Indigo Girls – Tickets – Oregon Zoo – Portland, OR – July 28th, 2013

Indigo Girls

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts:

Indigo Girls

Lindsay Fuller and The Cheap Dates

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Oregon Zoo

$26.00 - $46.00

This event is all ages

Valid for zoo admission day of show only. Rain or shine. No refunds. For additional info please visit the zoo concerts page.

Indigo Girls
Indigo Girls
Decades into their career, the Indigo Girls still amaze conventional pundits with their ability to grow and thrive no matter what the state of the music industry is at any given point. Saliers and Ray began performing together in high school, transferred their honest, urgent performing style onto the stages of countless small clubs, then saw their public profile take off with the 1989 release of their self-titled breakthrough (an album that included the first hit, “Closer To Fine,” and went on to win Best Contemporary Folk Recording at the 1990 Grammys).

The duo’s constant touring, as well as staunch dedication to a number of social and environmental causes, has earned them a fervidly devoted following over the years. So many artists who launched their careers in the late 1980s have slipped from our collective memory. In contrast, the Indigo Girls stand tall, having earned the lasting respect and devotion of a multi-generational audience which continues to experience their creative evolution in the studio and on stage.

For Ray and Saliers, Beauty Queen Sister – like each new musical endeavor they embark on – offers a fresh opportunity for exploration and discovery. “We really work hard to not lean on any tried-and-true path in making our albums,” says Ray. “So when it comes to writing new songs and working with different musicians, every record feels like a completely different adventure for us.”

For the Indigo Girls, that adventure may take the form of an adrenaline-fueled live CD or a warm, reflective holiday album or a collection of songs that can veer from raucous to intimate in the blink of an eye. No matter where their creative journey takes them, they hold out a hand to their listeners and we get to feel it all.
Lindsay Fuller and The Cheap Dates
Lindsay Fuller and The Cheap Dates
“I’ll just bleed so the stars can have something dark to shine in” – Frank Stanford

The above quote, taken from Frank Stanford’s much forgotten epic poem, “The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You,” could well describe Lindsay Fuller’s artistic mission. Raised in Birmingham, Alabama by an ex NFL player and a dressmaker/painter, Lindsay makes her peace with the Christ-haunted south by writing songs about the one thing that makes us all equal and honest, death. However, don’t be misled; the darkness in her songs is more about bringing things to light than bringing folks down.

Her latest record, You, Anniversary, due out on ATO Records in spring of 2012, is the result of a woman who has spent the bulk of her life trying to tell a story well. The title track is based on W.S. Merwin’s poem, “For The Anniversary of My Death,” in which the poet contemplates the fact that he passes the future day of his death each year unaware. Lindsay’s song, a duet with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, heaves a beautiful portrait of someone awake to her own mortality yet frustrated with death’s undermining of what she’s built.

“I have passed you anniversary, without a wave or a smile
When we meet every year, I am flanked by denial
But I dream of you often, when my heart splits so wide
When the last of my sandcastles bow to the tide”

Lindsay recorded the album live at engineer Ryan Freeland’s (Ray LaMontagne, Joe Henry) Los Angeles studio, Stampede Origin, over the course of 3 days with producer Paul Bryan (Aimee Mann, Grant Lee Phillips). Bryan cast a rather special group of players to paint the mood for each song: Jay Bellerose on drums, Chris Bruce on electric guitar, Paul Bryan himself on bass and mellotron and Jebin Bruni on keys. Lindsay plays a raw nerve of an acoustic guitar on every tune but one.

Her deep mournful vocal style, which has garnered comparisons to Patti Smith, Gillian Welch, and Nick Cave, sounds as though it comes from a place of necessity and nowhere else. The result is a rowdy yet affecting telling of stories involving all the things that make the beauty and violence of the human experience so damn curious.

Fuller sings, “Some folks can’t help but build a bomb or leave a wake.” Indeed.
Venue Information:
Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR, 97221
http://www.oregonzoo.org/

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