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May 1- 4:30 p.m., Harvard, Cambridge, MA (O) STUDENT ONLY SHOW
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May 4- Le Batacian, Paris, France (P,O)
May 5- Forum, London, England (P,O)
May 6- Student’s Festival, Lisbon, Portugal (P,O)
May 8- Oporto Festival, Oporto, Portugal (P,O)
May 10- E-Werk, Cologne, Germany (P,O)
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May 12- Akadamiske, Bergen, Norway (O,P)
May 13- Stutentersamfundest, Trondheim, Norway (O,P)
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July 17- LoDo Festival, Denver, CO (P)
July 31- Barnstable Co. Fairground, Hyannis, MA (P)
August 14- Historic Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA (P)
August 15- 7:30 p.m., Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, CA (T)
Sept 5- Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA (P)
Sept 6- Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA (P)

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In Today’s Issue:

April 20th Show, Canopy Club, Urbana, IL
Cleveland Concert
Gordon at the Wetlands
A Hearty Sigh Concerning the J+W Show…
Newark, NJ
RE: Carmaig
Yes! Yes! NO!
I Have to Ask

April 20th Show, Canopy Club, Urbana, IL
So, I drive 2 hours on a rainy night to Urbana, IL because I love the
Femmes. I saw them a couple of years ago, in Peoria, IL and they were
great. The show is scheduled to start at 9pm. Finally, at 10:20pm,
the opening act, Benjamin T. Washington, comes out on stage and starts
his set. I admit he was good. A kind of one man band, acoustic
gospel/folk singer, if you will. At this point, though, I had waited
long enough and was ready to see the Femmes. They came out and the
crowd went wild. They played for almost 2 hours. As usual, they
didn’t disappoint. The crowd went crazy on the usual songs, “BITS”
and “Add It Up” but they seemed to know almost every other song they
played, also. This was pretty impressive to me because I’m 27 and most
of these people were 18 or so. This is a college town and it was
definitely a college crowd. Everything was great except for the
scheduling problem. I don’t know if it was poor management on their
end or The Canopy Club’s, but I wasn’t happy about being faced with a
2 hour drive ahead of me at 1am. Especially, since I had to work at
8am the following morning. Rumor has it, they will be playing at The
Madison Theatre, in Peoria, IL in July. I guess I’ll have to wait and
see. Truth is, I would go see them again. I’ve seen them twice, now,
and I still have to say they are the best lives shows I’ve seen yet.

Crystal Test

Cleveland Concert
I was at the Cleveland Agora concert last Thursday, and I would just
like to say that the Femmes rocked! Of course, the opening band sucked
in comparison, but I think I heard one of them say that they are
usually a four piece band (There were only two members present — both
I was impressed with how many Femmes lyrics the crowd knew.
Even on Freak Magnet, I would bet at least 30 percent of the crowd was
singing. There were only two songs that I didn’t know, and apparently
nobody else knew them either because nobody sang along. The encore was
pretty short, but it was quality. Brian brought out the top hat,
digiridoo, and conch shell in the middle of Kiss Off. I won’t take up
space with a set list; it was pretty standard, except they didn’t play
Dance, M.F., Dance. That was kind of disappointing; I have never
experienced that song live. Something else that was disappointing was
I didn’t get to meet the band. My foreign exchange student friend was
threatening to drive off with out me. That damn car-key-stealing


