Violent Femmes

Sold Out: Violent Femmes

The Dirty Femmes

Mon, June 11, 2018

Doors: 5:45 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

Denver Botanic Gardens - York Street

$67.00 - $72.00

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Violent Femmes
Violent Femmes
Violent Femmes formed in 1981 as an acoustic punk band playing on the streets of Milwaukee. Their main influences at that time were Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, and The Velvet Underground. Their goal was to rock harder than any other acoustic act on the planet.

They were rejected for an audition by a local nightclub and set up outside a Pretenders gig. Chrissie Hynde asked them to open that night’s show. This gave the early Femmes a publicity boost which led to them being invited to play in NYC supporting Richard Hell. A rave review in the New York Times led eventually to a record deal, which in turn spawned worldwide touring.

Their eponymous first album became the first and only album in Billboard history to enter the charts as a platinum album, eight years after its release. The Femmes became a mainstay of festivals, clubs and theatres in over 30 countries worldwide in the ensuing three decades.

MTV’s “Unplugged” show was inspired by the Femmes, although they never actually appeared on it. Their raw sound and honest lyrical perspective has been cited as an influence by artists as diverse as Pink, Keith Urban, The Smiths, Nirvana, Lou Reed, John Cusack, Mark Morris, and Wim Wenders.
The Dirty Femmes
The Dirty Femmes
Jen Korte first had the idea to start The Dirty Femmes 5 years ago but quickly realized she didn't have the chops or the musicians she needed to pull it off. So she put the idea on the back burner for some day when she knew it would be the right time. Finding out that 2012 was the 30 year anniversary of the recording of the platinum debut album,"Violent Femmes," she knew the time was now.
Jen quickly sent out to find a rhythm section that could handle the audacity of Brian Ritchie's well known bass playing style and the complicated sounds of Victor DeLorenzo's minimalist drum kit. Now enter Neil Mitchell and Andy Bercaw who back her with the same truculent musical styling that the Violent Femmes possess. Shortly after their debut show, they received a call from Gordon Gano asking about the project and have been seen performing with him in and around Denver over the past couple of years. Although certainly a specialty show when he is there, Gordon had this to say about playing with them in Rolling Stone Magazine:

"While Gano says he "wouldn't rule out" another Violent Femmes album, he often sits in with the Dirty Femmes, a Denver-based cover band. Most recently they played a benefit for those affected by the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. "I found out about them through a friend and then made contact and asked if I could join the band when I'm around," Gano said with a laugh. "It's been so much fun. In a way I'm the least authentic thing musically, because I'm playing an instrument and playing things that aren't in any of the original recordings. But I still feel like I can do that."

The Dirty Femmes pay tribute to the original Violent Femmes debut album in its entirety along with the bonus tracks and a few songs off the second album, "Hallowed Ground".

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