Jonathan Richman brings his unaffected blend of rock and roll and folk music to Millennium Park after over 40 years of performing in small to mid-size venues. Bobby Broom and The Deep Blue Organ Trio start off the night with smooth and classic jazz sounds.
Having completely revamped his music after releasing “Modern Lovers,” a classic album of brilliant Lou Reed-inspired rock n’ roll in 1976, Jonathan Richman abandoned loud guitars and young-adult angst for songs of innocence set to the sparse instrumentation of pre-Beatles rock and pop. He is known for his wide-eyed, unaffected and child-like outlook, and music that, while rooted in rock and roll, often draws on influences from around the world.
Bobby Broom is an internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist. He began playing guitar and studying music at age twelve. Bobby attended New York’s famous High School of Music and Art and by the time he was sixteen was playing with Sonny Rollins, and Charlie Parker pianists, Al Haig and Walter Bishop, Jr. Bobby Broom has played alongside some of jazz’ most dominant figures including Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Burrell, Charles Earland, Kenny Garrett, Marcus Miller and many more. He has also released several recordings as a leader with the Bobby Broom Trio.
The Deep Blue Organ Trio began its journey in 1992 playing engagements at Chicago’s Cotton Club and Back Room. At the Cotton Club, a weekly gig which lasted for two years, the group began to develop its sound and musical connection. A connection which in large part began in the 1970s, when as teenagers Chris, Greg and Bobby were studying the organ jazz sounds which would soon become classic.