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Pinney Library Benefit Concert on Sept. 30 to Showcase Vietnam Era Music, Readings

Tickets are on sale now for “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” a Madison Public Library Foundation benefit concert for Pinney Library that will relive the soundtrack of the Vietnam War through readings and live music. The event will be Friday, September 30, at 8 p.m. at the Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave. 

Local and nationally recognized authors Doug Bradley and Craig Werner — who wrote “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” Rolling Stone magazine’s No. 1 pick for Music Book of 2015 — will perform readings from their book, interspersed with music from Sean Michael Dargan and the Back in the World Band. All concert proceeds will benefit the $2.5 million Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library.

“We’re grateful for the east side businesses coming together to support the Pinney benefit concert,” said Madison Public Library Foundation Executive Director Jenni Collins. “Monona State Bank has offered to sponsor this fundraising opportunity for our new east side library.”

General admission is $35, with a VIP ticket option for $125. The VIP ticket includes a one-hour pre-concert reception hosted by Monona State Bank, 1965 Atwood Ave., with refreshments from Barriques and Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier. VIP ticketholders will also get reserved concert seating and a signed copy of “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.”

General admission tickets are available at, while VIP tickets are being sold at  

The new Pinney Library, which will be located in the Royster Corners development near the library’s current location, will be double its current size. Amenities include large children and teen areas, improved technology and an outdoor space for programs. For more information about the project and The Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library, visit

The foundation thanks Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier and Barriques for donating refreshments for the VIP reception, as well as media partners Isthmus, WORT 89.9 FM Community Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio for promoting the Pinney benefit concert.

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