GO Arts: Indigo Girls bring folk rock to Tacoma's Pantages this Friday

Tacoma News TribuneJanuary 6, 2014 

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of The Indigo Girls play the Pantages Friday night.


Grammy-winning folk-rock duo the Indigo Girls will play the Pantages this Friday night, bringing classics from their 25-year career plus new songs from their latest album, the 2011 “Beauty Queen Sister.”

From their first years playing together in a Georgia high school to their last decade releasing four albums on their own label IG Recordings, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have gone with their songs through a strong partnership. Like their earlier recordings, “Beauty Queen Sister” tells stories both of days gone by and current events like the Egypt revolution (“War Rugs,” featuring vocals by Lucy Wainwright Roche, who’ll also open for them at the Tacoma concert) and the threats to Arkansas red-winged blackbirds (“Able to Sing,” with inspirations from the old English folksong “Sing a Song of Sixpence.”) Ray and Saliers bring a full band on tour with them, but keep their signature style of open Nashville guitar sound, clean rock drums and close harmonies.

After winning Best Contemporary Folk Recording at the 1990 Grammys, the Indigo Girls have gone on to play world venues like Madison Square Garden, the Royal Albert Hall, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Glastonbury Festival and Seattle’s Bumbershoot. Their career includes 14 studio and three live recordings, and six more Grammy nominations.

INDIGO GIRLS: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10. $24, $46, $56, $72. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org.

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@thenewstribune.com

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