Last night, long-time troubadour Jonathan Richman entertained an audience at the re-modeled Avondale Towne Cinema in, well, Avondale, a suburb of Atlanta. To meet Richman's requirements for his intimate, marginally amplified performance, the bar was moved out of the performance space and the HVAC was shut down, but these small inconveniences were well worth the performance.
We first saw Jonathan perform in Albany, NY back in 1986 or '87, and since that date have seen him dozens of times - we have not knowingly missed a Jonathan Richman performance happening wherever we happened to be since that first show. His act has evolved over the years, like all true artists, he never stays in the same place for long, but his warmth, his authenticity, and his humor have remained constants throughout the years, and last night was no exception.
A great heart-warming show to take our minds off of the madness going on around us, at least for an evening.