Hi everyone,
Well, the Elizabethtown show will go down in my personal memory
book as the most memorable show. my son, Dan got to play with the
Horns of Dilemma on Confessions, Don’t Talk About My Music, and Black
Girls. He was only expecting to play Black Girls so the addition of
the other two was a real treat for him. It was a vivid lesson in
improv and he loved it. There were an extra large number of “horns” I
think about 6, including the crews own Darren on some sort of tubular
whistling thing. The effect was pretty dramatic from back where I was
sitting. One of the best parts of the whole experience was that Brian
said he could play again with them anytime. For me, the fact that I was
watching one of my favorite people in the world (Dan), play with my
favorite band in the world, released enough endorphins to last the rest
of my life. I even got to watch a good part of the show from the
side/backstage area. That was a whole different experience because
instead of hearing the sound through the speakers, you can actually hear
the band. It was a wonderful night.
The auditorium was a somewhat typical college auditorium with
bleacher seating at the opposite end of the room from the stage. The
place wasn’t so cavernous as to distort the sound and that was a plus.
The crowd, after being admonished by Brian not to dare throw anything
on stage (as they did for the opening act, Carmaig De Forrest) settled
down pretty well. At times I though they were too subdued. College
crowds don’t always get the idea of applauding for bass, guitar or drum
solos and they had to be reminded to do so once in a while. The drum
solo during Black Girls was a masterpiece.
For the first time ever, I was able to locate a paper, pen and
actually write down the set list. So here it is.

Out the Window
Country Death Song
Waitin For the Bus
Prove My Love
Confessions (My favorite song of the night)
Don’t Talk About My Music
Jesus Walking On The Water
Good Feelings
Gimme The Car
American Music
Held Her In My Arms
Never Tell
Old Mother Reagan
Freak Magnet
Black Girls
Gone Daddy Gone
Add It Up
Faith (with Brian on drums and Guy on bass!)
Pennsylvania State Song (this is what it must have been because they
mentioned PA a lot and it was kind of Rah, Rah)
Kiss Off

I had fun, I’m happy, all is well with the world.


-Pat. Says: I was at the show as well, and couldn’t give a better
review than Marylee just did. The only thing I will add
is that the college audience was very very rude to Carmaig.
They were booing him, throwing things at him, etc.
Which is a sad thing, because I thought he was wonderful.
This “chowderhead” from Connecticut enjoyed his act very
much, and hope to see him again.
Oh, and Brian seems to get a lot of enjoyment out of his
theramin hat. What a goof.
One more.. Brian and Guy switched instruments during one
song..can’t find my setlist right now, so I can’t tell
you which.

Gordon at the Wetlands
Hello everyone,
My daughter, Rachel and I took a ride up to the Wetlands Preserve
in NY last night for the “Feast of Friends” show. Gordon told me at
the Elizabethtown show that it had been advertised as a solo gig for
him but in fact he was opening for a friend of his from the band Heal!
He was hoping they weren’t expecting him to be the feature act because
he really did want to open for his friend.
The venue was a really atmospheric place in the Village which
looked to me like half of a renovated warehouse. It had lots of dark
wood,and really cool posters and Day-Glo paint on the walls and floor.
There were four acts scheduled to go on. When we got there around
8:30, the first set was a singer named Cool Hand Luke. He was so
personable and audience friendly and sang about 45 minutes worth of
his own songs. Very pleasant and interesting.
The second set was 4 piece blues type band called Lil’ Mama.
They really rocked the place. The lead singer was this very
attractive girl who has such a great blues voice and played the
electric violin. They were definitely crowd favorites although they
said it was their first time playing there.
The lead singer from Heal was the announcer and was a most
interesting person. He was dressed in back and white zebra striped
tights with this kilt-like thing around his waist. He had wild heavy
metal hair and this very cool hat on. He started talking about Gordon
and all of his musical genius and also about what an incredible friend
he was. He told this story about how once when the Femmes were playing
in some club, Gordon mentioned to the crowd that Heal was playing down
the street and they should all go down and see them. He said that the
crowd later came to his gig and filled the place. He was so grateful to
Gordon for his generosity.
Gordon came on next with his guitar and a book of poetry. His
performance was such a treat. He is so easy and relaxed with an
intimate crowd and joked with the audience and really seemed to be
enjoying himself. When he forgot the first verse of a song he was about
to sing, he just sat there until it came to him. Some highlights of the
evening were a beautiful version of Used to Be with a friend of his
singing harmony, All I Want, the song for George Jones (Son, Don’t Take
Your Cell Phone To Town), A trilogy of songs written to the poetry of
his favorite poet (I think his name was Delmore Schwartz). He played
the song from the soundtrack of an upcoming movie, Fast Horses, and the
PJ Harvey song from Hitting the Ground. He made a remark that Hitting
the Ground featured all of these great artists but they couldn’t find
anyone to release it. My favorite song of the evening was a beautiful
song sung in Spanish from another one of his favorite poets (I couldn’t
catch the name) which was accompanied by another of his friends playing
his violin with such piercing sweetness that the entire audience gasped
in unison when he finished. Gordon then read us the translation in
English. Such a wonderful experience to see him doing what he does so
The last band, Heal was a wild and energetic Punk-like band.
Unfortunately, Rachel and I had to be in work early today so we left
after only two of their songs. We got home around 2:00am and were
exhausted today but floating on endorphins!
It was a great night.


