10 reasons to see Violent Femmes this weekend

Violent Femmes + Grand Rapids Symphony Friday and Saturday
Violent Femmes will perform with the Grand Rapids Symphony orchestra at DeVos Performance Hall Oct. 6 and 7, 2023. Courtesy photo.

The acoustic punk-rock band Violent Femmes will join the Grand Rapids Symphony orchestra to perform their 1983 debut album live at DeVos Performance Hall Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct 7, 2023.

Are you excited about it? I am, and if you’re not, you can just kiss off into the air. Seriously, though, people may worry, but what do they worry about? Believe me, there may be some things that I wouldn’t miss, and one of them is this concert. 

So, without further ado, here are 10 reasons to see Violent Femmes with the GR Symphony this weekend:

  1. The disclaimer for this one-of-kind concert reads: “ Please be advised this concert will contain their unapologetically explicit lyrics, and may not be for everyone.” If that’s not a glowing endorsement for some raucous fun that’s sure to be had, I don’t know what is!
  2. An opportunity to soup up your wardrobe; official Violent Femmes merchandise will be for sale before and after the concert. 
  3. There is no intermission. Seriously, does anyone really want to mill around a lobby for 15 minutes? What for???
  4. Drinks and snacks can be purchased in the lobby and taken inside the hall during the concert. Who doesn’t love consuming a good drink and a snack with their favorite 80’s band? Those of us from the era where such things had to be snuck in surely appreciate it. 
  5. Just the juxtaposition of the GR Symphony against the American folk punk quartet should be enough. 
  6. DeVos Performance Hall is a really awesome spectacle. It’s not often one gets to witness something this “hype” at such a dignified establishment. 
  7. You’ll be able to brag to your friends about it. 
  8. I forget what eight was for.
  9. It’s a good chance to see Bob Bernhardt, the GR Symphony’s pops conductor in action. Did I happen to mention that I’m impressed?
  10. It will go down on your permanent record of things that you wish you would have done, but didn’t if you don’t go. 

So if you’re strutting your stuff anywhere near DeVos Performance Hall at 7 p.m. Friday or Saturday night, I’d stop to check it out.

Click here to buy tickets and learn more about the concert program.  






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