14 June 2012 - Jonathan Richman at The Camel, RVA
Jonathan Richman. At the Camel. A cozy bar. Not a giant venue like you might expect from someone of his musical stature. No opening bands. 100% Jonathan Richman and drummer Tommy Larkins. Sold out show. When the partition between the bar and the performance area opened, I somehow got swept directly to the front row center. I was standing right there, surrounded by friends, and directly in front of Jonathan Richman.
Jonathan and Tommy performed 2 sets of music with a brief 10-minute intermission. At the beginning of the intermission, a few other folks started talking to Jonathan. So I got up the nerve and mentioned that I was a DJ at the community radio station upstairs and that several other DJs were at the show and that we were SO excited that he was playing in town and that I really wanted to give him a hug because it was so awesome that he was here but I didn’t want to just give him a hug if he wasn’t a huggy person, and then he totally gave me a hug. I can’t even explain how meaningful a moment that was for me. It was awesome.