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Violent Femmes announce five-city Viva Wisconsin tour

On the heels of the band's recent live album release, "2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged in America," the Violent Femmes have announced a five-city tour of Wisconsin in October.

Nineteen years after the Femmes' tour of small Wisconsin theaters, the trio – now with John Sparrow on drums, alongside founding members Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie – hits a handful of intimate venues on its Viva Wisconsin 2017 Tour.

Milwaukee's Brett Newski will open all the shows, the dates of which are listed below.

The tour is the work of promoter Peter Jest, who has had a long association with the Milwaukee band.

"I am very excited and proud to be promoting these dates," Jest said in the announcement. "I have been promoting 34 years, and it is an honor to bring Wisconsin's most famous and internationally known band back to their home state to play.

"The Milwaukee band that was 'discovered' outside a Milwaukee Theatre by The Pretenders now will go inside five Wisconsin theaters playing before intimate crowds. I was at The Pretenders show in 1980 and I have promoted many Violent Femmes dates over the years."

The band's most recent studio record is last year's "We Can Do Anything."

"They never put on a bad show," said Jest. "Violent Femmes are a band that you could bring a person to one of their concerts who never heard of them and they would become an instant fan. The songs and musicianship are very unique and entertaining."

Tickets for all the shows go on sale this Friday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m., except for Wausau (9 a.m.) and Madison (noon). Click the links to the venues below for further details.

Oct. 20 – South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, South Milwaukee

Oct. 22 – Grand Theatre, Wausau

Oct. 24 – Barrymore Theatre, Madison

Oct. 25 – State Theatre, Eau Claire

Oct. 27 – Meyer Theatre, Green Bay


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