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Shank Hall Owner Peter Jest Talks About Getting Patti Smith to Return to Perform in Milwaukee

Milwaukee -

The God Mother of Punk Rock, Patti Smith,  will return to Milwaukee to perform for the first time since 1979.

Smith and Her Band will be at the Milwaukee Theatre  March 9th.

She'll perform the album "Horses" in its entirety. 

Two musicians from the recording, guitarist Lenny Kaye and drummer Jay Dee Daughtery and bassist  Tony Shanahan, a member of Her Band for more than 20 years, will join her.

Shank Hall owner Peter Jest tells CBS 58's Michele McCormack that it took him years to land the legendary gig.

"She's 70 now and doesn't do a lot of concerts," Jest explained. "Just 4 shows, Milwaukee is one of them, and then she's off to Australia."

While some may call this a resurgence of the music scene, Jest sees it as a way to bring renewed recognition to the Milwaukee music scene.

The name Shank Hall comes from the musicians' cult film This Is Spinal Tap.

In the film, Spinal Tap played in Milwaukee at a then fictitious club named Shank Hall.

The club's owner, Peter Jest, booked the Tap at the UWM Ballroom July 11, 1984.

He then promised the band if he ever opened a club in Milwaukee it would be named Shank Hall. He did it in 1989.

Shank Hall bounced back after a fire in 1992.

It has never lost its intimate feel. With a capacity of 300, it's always advised that you arrive early for a show.

Shank Hall's box office is open Tuesdays from 11AM to 2PM, as well as on each show date, from a few hours before show time through the end of the show.

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