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Crowd rudeness mars great Indigo show

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INDIGO GIRLS, in concert at the Red Butte Garden amphitheater, Sunday, July 15, 7 p.m.; one performance only.

Sunday evening wasn't the first time Indigo Girl Amy Ray visited Red Butte Garden.

"I came here the last time we played and went hiking," Ray told the sold-out, standing-room only audience.

"I went hiking and had no idea this was a concert venue."

As a concert venue, the amphitheater is quite acoustic friendly. The problem is, however, that every little noise is magnified. Especially when those noises come from the audience.

Fans of every age, size and shape crammed themselves — and a bunch of picnic baskets and blankets — onto every last patch of grass.

And when the Indigo Girls — Ray and partner Emily Saliers — hit the stage, the audience screamed, laughed and cheered.

That was all fine and dandy, except that a lot of people were cheering, screaming and laughing at themselves.

There were some who could not have cared less who was on the stage. They just wanted some background music for their dinners.

And that was unfortunate because the concert was a return to the duo's folk origins.

Opening with a stripped-down version of "Gone Again," from the album "Come On Now Social," Ray and Saliers picked on a mandolin and banjo, respectively.

The comfort ballad "Power of Two" was followed by the intricate "Virginia Woolf," and the acoustic version of "Shame on You" rocked, as the notes tried to penetrate the thousands of bodies in this "intimate" outdoor setting.

"Cold Beer and a Remote Control," "Ghost" and a new song — "Three Days Down the Highway," which will be on the Indigos' new album in the fall — shone crystal clear, until the cheering began.

At one point, a fan even talked his way onto the stage to wish his friend a happy 40th birthday before Ray and Saliers strummed into the anthemic "Closer to Fine."

Ray took the spotlight and played the grinding "Lucy's Stoners," a cut from her solo album "Stag," which was released last March. Then the two returned for the crowd-pleasing "Chickenman," and soothing "Least Complicated."

The Indigo Girls sang their hearts out.

Too bad some of the self-absorbed people in attendance didn't pay attention. If they had, they would have seen (and heard) a great show.

E-MAIL: scott@desnews.com