Win Tickets ($79): Béla Fleck & The Flecktones @ Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts | w/ David Grisman Trio, The Jerry Douglas Band

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Béla Fleck & The Flecktones @ Oregon Zooon July 14 . To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, July 9 .



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From our sponsors:
Oregon Zoo Presents
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
David Grisman Trio, The Jerry Douglas Band

July 14, 2018
Doors 5:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM | All Ages | $39.50 – $99.50
Tickets: zooconcerts.com

Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR, 97221

Groundbreaking banjoist/composer/bandleader Béla Fleck has reconvened the original ‘Béla Fleck & The Flecktones’, the extraordinary initial line-up of his incredible combo. Rocket Science marks the first recording by the first fab four Flecktones in almost two decades, with pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy back in the fold alongside Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten, and percussionist/ Drumitarist Roy “Futureman” Wooten. Far from being a wistful trip back in time, the album sees the Grammy Award-winning quartet creating some of the most forward thinking music of their long, storied career. While all manners of genres come into play – from classical and jazz to bluegrass and African music to electric blues and Eastern European folk dances – the result is an impossible to pigeonhole sound all their own, a meeting of musical minds that remains, as ever, utterly indescribable. Simply put, it is The Flecktones, the music made only when these four individuals come together.

“All the different things I do come together to make a new ‘hybrid’ Béla’,” Fleck says. “Everybody else in the group is doing the same things, collaborating with different people, and pursuing a wide variety of ideas, so when we come together and put all of our separate soups into one big stockpot it turns into a very diverse concoction.” Fleck first united the Flecktones in 1988, ostensibly for a single performance on PBS’ Lonesome Pine Special. From the start, there was a special kinship between the four musicians, a bond forged in a mutual passion for creativity and artistic advancement. Three breakthrough albums and a whole lot of live dates followed before Levy decided to move on in late 1992.

“I wanted to do other things and there was no time to do anything else,” he explains. “We were probably playing 150 shows a year at that time – maybe more – and it was just too much for me. I’ve never, before or since, done any one thing that much!” Béla Fleck & the Flecktones persevered, playing as a trio and with many special guests, before saxophonist Jeff Coffin joined the ensemble. A succession of acclaimed albums and innumerable live performances continued to earn the band a fervent fan following around the world, not to mention five Grammy Awards in a range of categories.

Still, by 2008, the band had grown somewhat restive and embarked on a temporary hiatus. The seeds of change began with what Futureman calls the “paintbrushes of fate” as Coffin was invited to join Dave Matthews Band after the 2008 death of saxophonist LeRoi Moore. Fleck encouraged him to accept, believing the decision would rejuvenate both DMB and the Flecktones themselves. “We were ready for something different to happen,” he says. “We’d been in a kind of holding pattern. We had the same line-up for so many years that it was becoming ‘normal’, we were all drifting into outside things for new musical invigoration, and we were taking more and more time off between albums and tours.”

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115 Responses to Win Tickets ($79): Béla Fleck & The Flecktones @ Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts | w/ David Grisman Trio, The Jerry Douglas Band

  1. DT June 19, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

    OMG! This would be the show of a lifetime. Have loved Bela’s music for eons. Make my summer?

  2. Scott June 19, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

    Wow, this would be an incredible show. Bela and Grisman!??! Please pick me, I’ll be forever grateful.

  3. Saul M Korin June 19, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    I would love to see Bela and Grisman and everyone… Thanks.

  4. Kristen M June 19, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

    Love me some Bela! This would be awesome to see

  5. Tricia June 19, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    What a cool way to escape the July desert heat…a trip to Portland and a zoo concert!!

  6. Therese Long June 19, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    Yes please!

  7. Eric Squires June 19, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

    Oh yeah, this would be a cherry on the top of my summer!

  8. Kimberley Chen June 19, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    This sounds like such an amazing concert!

  9. David E June 19, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    This is a triple grand slam – Bela, David and Jerry… WOW!!

  10. Heidi June 19, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

    Date night!

  11. William Dollarhide June 19, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

    Would love to see this show with my son!!

