WALDOBORO — Jonathan Richman, one of America’s most unique and dynamic songwriters, performs an intimate acoustic set with Tommy Larkins on Friday, June 10, at 8 p.m. at The Waldo Theatre, 916 Main St.

While the New York Times says that Richman’s songs are “Rhymes worthy of Ogden Nash,” the Nashville Scene implores you to “Buy tickets early. Buy tickets often. This is just good general life advice, but even more so when you’re talking about Jonathan Richman. Don’t get denied at the door, don’t leave things up to chance: You will regret it.”

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Originally from Boston, Richman formed the influential Modern Lovers, pioneering the punk and new wave sound that formed in the 1970s. Inspired by Richman’s captivation with the Velvet Underground, they went on to influence the likes of the Sex Pistols, Violent Femmes, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Weezer among others.

Included on the “School of Rock” soundtrack, the Modern Lovers’ song “Roadrunner” has been referred to as “the first punk song,” and its cultural influence is such that, for the last decade or so, the Massachusetts State legislature has been fighting to make the song the official rock song of Massachusetts. Many might also recognize Richman from his singer-narrator role in the 1998 film “There’s Something About Mary” and as a staple on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” performing comedic songs such as “You’re Crazy for Taking the Bus” and “Vampire Girl.”

Richman prides himself on simplicity, performing acoustically with Larkins on the drums. “The music we’re doing now works well in quiet places like theaters and performing art centers. We still don’t use a program or a set list so we don’t know what we’ll do until we do it.” Richman’s latest EP on Blue Arrow Records, “Cold Pizza & Other Hot Stuff,” is available on Bandcamp.

The Waldo is thrilled to have Richman and Larkins take the stage in June and share music that is at once poignant, funny, innocent and uplifting. In a show review for The Columbus Dispatch, Curtis Schieber noted that “Richman’s admiration of spontaneity, desire for human connection, and trust in the power of love, shined.” Audience members can expect a great night of music in the Midcoast.

Concessions, including beer and wine for those 21 and older, will be available at the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Waldo is no longer requiring proof of vaccination and recommends masks for all visitors in keeping with current CDC guidelines. Capacity will be limited in order to provide space between patrons.

Tickets are $30 in advance online and $35 in person. Visit waldotheatre.org/pages/music for tickets and more information.