Counterculture icon Jonathan Richman won’t headlining LoveOly Summer Fest on Saturday, August 28 – and it’s not just another ‘musician changed plan’ or even ‘musician’ story. has been exposed to COVID-19 ”.
On the contrary, the Olympia Film Society, which books concerts for the weekly festival, was scammed, a scam that was discovered on Friday August 27, when KAOS DJ Mark “Markly” Morrison contacted the publicist. from Richman to request an interview.
As it turned out, neither publicist Debbie Gulyas nor Richman, who has performed at Olympia several times over the past 20 years, knew about the concert until they received the email from Morrison.
The film company had organized the show after receiving a call from someone posing as the singer-songwriter, best known for his appearance in “There’s Something About Mary,” where he played a musician sitting in a tree. .
“We’re all confused,” Gulyas wrote in an email to Morrison, host of the radio / podcast show Low Profile (https://www.lowprofilepodcast.com/).
“We are shocked,” said Audrey Henley, executive director of the Olympia Film Society, in a press release. “We’ve been booking groups for 30 years, and this is a first. “
Henley and Olympia Downtown Alliance executive director Todd Cutts apologized in the press release, which included a gracious response from Richman.
“I just heard about your wonderful festival and (it) seems like a great place to play someday,” the musician wrote. “Did the guy who called you manage to imitate my voice quite well?” If he did, you must give it to him. Most people cannot do this.
The festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in Fifth and Washington streets in Olympia.
Oh, Rose, who was the opening act, will now perform at 5 p.m. instead of Richman, and Victory Shoes will perform at 4 p.m.
Olympia police are investigating, the statement said.
Morrison, whose journalistic efforts uncovered the hoax, has a bit of history with fake famous people.
“It reminds me of when I was 11 and interviewing someone on AOL Instant Messenger who claimed to be the Olsen Twins,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “I understood them when they didn’t know the real name of the dog who played Comet in ‘Full House’. “