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    Tue, 26 Jun 2012 14:06:03

    Indigo Girls Announce First-Ever Symphony Tour - It begins this July

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    There's a first time for everything in life, even when you are a famous folksy duo.

    In a career first, Grammy-winning folk duo the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, have announced their first-ever symphony tour, kicking off in Chattanooga, TN on July 18 and continuing in select markets through 2013.

    For this tour, they've brought in musical arrangers Sean O'Loughlin (Chris Isaak, Feist, The Decemberists, Josh Ritter) and Stephen Barber (Rosanne Cash, Alejandro Escovedo, John Legend) to write orchestral charts for a selection of songs spanning their career, from the 1980s through their most recent release, Beauty Queen Sister, on IG Recordings/ Vanguard. Each performance will last roughly two hours with the orchestra, including an intermission, and then Ray and Saliers will perform one or two songs as a duo for their encore.

    Indigo Girls have also announced a second leg to their summer tour with The Shadowboxers, who'll be joining them onstage for full-band, electric versions of the Girls' classic songs. The Shadowboxers, a young Atlanta-based five-piece, will perform as the opening band on these dates as well as joining the Girls on stage each evening for their entire set. Their line-up features electric guitars and bass, drums and keyboards so you can expect to hear full-band arrangements of all the Indigo Girls' classic songs.

    With 14 albums to their credit and a career that spans decades, the iconic duo continues to challenge themselves creatively, adding to a body of work that contains such hits and fan favorites "Shame on You," "Galileo" and "Love of Our Lives" as well as material from their latest release.

    For Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, who've been performing together for over two decades, these new collaborations - performing as a full band as well as with regional symphonies - offers them a chance to hear their music performed in a new way and bring something special to their fans.

    Tour Dates:

    * full band shows with The Shadowboxers
    TH 7.12.12 New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's
    FR 7.13.12 Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre *
    SA 7.14.12 Houston, TX - House of Blues *
    SU 7.15.12 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom *
    TU 7.17.12 Columbia, MO - Blue Note *
    TH 7.19.12 Kansas City, MO - Voodoo *
    FR 7.20.12 Council Bluffs, IA - Stir Cove *
    SA 7.21.12 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant *
    SU 7.22.12 Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion *
    TU 7.24.12 Lexington, KY - Kentucky Theater *
    WE 7.25.12 Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre *
    TH 7.26.12 Richmond, VA - Maymont *
    SA 7.28.12 Chattanooga, TN - Tivoli Theatre w/the Chattanooga Symphony
    SA 8.04.12 Provincetown, MA - Provincetown Town Hall - "Honor the Earth Benefit"
    SA 8.11.12 Burnaby, BC - Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival
    WE 8.29.12 Dallas, TX - Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center w/the Dallas Symphony
    FR 9.07.12 Mankato, MN - Vetter Stone Amphitheater (Pridefest)
    WE 9.12.12 Seattle, WA - Benaroya Hall w/the Seattle Symphony
    FR 9.14.12 Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Botanical Gardens *
    FR 9.21.12 Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theatre w/the Alabama Symphony
    SA 9.22.12 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
    FR 9.28.12 Buffalo, NY - Kleinhans Music Hall w/the Buffalo Philharmonic
    FR 11.09.12 Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall w/the Oregon Symphony
    SA 11.13.12 Aurora, IL - Paramount Theatre
    SA 3.30.13 Louisville, KY - Whitney Hall w/the Louisville Orchestra

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    —Katie Sheehan

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