Thursday, August 11, 2011

I was dancing in the lesbian bar...

Well I was dancing at a night club one Friday night
And that night club bar was a little uptight
Yeah, I was dancing all alone a little self conscious
When some kids came up and said, "for dancing come with us."
And soon...I was dancing in a lesbian bar, oh, oh.
I was dancing in a lesbian bar, oh, oh, oh.
Jonathan Richman at FTC Stage One in Fairfield on Wednesday, October 19
Graced with an unprecedented childlike glow, Jonathan Richman is a brilliant songwriter and a one-of-a-kind performer of insanely creative proportions. You literally walk away from a Jonathan Richman show believing that everything is life is beautiful and wonderful and you’ll have a hard time shaking that sentiment for days and days.

His beginnings are with the band Modern Lovers, a highly influential pre-punk rock band popular in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Owing much of their success to the popularity of the Velvet Underground, Richman sings with a trademark loungey, smirky pop flare not unlike early Lou Reed. His solo career broke him into genres like country, pop, Spanish songs and folky story-based love songs. His cult following is unmatched today and he does not have an official website. You may have seen/heard him in There’s Something About Mary, in which he played half of an on-screen narrating band, as well as Fever Pitch and Kingpin, all by the Farrelly Brothers. Conan O’Brien is also a huge fan of Richman’s careful and mysteriously comedic nature and has featured him on his shows frequently. He often performs alone or with a single drummer and always gets the whole audience into the show, with his sincere and loving approach to showmanship. Nobody even comes close to Jonathan Richman when it comes to making a crowd happy about music.

It is appropriately rare to catch a Jonathan Richman show, never mind in such a setting as StageOne. Come out and do yourself a favor. See this show.

“Richman renewed your faith in humanity and relief that there are people out there like him—geeky, honest, vulnerable underdogs with a sophisticated wit who can tell us things about themselves and ourselves at the very same time.”  “His wide-eyed goofiness endears because it is tempered by good-humored irony and an understanding of people that allow him to discuss moments and emotions that are universal but usually kept private (even from ourselves sometimes). At one point he sings “I didn’t need to be loved; I needed to love,” and the audience is for a moment hushed in empathy.” –
venue: Stage One
date: Wed 10/19
doors: 7:00 PM, show: 7:30 PM

price: $22, member discount: $5, 

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