On Tour: The Indigo Girls

People don’t go bananas over bands in such a consistent manner for no reason.

I first saw the Indigo Girls in concert about 15 years ago. It’s always been a group concert. One of us buys 10 to 15 tickets and hand them out to our friends, and then we all go together. It’s wonderful. At one of the first shows, during one of the quiet songs, a woman broke the reverie we’d all fallen into. After the lyric, “I’m in love with your ghost…” we heard, “I LOVE YOU, AMY! I LOVE YOU!!!!” She wasn’t whispering, you guys.

It happened three or four more times that night. The same thing, punctuating the night with a strong, fervent, “I LOVE YOU AMY!!!” My friends and I went to every concert the Indigo Girls held in St. Louis, usually at The Pageant, sometimes at the Fox. In addition to the soaring melodies, beautiful harmonies, and poignant lyrics, sometimes we got lucky. Sometimes, our mystery Screamer would be there. It was like an experiential Easter egg.

Now, people don’t go bananas over bands in such a consistent manner for no reason. There is a reason our Screamer goes to the shows every year. There is a reason the shows are sold out. There is a reason my friends and I attend en masse. The reason is that the Indigo Girls make amazing music. Two women, two guitars. Songs that, by now, we all carry in our DNA. New songs that speak to our passions and politics. Songs that make us stand up and get big. They sing about personal and political failures and the pain that we share. They sing about soaring triumphs and possibilities. They are a balm to your wounded self. They make you mad. They make you think.

The Indigo Girls will be playing at The Pageant in St. Louis on May 12. Come join us—and listen for the Screamer. | Melissa Cynova

04.28 | Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, NY
05.05-06 | The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC (w/the National Symphony Orchestra)
05.07 | Carnegie Lecture Hall of Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA
05.09 | The Orange Peel, Asheville NC
05.10 | Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, Indianapolis
05.12 | The Pageant, St. Louis
05.13 | City Winery Nashville
06.02-03 | Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
06.05 | North Carolina Museum of Art: Museum Park Theater, Raleigh NC
06.06 | Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville VA
06.08 | Fraze Pavilion, Kettering OH
06.09 | Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, Rochester Hills MI
06.11 | Chicago Theatre
06.12 | Meijer Gardens Amphitheater, Grand Rapids
06.14 | Massey Hall, Toronto
06.16 | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford NH
06.17 | Tanglewood, Lenox MA
07.14 | Variety Playhouse, Atlanta
08.20 | LGBT Akron FIlm, Music & Arts Festival, Akron Civic Theatre, Akron, OH
08.26 | Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield WI
08.27 | Pabst Theater, Milwaukee
08.29-30 | Weesner Family Amphitheater @ The Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley MN
09.01 | Bluestem Amphitheater, Moorhead MN
09.03 | Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder
09.08 | Mountain Winery, Saratoga CA
09.13 | Humphreys by the Bay, San Diego
09.27 | Atlanta Symphony Hall (w/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)

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