By Jim Hagerty
Four Bitchin’ Babes will bring their humorous brand of folk to the Coronado this Friday, March 26. The show is part of the group’s “Diva Nation” tour.
The folk group consists of Nancy Moran, Deirdre Flint, Debi Smith and Sally Fingerett. It was started in 1990 when the original voice, Christine Lavin, put together a road show featuring women singer/songwriters. Lavin’s original lineup also featured Patty Larkin, Megan McDonough and Fingerett.
After recording the last show of the original tour, the group decided to keep the act going and went on to cut several albums. Larkin remained with the act until she signed a solo deal and was replaced by Julie Gold, who toured and recorded for two years. Gold is known for penning the Grammy-winning song “From a Distance.”
Other lineup changes saw Lavin depart in 1997. With Smith and Fingerett still on board, the Four Bitchin’ Babes remained a tour de force, eventually forming the current lineup.
Four Bitchin’ Babes are known for an array of humorous ditties and female-charged albums such as Hormonal Imbalance, and 2009’s Diva Nation. Songs like “Cheerleader,” “Microwave Life” and “Bald Headed Men” are crowd favorites.
Live, the Babes deliver ingenious lyrical and musical arrangements, centered on women’s issues and the struggles of living with men. Called the “Traveling Oprah Winfreys” by the Boston Globe, the group is known for taking on issues some female musicians choose to ignore.
“It’s our job to tackle the important topics,” Fingerett said, “such as how we’re hot for men who cook, the healing properties of taking ice cream to bed, needing a zip drive for our craniums; wishing we had been cheerleaders, or dealing with the painful rejection of having been neglected by the boob fairy—the really important life cycle issues.”
Smith said the group’s live show is known for a journey of the mind, and emotions.
“Obviously, with topics to contemplate such as hot flashes, Viagra, being single, or ‘The Hair Club for Men,’ the field is wide open for humor,” Smith said. “But we also explore things like nostalgia and love in its various forms. We approach things from a woman’s perspective, but our show very much appeals to men as well.”
Still playing to tens of thousands of fans, Four Bitchin’ Babes slates two to three shows per month, primarily on the weekends. The group has recorded six studio albums.
Friday’s show starts at 7:30 p.m. The Coronado Performing Arts Center is at 314 N. Main St. Tickets are $35 for orchestra-level seats and $25 for balcony seating. Tickets are available at the Coronado box office. The theater can be reached at (815) 968-0595. Online tickets can be purchased at www.coronadopac.org.
Info about the Four Bitchin’ Babes can be found at www.fourbitchinbabes.com.
From the March 24-30, 2010 issue