Rock & Pop

Jonathan Richman

When: Fri., June 5, 8:30 p.m. and Sat., June 6, 8:30 p.m. 2015

Anyone familiar with Jonathan Richman’s periodic artist-in-residence gigs at the Make-Out Room knows that his charisma is unmatched. The arch of an eyebrow or the brush of one finger upon two nylon strings on his strapless acoustic guitar will make believers out of hardened gig-goers. It’s nice when he sings, too, perhaps in lilting Portuguese or Spanish, about his fraught relationship with works of art, the merriment of a lesbian bar, the beauty of the natural world, or even the plight of Mumia Abu Jamal. Another thing about Jonathan Richman is that he’s lovely. Also, he clearly dislikes noisy air conditioners. Fans of his Make-out Room residencies know that he has that contraption shut the hell off. No telling whether he’ll insist likewise at Bottom of the Hill on Friday or Saturday, but if so, there’s a big window behind the stage that might let in a nice, cool breeze.

Sam Lefebvre

Price: $15

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