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Jonathan Richman (free)

  • Union South Sett 1308 West Dayton Street Madison, WI, 53715 United States (map)
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Decades after forming and swiftly destroying the massively influential group The Modern Lovers, Jonathan Richman has created a massive discography of disarmingly simple and often painfully personal music. His unique mixture of stripped-down early rock & roll influences and unironic songwriting about mundane topics results in sweetly eccentric pop music. Whether it's delivering a wistfully romantic paean or a plea for people to be kinder, Richman's songwriting voice is always one of wide-eyed innocence. Though Richman's music is nostalgic for a simpler, happier time, don't expect a greatest-hits nostalgia act. Richman's shows are legendarily unpredictable; he's as likely to wander off into the audience mid-song as he is to wander through a version of one of his classics like "I Was Dancing In A Lesbian Bar." Seeing him perform at the already awkward Sett probably won't make any new fans, but when else are you going to see Jonathan Richman play while dipping your fries into some Sett Sauce? —Ian Adcock

Earlier Event: November 8
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Later Event: November 8
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