Double Your Pleasure with Two Nights of Jonathan RichmanNovember 20th, 2013
Singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman took up 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 as a comedic Greek chorus in There’s Something About Mary. And although that flick came out 15 years ago, punk-rock OG turned modern-day troubadour Richman (above, performing “I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar”) remains as busy as ever. He’s currently touring with drummer Tommy Larkins. And together they play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow and Friday.