The Grammy-winning duo Indigo Girls will be in Tacoma on Friday, June 22 at the Pantages Theater at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts (310 S. 9th St., Tacoma.) The show is a benefit for arts education.
After an over three-decade career, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have announced a career first: their first album recorded live with an orchestra. The album, “Indigo Girls Live with the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra,” will be available June 29 as a two-CD set and three-LP package through Rounder Records. Ray and Saliers’ voices are both powerful and delicate here, their intertwined harmonies riding on the crest of an emotional tidal wave created by Sean O’Loughlin and Stephen Barber’s (the Decemberists, John Legend and Rosanne Cash) dazzling arrangements. The orchestrations are richly cinematic and the 64-piece symphony wrings every ounce of passion from them, helping to bring Saliers’ and Ray’s evocative storytelling to life.
Spanning material from throughout their over three-decade career, the 22-song set features a mix of reimagined classics, unexpected deep cuts, and tracks from the Indigo Girls’ latest studio album, “One Lost Day.” The energy in the room that night was infectious, with both the musicians and fans feeding off the same electricity, with the crowd joining in for a massive sing-along on their iconic song, “Closer to Fine.” There’s an unmistakable sense of community and inclusion on the album, in part because that’s a hallmark of every Indigo Girls show, but also in part because Ray and Saliers considered themselves pieces of the orchestra for the performance, no more and no less important than any other artist on the stage.
The seeds for this project were first planted in 2012, when Saliers and Ray began their collaboration with Barber and O’Loughlin on arrangements of their songs to perform with symphonies around the country. Now, after more than 50 performances with symphonies across America, the experience has finally been captured in all its grandeur on this stunning new album. They’ll be touring extensively through the fall.