The mighty Violent Femmes are returning to the road next month, and one of the highlights of the upcoming run is their mammoth five-night stand at City Winery in New York City. Now, with the dates looming, the legendary group has confirmed new support for their New York City dates. October 9 and 10 will see direct support from Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) and Jeff Fielder, and October 11, 13 and 14 will feature Alsarah and the Nubatones. See below for the full list of upcoming US tour dates.
ABOUT VIOLENT FEMMES:
Violent Femmes formed in 1981 as an acoustic punk band playing on the streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 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.
After being rejected for an audition by a local nightclub, the Femmes set up outside a Pretenders gig and began to play. Pretenders’ lead singer Chrissie Hynde asked them to open that night’s show, which gave the young band a publicity boost and caught the attention of Richard Hell, who invited the Femmes to open for him in NYC. A rave review in the New York Times eventually led to a record deal, which in turn spawned worldwide touring.
Violent Femmes eponymous debut album became the first and only album in Billboard history to enter the charts with a platinum certification –eight years after its release. Over the ensuing three decades, the Femmes became a mainstay of festivals, clubs, and theaters in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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, The Pixies, John Cusack, Mark Morris, and Wim Wenders.
VIOLENT FEMMES LIVE 2022
10/02 — St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
10/04 + 10/05 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
10/06 — Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre (SOLD OUT)
10/08 — Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall
10/09, 10/10, 10/11, 10/13, 10/14— New York, NY @ City Winery NYC
10/15 – 10/16 — Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club (SOLD OUT)
10/18 — Norwalk, CT @ Wall Street Theater
10/20-10/21 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10/22 — Red Bank, NJ @ The Count Basie Center For The Arts
10/23, 10/24 — Washington, DC @ 930 Club (SOLD OUT)
10/26 — Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
10/27 — Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
10/28 — Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern
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