Parenthetical Girls Embark on “PG-13 Tour”

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Leave it to Zac Pennington and his bizarro freak-pop troupe Parenthetical Girls to entitle their tour, the “PG-13 Tour” (parents strongly caution). The Portland-based group embarked on its risqué road voyage on Wednesday, March 21st, and plans to make the rounds through North America, beginning in California and ending up in Seattle in mid-May.  Pennington’s first words about the tour were these: “Awake in beautiful SAC-RA-MENTOOO, California. ‘This is what you chose to do with your life. These are the people that you chose to do it with.’  ‘What are we doing? Why are we doing this?’ are the competing mantras. We’re all very excited.”

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Anyone who has seen Parenthetical Girls play live should be as excited as the band members themselves. The charismatic Pennington is a show all in himself, engaging the audience with jokes, anecdotes, and random thoughts between songs. And as soon as the music starts, he transforms into a raucous, flamboyant performer known to wrangle his band mates in microphone cords, waltz through the crowd mid-song, and virtually devour his microphone (let’s hope he brings his own).  This band’s live show is truly a spectacle.

Tour dates:

3/21 CAFE DU NORD, SAN FRANCISCO CA (21+)*

3/22 BOOTLEG THEATER, LOS ANGELES CA (ALL AGES)*

3/23 CASBAH, SAN DIEGO CA (21+)*

3/24 SOLAR CULTURE, TUCSON (21+)*

3/26 DAN’S SILVERLEAF, DENTON, TX (ALL AGES)*

3/27 LAMBERT’S, AUSTIN (21+)*

3/28 CIRCLE BAR, NEW ORLEANS

3/29 THE EARL, ATLANTA (21+)*

3/30 THE GARAGE AT MOTORCO, DURHAM, NC (ALL AGES)*

3/31 IOTA CLUB & CAFE, ARLINGTON, VA (21+)*

4/1 ALTER BAR, PITTSBURGH (ALL AGES, EARLY SHOW)

4/2 JOHNNY BRENDA’S, PHILADELPHIA (21+)*

4/3 MERCURY LOUNGE, NYC (21+)* SOLD OUT

4/4 THE DEPOT, BALTIMORE (18+)

4/5 GLASSLANDS, BROOKLYN (21+)* SOLD OUT

4/6 IRON HORSE MUSIC HALL,

NORTH HAMPTON, MA (ALL AGES)*

4/7 LE DIVAN ORANGE, MONTREAL (18+)*

4/8 DRAKE HOTEL, TORONTO (19+)*

4/9 ARBOR VITAE, ANN ARBOR, MI (ALL AGES)

4/10 SCHUBAS, CHICAGO (21+)*

4/11 CEDAR CULTURAL CENTER, MINNEAPOLIS (ALL AGES)*

4/13 HI DIVE, DENVER*

4/14 KILBY COURT, SALT LAKE CITY (ALL AGES)*

4/17 MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS, PORTLAND (21+)*

4/18 BILTMORE CABARET, VANCOUVER BC (19+)*

4/19 CROCODILE CAFE, SEATTLE (21+)*

* with Perfume Genius