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ig-news-digest       wednesday, october 20 2004       volume 07 : number 157

today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] tickets available for poughkepsie show       [skleiner@email.com]
  [ig-news] milwaukee oct 18th show review                [moondust@gate.net]
  [ig-news] milwaukee journal sentinel article  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelo]

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date: tue 19-oct-2004 2:58pm
from: skleiner@email.com
subject: [ig-news] tickets available for poughkepsie show

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo girls
mailing list at netspace.org.]

i have two tickets available to the poughkepsie show on november 7, 2004.  the seats are orchestra row k, seats 114-116.  from the seating chart, that looks like 10th row, amy's side.  i'm asking what i was charged, which is $101.75 (which includes all ticketbastard fees).  if you're interested, please contact me at skleiner@email.com
thanks,
sue

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date: tue 19-oct-2004 12:50pm
from: moondust@gate.net
subject: [ig-news] milwaukee oct 18th show review

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo girls
mailing list at netspace.org.]

thought i'd post about last night's milwaukee show. it was a nice performance at a great venue. both commented on how beautiful of a theater it is - and they are right. actually i've seen quite a few shows at the pabst this past year and just about every artist has made the same comment. i hope this means that ig will never play the riverside theatre in milwaukee again because acoustically and intimacy-wise the pabst is far superior.

girlyman is getting quite rave reviews from others on this list, and deservedly so. typically 1/3 of an audience remains in the lobby during the opening act, 1/3 sits in the theatre and talks during the opening act, and the other 1/3 tries to listen politely. i'd say girlyman shattered those figures. i don't think i've ever heard an opening act get quite the attention that they did last night. they have great, great harmonies (greg, you would love them if you didn't attend any of the il shows), good stage presence, and earned a great response from the audience. some even stood and cheered after their final number, a fun rendition of son of a preacher man with a great angelic chorus intro. great stuff. i picked up a copy of their cd and am looking forward to listening to it. certainly one of the better openers i've seen at an ig show. i hope they do well.

the crowd was what i would call 'appropriately active'. by that i mean quiet during songs that deserved quiet, and rowdy during songs that deserved rowdiness. i've lost track of how many shows i've been to over the last 12 years or so, but i guess i'm at that point in my listening and fandom  that i don't need to stand on my feet the entire show to consider it a good show. i'm sure some who still travel to a zillion shows a year might comment that the crowd was somehow not into it as much, but i would disagree. plus i think amy and emily play into that as well. they weren't overly talkative and only had a few interactions with the crowd. my personal opinion is that that keeps the crowd in their seats more than security personnel.  

a few show highlights: girlyman joined ig for 4 tunes - closer to fine, perfect world, get out the map, and finlandia. in each case they really added to the songs. actually i'm always struck at how full (soundwise) ig can be without a band. but the addition of girlyman on each of those songs was really a compliment to the sound, not an unnessasary addition (hope that makes sense).

for those who like to hear about funny side comments that are made during a show, emily had one after she invited girlyman out to play get out the map. she said, "welcome girlyman. theybre so fab." when girlyman came out, nate from the group asked, "did you just call us fat?"  emily replied, "no i said fab." nate said, "i thought you said phat like p-h-a-t." emily's response was, "no, i'm too white to say that." maybe you had to be there, but i thought it was funny stuff.

anyway, all in all it was a good show. i was a little bummed that they had played thin line the night before. i called out for it while others shouted out requests. emily grimaced and said, "all songs we played last night." i wanted to shout, "but i wasn't there last night!" but they started into the next song too quickly. oh well, maybe next time.

as for the set list, this is what i recall, but don't quote me:

1) yield
2) hammer and a nail
3) heartache for everyone
4) power of two
5) starkville
6) it's alright
7) dairy queen
8) free in you
9) go
10) closer to fine (with girlyman, and connie of mrs. fun playing tambourine)
11) perfect world (with girlyman)
12) soon be to nothing
13) chickenman / bitterroot
14) fill it up again
15) become you
16) something real
17) rodeo
18) get out the map (with girlyman)
19) land of canaan

encore:
20) mona lisas and mad hatters
21) galileo
22) finlandia (with girlyman)

that's it for now folks...deb

ps
for those who get the milwaukee journalsentinel, this morning's edition had a review and a photo from the show. i'm guessing the review will be online later today or tomorrow at www.jsonline.com.

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date: wed, 20 oct 2004 10:51:35 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: [ig-news] milwaukee journal sentinel article

hey folks,

here's the milwaukee journal sentinel article that deb forwarded the
link to earlier
(http://www.jsonline.com/onwisconsin/music/oct04/267808.asp)...

cheers,
sherlyn

- ---begin forwarded article---
a subtle mix of politics, music
advocacy remains unspoken while the songs inspire a sense of community and
tunefulness
by dave tianen
dtianen@journalsentinel.com
posted: oct. 19, 2004
the evening opened with an unspoken political double-entendre.

indigo girls

when the indigo girls took the stage at the pabst theater monday night, emily
saliers was wearing a black t-shirt with a command that melded politics and
personal hygiene.

one expects a thread of muscular advocacy from the indigo girls. the surprising
thing about the new indigos album, "all that we let in," is that in a year
marked by ardent musical propagandizing, the indigos have come up with an album
that is largely relational in its focus.

perhaps the issues are already so well staked out that there's not much need to
talk about them. no fewer than a dozen political action groups are advertised
behind the cd in "all that we let in." there's everything from honor the earth
to sweat shop watch to the national gay and lesbian task force.

but during the concert saliers and partner amy ray spoke only in passing about
the election. they didn't even introduce songs. indeed, they really didn't
speak to the crowd much at all.

they didn't need to. the indigo girls have never really had a hit song. but
they have a sense of community with their audience that transcends the passing
enthusiasm of a hit song. most of the women who emerged from the late '80s folk
movement have fallen back to the level of club attractions.

the indigo girls visit milwaukee often, but they always pack the house, as they
did again at the pabst. a lot of acts have fans who can sing the chorus to
their biggest hits. when the indigos jump in unannounced with the freshly
minted "fill it up again" or "perfect world," the crowd sings along with the
verses to those new songs. for indigo landmarks like "closer to fine" or "get
out the map," the mostly female crowd is on its feet and singing along from the
get-go.

certainly some of it is the knack for writing folk rock tunes with booming
choruses and stick-to-the-ears melodies. but there's probably a bit more to it
than that.

ray and saliers are an interesting mix of contrast and complement. ray is
edgier, more rock 'n' roll, more raspy. her physicality is different as well.
she's dark and lean, looking a bit like a female ron wood.

saliers is blonder, softer, with a prettier, more classic pop/folk voice. and
while she doesn't have ray's hint of aggression, she's more talkative. that
kind of mix of personalities and physical types has helped win one of the most
loyal cult audiences in contemporary folk for the indigo girls.

because of deadlines it was impossible to catch all of the indigos' encore.

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