Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel rocks with legendary Indigo Girls
Lisa Sussman — Correspondent/Writer Eye On South Florida
Twenty years after releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray & Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to age or slow down. This duo have sold 14 million records, and still are going strong. While they came into prominence as part of the late 80’s folksy singer/songwriter revival, the Indigo Girls had staying power where other artist of the same era quickly faded. Their two women with guitars formula may not have seemed very revolutionary at the time, the combination of the two distinct personalities and songwriters and singing styles provide tension and a melodic balance. Throughout two decades of music, they have managed to garner respectable mainstream success and maintain their rabid core followers and fans.
The Indigo Girls, released in 1989, was an excellent national debut. A guest vocal by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe (“Kid Fears”) gave them the initial college radio base and the single “Closer to Fine” was a hit and the album won a Grammy for Best Folk Recording that year.
The duo played to a sold out Lupos’s Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, RI. Lupo’s is well known for hosting a mix of artists for 30 years plus. Notable artists James Brown, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Muddy Waters, Iggy Pop, The Pretenders, the Go Gos, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Many great bands in their early years found their way to the Lupo’s stage such as Dave Matthews Band and Oasis.
The Indigo Girls are on tour all summer and more information on their tour dates can be found at www.vividseats.com