The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
October 13, 2019

Over the years, Ben & Jerry’s has created ice cream flavors inspired by famous musicians and bands, including Cherry Garcia, Bohemian Raspberry and Phish Food. If rival ice cream company Häagen-Dazs wants to get in the game with a music-inspired flavor of its own, genre-leaping banjo innovator Béla Fleck and contrabass master Edgar Meyer are ideal candidates.

Fleck, a 14-time Grammy Award winner, and Meyer, a five-time winner, first started making music together in the summer of 1982 in Colorado, in front of the Häagen-Dazs store in Aspen. They haven’t stopped collaborating yet.

“I don’t think there was a Ben & Jerry’s in Aspen back then!” Fleck said. He performs here Wednesday at the Balboa Theatre with Meyer and Indian tabla drum legend Zakir Hussain, whose own musical collaborators have ranged from George Harrison and Ravi Shankar to John McLaughlin and the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart.