Today's date: September 19, 2011
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust welcomes back to the Cultural District the venerated singer-songwriting duo Indigo Girls as a part of its CDLive! series. Indigo Girls’ staying power, marked by a successful, 25-year career, is fueled by Amy Ray and Emily Saliers’ poignant songwriting, a loyal fan following and passionate live performances. Indigo Girls’ complex, literate canon of work is heard regularly on 91.3fm WYEP.
The prolific, GRAMMY® Award-winning Indigo Girls are touring in support of their 14th studio recording, Beauty Queen Sister, and will perform at the Cultural Trust’s Byham Theater on Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m. The CDLive! series, presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Three Rivers Arts Festival (a program of the Cultural Trust) and 91.3fm WYEP, brings outstanding recording artists to world-class venues. This collaboration of non-profit organizations aims to build audiences for new music and cultivate patronage in the Cultural District.
Beauty Queen Sister is an 13-song album that touches on topics as disparate as the 2011 Egyptian revolution (in Ray’s plaintive “War Rugs,” featuring guest vocals by singer-songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche), the ins and outs of the music industry (“Making Promises,” a defiant, guitar-driven banger also authored by Ray), and the recent massive deaths of Arkansas redwinged blackbrids (“Able to Sing,” in which Saliers cleverly swipes a lyric from the English nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence”). Tackling such weighty matters as tenderly as each intimate love song, Beauty Queen Sister grips from the get-go and crests at the epic “Yoke.” With its centerpiece of hauntingly urgent strings (courtesy of Luke Bulla) and a gorgeously mournful vocal performance by Ray, this spellbinding slow-burner makes for a masterful closing track.”
Tickets ($33.50, $38.50, $43.50) for Indigo Girls on Friday, November 4, 2011, at 8 p.m., at the Byham Theater go on sale this Friday, September 23, at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), online at trustarts.org, or by calling (412) 456-6666. To purchase 10 or more tickets at special discounted rates, please call (412) 471-6930.