Jonathan Richman came to Grand Rapids to play at the Intersection back in '95. It was just him and his drummer and he didn't need no more. He was wearing the same striped shirt that night. I loved him them and love him more now. I was doing an interview for the Wealthy Orphans yesterday and they made a comparison to Jonathan Richman. I would be hard pressed to think of a higher compliment.
The story goes that one of Johnathan's friends back in high school traded him a VU album and it made such an impression on him that he left Massachusetts for NYC in '69. He ended up living on the couch of the Velvets then manager Steve Sesnick and working a series of part time jobs. After a year Jonathan moved back to MA and has made it his home ever since. That early connection to the creativity and pension for for a good rock 'n roll narrative kicked off by Lou Reed, Jonathan took down his own very unique path.
The Wealthy Orphans will be at the Intersection this coming Tuesday night to play the Jammies . This is a big night in our city because of the way it celebrates our own musical community. It is a free show February 14, Valentines Day. Our slot is 6:05-6:30 in the front room. Marlee and Amy from Dance in the Annex will be performing with us for our song Judgement day. Come and share a very magical evening with us and our friends.