  12. Robin June 19, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

    Yes please!!

  13. Lisalong June 19, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

    Would love to surprise my husband with this concert.

  14. Jen June 19, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

    Yes! This would be an excellent date night for me and my partner! It’d be just like our 20’s when we went on dates in Athens, GA to see David Grisman and Bela Fleck at Bonaroo!

  15. AJ June 19, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    I’d love to go to this.

  16. Dave G. June 19, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

    Hippie heaven on Earth!

  17. Cory June 19, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

    Fleck of a good time!!

  18. Brian June 19, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

    Banjo, banjo, banjo, banjo, banjo, banjo, banjo, banjo…. Futureman and DAWG!

  19. Robert Long June 19, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

    What a lineup!

  20. Joey June 19, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

    I’d love to see the original lineup. Cosmic Hippo!

  21. Glenn June 19, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

    Saw this lineup at the first Telluride Bluegrass I attended. I’d love to see them again!

  22. Trish June 19, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    Would love to listen to some tunes alongside the animals…the four-legged ones, I mean. =^..^=

  23. Josh June 19, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

    This would be a dream show! Would love to be able to go to this!

  24. Tonya June 19, 2018 at 5:44 pm #

    Sounds awesome!!

  25. ellie long June 19, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

    Take me to the zoooo!!

  26. Eva Miller June 19, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

    Please send my sweetie and me to see this musical genius. Did I already say please?

  27. Dana June 19, 2018 at 9:00 pm #

    Because that is Bela Flecking awesome and I want to go!

  28. Patrick June 20, 2018 at 8:25 am #

    This is an amazing lineup. I’ve seen all of them at different times and places, but it would be so cool to see them altogether before a “captive” audience!

  29. Suzanne L. June 20, 2018 at 8:51 am #

    I love the Banjo- and Bela!

  30. Aleks June 20, 2018 at 9:42 am #

    Cool, I think my husband would enjoy this!

  31. Paul June 20, 2018 at 9:45 am #

    Oh holy heck would I like to surprise the SO with this show! Thanks for the chance!

  32. Jenn June 20, 2018 at 10:50 am #

    Oh, yes please!

  33. Hannah June 20, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

    I want to attend because this is the most all-star packed zoo concert ever!

  34. Mrs KV June 21, 2018 at 10:06 am #

    Big fans of Jerry Douglas and my hubby loves Bela Fleck! I haven’t seen a zoo concert yet (and I am a native!) This would be a great evening out!

  35. Lee Widener June 21, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

    Big fan of Bela Fleck and Dave Grisman! Please pick me!

  36. Don Tidwell June 21, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

    because bela is the banjo hero that Portland deserves

  37. Cassi June 21, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

    I have not bento the zoo yet-this would be awesome!

  38. Matt E June 21, 2018 at 4:20 pm #

    Wow, the original lineup! Cosmic hippo, now that’s the future, man.

  39. Maureen A. June 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm #

    What an amazing lineup! And at the zoo! This will be a great show!

  40. Judy W June 21, 2018 at 9:12 pm #

    So exciting to imagine these amazing groups playing in my favorite place just for me!

  41. Marie Fisher June 22, 2018 at 5:37 pm #

    The zoo and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones?! YES!

  42. Paul Stabach June 23, 2018 at 10:43 am #

    I’m just a hard working proletariat who goes to work everyday and pays his taxes arriving into PDX 3PM Saturday July 14th at the start of my one week vacation after having worked the past year straight. Yes, I have seen Bela Fleck before but that was over 10 years ago so you could say “I’m due”. Make me the one! Start my vacation off right at the Zoo.

  43. Tim Bedford June 26, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

    Oh my god, Bela Fleck was first introduced to me via Dave Matthews Band way back in the day – also caught them guest with them on a 30min rendition of #41 on 4/20…it was epic to say the least.

    Bela Fleck is a national treasure, and I’d treasure these tickets til the day I died! Also, Futureman’s drumitar is out of this world…much like his brother’s bass playing!

  44. Peter June 26, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    What a great show! Would love to win tickets!

  45. Michelle Campbell June 26, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

    Yes! I’d love to bring my son!

