Vocal harmonies filled the air at the Grande River Vineyards on Saturday evening, as the Indigo Girls took the stage in a benefit concert for the Palisade Chamber of Commerce.
Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers were in fine form, enjoying their evening in Palisade on their way to a Red Rocks date the next night to appear with the Colorado Symphony. About 1,100 fans packed the lawn at the winery, enjoying Grande River wines and snacks from Berna B’s Catering and Sassy Q’s, among others.
The duo have known each other since grade school, been performing together since high school, and began recording and releasing music since 1987, a year before their breakout hit, “Closer to Fine.” Other well known Indigo hits include “Galileo” and “Hammer and Nail,” and they continue to produce music as a duo on their own IG Recordings label. Ray also has a number of solo releases, but Saliers concentrates her ‘off’ time on the Atlanta, Georgia, restaurant in which she is a partner and on writing about spiritual topics.
Opening for ‘the Girls’ was Keith Secola, sharing Native American flute music as well as original acoustic tunes while the crowd settled into their lawn chairs for the main event.
A light breeze carried the perfect blend of voices, the Indigo Girls’ trademark sound, as they made their way from newer tunes to the old favorites, encouraging the crowd to go ahead and sing along. Their very loyal fan base was happy to oblige, making the evening as ‘close to fine’ as it could get.