Béla Fleck and the Flecktones are an American musical group, that plays primarily instrumental music. Critic Thom Jurek describes their music as an "unclassifiable meld of jazz, progressive bluegrass, rock, classical, funk, and world music traditions," a style of sometimes dubbed "blu-bop". The band's name is a play on the name of the 1960s rock band Dick Dale and the Del-Tones.
The band formed in 1988 after the breakup of Fleck's New Grass Revival, to perform on the PBS series Lonesome Pine Specials. The original version of the Flecktones consist of Béla Fleck on acoustic and electric banjo, Victor Wooten on bass guitar, his brother, Roy Wooten (a.k.a. Future Man) on Drumitar, and Howard Levy on harmonica and keyboard. Levy departed in 1992, and the group continued as a trio for several years until sax player Jeff Coffin joined. Coffin departed in 2010 to join the Dave Matthews Band, and Levy rejoined in 2011.
The Flecktones have toured extensively since then, often playing over 200 concerts per year. Each of the current members of the quartet has released at least one solo album.