Banjo player Béla Fleck (pictured), best known for his work with the jazz/world/jam band the Flecktones, is coming to St. Louis to perform with “The Africa Project” at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.
“The Africa Project” features musicians that Fleck met during a recent journey through Uganda, Tanzania, The Gambia, and Mali, during which he explored the African roots of the banjo while also making a documentary film about the trip with director Sascha Paladino.
The resulting movie, Throw Down Your Heart, premiered at the 2008 South by Southwest film festival and took home the "24 Beats Per Second" Audience Award. In concert, "Fleck and a diverse group of African musicians celebrate this collaboration in a concert filled with the beautiful and complex sounds of their shared instrument."
Single tickets for Bela Fleck's "Africa Project" concert will go on sale at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 15. Tickets are $55 for orchestra seating and $45 for balcony seats, and can be purchased by calling MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or by visiting The Sheldon's Web site.
Cinema St. Louis will present a screening of Throw Down Your Heart as part of the 17th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, November 16 at Webster University. You can see the trailer for Throw Down Your Heart in the embedded video window below.