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Patti Smith, as seen on the cover of 1975's "Horses," which she will play in its entirety at the Milwaukee Theatre on March 9.

Milwaukee Theatre announces Patti Smith gig

This morning Peter Jest of Alternative Concert Group announced that Patti Smith will bring her band to Milwaukee for an 8 p.m. show on Thursday, March 9 at the Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave.

Smith, who will perform her 1975 debut, "Horses," in its entirety, returns to town for the first time since 1979, when she played at the Milwaukee Auditorium, the former incarnation of the Milwaukee Theatre.

Tickets for the show range from $55 to $95 and are available at the Milwaukee Theatre box office or by call (800) 745-3000 beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 9.

With the show, Jest – who owns and operates Shank Hall on the lower East Side and also books gigs in other venues around the state – has completed a pretty amazing trifecta of gigs in recent years at the Milwaukee Theatre.

Jest booked Leonard Cohen, who died in 2016, into the big room in early 2013 and then provided Nick Cave his first headlining appearance in Milwaukee a year later.

Die-hard Smith fans will rejoice at the poet/rocker's show because her band includes stalwarts Lenny Kaye on guitar and drummer Jay Dee Daugherty.

The gig will be Smith's fourth in Milwaukee, acording to Jest. Her first two appearances were at the Oriental Theatre – March 6, 1976 and May 2, 1978 – and her third concert was at the Auditorium on June 2, 1979.

In addition to the eight tracks from 1975's "Horses," Smith will also play a range of material from across her decades-long career.


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