Brian Ritchie, the former bass player Violent Femmes now with Aussie band The break, will perform at benefit concert this weekend for the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
Brian formed The Violent Femmes in Milwaukee in 1980 but after the band broke-up he moved to Hobart, Tasmania in 2008 and recently became an Australian citizen.
In 2010, Brian formed the instrument surf-band The Break with former members of Midnight Oil, Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey. They released the album ‘Church of the Open Sky’ in 2010.
Brian is currently back in Wisconsin visiting the family.
Details for the benefit show this Sunday are as follows:
Shank Hall, Brian Ritchie and Ragani have joined together to create an impromptu benefit concert and tribute to the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, which was the site of a tragic and senseless act of violence. The Hindu based music of Kirtan Ragani and Zen derived jazz of Brian Ritchie Shakuhachi Club MKE will calm and uplift concertgoers. Musicians include Ragani, Brian, John Sparrow, Dave Gelting, Silas Ritchie, Michael Kashou and more. Doors open at 6:30 and music starts at 7:00. Shank Hall 1434 North Farwell Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 276-7288. All donations will go to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.