Legendary Group Violent Femmes Release North American Tour Dates

Legendary American punk-folk band Violent Femmes unveiled their North American headline dates this fall as part of their 2016 world tour.

The group has spent most of the year on the tour, celebrating their acclaimed new album, WE CAN DO ANYTHING, the ninth studio album Violent Femmes has released, and the first full-length collection in over 15 years.


The trio consists of Gordon Gano (vocals, guitar, banjo) and Brian Ritchie (vocals, bass acoustic guitar), and John Sparrow (drummer).

Violent Femmes formed in 1980 in Milwaukee, first attracting attention to their unique style in their hometown at the Oriental Theater opening for Pretenders Chrissie Hynde and the late James Honeyman-Scott. Violent Femmes were known for being one of the most innovative groups of their time for their blend of folk, punk, sarcasm and spirituality.

They went on to record eight studio albums and more than a dozen iconic singles, such as “American Music,” “Gone Daddy Gone,” “Nightmares,” “Add It Up” and “Blister In The Sun.” Their following stretched into a fervent international fan base, which is still strong to this day.

Violent Femmes 2016 Dates

Sept. 24 – Franklin, TN – Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival *
Sept. 25 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
Sept. 27 – Charleston,  SC – Charleston Music Hall
Sept. 28 – Raleigh, NC – North Carolina Museum of Art
Sept. 30 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
Oct. 1 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
Oct. 2 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Oct. 4 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theater
Oct. 5 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
Oct. 7 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 8 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
Oct. 22 – Santa Ana, CA – Beach Goth *

Additional dates to be announced soon.

* Festival appearance

Editor’s note: Article was corrected on 8/12/16 to reflect current lineup and year of the band’s formation.