The funktastic Wooten Brothers begin a 12-city tour in Chattanooga Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Track 29.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 on the day of the show. Click here for tickets.
A collective of brothers (hence the name), the band consists of Victor on bass, Joseph on keyboard, Roy "Futureman" on percussion and Regi on guitar.
Each of the brothers has individual projects and successful solo careers, but something magical happens when they reunite for a live performance. This reunion, in particular, is bittersweet, marking the first time the brothers have toured together since the death of their brother, Rudy, in 2010.
The formation of the band’s sound can be credited, in part, to the oldest of the brothers, Regi. A virtuosic guitarist, Regi moved to Nashville in the early '90s and began a weekly stint at 3rd and Lindsley.
As a college town, Regi said Nashville was in dire need of some dance music.
When: 9 p.m.
Where: 1400 Market St.
How much: $20 in advance, $22 day of show
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"When I first moved here, there were no bands doing the funky thing at all," he said. "They didn’t play the covers ... so when I moved here, I knew it was a great place to do what we do."
In other words, Regi and his brothers brought the funk to Tennessee. And it stuck.
Regi recently toured with the Victor Wooten Band in South America and spends his off-stage time teaching guitar (and other instruments) to eager students.
"I teach to inspire," he said. "You have to make it seem like the hippest thing on the planet. I don’t fail or flunk anybody."
For Regi, the rules are learned only to be broken. His approach to teaching is more ethereal and spiritual.
"It’s about the history of the music and how the music relates to the body, how it relates to space," he said. "I add that to the music so they can understand it."
This approach to music and performance also trickled down to Victor. His VixCamp offers a combination of music and nature studies from around the world. The camps are held at Victor’s 147-acre farm in rural Tennessee.
As for Wednesday’s performance in Chattanooga, fans can expect funky, soulful covers and improvisation.
"Improvisation is a large part of our music," Regi said. "You don’t know what the crowd is going to be like. You might have to change what you do to make sure the crowd reacts."
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