WALDOBORO — Jonathan Richman, one of America’s most unique and dynamic songwriters, performs an intimate acoustic set with Tommy Larkins on Friday, June 10 at 8 p.m. at the Waldo Theater, 916 Main St.
While the New York Times says Richman’s songs are “Ogden Nash-worthy rhymes,” the Nashville scene implores you to “buy tickets early.” Buy tickets often. That’s just good general life advice, but even more so when you’re talking about Jonathan Richman. Don’t be refused at the door, don’t leave anything to chance: you will regret it.
A native of Boston, Richman formed the influential Modern Lovers, pioneers of the punk and new wave sound that formed in the 1970s. Inspired by Richman’s enthralment with the Velvet Underground, they later influenced the Sex Pistols, Violent Women, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Weezer, among others.
Included on the “School of Rock” soundtrack, the Modern Lovers’ song “Roadrunner” has been dubbed “the first punk song,” and its cultural influence is such that, for the past decade, the US legislature State of Massachusetts fought to make the song the official rock song of Massachusetts. Many might also recognize Richman for his role as the singer-narrator in the 1998 film “There’s Something About Mary” and as a staple of “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” performing comedic songs such as “You’re Crazy for Taking the Bus” and “Vampire Girl”.
Richman prides himself on his simplicity, playing acoustically with Larkins on drums. “The music we make now works well in quiet places like theaters and performing arts centers. We still don’t use a schedule or set list, so we don’t know what we’ll be doing until we’ve done it. Richman’s latest EP on Blue Arrow Records, “Cold Pizza & Other Hot Stuff”, is available on Bandcamp.
The Waldo is thrilled to have Richman and Larkins take the stage in June and share music that is poignant, funny, innocent and uplifting. In a show review for The Columbus Dispatch, Curtis Schieber noted that “Richman’s admiration for spontaneity, desire for human connection, and confidence in the power of love shone through”. Audience members can look forward to a great musical evening in the Midcoast.
Concessions, including beer and wine for those 21 and older, will be available at the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Waldo no longer requires proof of vaccination and recommends masks for all visitors per current CDC guidelines. Capacity will be limited to allow space between customers.
Tickets are $30 in advance online and $35 in person. Visit waldotheatre.org/pages/music for tickets and more information.
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