After nearly two decade since launching their career with their independently released debut album, Strange Fire, and entertaining millions of fans with 10 major-label studio albums, Grammy-winning duo, the Indigo Girls are back with a new album and performance at the Commodore Ballroom.
The new album, Poseidon And The Bitter Bug, reunites the Lesbian duo of Emily Saliers and Amy Ray with veteran producer, arranger and keyboardist Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Los Lobos and others), who worked on the Indigo Girls’ acclaimed 2006 release, Despite Our Differences. Longtime bassist Clare Kenny, drummer Matt Chamberlin and engineer David Boucher make up the rest of the core band but the sound is pure Indigo Girls, with uplifting, effortless harmonies; honest, passionately involved lyrics and infectious melodies.
One thing the Girls have done differently on Poseidon is include a second CD that features acoustic versions of all the songs, plus a bonus track, “Salty South.” It’s a chance for listeners to hear stripped down, organic versions of the songs – just the Girls in a room with a few mics – before the arrangements changed with the addition of the band.
With a Grammy, six Grammy nominations and a legacy of releases and tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have outlasted many of their peers and forged their own way in the music business. They’ve always thought independently, and have always balanced their commitment to music and performing with an unwavering commitment to gay rights, and other social, political and environmental issues.
In 1991, Ray and Saliers co-founded the non-profit organization Honor the Earth to raise awareness and financial support for indigenous environmental justice, and over the years they have supported groups fighting for women’s rights, civil rights for same-sex couples, and the abolition of the death penalty as well as voter registration.
Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville Street
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Tickets go on sale Friday, 22 January 2010 and are $36.50 each (plus service charges) and go on sale at Live Nation online or by calling 604-280-4444.