Despite intermittent rain, fans filled Rumsey Playfield to see The Indigo Girls and Lucy Wainwright Roche perform at SummerStage. The City Parks Foundation secured the folk singers as one of the highlights to the annual summer concert series. The added bonus Monday night was the ticket price – free.
Lucy Wainwright Roche opened at 7pm with a few nervous jokes and laughs with the crowd. She quickly eased into her set and led a folk revival. Soft progressions augment the melodic tempo of LWR’s vocals. The lyrics are thoughtful and unfold like a creative short story. When LWR began her rendition of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend,” the soft guitar pricks silenced the crowd. While she rightfully pointed out that the audience came to SummerStage to see the Indigo Girls, the crowd left feeling like they saw two strong folk groups. LWR and her mother, Suzzy Roche, are playing a show for the release of their album, Mud & Apples, at Union Hall in Brooklyn on July 23, 2016.
The Indigo Girls have been recording music since 1985, but that fact did not stop them from amassing a crowd of all ages. The duo is known for their drifting harmonies, vocal solos and folk finesse. Their most recent release, One Lost Day (released on June 2, 2015) was produced by Jordan Brooke Hamlin who they knew through Hamlin’s work with LWR. While they paid service to the last album, the Indigos focused, as they put it, on the “older and more obscure” tracks. The fans were quite happy with the duo’s decision.
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers met as early teens in Decatur, Georgia. They changed their name from Saliers & Ray to the Indigo Girls while attending Emory University. The result has been a Grammy, sixteen studio albums (with many going platinum) and the association with many greats including, REM, Luka Bloom and Neil Young. Interestingly, LWR’s mother (Suzzy) and aunts who make up the group The Roches, influenced the early career of the Indigo Girls. The Indigo Girls will be on tour through September.
Article: Alx Bear