Vicki F
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Vicki F

Fairfield, Connecticut, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

Fairfield, Connecticut, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Rock Blues Rock

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May
24
Vicki F @ Fairfield Theatre Company

Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

Apr
02
Vicki F @ Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne

Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

Aug
29
Vicki F @ Two Boots

Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

Nov
22
Vicki F @ Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne

Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

Sep
06
Vicki F @ Huntington Street Cafe

Shelton, Connecticut, United States

Shelton, Connecticut, United States

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"This Lawyer Rocks"

By Rosemary Cass
Photos credit: Jens Haulund

When you see Vicki Ferrara, the lead singer for The Dini Band, rocking on stage by night with her guitar and her shocking pink suede boots, it’s hard to believe she’s a cool-headed litigating attorney by day. There’s more than one side to this lady!

A musically talented child who took piano lessons all her young life, Ferrara learned how to play the guitar at age 8 and also wrote songs and poetry. In college, she played music in coffeehouses. Then, after she heard Karen Burstein speak, she decided she wanted go into politics, so after college she went to law school at St. John’s University. After one semester, she found that law school didn’t excite her.

She dropped out and started playing in the band Troupe di Coupe. “That was a great time, playing in clubs in New York like CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City, Snafu and the Knitting Factory — well known venues — but it was very hard,” she said. “You don’t make any money, especially if you’re playing original music.”

The band members all had day jobs. Ferrara, who had majored in English, worked as the assistant editor of a trade magazine. After the magazine hired a man from outside the organization instead of promoting her for an open associate editor, she felt she had been discriminated against. The injustice inspired her to go back to law school. St. John’s University took her back; she got her degree, and began practicing law, leaving behind the performing world she had been a part of for so long.

As a gay woman who wanted to have children, Ferrara felt she needed to have her life in order before doing so and so she focused on her career and setting the stage to have, raise and support children. Today, with her partner of 18 years, Michele, they have two sons that they had together and raised together.

Ferrara thought her performing days were over but, when her best friend Theresa died in 2010, Ferrara’s desire to perform returned. Theresa, a cellist and singer, had always encouraged Ferrara’s musical inclinations. When Theresa died, Ferrara felt that their spirits had merged, and so she went to open mike night at Acoustic Café in Black Rock. That was the beginning of her return to music. She joined forces with percussionist Marion Najamy and musician/singer/composer Beth Bradley to form The Dini Band, so named because of the nickname Ferrara’s children had given Theresa.



These three professional women, all in their 50s, are living their dream. The band practices up to twice a week and plays once or twice a month at such venues as the Huntington Street Café in Shelton, the Bitter End in New York City, the Fairfield Theater Company, the Bear and Grill in Orange, and The Outer Space in Hamden In November, 2012 the band did a benefit performance at the Fairfield Theater Company to raise money for Horizons at Sacred Heart University, and for Aunt Terry, Inc., a charity Ferrara founded to honor Theresa. Both organizations work to improve the lives of children and the elderly. The Dini Band’s performances are more effective than three months of therapy — lively, fun and entertaining — guaranteed to leave you feeling good.

Ferrara has the soul of an artist, but at the advice of a very practical mother, she became an attorney. (Her brothers became a doctor and a dentist.) Her career has served her well, but Ferrara was always torn between doing what seemed sensible and deviating from the practical path.

Now she’s blessed to be returning to music. She feels that if she had gone through her whole life without going back to music she would have missed something.

Ferrara loves the law, but her passions were to have children and her music.
“When I turned 50 it was the greatest day of my life. I feel good, I feel positive and I care less about what people think and their idea of the protocol for a middle-aged lawyer and I feel freer to get on that stage and be myself and let it all out,” she says. “You can follow your dreams if you just put one foot in front of the other and just do it!” - Act Two Magazine


Discography

Aug., 2019, EP: Definite Yes

t Happened But Nobody Noticed (anthology of bands that played during the 80s in the New Haven music scene)

Troupe Di Coupe, So Young, So Desperate (double CD) produced by Steve Kallaugher



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Bio

Vicki F is a singer-songwriter-rocker from Fairfield, Connecticut. She was in the band Troupe DiCoupe in the 80s playing in New York City and all over New England, notably at CBGBs, Max's Kansas City, the Knitting Factory, and Ron's Place. All songs on this EPK are original songs influences include Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Fanula Gill, Dan Fogelberg, Bonnie Raitt, Tedeschi Trucks and more.

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