Folk duo Indigo Girls shake things up with first-ever symphony tour

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In a career first, the Indigo Girls have announced a symphony tour, set to kick off in Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 18 and continue into 2013. The Grammy-winning folk duo have also announced a second leg to their summer tour with the Shadowboxers.

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers 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.

Meanwhile, the Shadowboxers will be onstage for full-band, electric versions of the Girls’ classic songs. The Denver Post writes that “having the band — whom Saliers had originally met at a show at her alma mater (Emory) — clearly energized the Girls” in a review of their recent Denver date.

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, meaning fans will hear full-band arrangements of all the Indigo Girls’ classic songs.

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Here’s a look at the Indigo Girls’ upcoming dates
* full band shows with The Shadowboxers
TH 6.21.12 Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre *
FR 6.22.12 Grass Valley, CA – Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium *
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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