Winter Heats Up with Femmes of Rock at Heritage Center

Jan 4, 2019

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque Heritage Center continues its sixth annual Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series with Femmes of Rock starring Bella Electric Strings on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in John and Alice Butler Hall. Based in Las Vegas, Femmes rocks audiences the world over with blistering solos and unique arrangements – not to mention their beauty and charm. They and their band perform the hits of AC/DC, ELO, Queen, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Prince, and many more.

WHAT:            Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series – Femmes of Rock

WHEN:            Friday, Feb. 1 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:          John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque

TICKETS:        Adult $29-$34 advance/$34-$39 day of show; Alumni $24 advance/$29 day of show; Child/Student $15 advance/$20 day of show

Recently, Bella Electric Strings were the featured strings for a DirecTV special starring Richard Marx, Kenny Loggins, and Eric Benet. A Femmes show takes Bella Electric Strings to a whole new level. New arrangements, original material, a live rock band, video, lights, choreography, comedy, and more can be expected in this high-energy show that leaves audiences awestruck. The only one of its kind, there are no other string acts operating at this level of production. Bella Electric Strings are one of the most sought-after “hard rock” violin acts in the world. They have collectively performed with some of the biggest names in the business including Beyoncé, Rod Stewart, and Ricky Martin.

Femmes founder Nina DiGregorio is a classically trained violinist, bass player, writer/arranger, vocalist, and pianist, but she is most well known for her pioneering work on the electric rock violin and being a music business mogul and entrepreneur. DiGregorio has arranged and performed with everyone ranging from The Killers to former President Barack Obama. Her television credits include the Latin Grammys with Shakira, a DVD with Beyoncé, and PBS specials alongside Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Boz Scaggs, and Peter Cetera, as well as the featured soloist with Charice.

A free preshow CyberCafé Knapp Stage concert from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. featuring the Caitlyn Wolfe Band precedes the Femmes show. Caitlyn Wolfe (C’15), on vocals, and Noah Kachelski (C’13), on guitar,  join drummer Jacob Lamantia for this jam session featuring original songs as well as country and southern rock covers.

Femmes of Rock can be chosen as part of a flexible season ticket package. Single tickets are available Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council and the Crane Group. Also, Bella Electric Strings community youth outreach programming support has been provided by the Dubuque Racing Association and associated casinos, Q Casino and Diamond Jo Casino.