A self-proclaimed emotional wreck is not supposed to have such good fortune. It’s bad for business.
But here’s what happened: I was invited to bring my band up to the majestic Ventura Theater – a 1200 seat theater that is home to an amazing summer concert series of popular bands – to open for the Violent Femmes. Do you mind if I type that again? THE VIOLENT FEMMES! Holy crap!
That’s not just a big name band. They are my inspiration. They are the band that I’m most often compared to – and aspire to be like. They took the acoustic guitar sound, stuck with it, and made it punk – cool – chic. Unlike other bands in the 80s, they were not lured into the trendy new sounds of the synthesizer or the distortion pedal – the sound that keeps those other bands in the 80s. They simply played songs with great riffs, hooks, lyrics, and energy. They gave you fun vigorous rock with an attitude, stripped down to the bare necessities. They were the first band to make me laugh at their lyrics – I remember the moment when I got the joke “Words make my mouth exercise.” It rhymed; it made sense and nonsense; it was clever; it was just funny. You’re allowed to do that in rock music? That was the first time I understood. This is the one band that was on my mixed tapes in high school, my compilations in college, the discs I later burned at my job, and now they’re on my iPod. I play their music when I teach spinning – and the class always goes nuts. This band stands the test of time. Can you tell I like them?
And now I’m OPENING for the VIOLENT FEMMES! I can’t really believe it.
You must come to this show!!! If you know anyone who might want to see the Violent Femmes / Valenti show – that just sounds so weird to me – let me know and I’ll get the tickets at a discount – $25 rather than $33. And please feel free to encourage as many friends as possible. You can buy tickets here (the shows page). That’s a bargain for the Femmes alone, the other band is just a huge bonus.
So add it up, don’t kiss off the summer lying around like a blister in the sun, buy Valenti / Femmes tix before they’re gone, daddy, gone.