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100 High Avenue
Oshkosh WI 54901

Phone: 920.424.2350
    or 1.866.96GRAND
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Violent Femmes


Viva Wisconsin 2017 Tour
Presented by ACG

Monday, October 23, 2017
7:30pm

Opening Act: Brett Newski


Violent Femmes formed in 1981 as an acoustic punk band playing on the streets of Milwaukee. Their main influences at that time were Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, and The Velvet Underground. Their goal was to rock harder than any other acoustic act on the planet.

They were rejected for an audition by a local nightclub and set up outside a Pretenders gig. Chrissie Hynde asked them to open that night’s show. This gave the early Femmes a publicity boost which led to them being invited to play in NYC supporting Richard Hell. A rave review in the New York Times led eventually to a record deal, which in turn spawned worldwide touring.

Their eponymous first album became the first and only album in Billboard history to enter the charts as a platinum album, eight years after its release. The Femmes became a mainstay of festivals, clubs and theatres in over 30 countries worldwide in the ensuing three decades.

MTV’s “Unplugged” show was inspired by the Femmes, although they never actually appeared on it. Their raw sound and honest lyrical perspective has been cited as an influence by artists as diverse as Pink, Keith Urban, The Smiths, Nirvana, Lou Reed, John Cusack, Mark Morris, and Wim Wenders.

Violent Femmes are currently touring in commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the release of their first album.

*** Donor Courtesy Block Available until September 25, 2017. Limited availability; First come-First Served basis. If interested, contact Gina Kundert, Box Office Coordinator, by calling 920-424-2355.

 

The Grand Oshkosh
100 High Ave
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 424-2350
Box Office
(920) 424-2350 or 1-866-96GRAND
Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Open one hour prior to performances.
Oshkosh Opera House Foundation
222 Pearl Ave
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 424-2355
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