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Indigo Girls at Van Wezel

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Indigo Girls AP 2008

Amy Ray, left, and Emily Saliers of The Indigo Girls perform during a stop on the True Colors Tour at Radio City Music Hall Tuesday, June 3, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Back in the late 1980s, female folkies were rightfully getting signed to major labels and enjoying mainstream success.  Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, from Atlanta, were regional favorites, performing as The Indigo Girls, before eventually landing a deal with Epic Records. The label released the duo's self-titled album in 1989.

The critically-acclaimed CD includes the hit single "Closer to Fine" and numerous other standout tracks as well as cameos by members of R.E.M.  The Indigo Girls were nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy  and won one for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. Twenty five years later, the Indigo Girls' major-label debut album holds up remarkably well.

Since first becoming national stars, Ray and Saliers' have maintained a loyal following with a string of consistently strong albums such as the duo's most recent, 2011's stirring "Beauty Queen Sister," which manages to be both topical and timeless. It will be interesting to hear the duo's classic and contemporary material performed Thursday at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall backed by a symphony orchestra consisting of local players. The Indigo Girls have performed with symphonies before, but not often, making this show a rather special occasion.

8 p.m. Thursday (March 27), Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $45- $75; 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

The Indigo Girls with a symphony orchestra
8 p.m. Thursday (March 27), Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $45- $75; 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

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WADE TATANGELO is the editor of TICKET + and a contributor at TicketSarasota.com. He has been an entertainment editor, reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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