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March 5, 2018

Jonathan Richman
Jonathan Richman
Photo:John Keegan

The storm shut us out of electricty from Friday to Sunday afternoon. But John Keegan got to Pawtucket, RI to catch Jonathan Richman at the MET on Saturday and he says......

You would have to have a piece of barbed wire stuck in your eyeball to hate a Jonathan Richman concert. He and long-time drummer Tommy Larkin, are like Medieval minstrels. They show up in town every year to help you forget the rats, the plague and the lack of indoor plumbing. Richman plays all rolls; the harlequin, the jester, the wise fool and whatever they called zen psychotherapist back then. Overall, this works well. The faithful turn out in droves for the performance in the square - in this case, The Met in Pawtucket. .

J Richman
Jonathan Richman
Photo:John Keegan

Richman takes a foursquare approach to his craft. He has his favorite topics, artists he admires (No One Was Like Vermeer), nature (Summer Feeling), religion (He Gave Us the Wine to Taste It), joy of life (Dancing at a Lesbian Bar) and crazy love (Not So Much to be Loved as to Love).

The small band format emphasizes the similarity in the basic sound of the songs - a velvety churn, catchy pop, and nylon string, continental cafe strummers underneath breezy Spanish, French and Italian words.

Jonathn Richman
Jonathan Richman
Photo:John Keegan

At the Met, the stage is low, and the crowd is close. Richman uses his face as a third instrument to convey his songs. His eyes roll and bulge. He contorts his face with a furrowed brow or opens it up in laughter. He leans forward to look into the eyes of the crowd in a way that says I'm with you; these songs are about all of us.

The faithful are not disappointed. First timers find plenty to love.

For the full story and lots more great photos - click the photo below.....

Here's some good shows coming up .....

Crimespress March 6 (Tuesday) Crimespree, Marko and The Bruisers, The Sewer Buddies, Go Figure at O'Brien's

March 6 (Tuesday) Rock and Roll Trivia with Erin & Brett moves to The Sinclair (in the restaurant) 8 PM - 11 PM FB page

March 7 (Wednesday) Ghostwriter, Coffin Salesman, Olde Boy at OBrien's

March 7 (Wednesday) 138, Cost, System Blister, Punk Band at Opus/Salem

March 8 (Thursday) Richie Parsons at The Midway 8-9:30

March 8 (Thursday) Sternman (formally Rawstrum) with Yo Ticonderoga, Cardinal and Rival Cinema at PA's Lounge

March 9 (Friday) Nick & The Adversaries, Continental (ex-Dropkick Murphys/The Outlets), The Hi-End, The Gala at The Midway

March 9 (Friday) Club Linehan a Go Go, Stigmatics, The Billy Connors Project and the Spearmint Sea ….at the Club Bohemia at The Cantab.

March 10 (Saturday) A Crash Course For The Ravers is featuring HELEN The show streams to everyone Saturdays 1pm to 4pm at and transmits on 91.5FM Medford.

Connors March 10 (Saturday) The F.U.'s, The Lost Riots, The Humanoids, Punk Band at The Midway for the afternoon show ( 4pm - 8pm) and just stay at the Midway coz.....

March 10 (Saturday) Fat Togue Music presents! .Black Helicopter, Mantooth, Blackletter, The Womps-at The Midway

March 10 (Saturday) Carissa Johnson Talk Talk Talk Album Release at Great Scott also on the bill: The Organ Beats, Lady Pills, and Watts!

March 10 (Saturday) A garage rock'n'roll extravaganza with The Monsieurs, Johnny & The Food Masters, Atlantic Thrills, Clever Girls, Strange Fuzz and a bunch more band- starts at 6PM- at the News Cafe Pawtucket's the FB page.

March 11 (Sunday) Continental, The Damaged , The Capps at The 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence, MA

And further out we have.......

March 12 (Monday) OTP, Michael Kane &the Morning Afters, Headspace at Charlie's Kitchen

Silver Screams March 13 (Tuesday) Loser's Circle, Squallie Greenthumb, You Scoundrel, Live Nude Girls at O'Brien's

March 13 (Tuesday) A special solo acoustic night with Trick Wallace, Chris Wagner, Anthony Kaczynski, and Corin Ashley at The Midway

March 14 (Wednesday) Clan Of Xymox and Stoneburner at Once

March 14 (Wednesday) Dropkick Murphys, Agnostic Front & Bim Skala Bim at The State Theatre, Portland, Maine FB PAGE! SOLD OUT BTW

March 16 (Friday) Bonecrusher, The Welch Boys, The Blue Bloods, The Ice Cold Killers at The Midway

March 16 (Friday) Richie Ramones, Marko and the Bruisers, Musclecah,The Pathetics at Ralph's Diner in Wistah

March 17 (Saturday) St Patrick's Day RocknRoll show with Beantown Boozehounds, State of the Union, Natty D's, The Imposers and Worm at Thirsty First: Tavern & Grill Lowell, MA FB page for more i nfo

March 18 (Sunday) State of the Union, The New Frustrations, Billy Connors Project, Far Above The Ground at The Midway- this is a day time show 4Pm

March 22 (Thursday) Black Beach, Bike Thieves, Nest at O'Brien's

WFMO March 22 (Thursday) Crowfeeder, SkyTigers, Table Trash, the Sewer Buddies at UnchARTed, Lowell, MA FB page

March 22 (Thursday) Bystander, Oh The Humanity, Sternman, The Color Me at OPUS in Salem.

