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"Our live show is super exciting and very dance-y," says Liz Ofte.
"Our live show is super exciting and very dance-y," says Liz Ofte.

7 questions for Las Vegas' band Pet Tigers

Vegas-based garage punk band Pet Tigers has a pretty strong Wisconsin connection. One half of the band, Liz Ofte, is from tiny Westby near LaCrosse, an actual farmer's daughter.

While Ofte and her bandmate Jeremy Keith are well-known in Las Vegas music scene, Saturday marks their first trip to Summerfest. They play at 4 p.m. at the Harley Roadhouse.

The duo, which is touring in support of its first album, spoke to OnMilwaukee.com by phone, minutes before hopping on a plane to Milwaukee.

OnMilwaukee.com: Are you ready for Pet Tigers’ first Milwaukee performance?

Liz Ofte: We are extremely excited, and it's great to coming back home. And for Jeremy and I, it's our first tour.

OMC: What a Pet Tigers live show like?

LO: Our live show is super exciting and very dance-y. We've had a lot of people who are like, "Man, you guys are like a party band. It's so fun to watch you guys, so much energy on stage."

Jeremy Keith: Yeah. There's definitely a little bit of punk in there, too. Just a little hint of that here and there.

OMC: And there's keytar?

LO: It’s just keytar, and then we have drums and then bass.

OMC: Did you really grow up on a farm, Liz?

LO: I’ve been in Las Vegas for seven years. But I grew up on a farm.

OMC: Do you draw on your time in rural western Wisconsin for your music

LO: All of that was helpful. I was in everything, jazz band, show choir, marching band. For me, I wouldn't be where I am musically if I wouldn't have had that background.

OMC: What is the Vegas life music scene like right now? Obviously, there's so much casino-driven stuff. Is there a good local live music scene?

JK: Yeah, it's pretty good out here. Bands come through here and get together with local bands and play downtown.

OMC: Obviously, Summerfest is the biggest music festival in the world, but do you think this is the biggest individual gig you've ever played?

LO: Definitely, yeah. People from Wisconsin know how to have fun and love new music, and we're excited to share that with them.

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