WEST HARTFORD – The University of Saint Joseph will be visited by an award winning musician this weekend as part of the school’s American Roots Festival.
Jayme Stone - a two-time Juno Award winning banjoist and composer - is bringing his Lomax Project performance to the USJ on Friday and Saturday night. Stone’s Lomax Project - the musician’s first album of his Lomax series - focuses on songs collected by field recording pioneer Alan Lomax.
According to a press release from the USJ, Lomax was a folklorist, ethnomusicologist, and writer, among other things. The man was a pioneer in ethnomusicology - the study of music in its cultural context – and has over 10,000 recordings in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Lomax lived from 1915 to 2002 and was a major figure in folklore and cultural advocacy related to music.
According to Stone’s website, the Lomax series’ purpose is to revive, recycle and re-imagine traditional music. Stone’s second album, Folklife, is set to release in April.
The band Mama Marmalade will play the opening set for both shows. According to a press release, the band plays across multiple genres and they incorporate bluegrass, funk, blues and folk into their music.
Today, Stone is leading a TED-style talk about how he worked through Lomax’s archive and adapted pieces to fit a live performance. Stone’s talk will be 6 p.m. at the USJ.
After this weekend’s concerts, there will only be one more show for USJ’s American Roots Festival. The Healing Blues Band will visit the school Friday, April 21, to conclude this year’s events.
The concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, at the school’s Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities. USJ’s main campus is located at 1678 Asylum Ave, West Hartford.
Tickets can be purchased at the Frances Driscoll Box Office, by phone at 860-231-5555 or online at www.usj.edu/arts .
Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1
WHERE: The Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities at the University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Ave.
PRICE: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, Let’s Go Arts members and USJ alumni, $15 for students.