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ig-news-digest          sunday, may 27 2007          volume 10 : number 037

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  [ig-news] hte review from durango herald  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopoli]


date: sat, 26 may 2007 12:59:51 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] hte review from durango herald

hi folks,

review of the hte benefit from the durango herald.  you can find this article
online at:


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rocking the desert
indigo girls perform benefit concert in shiprock, n.m.

may 25, 2007
by amy maestas | herald staff writer

shiprock, n.m. -

hours after the proposed desert rock energy project took a first step toward
winning approval, the indigo girls strode onto the stage in shiprock, n.m., to
sing as part of an effort opposing the coal-fired power plant. but neither the
stripped-down acoustic duo nor the audience showed any signs of feeling set back
by the energy giant's win for the day. as expected, emily saliers and amy ray
rocked a nearly full house at the phil l. thomas performing arts center with a
mix of empowering songs from their 20-year career.

the concert was part of honor the earth's efforts to fight the building of
desert rock by houston-based sithe global and the navajo nation.

honor the earth is a national environmental-awareness group that takes on causes
for the country's american indian population. the evening started off with
surprisingly impressive rap/hip-hop/native musicians casper and his 602 band.
the arizona-based band's blend of world music and hard-driving beats were
coupled with political, spiritual and soulful lyrics.

winona laduke, two-time green party vice presidential candidate and founder of
honor the earth spoke briefly before the indigo girls performed. the plainspoken
laduke didn't mince words in her soft voice. she told the audience "we do not
need another $2 billion coal-fired power plant." the cheers and support given
back to her by the audience quickly showed that laduke - and the indigo girls -
were preaching to the choir.

laduke explained how detrimental the plant would be for the country, the native
population and the environment. she all but implored audience members to turn up
the oppositional heat, become educated and support the activist organizations
that lined the foyer of the center. the political talk was left mostly to

yet the indigo girls clearly chose a set that spoke to the hearts of those in
attendance. saliers and ray kicked it off with the first song, "pendulum
swinger" on their newest cd, "despite our differences." it's a pro-humanist song
that set a tone of songs with candor and warmth.

they followed with the spunky song "yield." beyond their strum-and-hum guitars,
the more animated ray showed off her frantic mandolin skills, often playing with
enough force to push the musicianship as much as the message of each song, and
saliers her skillful banjo picking. they went on with ray's more laconic "three
county highway," and the slightly off-beat "chickenman." there also were a
couple of early-career defining hits "get out the map," "hammer and a nail," and
the audience-participating "closer to fine," - all songs that proved the
mastering of the duo's bell-toned harmonies.

saliers and ray wrapped up with a two-song encore, one of which was a perennial
favorite of indigo girls - the pro-peace "galileo." it was a bittersweet end to
a night that, given the day's news, could have been soured by a cloud of
weariness. leave it to the indigo girls to be the ones who keep hope alive.

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