The new Roadrunner music club takes its name from the Natick native’s song


We are less than a month away from the opening of the new Boston’s roadrunner music cluba venue named after the 1972 song of the same name written by the Natick native Jonathan Richman and performed by his band The Modern Lovers.

We reached out to Richman’s label to find out what he thinks about having a club named after the song, but as it says on the label’s website, “Jonathan Richman chooses not to partake in the culture in online and has no direct communication with Blue The Arrow Records website, facebook, instagram, or twitter…” So we’re not holding our breath while we wait for the label’s response.

Nor have we heard from The Bowery Presents, who will operate the 3,500-person club in addition to my favourite, The Sinclair in Cambridge. Roadrunner kicks off its schedule on March 15 with a sold-out Billy Strings show, and upcoming shows will feature Big Thief, Cousin Stizz, and Mitski.

We wondered if Bowery got Richman’s okay to name the club after his song, and if he might try to line it up for a performance. Richman had planned to tour early this year, including locally, but the shows have been canceled. (He played in the past at TCAN).

Bowery’s canned quote on Roadrunner song: “Inspired by the iconic song by The Modern Lovers, the name of the place evokes a musical love letter to Massachusetts, while nodding to the track located next to the room and to the effervescent world of music live.”

The venue is located at 89 Guest St., right next to the Boston Landing commuter rail station along Mass Pike. But as is often the case with the commuter rail, this could be largely pointless if you want to stay until the end of shows which start at 8pm if you factor in the opening acts putting the main acts around 9pm. It’s about a 30 minute drive.

Natick State Rep. David Linsky co-sponsored a bill in 2017 to make Roadrunner the “Official Rock Song of the Commonwealth”. Eventual Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh, then State Representativetried something similar a few years ago.

In the end, maybe having a club named after the song along the pike is just right.

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