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Monday, March 1, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Eclectica

Posted By on Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Eclectica is a funky, groove-heavy trio featuring Bela Fleck and the Flecktones drummer Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Tracy Silverman (hailed by BBC as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin”) and Nashville bassist Steve Forrest. True to their moniker, they blend a variety of musical genres in their electric — and somewhat warped — music. Their songs pass effortlessly and organically from soul crooning to country fiddling, from hard hip-hop to world beats. Plus, their pop and R&B vocals, supplied by all three, aren’t wasted on lyrical fluff — they bring to life engaging pieces of songwriting that often preach against the technological temptations that, for all their claims of connectivity, regularly serve to keep people apart and compartmentalized. Don’t worry: Eclectica have got the juice under control, grinding futuristic tones into body-moving soul for the new millennium, replete with all the jam-band jazz solos, searing licks and delicious harmonies you can take. They’re at Nighttown (12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216.795.0550, nighttowncleveland.com) at 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. — Matt Marshall

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