"The roar of the crowd is different when it's a majority of women making up the crowd. It's a cool sound to hear."
Of course, the days when DiFranco could count on unisex audiences are long past. As she puts it, "I'm getting all the different makes and models anymore." Clearly, a sizable number of concertgoers have figured out something that still seems to elude a great many journalists.
"Friends of mine have asked me, 'Doesn't it really fucking drive you crazy that you're a songwriter but people don't ever mention your songs?'" she says. "But the media are just not why I make music, and their understanding of what I do doesn't really matter that much. It's not why people come, and it's not what they react to. I think they come to hear the songs because they have an intense relationship with them. And I come to play them. That's basically what I'm about."
Ani DiFranco, with the Rebirth Brass Band. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, Red Rocks, $25, 830-