I once saw Jonathan Richman in a tiny coffee shop in Athens. My previous unfamiliarity with songs like "Pablo Picasso" and "I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar" didn't stop me from enjoying the former Modern Lover's skeletal set.

I once saw Jonathan Richman in a tiny coffee shop in Athens. My previous unfamiliarity with songs like "Pablo Picasso" and "I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar" didn't stop me from enjoying the former Modern Lover's skeletal set.

Backed by drummer Tommy Larkins on a spare kit, Richman rolled through a sampler of his work on classical guitar. The duo played quietly, but Richman's antics were loud. He frequently set aside his guitar and got down to Larkins' groove, often rocking the cowbell or jingle bells and always grinning broadly.

Vic Chesnutt opened the show that night, as he will Saturday. Expect something similar to what Richman brought to the table back in Athens, with some picks from his recent A Que Venimos Sino a Caer? thrown in for good measure. -Chris DeVille