Concerts

Jonathan Richman, Crescent Ballroom, 6/28/12

Jonathan Richman Crescent Ballroom Thursday, June 28

See also: Jonathan Richman Doesn't Care for "Masculine Arrogance" See also: Our full Jonathan Richman at Crescent Ballroom slideshow.

It's hard to know exactly what to say about about Jonathan Richman's performance at Crescent Ballroom last night.

Not because things weren't memorable (they were) or uneventful. Not because the crowd wasn't interesting and hilarious. And certainly not because Richman's performance lacked (it didn't). But the songwriter opened with a cut from his 2004 album Not So Much to Be Loved As to Love called "He Gave Us the Wine to Taste It," a song that warns against thinking too much, that celebrates the joy of experience over obsessive contemplation.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.