Bella Electric Strings bring fast-paced entertainment, delightful mix of songs

Violin Femmes starring Bella Electric Strings entertains with an evening of fast-paced entertainment, a delightful mix of classic rock and heavy metal.

There’s no guitar or lead singer. The stars are four women with violins and a drummer bringing the music to life. With multiple costume changes, a patriotic salute and medleys showcasing the hits of classic rock groups, the women showcased their talent with solos and group numbers at the Don Gibson Theatre on March 24.

The classic music of Electric Light Orchestra proved to be my favorite in the show, as I shared with drummer Michael Licata post-concert. Fans lined up to pose for pictures with the performers, who stayed to make sure everyone seeking autographs received them.

The talent onstage is mind-blowing. They’re interactive with the crowd, walking off stage to perform while standing in the aisles. It allowed everyone to have an up-close look at the violins and take pictures. Here’s what quickly earned my respect: Not only are they great entertainers, but their skill in sharing familiar sounds associated with memorable songs makes it amazing to hear. They make it look easy. The ELO medley of “Strange Magic,” “Evil Woman,” “Don’t Bring Me Down” and “Livin’ Thing” won my heart.

Other music shared during the evening were hits made famous by The Who, Queen, AC/DC, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. They also did a country medley and performed “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”

Watching the show unfold, I witnessed their boundless talent. They performed a variety of music, inspiring quite a few smiles.

The crowd applauded as the musicians shared a tribute to iconic rock artists who died last year including David Bowie, Prince, and Glenn Frey.

Group founder and violinist Nina DiGregorio spoke with the crowd, entertaining with her charm and getting laughs while sharing about the group getting lost earlier in the day while driving in Cleveland County. I hope they return to Shelby soon and share more legendary rock music.

Lifestyle reporter Wade Allen enjoys all things entertainment. He collects autographs and entertainment memorabilia from celebrities. Follow him on Twitter at

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