This afternoon, banjo maestro Bela Fleck surprised a few dozen guests to the Folk School of Chattanooga with an impromptu appearance to perform and answer questions.
Fleck is a Grammy Award-winning musician and front man of the progressive jazz super group Bela Fleck and The Flecktones. He will make the second of two appearances as a special guest of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera tonight at 8 to perform his Banjo Concerto.
Before taking the stage, Fleck said Chattanooga was lucky to have an institution like the Folk School.
“This is great. I wish they were doing this in every town,” he told Folk School co-founder and musician Christie Burns before taking the stage for an hour-long discussion of his background and a demonstration of various techniques.
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