March 23 (Friday) BirdGangs, The Bruvs, The Quins, Something Sneaky at O'Brien's

March 23 (Friday) Barrence Whitfield & the Savages with Mr. Airplane Man at the Middle East!! FB page and tix link here.

March 23 (Friday) Demon's Alley, The Hi-End, Greg Allen, Otter River at Ralph's in Worcester.

March 24 (Saturday) Nervous Eaters, The Connection, Classic Ruins at O'Brien's

March 24 (Saturday) See This World's CD Release Party for Sign of the Times at the Launch Pad at Norwood Space Center, also on the bill Neighborhood Shit and The Pint Killers.It's a 6-11PM show- FB page

March 24 (Saturday) Michael Kane & The Morning Afters, Reverend Dan, Pull it Together at The 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence, MA

March 25 (Sunday) Rebuilder, The Penske Files, Dan Web & The Spiders, Buy My Book at O'Brien's

Headspace March 28 (Wednesday) The Strypes are at Brighton Music Hall

March 30 (Friday) Flathead Rodeo, Creepin' Cadavers, Diablogato at The 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence, MA FB page

March 31 (Saturday) A Crash Course for the Ravers is featuring The Jonee Earthquake Band....1-4PM WMFO 91.5

March 31 (Saturday) The Von Traps, Silver Screams, Revilers and Automatic (members of Jerry's Kids/ex-DYS/Deathwish) at Koto in Salem FB page

April 7 (Saturday) CatalinaShortwave, TheThighScrapers, Helen, TheNoShows, CornerSoul at PA's Lounge. Hosted by Catalina Shortwave and Helen

April 17 (Tuesday) 1476, Crimespree, Crowfeeder, John Trudeau at Koto in Salem

April 17 (Tuesday) My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult: 30th Anniversary Show at the Brighton Music Hall

April 21 (Saturday) The McGunks, Jason Bennett and the Resistance, The Dimwits, Loser's Circle an early show 4-8:30 at The Midway

April 21 (Saturday) The Bush Tetras (their FB page) are at the Middle East Up - early 6:30 show. They are touring to promote their new record! Get tix here.

Midway April 21 (Saturday) The Residents are at Brighton Music Hall.

April 22 (Sunday) Hardcore Stadium presents: The Unseen, American War Machine, Moose Knuckle, The Von Traps at the Middle East - this is an ALL AGES show - starts at 6PM

April 22 (Sunday) The Bush Tetras are at Cafe Nine in New Haven CT

April 25 (Wednesday) The Guilloteenagers, Houston & The Dirty Rats, Sewer Buddies, Blame It On Whitman at O'Brien's

May 10 (Thursday) Mickey Rickshaw and Buster Shuffle at Thunder Road

May 12 (Saturday) The Nervous Eaters with Justine and the Unclean, The Hi-End at The Midway 8pm show

May 12 (Saturday) Crimespree, Pruf, Crossthreads at The 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence, MA

May 17 (Thursday) Tsunami Bomb, Diablogato at Once

May 19 (Saturday) The Knock Ups, State of the Union, The New Frustrations, The Imposers at The Midway- early show 4-8Pm

June 2 (Saturday) Sheer Terror, Nothing But Enemies, Brando, American War Machine at The Middle east - this is an early show 5:30-10:30

Trivia June 13 (Wednesday) doing their G.G. ALLIN 25th Death Anniversary Tour the Murder Junkies are at Cafe Nine in New Haven CT FB page

June 16 (Saturday) GLiDER Live on Radio 91.5FM CrashCourse for the Ravers! stream 1-4PM

June 16 (Saturday) The Nervous Eaters, Justine and the Unclean, Stop Calling Me Frank are at Thunder Road

June 16 (Saturday) GBH with Pinata Party are at The Middle East Down.

June 20 (Wednesday) Reverend Horton Heat, Big Sandy, Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones at Alchemy Provi RI

June 22 (Friday) Tied To A Bear, Duck &Cover, The Von Traps, Sonic Libido at Opus in Salem

July 1 (Sunday) G.G. ALLIN 25th Death Anniversary show with The Murder Junkies, Smoking Triples, Jonee Earthquake, They Hate Us, Malcolm Tent at The Dutch Treat Franconia NH Here's the FB page

July 11 (Wednesday) The Goddamn Gallows, The Koffin Kats, Viva Le Vox at Alchemy in Provi, RI

July 12 (Thursday) Koffin Kats, The Goddamn Gallows, Viva Le Vox at The Middle East

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