The Oregon Zoo has a wild weekend in store for music lovers: three must-see acts in three days. Following shows by songwriter extraordinaire Randy Newman (Friday, July 26) and country star LeAnn Rimes (Saturday, July 27), concertgoers can get their folk fix with the Indigo Girls, who play Sunday, July 28, as part of the zoo's outdoor summer concert series.
Tickets are still available for all three shows, but fans might not want to wait until the last minute to get them: The past five zoo concerts have all sold out, and tickets for upcoming shows are going fast.
Over 25 years of touring and recording, the Indigo Girls have managed to maintain a devoted core following while still making a mark in the mainstream. Emily Saliers and Amy Ray began performing together in high school, graduated to the stages of small clubs, then went big-time in 1989 with their Grammy-winning major-label debut and their first hit single, "Closer To Fine."
The two singers' distinct personalities and songwriting styles gives their act an interesting tension: Saliers' gentler sound springs from the Joni Mitchell school of folk, while Ray's more direct and punky approach draws from groups like the Jam, Pretenders and Hüsker Dü.