You’d Better WSLSEE Jonathan Richman


It’s no secret that our campus radio station, WSLC, is making some changes this year.  Broadcasting in The Pub, recording content, and having a giant freakin’ array of shows are only a few of the features of the newly fancified WSLC, which is thriving under the general management of SLC Senior, Bird Doherty.  However, aside from providing weekly radio entertainment, potentially the most exciting thing that WSLC is doing this year is hosting a bangin’ concert, coming up pretty soon actually.

WHO IS IT, WHO IS IT?!? TELL MEEEEE, you beg and plead. Mkay, well keep your panties on – ready for this? Jonathan Richman!!! If you’re wicked pumped right now, awesome! If you’re like “what?” That is totally fine because I had no idea who he was until I heard about this event either. But no matter!  Here’s the scoop on Jonathan Richman and the upcoming show.

First of all, a little background on the artist is in order: After beginning his career at age 15, Richman formed the Modern Lovers in the early 1970s.  By the time their album was released in ‘76, Richman had begun to produce a new solo sound – a more mellow vibe with greater focus on lyrics. Richman continues to tour like mad and has developed a massive fanbase over the span of his 30 year career. Some of his most famous songs include “I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar,” “Action Packed,” and “The Neighbors.” Sick.

So that’s Jonathan Richman in sixty seconds or less, but how did SLC manage to book this powerhouse you might be wondering? Sarah Lawrence student and WSLC Music Manager, Tommy Ordway ’17, shared that surprisingly enough, it was Richman who approached Sarah Lawrence hoping to perform.

“The process has been pee-my-pants-level terrifying (note: I have not literally peed my pants but will keep you updated if I do). I took over this job in May and so by June I had been somehow given the login info to get into the WSLC email account and I logged in and saw that Jonathan’s booking manager had emailed me about getting a tour date here and I slammed my computer closed and took a walk because it was that terrifying. Eventually I worked up the nerve to get back to his manager and kind of… like, started to figure it out, I guess” said Ordway.

Ordway also commented on the strenuous and prolonged process of actually confirming Richman’s performance at Sarah Lawrence, despite struggles with Senate funding, etc: “The other problem with planning so far in advance is that Summer Senate only accepts proposals for events happening through October. So we basically had this event and we had a concrete date set and everything but we had to wait until October to propose the budget. So I exchanged a lot of ‘not yet, fingers crossed!’ emails with his manager and for all the points in this process that it could have completely fallen apart, it didn’t; when we finally got the opportunity to present the budget to senate, they were incredibly supportive and, as I was, completely astonished that Jonathan even wanted to play here. They could not have been more helpful or more relieving or more just generally on the same page as us.”

But what does this mean for our ‘lil radio station going forward?  Other than just being generally awesome, maybe it will get more people involved and excited about radio. Or maybe this concert will just be about the music, which, as Ordway echos, would be totally fine.

“I’m not sure what this means for WSLC going forward. Maybe we will all get a pic with Jonathan and make it our cover photo on our Facebook page and get a lot of likes. Maybe people will just think it’s a SLAC show (that’s ok too because they’re great). As long as a lot of people come and dance and have fun.”

So, you heard it here first, folks. Come and see what all the hullabaloo is about! November 20th in the Blue Room (doors at 7:30pm, show at 8:00pm), Jonathan Richman will grace us all with his music-y presence and it will be amaaahzing!


Check out the link to the Facebook event for more info!


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