Marié Digby and Eric Hutchinson | 05.20.08

marie_digby.jpgShe shared personal snippets throughout the show, including her experiences writing music on the fire escape of her dormitory and how it led her to the clarity of her career choice.

 

 

 

 

 

Varsity Theater, Minneapolis

The thing about music is, it knows just how to get me.  

Emerging artist Marié Digby confirmed this fact at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis on May 20. The 24-year-old L.A. native shared the spotlight with co-headliner Eric Hutchinson at the Tuesday night show in Dinkytown. It was the first stop of her first-ever tour. 

Justin Nozuka opened the show with the buzz of bluesy rock as the crowd trickled into the Varsity Theater. Nozuka proved to be a flawless choice for opener. His mellow-with-a-twist sound was an ideal transition into the funky-bluesy sets that were to follow.

As Nozuka’s set concluded, the room filled to its capacity. It was evident that Eric Hutchinson’s appearance in promotion of his Sounds Like This album was a tremendous contributor to the sold-out success of the show. A crowded room celebrated his expertise at the keys and the guitar, and laughed as he poked fun at Justin Timberlake. Hutchinson’s soulful rhythm and cocky lyrics, in turn, were a perfect compliment to the debut of sassy-and-sweet Marié Digby.

Digby’s debut tour at the Varsity was supported by Twin Cities radio station 94.5, which had given away tickets to the show. Listeners in the KS-95 VIP section enjoyed a close-up live version of radio hit "Say It Again" upon Digby’s introduction. It was flawless, fluid and eloquent, as was the entire set to follow.

As Digby introduced other songs from her album Unfold, it became apparent that this musician lives in the world of her lyrics. She shared personal snippets throughout the show, including her experiences writing music on the fire escape of her dormitory and how it led her to the clarity of her career choice. Her cocky-yet-demure lyrical style was delightful as she delivered down-to-earth notions such as "falling stupid for you" and, "I should be old enough to know/Not to fall in love with a voice on the radio."

Although the audience thinned significantly halfway into the set, the remaining captivated listeners chanted, "One more song!" as she exited the stage. Listeners who came solely to hear Nozuka and Hutchinson missed out on a beautiful acoustic encore of "Unfold." Digby is clearly transported into the moment that inspires her to write her music, and this passion is a driving force in her career. With a promising tour ahead of her, Digby is certain to gain recognition and expand her fan base. Where there is good music, "It’s like the whole world stops to listen." | Amanda Pelle

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