Roy "Futureman" Wooten & Kevin L. Spears

Speakeasy presents...

Roy "Futureman" Wooten & Kevin L. Spears

Thu · June 21, 2018

9:00 pm

Aisle 5

$12.00 +

This event is all ages

FutureMan joins forces with the KalimbaMan as a dynamic duo of futuristic proportions melding science fiction with music technology to interpret the past present and future. Experience these two musical visionaries as they carry you into a musical world where nothing is what it seems yet all things are funky hypnotic and beautiful.

Roy "Futureman" Wooten
Roy "Futureman" Wooten
Roy Wilfred Wooten (born October 13, 1957), also known as "RoyEl", best known by his stage name Future Man (also written Futureman), is an inventor, musician, and composer. He is also known as Futche to his fans. He is a percussionist and member of the jazz quartet Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, along with banjoist Béla Fleck, harmonicist Howard Levy, and Roy's brother, electric bass virtuoso Victor Wooten.

Born in Hampton, Virginia, Roy Wooten was raised in a military family and therefore traveled frequently. He is the second of five sons born to Dorothy and Elijah "Pete" Wooten. He graduated from Denbigh High School in Newport News, Virginia in 1975. He briefly attended music classes at Norfolk State University upon graduating from high school, and then embarked on his professional music career. He and his brothers moved to Nashville, Tennessee in the mid-1980s.

All of his brothers are musicians. The oldest, Regi, is a guitarist and much sought-after teacher in Nashville. Roy Wooten, Regi, and his three younger brothers, Rudy (1959–2010) (saxophone), Joseph (keyboards), and Victor (bass guitar), performed as The Wooten Brothers in numerous musical venues in the Hampton Roads area of southeast Virginia during the 1970s.

Wooten is a two-time Grammy Award-winning performer with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. For the Flecktones, he plays the Drumitar, a novel electronic instrument of his own invention, and occasionally performs vocals as well.

More recently, Wooten has developed a new electronic instrument called the RoyEl, which resembles a piano but plays notes not found in the traditional western music scales. This instrument is based on the periodic table of elements and the golden ratio.


Solo work
Like the other members of the Flecktones, Wooten has worked on various solo projects during his time off from the band. On his own Wooten often dresses up as a pirate and uses the pseudonym "RoyEl", also the name he gave to the keyboard instrument he invented. Wooten's solo albums are experimental and incorporate diverse musical genres and concepts. On Evolution de la Musique, for example, he infuses classical music with jazz elements, especially improvisation, and spoken word.

Among extra-musical influences, Wooten describes Pythagorean numerology and Vedic mathematics as influencing his compositions.
Kevin L. Spears
Kevin L. Spears
Considered by many as one of the best kalimba players alive today, Kevin Spears musical gifts have astounded audiences around the world and rewritten what was thought humanly impossible on this exotic musical instrument.

Spears' blinding skill and musical creativity are often compared to innovative legends such as Herbie Hancock, Jimi Hendrix and Les Paul among others and his uncanny ability to play multiple musical and percussive ideas simultaneously in a live setting is iconic, pure and simple...

Spears music is an acoustic electronic mix of funk, afro-beat, latin, trance with a dash of rock that will move your feet and stir your soul.

In addition to making his own instruments, KalimbaMan (as his friends call him) performs internationally including a recent tour of Japan and has worked with and/or opened for artists such as: Victor Wooten, India.Arie, Eric Benet, Col. Bruce Hampton, Toubab Krewe, Wudasse, POS (of De La Soul), Arrested Development, Bill Summers (of Herbie Hancock band), Vinx, Jhelisa Anderson, Divinity (bassist for Beyonce).


Drawing from many musical influences from around the world, Kevin's music bridges Africa to America from Jazz to Rock, Funk to Flamenco with a powerful infusion of spirituality.




Influences:
Maurice White, Earth Wind and Fire, Miles Davis, King David, Zakir Hussein, Marcus Miller, Paco De Lucia, Michael Jordan, Africa, Stanley Clark, Salif Kieta, Stanley Jordan, Charlie Parker, James Brown, Sade, Pat Metheny, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ronnie Laws, Earl Klugh, George Benson, Kirk Whalum, Fourplay.
Venue Information:
Aisle 5
1123 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA, 30307
http://www.aisle5atl.com/