Musical debut for a utilities manager

By day, James MacFarlane is vice-chairman of the Camden County (NJ) Municipal Utilities Authority. But on Wednesday night (March 6), he'll take to the stage at Quest Fest, a  cutting-edge musical collaboration.

"I'm going to sing with the band," says MacFarlane, 54. He also wrote the music, which he describes as "New Age Celtic Zen, with classical overtones."

Featuring a half dozen other musicians and artists, the show is set for 7 p.m. at Underground Arts, North 12th and Callowhill streets in Philadelphia. Proceeds benefit Heart of Camden, a nonprofit organization that is an engine of renewal in Camden's increasingly vibrant Waterfront South neighborhood.

Waterfront South also is home to the regional sewage treatment plant of the CCMUA; MacFarlane has served on the authority's board for 16 years and is a longtime Heart of Camden supporter.

Quest Fest information is here.