  46. Mark Butterfield June 26, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    I’m the nerd who loved Dawg Grass and Dawg Jazz way back in the Grisman history. I’ve only seen Bela and the Flecktones once. I need a new infusion!

  47. Hayley June 26, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    Ooh send me please!

  48. Brenda June 26, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

    Never been, but would love to go!

  49. Brenda June 26, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

    Would love to go!

  50. jaclyn June 26, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

    this would be an amazing show to attend! i hope i win!!

  51. kris June 26, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

    It would be great to see Bela!

  52. Michael E Ashland June 26, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

    Bela. Yeah.

  53. Therese Long June 26, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

    Still trying to win these tickets! I’ll keep entering! :)

  54. Kaylee June 26, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

    Love Bela Fleck and the Flecktones!

  55. Valerie June 26, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

    Would love to win tickets – should be an amazing show! :)

  56. BEN LARSEN June 26, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

    Wooten! I must be there!

  57. Brad June 27, 2018 at 9:01 am #

    ZOO concerts are the best!

  58. Zswigart June 27, 2018 at 11:27 am #

    I’d have sex with that banjo

  59. Reuben June 27, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    Woot woot woooten! I know, sorry. But I saw Bela and the Wootens maybe 20 years ago. Not since! I would really love to see them again. Plus Grisman?! And Jerry Douglas?! This is a ridiculous gang of improvising acoustic music geniuses.

  60. Sonny June 27, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

    Heck yes Bela Fleck!

  61. Cara June 27, 2018 at 3:20 pm #

    well, yes of course

  62. christine June 27, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

    Not so in love with animals in cages, but so in love with a summer’s night of Music!

  63. Jim M June 27, 2018 at 9:52 pm #

    What a fantastic night of music!

  64. Bonnie Craigie June 27, 2018 at 10:55 pm #

    Love Belated Fleck and the flecktones and really want to see them because I haven’t seen them in about 15 years!

  65. Stacy M Jorge June 28, 2018 at 2:55 am #

    This right here!

  66. Heidi Schmidt June 28, 2018 at 5:18 am #

    Why do I want to go?! I named my daughter Béla!! She is 9 now. :D

  67. Jamie Veira June 28, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

    Please and thank you!

  68. Robyn Klopp June 28, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

    We’d love to get to see this show!

  69. William J Stewart June 28, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

    Paddle faster – I hear banjos!

  70. Dan Korpenfelt June 28, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

    Pick me please

  71. Brad June 28, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

    I would love to attend for both the music and to see the zoo.

  72. Mark June 28, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

    Never seen a concert at the zoo. This would be a great first.

  73. Katie June 28, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

    Would be forever grateful to relive one of my husband and I’s first dates from 14 years ago…❤️ We love us some Bela!!!!

  74. Barb finn June 28, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

    Dawg! This would be so fun!

  75. Martin Anderson June 29, 2018 at 12:38 am #

    Oh yeah

  76. Kelli June 29, 2018 at 6:56 am #

    I’d love to see this show.

  77. Ben Thom June 29, 2018 at 8:40 am #

    Oh my Lanta, you are my women!
    Wow, whatta line up!

  78. Diane McLaughlin June 29, 2018 at 11:01 am #

    Never had the chance to see her. Would love to go!

  79. Cali Krajcik June 29, 2018 at 11:16 am #

    I’ve never been to a show at the zoo, and Bela would be amazing!

  80. Samantha June 29, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

    Zoo concert is on my bucket list for the summer but no in the budget!

  81. Karl jacobson June 29, 2018 at 7:24 pm #

    Yes please and thank you!

  82. Jenny June 30, 2018 at 9:45 am #

    Yes please!

  83. Robert Trombley July 1, 2018 at 11:17 am #

    Sounds like a swell time!

  84. Kai July 3, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    I have wanted to see them live since the first time I heard their music! And at the zoo, that would be perfect!

  85. Kaylee July 3, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    Love Bela Fleck!

  86. Iris July 3, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

    Zoo concerts are the best! Especially Bela Fleck!

