WALDOBORO — The Waldo Theater, in partnership with Midcoast Music Academy, presents Victor Wooten with Steve Bailey and Derico Watson as Bass Extremes. The Thursday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m. show is the band’s only performance north of Boston during its ongoing concert tour.
Wooten is a five-time Grammy Award winner and founding member of supergroup Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. He has been called the most influential bass player of the past two decades and was ranked among the top ten bassists of all time by Rolling Stone. Wooten has also won Bass Player magazine’s readership poll three times and remains the only person to have won it more than once. Having released several solo recordings, he is also the author of the widely read novel “The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music”.
Bailey is a pioneer of the six-string fretless bass whose techniques are studied around the world. An avid recording artist with two solo recordings to his name, Bailey is currently Chairman of the Bass Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Bailey has performed and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, The Rippingtons, Jethro Tull and Willie Nelson, to name a few. Bass Player magazine wrote, “Steve Bailey is to six-string fretless bass what Columbus is to America.”
Watson started playing the drums at the age of five. A few years later, he played regularly in his grandmother’s church. “I was told then that I had a natural gift from God,” he said. An accomplished educator and clinician, he has performed and recorded with numerous artists, including James Brown and Earth, Wind and Fire, and has taught at prestigious colleges and festivals. He is best known as the backbone of Wooten.
Wooten and Bailey formed Bass Extremes in 1992, releasing a self-titled debut album that remains one of the best-selling musical/instructional bass products of all time. Subsequent DVD and CD releases followed as they traveled the world performing clinics and concerts. They are also known and respected as a dynamic teaching duo who continue to teach together at events, colleges and universities around the world. They were also instrumental in introducing the brainchild of “Bass Camp” when they held their first Bass/Nature Camp in Tennessee in 2000 and Bass at the Beach in South Carolina a few years later – two intensive camps that attract students from all over the world. .
Midcoast Music Academy is sponsoring a master class taught by Wooten and Bailey on the same day at 4:30 p.m., which is open to local musicians and music students. Pre-registration is compulsory and free; visit midcoastmusicacademy.com for more information.
Tickets for the concert are $45 in advance and $50 the day of the show. This concert is bound to be a sold-out event – advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.
The Waldo is located at 916 Main Street. Doors open at 7 p.m. Assistive listening devices are available at the ticket office. Concessions, including beer and wine, are available for purchase. The Waldo no longer requires proof of vaccination and has switched to optional masks for all visitors.
For tickets and more information, visit thewaldotheatre.org.
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