Night 1: Vic Chesnutt and Jonathan Richman at the Bowery Ballroom

Jonathan Richman, off-kilter as usual, at the Bowery Ballroom, NYC, on June 16. (Photos copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

Jonathan Richman, off-kilter as usual, at the Bowery Ballroom, NYC, on June 16. (Photos copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Jonathan Richman‘s set at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom last night was so wonderful it left me virtually speechless. And Athens, Ga., legend Vic Chesnutt‘s opening set was revelatory, as well.

Vic C gets ready

Vic Chesnutt preparing before his set.

Newsflash: Vic told the crowd last night that Jonathan had recently flown him to San Francisco, where Vic recorded his new album, with Jonathan and his drummer, Tommy Larkins, backing him up. “It went pretty well,” the paraplegic singer-songwriter said with a grin.

I’ll be back for tonight’s show, expecting something equally entertaining. You should be there too.

Check out more photos after the jump.

Tommy Larkins joins Vic Chesnutt for a few songs.

Tommy Larkins joins Vic Chesnutt for a few songs.

Jonathan dances 1

Jonathan dances.

Jonathan dances 2

Jonathan keeps dancing.

Jonathan's shadow dances too.

Jonathan's shadow dances too.

You score extra points if you recognize the celebrity Jonathan fan in the lower left corner of this photo. Please leave a comment with your answer.

Do you recognize the celebrity Jonathan Richman fan in the lower left corner of this photo? Please leave a comment with your guess.

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3 responses to “Night 1: Vic Chesnutt and Jonathan Richman at the Bowery Ballroom

  1. Pingback: Gone too soon: Vic Chesnutt dead at 45 « Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?

  2. I went to the Bowery Ballroom to hear Jonathan Richman and arrived at the end of Vic Chesnutt’s set. He was stunning in his ability to hold the crowd in rapt attention. For a few minutes I was transported along with everyone else. A unique individual is gone.

  3. Ken: It took me a long time to “get” Vic and his music. But I did, and I was part of that rapt crowd, right next to Michael Cerveris at the front of the room on that first night. Vic’s emotions were raw, and his pain palpable. He was one of those really real artists!

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