By Shane Barnes and Amy Wells
Outspoken, lesbian, feminist folk rockers Emily Saliers and Amy Ray -- aka the Indigo Girls -- will open campus OUT Week festivities with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.
The two have been blazing a trail of controversy and groundbreaking music since 1985. Saliers and Ray, who began their music careers as independent artists, released their 10th studio album as a duo, "Despite our Differences," in 2006.
Along the way, they picked up a Grammy Award for their 1989 release "Indigo Girls" and a mention in Stephen King's 1995 novel "Rose Madder," retaining their gusto and ability to move audiences with thought-provoking lyrics, energetic shows and activist causes.
"They're my all-time favorite band," said Mickey Hart, director of Ohio University's LGBT Center. "I was in the front row when they played at the Convocation Center in the '90s, and I'll be in the front row when they play at Memorial Auditorium. They put on a great live show; you'll regret it if you miss it."
The LGBT student union, Open Doors, coordinates OUT Week, which runs through Saturday, Oct. 11. Events include a Cook OUT at Strouds Run State Park, a Lecture by Dan Coleman from Equality Ohio, a Friday rally at a yet-to-be-determined location and an Open Doors Dance at Casa Nueva.
The Indigo Girls are presented by the Horizons Concert Series and Ohio University Dining Services and are sponsored by the Ohio University LGBT Center and Division of Student Affairs.
Tickets are on sale at the Memorial Auditorium ticket office (740-593-1780) or online.
Click here for more information on next week's concert. Details about OUT Week will be posted at www.ohiou.edu/~opendoor/.