I will be attending the Baltimore show on June 5th at Pier 6.
This will be the closest show to my home ever!! I am very excited!

Stacey Wood

A Hearty Sigh Concerning the J+W Show…
Dear hopefuls,
well, I called the johnson and wales hotline, was put on hold for
a few (they have awful hold music…) then transferred to the student
activities board. When I finally got to talk to someone, they informed
me that the show was FREE and outside in some parking lot! I was ready
to die of happiness when she asked that awful question…

“Are you a student here at Johnson and Wales?”

This is where the hearty sigh comes in (SIGH) because I do not go
there, and thus will not be attending this particular femmes show…
ugh. Unless…hmmm…well, don’t count me out of it yet! I’ll give it
my best to find a way!

til next time!
em (potatoe482)

Newark, NJ
Hey, I’m trying to figure out how to get tickets for the show at the
New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. I know ticketmaster isn’t
selling them, and it’s listed on pollstar, but it doesn’t tell you
where to get tickets, so i’m wondering if anyone knows. Maybe you have
to go to the box office there. Does anyone have the number for NJPAC?
Please let me know if any of you guys have any info. Thanks a lot.


Hey all 🙂 i have not written in so long! some good news is that i
finally got my VF merchandise from their website. most of you, im sure
do not remember, but i waited for like 6 months. o well, its here. ROCK
is so good!!
Also- does ANYONE happen to know if the femmes will be laying in WI
soon? or maybe this summer? any info. would be greatly appreciated!


PS- brian ritchie and his son where in my dream last nite! strange


RE: Carmaig
carmaig deforest fuckin rocked, period.

Yes! Yes! NO!
Sandy posted –
LOVE IT!!! FFM – Frequent Femmes Miles! There are so many of us who
travel we NEED FFM! Lemme see – what would the conversion factor be?
One frequent Femme mile for every hundred miles? What with the band’s
reputation for mosh pits and all we’re probably out for Delta
participation but we could lobby Greyhound to redeem our FFM points!
Are you with me??

I’m sandwiching this shameless plug in between 2 Femmes related notes
in the hopes Pat will let it slip…
For anyone living within the sound of Boomsday ’99 (Knoxville TN) –
the good doctor – Chadbourne – will be performing
scurgery (yes I meant to put the c in) this Saturday night at the
Tomato Head restaurant on Market Square!

And lastly –
This one REALLY bothered me. I tried to let it slide but I can’t. So
at the risk of sounding like a complete hypocrite and a total bitch …

therapy posted –
>>it’s a shame brian and gordon aren’t so
interested in meeting their fans anymore<<

WRONG! As I’m sure many other people here will tell you – Brian and
Gordon still do take the time to meet the fans, talk and sign
autographs etc. Let me ask you a question – do you often hang around
after work? Don’t you ever have somewhere to go -family to see – or
you’re just feeling a little under the weather? yeah yeah yeah – I
know they’re rock stars and everything – they should to talk to every
single fan – every single night?!? Last time I checked the tickets for
sale were for the music NOT for the tour bus…


I Have to Ask
I’m curious… I’m a huge fan, but I don’t get it. What is so special
about the Used to Be Aus. single that it should fetch $137.50 and
probably going up? The track listing isn’t anything special from what
is listed…. I’m confused.


-Pat. Says: Some people have more money than their brains can handle.
They deserve to lose it. I myself bought Used to Be in
Albuquerque for about $2.99.