, and virtuosic strumming, has gained worldwide recognition and drawn comparisons to iconic musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Chuck Berry. Regi has performed with legendary artists like Ginger Baker and currently teaches music in Nashville, Tenn., earning him the moniker “The Teacha.”
Expressing his enthusiasm for the forthcoming tour, Victor Wooten shares, “Being in a band with my brothers is the best thing for me. It’s like a family reunion every time we get together to play. They are my teachers, and I feel most at home with them.”
Notably, the upcoming fall tour marks the brothers’ first time performing together since the untimely passing of their saxophone-playing brother, Rudy, who passed in 2010. During the upcoming year, The Wooten Brothers will release their first studio album in several decades.
“The music we are working on at the moment is a collection of new and old. We have songs that were recorded decades ago that have never been heard by anyone. We also have newer music that was recorded over the last year. It will be a nice collection of old and new. With the older music, we want to introduce the world to Rudy, our saxophone-playing brother who passed away in 2010. Be prepared to have your mind blown.”
Learn more and find tickets to the Wooten Brothers tour here.
Victor Wooten and The Wooten Brothers Tour Dates
09/28 – Chattanooga, TN – Barrelhouse^
09/29 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre^
09/30 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse^
10/01 – Asheville, NC – The Outpost^
10/03 – Troy, NY – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall^
10/04 – Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl^
10/05 – Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore^
10/06 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live^
10/07 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel^
10/08 – Portland, ME – State Theatre^
10/10 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground^
10/11 – Boston, MA – Citizens House of Blues^
10/12 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – FM Kirby Center^
10/13 – Roanoke, VA – TBA
10/14 – Buffalo, NY – TBA
^With Special Guests Rebirth Brass Band