Nothin’ But A Bass!
Victor Wooten appeared at the Largo Cultural Center in Largo, FL on Thursday, October 1, 2015 for a captivating one night show that lasted nearly two and a half hours. With no formal introduction, Victor walked out on stage with a smile, casually dressed, wearing a black knitted hat covering most his dreadlocks, a daisy yellow colored baseball style shirt with “Wooten” written on the back, black pants, black sneakers and his bass guitar already in place ready to play. With his greeting, he informed us he’d be taking us on a musical journey so we’d better buckle up for the ride but convinced us that he’d take good care of us. From the start of the show, he made his bass play notes I didn’t know existed on a bass guitar; it was magical.
With every stroke of the bass, there was a musical turn in the journey; one in which we were happy to take with him. Because of the intensity of his playing, we were all sitting in such silence you could hear a pin drop. Suddenly, the bass got really funky, the lights changed from a cool blue and white to a soft but fire red – that’s when I decided to buckle up! I must say, he did warn us. After the funky tune, he began to speak to the audience telling us that during sound check, there was an interruption of a radio station coming through but it eventually was fixed. He said that to take time to acknowledge the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make a show a success.
After the acknowledgement, it was time for more bass! He joked and told us that he uses a looping pedal so he doesn’t have to hire others to play for him. This time, he played the bass “funkier than an unwashed armpit.” That quote is compliments of my friend, Otis Williams of The Temptations. While this show is the majority of him playing the bass, there were times where he spoke to the audience to maintain a nice flow. At one particular point, he recited words that had great meaning then later told us it was called “The Message” and was written by his brother Joseph Wooten.
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