Indigo Girls Setlist
Michelle Malone Setlist
07/21/15 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre *
07/23/15 New York, NY City Winery NYC *
07/24/15 Englewood, NJ Bergen Perf Arts Ctr. *
07/25/15 Westhampton Beach Performing *
07/26/15 Camden, NJ "XPoNential Music Festival"
07/28/15 Vienna, VA Filene Center At Wolf Trap
07/29/15 Selbyville, DE Freeman Stage *
08/07/15 Indianapolis, IN Indiana State Fair
09/12/15 Rendezvous Music Festival
09/17/15 Houston, TX House Of Blues
09/18/15 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
09/20/15 Austin, TX Paramount Theatre
09/22/15 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
09/23/15 Birmingham, AL Alys Robinson Stephens
09/25/15 Germantown Perf. Arts Center
09/26/15 Atlanta, GA McDonough Field
10/22/15 Toronto, ON Roy Thomson Hall
11/15/15 Detroit, MI Sound Board
* = with Michelle Malone
Playing the Weesner Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo is always a unique experience – some bands just try a little harder to literally fit in with the environment more than others... like by wearing animal hats. Indigo Girls with opener Michelle Malone, did just that at a sold out, steamy stop on their latest tour over the weekend.
“When we left Atlanta it was 98 degrees… I do feel right at home”, Malone remarked after the first song, looking out at the throng of overheated listeners fanning themselves with venue programs. “You know it’s going to be a great show when you break your G-string”, Malone mentioned after a particularly feverish ‘Tighten Up the Springs’ broke a string.
Michelle Malone (closeup)
Their nearly two-hour set was often a sing-a-long, beginning with the opening ‘Least Complicated’ onward. and the night was even more special for Saliers as her father Don, a retired minister, watched joyfully from a center seat. Warming up for the following night’s appearance at the Eaux Claires Festival, where they would play underrated 1994 album Swamp Ophelia in its entirety, the Zoo audience was treated to several selections from that disc, including the oft-covered ‘Power of Two’.
The band was tight and well-rehearsed, with violinist Lyris Hung making a strong impression and UK keyboardist Carol Isaacs returning to the fold. ‘Reunion’ and ‘Mystery’ both also from Swamp Ophelia were especially evocative; delicate but dark, each in their own way.
The anthemic ‘Go’ (with the audience raising its hands on cue) and stargazing ‘Galileo’ ended the main set, with the crowd yelling for more almost immediately.
Donning those animal hats for the encore lent some levity to the very serious ‘Messiah’, which then transformed into a party for the closing ‘Closer to Fine’, with Michelle Malone joining on stage and the audience and band dueling, as to who could sing the loudest. Animal hats aside, Indigo Girls proved why their “power of two” still endures some thirty years later.
Indigo Girls at Weesner Amphitheater, MN Zoo (17 July 2015)