Béla Fleck Brings The Africa Project to Indianapolis

Béla Fleck, a world-renowned banjo virtuoso best known for his work with New Grass Revival and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, is taking part in Indianapolis‘ celebration of Black History Month. The famous musician will be performing with his Africa Project at Clowes Memorial Hall in Butler University this Friday, February 19.

The Africa Project is an exploration of the history of the banjo, which has deep African origins. The instrument was first brought over to the United States from Africa by the slaves; subsequently, it has been adopted into American culture. Béla Fleck’s performance on Friday will support his documentary, Throw Down Your Heart, which chronicles his trip to Tanzania, Uganda, Mali, and Gambia. This Indianapolis event will also feature the rotating cast of musicians that Béla Fleck utilized in his documentary.

Video of Béla Fleck and his Africa Project performing in New York; The Africa Project will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Béla Fleck is possibly the most famous banjo musician in the world and an active component of the progressive bluegrass movement. He joined New Grass Revival in 1981 and performed with them for nine years. His second solo album, Dive, was nominated for a Grammy in 1988. Also in 1988, Béla Fleck and virtuoso bassist Victor Wooten formed Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, perhaps Fleck’s best known group. With the Flecktones, Béla Fleck has won heaps of critical acclaim and several Grammy awards, including Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1996, Best Instrumental Composition in 1998, Best Contemporary Jazz Album in 2000 and 2006, and Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2009. In 2010, Throw Down Your Heart won two Grammy Awards: Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Contemporary World Music Album.

Video of Béla Fleck performing on the David Letterman Show; Fleck will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Indianapolis music fans should definitely not miss this chance to see one of the great living masters of the banjo in action at Clowes Memorial Hall on Friday, February 19. Fleck is known for giving virtuoso, high energy performances at all his venues, so you can sure that The Africa Project won’t be an exception. Prior to the stage performance, there will be a lecture by Robin Hopkins about the roots of the banjo. The lecture is free with a ticket to the event and might help to understand more about the origins of the instrument.

Promotional video for Béla Fleck’s documentary, “Throw Down Your Heart;” Fleck will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Béla Fleck‘s performance with the Africa Project promises to be one of the best things to do in Indianapolis this weekend, so grab your tickets while you still can. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., the lecture by Robin Hopkins begins at 7:15, and Béla Fleck comes on the stage at 8:00. Tickets for adults range from $40 to $30, and there are no discounts for students at Indianapolis high schools or Indianapolis colleges; however, there is a group discount. Be sure not to miss Béla Fleck’s Africa Project; it’s a rare event for the Circle City!

-Bryan Johnson

Greater Indianapolis performance arts venues

Béla Fleck’s Africa Project, Feb., 2010

Clowes Memorial Hall

4602 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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