Critic’s Pick – Jonathan Richman

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Jonathan Richman

Former Modern Lovers frontman Jonathan Richman will appear at the historic Southgate House in Newport this Wednesday, March 9, performing his one-of-a-kind acoustic show with long-time drummer and collaborator Tommy Larkins. Richman is a living legend of sorts, known for writing the classic punk rock song “Roadrunner,” as well as his more genre-defying work with the Modern Lovers throughout the 70s and 80s. Also known for his appearance as the acoustic guitar-toting troubadour in the Farrelly Brothers’ film “There’s Something About Mary,” Richman now tours and records as an acoustic-based act, and has developed a fiercely devoted following with his uniquely poetic blend of folk, rockabilly and jazz. Wednesday’s appearance at the Southgate House offers a relatively rare chance to catch the San Francisco-based duo’s intense live show. Tickets are $12; doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. More information can be found online at www.southgatehouse.com or www.vaporrecords.com.

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