Two Egg staff members were trying to answer the questions that follow James Farm around – the biggest one being, of course, “Who’s James?”
One of the staffers had that one knocked. Take the first initials of each of the players – tenorman Joshua Redman, keyboardist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland – and then add an invisible apostrophe and an ‘S’, and there’s “James” for you. The other staffer considered that for a second, and then asked plaintively, “But what’s the ‘Farm?'”
I tried to answer that, saying it was “a metaphor for the collective spirit the group feels when they play together.” Hey, I’m a professional. I’m supposed to come up with existential crap like that.
The folks at The Egg have announced seven new fall concerts in their ongoing American Roots & Branches series. Tickets are currently available to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, June 7:
Friday, September 9: Roger McGuinn @ the Swyer Theatre, $28.
The legendary voice of the Byrds returns with his solo show that demonstrates his rightful place as a true pioneer of the folk-rock revolution.
Thursday, September 22: James Farm @ the Swyer Theatre, $34.50.
A new collaborative, genre-smashing band featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland, uses traditional acoustic instrumentation as it blends jazz with rock, soul, folk, classical and electronica.
Saturday, September 24: Anthony Rapp & Adam Pascal @ the Hart Theatre, $29.50, $34.50.
Two of the original cast members of the Broadway smash “Rent” reunite to perform songs from that musical, as well as a variety of pop and rock tunes.
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