On an otherwise quiet Monday evening in a public library in Bound Brook
, New Jersey, a trio of middle-aged musicians played a free concert for an appreciative audience of progressive rock aficionados and demonstrated a command of their instruments and a love for complex classic rock numbers.
The name of the band is Endless Enigma
, and they follow a strict Emerson, Lake and Palmer coverage, performing nothing else and being nothing less.
Frank, on keyboards, was the founder of Love and Death / EMotive, the late 1990's progressive band, and his renditions of ELP's many compositions over a high rack of synthesizers drove Endless Enigma's sound. But neither Tommy, on vocals, bass, guitar nor Anthony, on drums and percussion, would be outdone. The three musicians played in unison across multiple time and key changes and across orchestrations that their audience had come to observe and to enjoy.
The ELP tribute band performed for just over an hour, through renditions of "Lucky Man," "Take a Pebble," and "From the Beginning," and they provided a unique setting, settled as they were in a corner of a public library on a Monday evening.
"We don't usually play at bars," Frank explained to me in the moments before the show. "We like to rent out venues like this. But we will be playing just down the street at a bar on June 26."
The audience composition for Monday's showcase was what one would expect for a local middle-aged progressive rock tribute band: friends and family and other musicians. As the keyboardist also doubles as a piano teacher, there were a collection of children in attendance, most of whom had never heard a single track from Emerson, Lake and Palmer before.
Endless Enigma's upcoming activity can be found here
on their Facebook page.