Violent Femmes singer to play JP show tonight

Gordon Gano, the singer/violinist for the 1980s hit band Violent Femmes, will perform at tonight’s JP Music Festival fund-raiser show at Tres Gatos restaurant and bookstore in a last-minute surprise appearance.

Gano will perform around 9 p.m. and likely will play with the event’s main performer, the JP Americana-rock band Tallahassee, according to festival organizers.

Gano’s sister lives in JP, and he played at the first annual JP Music Festival in 2011. The Violent Femmes were known for such songs as “Blister in the Sun” and “Add It Up.”

The JP Music Festival showcases local musicians and is held annually at Jamaica Pond Park. This year’s concert will be held Sept. 7.

Tonight’s acoustic show featuring Tallahassee playing two sets runs 6 to 11 p.m. (with food served until 10 p.m.) at Tres Gatos, 470 Centre St. Admission is a requested $15 donation at the door and reservations are recommended. For more information, call 617-477-4851 or see


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