Exclusive: Femmes of Rock: Not Your Parents Rock and Roll

Rock music never sounded quite like this…or violin music for that matter. On August 11, the Femmes of Rock came to the Bear’s Den Showroom in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.

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For some of the band members it was a trip back home, but it was a night to remember for everyone who attended.

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Formerly Bella Strings, the four rocking violin players have renamed themselves the Femmes of Rock and rock they did cramming some three dozen tunes into an hour and a half show.

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After opening the show with a rocking rendition of the National Anthem, the Femmes performed music from Kansas, The Allman Brothers, Lynrd Skynrd, The Beatles, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Who, Netallica, Nirvana, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Glen Campbell, Jimi Hendrix, the Eagles, Peter Frampton, Ram Jam, Guns ‘N’ Roses, and Deep Purple.

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But the show was more than just four very talented women on violin and the three men that backed them up. The Femmes of Rock debuted a brand new music video one that they had not even seen before – for “Eleanor Rigby”. Not content to just show the video, they played along with it too.

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The mother of a newborn baby boy, Nina made a video each month of her pregnancy playing “Lullaby” by Billy Joel. Those videos were edited into one piece which aired behind Dana as she played the song.

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And for something special the Femmes brought their sound man Brody down to the stage for a performance of “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen which he turned into an audience participation number.

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After finishing the show with some hard rocking tunes by Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin; the Femmes chose to perform an encore – the song they chose to play was that ONE song that gets requested at every rock show no matter who is performing – Freebird. They even came out into the audience to rock with the crowd.

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Violins and rock and roll may sound like an odd combination, but in the hands of the Femmes of rock, it is a lethal combination for a great show guaranteed to keep fans moving…and rocking.

All photos by Sherrill Fulghum

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