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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