  87. Gregory Garabedian July 3, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    A banjo evening with Bela and the animals? This would be my perfect summer night.

  88. Megan July 3, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

    I’ve never been to a concert at the zoo. This sounds so fun!

  89. Jenn July 3, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

    OMG this would be fantastic!! :)

  90. John July 3, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

    Great way to send a Saturday evening!

  91. Dylan Luka July 3, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

    i really need to win this ticket, I love me some banjo.

  92. carly aguiar July 3, 2018 at 9:52 pm #

    What a delightful surprise! Thus would be great to attend! Thank you

  93. jessica richards July 4, 2018 at 11:45 pm #

    I would love to go to this concert as an amazing date night with my hubby. We love love love this music! I will keep my fingers and toes crossed. Thank you

  94. Tina July 5, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    Sounds fun!

  95. Nick July 5, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

    Wow! What a lineup! I hope I get to go to this show. It’s been a long time since seeing Bela and the Flecktones or Jerry Douglas. Two of my favorites.

  96. Marianne Silva July 5, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

    Yes, please! Love Bela and the flecktones and the zoo!

  97. Aaron Cullen July 5, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

    Yes please!

  98. Kelly July 5, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

    HELL YEAH!
    3 of my absolute favorites on the same bill. Yes please.

  99. Ted Yuen July 5, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

    I’m an acoustic musician (mandolin, fiddle, guitar) and I’d be so excited to see all of these virtuosos on the same evening! AND July 14 is literally my birthday – it’d be an awesome birthday present! (can send a picture of my ID).

  100. Laura Storm July 5, 2018 at 10:47 pm #

    My daughter is a budding musician and I would love to introduce her to Wootens stylings!!

  101. Christopher R Watson July 7, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    I’ve been a fan of Bela, and the Flecktones since the mid 90’s and have had the amazing fortune of seeing them together as well as seperately in all kinds of venues. I’m also a fan of the zoo and would LOVE to see this show!!! :)

  102. Melissa July 7, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

    Bela!!! Why let the elephants have all the fun?

  103. sara July 8, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

    yes please

  104. Kurt Pfeffer July 8, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

    I would love to take my wife and celebrate our 29th anniversary attending an amazing show with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones!!!

  105. Kurt Pfeffer July 8, 2018 at 5:42 pm #

    Would be a fun filled night!!

  106. Sarah July 8, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

    Love Bela and just moved to PDX- would love to check out this awesome venue!

  107. Sarah B July 8, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

    me please!

  108. Brittanie July 8, 2018 at 11:05 pm #

    Sounds awesome!

  109. Bogdan July 9, 2018 at 9:32 am #

    I love Zoo summer concerts! It would be such a great pleasure to attend!

  110. Michael Buck July 9, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

    Always a great time seeing Dawg!

  111. Julie July 9, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

    We’d love to win Bela Fleck tickets! Our son is a toddler now and LOVES music of all kinds, but introducing him to live music has been the best experience because I love seeing him process his music is produced and made. Taking him and my husband to this show would be amazing!

  112. Scott hammond July 10, 2018 at 5:38 pm #

    We are traveling all the way from Humboldt County California! This show would make our Portland experience replete with memories and compelling opportunities to return. We hope to contribute to the culture while we are there as well as stimulate the economy. Coming to this show will help us to do both of these things in an amazing way. Pick us because we have nine kids and I traveling 335 miles over eight hours and we promise to be extra nice to everybody!

    Respectfully, Scott Hammond

  113. Julie July 13, 2018 at 11:19 pm #

    I NEED, must, have to, go to this concert. Please! select me for free tickets. ASAP. My good friend Uncle B is in town, and even on crutches, wants to see Bela. Free is good, that’s all I know. Peace love and all that stuff. ;*

  114. Rena Grossman July 13, 2018 at 11:54 pm #

    Throw Down Your Heart was an incredible journey. His music and heart babe touched mine. I’d love to go.

  115. Jesse July 14, 2018 at 3:19 am #

    Please gift me last Min tickets for my girlfriends birthday!

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