Indigo Girls

July 23, 2010 10:18:21 AM PDT
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers met when they were in elementary school in Decatur, Georgia. They performed together for the first time in the school chorus which sang James Taylor's "A Junkie's Lament" for a talent show. They became a duo in their high school English class, where they wrote songs and tested them out on their teacher. (They still keep in touch with his mom.) As The Indigo Girls, Amy and Emily have traveled far since those days. Grammy Award winners, they may be best known for their hits "Shame on You" and "Closer to Fine."This summer the folk-rock icons are touring with Lilith Fair and on their own to promote their new double album, Staring Down the Brilliant Dream. They'll be stopping on Saturday, July 24 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, as part of the In Tune with the Trees summer concert series. The outdoor performances support tree planting at the arboretum.

Staring Down the Brilliant Dream captures the Indigo Girls' concert experience. Live shows are "the most vibrant part of what we do," says Amy. The just-released album features 31 songs, each selected by the duo to capture the most memorable moments of their shows from 2006 to 2009. Amy and Emily have written personal notes on how they wrote each song, what they remember about that specific show, and why ? from among the thousands of performances they had to select from - these particular performances made the cut. This collection reflects the spontaneity of a typical Indigos' concert and includes a mix of solo performances as well as numbers backed by their full band, plus vocal collaborations with such guest artists as Brandi Carlile and Jill Hennessey

You can hear the Indigo Girls at the Arboretum concert at 7 pm on Saturday, July 24. The arboretum is located at I-88 and Rte. 53 in Lisle. Tickets are $43 in advance; $45 at the door. Order at www.mortonarb.org/summerconcerts or 630-725-2066.

IN TUNE WITH TREES LINE UP

Here are some upcoming In Tune with Trees concerts. For a complete schedule, including show times and ticket prices, visit: www.mortonarb.org/summerconcerts or call 630-725-2066.

July 23: Huey Lewis and the News The Grammy winning, multi-platinum selling group is best known for hits such as the Oscar-nominated smash, "The Power of Love," which served as the theme song for the movie: Back to the Future. Other mega-hits include "The Heart of Rock and Roll," "Stuck with You," "I Want a New Drug" and "Workin' for a Livin'."

August 6: Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. The four-time Grammy Award winner fuses elements of the blues, country, folk, gospel and jazz. Lovett has released 14 albums and sold more than four million records. He may be best known for the hits "If I Had a Boat," "Nobody Knows Me," "South Texas Girl," "She's No Lady." "Baby Don't Tolerate," and "In My Own Mind."

August 7: Lee Ann Womack and Mark Chesnutt. Grammy winner and Five-time Country Music Association Award winner, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Womack's hit "I Hope You Dance," spent 6 weeks at number one on Billboard's Country Singles chart and almost a year on the Adult Contemporary Chart.

The "voice" of traditional country music, Chesnutt has four platinum albums, five gold albums and 14 number one singles to his name. His newest release, entitled OUTLAW, is his personal tribute to his musical heroes.

August 8: Marc Cohn and Bettye LaVette. The Grammy winner has scheduled a July release for his new album, "Listening Booth: 1970" reveals his fascination with music of Cat Stevens, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Smokey Robinson, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Beyond these vintage tunes, fans instantly identify with Cohn's own classics, such as "Walking In Memphis," "Silver Thunderbird," and the lovely "True Companion." LaVette, the powerful songstress who is as masterful with soul as she is with rock classics of the 1960s, as evidenced by her new album, "Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook." LaVette captured a W.C. Handy Award in 2004 for "Comeback Blues Album of the Year" on the strength of her 2003 album, "A Woman Like Me." She was also the Living Blues critic pick as "Best Female Blues Artist of 2004."

Tickets are on sale via www.mortonarb.org, 630-725-2066, and in person at the Arboretum Visitor Center. A $5 processing fee applies to phone and online orders. Prices above are for the general public; Arboretum members receive discounts.

The Morton Arboretum is a world-renowned leader in tree science and education, working to save and plant trees. The 1,700-acre outdoor museum features magnificent collections of 4,117 kinds of trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world. The Arboretum's beautiful natural landscapes, gardens, research and education programs, and year-round family activities support its mission ? the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. Conveniently located at I-88 and Rte. 53 in Lisle, the Arboretum is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from 7 a.m. Central Time until sunset. The Children's Garden is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., March through October, and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., November through February. Visit Press Room at www.mortonarb.org, call to learn more.

INDIGO GIRLS
7 pm on Saturday
Morton Arboretum
Lisle
630-725-2066
www.mortonarb.org/summerconcerts.


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