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Bass phenom to perform at ECC

ELGIN – Grammy-winning bassist Victor Wooten, best known for his work on bass guitar with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Stanley Clarke, Dave Matthews and more, will make his third appearance at Elgin Community College on Oct. 13.

It will be another genre-bending performance spanning the styles of jazz, funk, pop, soul, gospel, world music and more. The Victor Wooten Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the ECC Arts Center’s Blizzard Theatre in Building H on the Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

Wooten has become a tour de force with his instrument of choice. He’s been named “Bass Player of the Year” three times by Bass Player Magazine (the only person to win more than once) and was voted one of the Top Ten Bassists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

It’s been a busy year for Wooten: he will release two new albums Sept. 25: “Sword and Stone” and “Words and Tones” and has been touring with his new band: The Victor Wooten Band.

The band features Wooten on electric, tenor and upright basses, cello, guitar, and vocals; Krystal Peterson on vocals, keyboards, and drums; J. D. Blair  on vocals and drums; Derico Watson on vocals and drums; Anthony Wellington on bass, keyboards, and vocals; Steve Bailey on bass, keyboards, trombone, and vocals; and Dave Welsch on bass, trumpet, keyboards, and vocals.

Tickets are $35 and $32.

A three-course, pre-show dinner prepared by ECC’s award-winning Culinary Arts and Hospitality program and served in ECC’s Spartan Terrace Restaurant can be bought for an additional $35. Dinners include wine and must be bought before Oct. 8.

Before his ECC performance, Wooten will hold an interactive workshop at 2 p.m. Oct. 13. The session includes an opportunity to talk with Wooten and some of his bandmates. Although the workshop is not jam session, participants are welcome to bring instruments.. Workshop tickets cost $20.

Tickets for all performances in the ECC Arts Center are available online at tickets.elgin.edu or at the ECC box office in the Arts Center. Box office hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To buy tickets by phone, call 847-622-0300.

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