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July 18, 2012 | 12:07 p.m. CST
The Blue Note was packed to the brim with girl power on Tuesday night as the Indigo Girls, a folk rock duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, took the stage and rocked the crowd with both popular songs from their famed past as well as songs from their 14th studio album, “Beauty Queen Sister,” released in October 2011.
While the crowd, composed of mainly middle-aged females, was a lively one, the opening band, The Shadowboxers, created little more than a comfortable sway in the audience. The band of young male artists from Atlanta produced sounds with similar tones to that of Simon & Garfunkel with a bit of an rhythm and blues twist.
The audience seemed to find the melodies of The Shadowboxers more appealing when they played backup for the Indigo Girls, interacting with Ray and Saliers onstage and chiming in from time to time on some of their most popular tracks.
Exchanging very little dialogue, Ray and Saliers sang a continual stream of their hits. Two of their earlier songs from the late 1980s and early '90s, “Galileo” and “Closer to Fine,” received an overwhelming reaction from the show goers. After playing a few songs to an enthusiastic gaggle of hand-clapping, foot-stomping fans, Ray commented that The Blue Note was “the grooviest audience ever.”
After nearly two hours of enlivened jamming, Saliers and Ray returned to the stage for an encore song of their song "Share the Moon" from the new record. They finished the night with "Tangled Up In Blue" by Bob Dylan, accompanied by the vocal contributions of The Shadowboxers.
At the close of an entertaining show that gave Columbians a reason to dance, the theater was abuzz with satisfied show goers.