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Jonathan Richman to spread some modern love at WECC

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Eccentric singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman will perform at the West End Cultural Centre on June 11.

Tickets go on sale May 2 for $25 at Ticketmaster and the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store.

In the early 1970s, Richman formed the Modern Lovers, a highly influential proto-punk act that's often credited with creating the blueprint for new wave, punk and modern indie rock. The band featured bassist Ernie Brooks, drummer David Robinson (later of the Cars) and keyboardist Jerry Harrison (later of Talking Heads).

Post-Modern Lovers, Richman embarked on a prolific career that saw him record and tour with a series of Modern Lovers lineups, and eventually as a duo with drummer Tommy Larkins, who will be supporting Richman at the Winnipeg show.

While he's always been something of a cult favourite, Richman's fanbase grew in the '90s thanks to his frequent guest spots on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and his appearance in the 1998 comedy There's Something About Mary.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 1, 2014 C16

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