It all started with what sounded like a few of the audience members stomping their feet at the back of the house. The sound grew larger and began to move along the side, toward the front, as the audience turned to watch and listen, trying to figure out what was going on. Then, one by one, the members of the band, each one holding a different instrument, made their way to the steps and to their places on stage.
The excitement of the sold-out crowd at the NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia continued throughout the entire show as they showed their appreciation starting with Echo and the Bunnymen and continuing with Violent Femmes who played their favorites as evidenced by the crowd singing along to every song.
And no current description of the Femmes would be complete without mention of John Sparrow playing percussion on his classic barbeque grill or Blaise Garza’s work on the enormous contrabass saxophone.
After a summer of making their way from the West coast to the South and Southeast, they are now off to points in the Northeast and Canada.