Published on : Saturday, January 4, 2014
Thurs., Jan. 9: Indigo Girls at 7:30 p.m.
Decades after their breakthrough hit, “Closer to Fine,” Grammy-winning folk-rock duo Indigo Girls continue to amaze conventional pundits with their ability to grow and thrive. The duo’s constant touring, as well as staunch dedication to a number of social and environmental causes, has earned them the lasting respect and devotion of a multi-generational audience that continues to experience their creative evolution. Each new musical endeavor they embark on offers a fresh opportunity for exploration and discovery.
On their 14th studio album, Beauty Queen Sister, the band delivers a beautifully crafted batch of songs that revel in spirited simplicity. Alternating richly textured storytelling with moody ruminations on modern-world worries, the record reveals a fierce longing for a more idyllic existence, yet still celebrates the extraordinary elements of everyday living. Thanks to its graceful mix of openhearted songwriting and lush, intricate arrangements, the album serves as unneeded evidence that, no matter where their creative journey takes them, the Indigo Girls hold out a hand for their listeners to feel it all.
Opening artist is Lucy Wainwright Roche.
Tickets to Indigo Girls can be purchased for $55, $49, $42 and $35 plus applicable fees. Students can purchase half-price tickets starting one hour prior to the performance.
Sat., Jan. 11: WAR at 8 p.m.
WAR’s long-hailed musical virtuosity and influences, which include jazz, rock, funk, soul, R&B, and Latin, have deeply impacted their fans, as well as other musicians, regardless of race, generation, or genre. WAR’s career skyrocketed in the early 1970s with the release of “Slippin’ into Darkness” and “Me and Baby Brother.” The group’s exhilarating sound spoke to millions of Americans about the troubled times of Vietnam and Watergate as well as inner city tension and racial strife.
Since then, WAR’s global popularity has grown steadily, a tribute to the timelessness of its music and message. To date the band has sold nearly 50 million records; has received 17 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum certification awards; and has twice been honored by its hometown of Los Angeles for its music’s positive contributions to the betterment of the community. Founding member Lonnie Jordan states that this is one “war” that has truly brought people together for peace, love, and harmony.
WAR is not a band; WAR is a movement!
Tickets to WAR can be purchased for $49, $45, $39 and $30 plus applicable fees. Students can purchase half-price tickets starting one hour prior to the performance. Show Sponsor for WAR is Bellingham Travel & Cruise.
Sat., Feb. 1: Judy Collins & The Passenger String Quartet Saturday, at 8 p.m.
An award-winning singer-songwriter, Judy Collins is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. Her impressive career began at age 13, when she was a piano prodigy dazzling audiences with her performance of Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos. The hard-luck tales and rugged sensitivity of folk revival music by artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger later lured her away from a life as a concert pianist.
Since those earliest days of her career, Judy has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work and find inspiration in the spiritual discipline that has allowed Judy to thrive in the music industry for half a century. Now age 74, Judy Collins is as creatively vigorous as ever, writing, performing nationwide, and nurturing fresh talent. The Seattle-born artist has invited the Pacific Northwest’s own Passenger String Quartet to join her for this memorable concert.
Tickets to Judy Collins & The Passenger String Quartet can be purchased for $49, $41, $35 and $30 plus applicable fees. Students can purchase half-price tickets starting one hour prior to the performance. Exclusive Sponsor for Judy Collins & The Passenger String Quartet is Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery.
The Mount Baker Theatre receives support from a Tourism Facilities Grant from the City of Bellingham. The 2013-2014 Season Sponsor is Saturna Capital.