After eight years of touring and releasing quietly successful albums for major and independent labels alike, the quintet Jump, Little Children has decided to take a break. And so, the band is starting its "Farewell for Now 2005" tour at Iota on Tuesday.
The guys won't rule out the possibility that they might regroup down the line, and there's talk of new recordings and a DVD, but this will be the last official tour for the foreseeable future as the band members take time off the road to explore new options.
As member Matt Bevins wrote in a recent edition of the band's official newsletter, The Jump Tribune: "We personally are going to shy away from the term 'Final Tour' because Cher and KISS have been bandying that phrase around, falsely, for years. But at this point, we're taking a break. A good long one."
The tour will climax with a year-end show that will be recorded for audio and DVD release.
Rabid fans need not despair, however, as the group promises annual year-end shows as well as releases of previously unrecorded material.
But, if you want to see Jump, Little Children's energy-filled live show, the time is now. Bevins promises to keep maudlin sentiment to a minimum. "This isn't a sad occasion, and we don't want to see any tears. Let's all just wind down with a bang."
Opening the show is Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Jim Boggia, who is touring in support of his new album, "Safe In Sound" (bluhammock music). The CD features writing collaborations and appearances by Aimee Mann, Jill Sobule, former Elvis Costello sideman Pete Thomas, guitarist Wayne Kramer of the legendary band The MC5 and reclusive '70s pop star Emitt Rhodes. Boggia plays guitar and an array of other instruments, including the glockenspiel, ukulele, Mellotron and toy keyboards.
Boggia has a reputation for a soulful voice, experimental instrumentation and an encyclopedic knowledge of pop music that allows him to mix strange and delightful cover tunes into his original material in live shows.
Boggia is already a local hero on the Philadelphia scene, thanks to his membership in 4 Way Street, a foursome of harmony singers and songwriters, which released a well-received album, "Pretzel Park," in 2003.
Boggia was declared legally blind in his left eye at birth and has since lost much of the strength in his right, adding to his intense focus on and love for music since childhood. The cover of his self-released 2002 solo debut, "Fidelity is the Enemy," shows a pint-sized Boggia mesmerized by a plastic record player, the typeface echoing the Beach Boys' classic "Pet Sounds." These days, armed with a love of pure sound, Boggia aims to emulate the power of such classics.
-- MARIANNE MEYER
IOTA Club & Cafe is at 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Admission is $12 and limited to those 21 and older, with valid ID. Tickets are not sold in advance; customers are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 703-522-8340 or visit www.iotaclubandcafe.com for more information.
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