|Standing-room-only crowd left with smiles on their faces|
Staff Photo by K.A. Wagoner:
An enthusiastic crowd of more than 500 music lovers filled the Harvester Performance Center Thursday night to see the Indigo Girls.
Monday, April 28, 2014
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
The Indigo Girls brought the Harvester audience to its feet Thursday night with only two acoustic guitars and their richly blended harmonies.
The American folk rock duo from Decatur, Ga., played for more than 90 minutes to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 500 music lovers from all over the region and from far away as Falls Church and Virginia Beach.
The audience welcomed Amy Ray and Emily Saliers to the stage with a roar and continued cheering, clapping, dancing and singing along, as the women inspired their fans with songs of heartache and tolerance injected with humor and a refreshing optimism for finding joy in everyday life.
The intimate venue allowed fans to interact with the duo, including Steve Guidus, a local musician, who told the women he was bumped from a gig in Sanibel Island, Fla., 30 years ago when the club owner decided to book the Indigo Girls instead.
After the show, the crowd left with smiles on their faces with comments like "awesome," "incredible" and "I'll be back for sure."
Rocky Mount Mayor Steve Angle talked with visitors throughout the evening.
"We are thrilled with the outcome," he said. "People love the facility, especially the acoustics. There were no problems with parking, and everyone seemed to have a great time."
"I'd like to thank Matt Hankins (assistant town manager) and Gary Jackson (Harvester manager) for getting us to this point, as well as past and present town councils," Angle added. "This music venue is bringing a lot of people to Rocky Mount to eat in our restaurants, stay in our hotels and shop in our stores. This is going to have a tremendous economic impact on Rocky Mount and Franklin County."
About 90 percent of the audience was from out of town, including visitors from Salem, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Floyd, Roanoke and Martinsville.