It was an honor to hear both Atlanta's Indigo Girls and the legendary Joan Baez together. The Girls started the evening promptly at 7pm and did a long 14 song set, lots of old favorites like Amy Ray's impassioned GO, and Emily Saliers' The Love of Our Lives, which she used to express the need for immigration reform, seeking to keep families from being split up by national boundaries. The Girls have been touring with a young band from ATL called the Shadowboxers, and they did an admiral job to round out the sound as their back up band throughout the set. The ladies graciously let them take thr stage for a solo band tune which helped promote their new CD. Good energy and joyful playmanship. Then a break before Ms. Baez graced the stage with the magnitude of historical reverberence and hushed the chatty Chastainers and brought them to their feet. This lady actually marched alongside MLK during one of the most turbulent periods of our country ' s timeline and has fought for equality and social justice since the late 50's. An amazing presence to behold. The encore ended with special request from an audience member and she led all of us in singing The Band's the Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. It was a stirring moment to sing this with Atlantans and a blessing to be in their midst for a truly memorable evening of music history. Beautiful. Thank you Atlanta, and thanks Amy and Emily!
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