Three Chances to See Jonathan Richman

February 11th, 2010

Singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman began playing the guitar at the age of 15 and was playing in public just a year later. He relocated from Boston to New York City in 1969, but his music didn’t get a lot of love, so he headed back north and formed the influential protopunk band the Modern Lovers. Wanting a quieter sound, Richman eventually turned the Modern Lovers into an acoustic group, most notable for their doo-wop sound and the funny lyrics that would remain a hallmark of his later solo work. Richman earned the most attention his career would get thanks to the Farrelly brothers featuring him and his music essentially as a comedic Greek chorus in There’s Something About Mary. But, believe it or not, that flick came out nearly 12 years ago, and Richman (above, playing “Everyday Clothes” on Late Night with Conan O’Brien) still has plenty left to say. So come check him out this weekend, when he plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.