Get ever closer to fine with the Indigo Girls in Lowell

The popular folk duo hits Boarding House Park for the Lowell Summer Music Series Aug. 28.

The Indigo Girls perform during the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the Hatch Shell on July 4, 2018. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

A question for the ages: If every day the Indigo Girls get half the distance closer to fine, will they ever actually arrive there? It’s a conundrum.

Regardless, we’re lucky to still have the “Closer to Fine” singer-songwriters releasing great new music and touring tirelessly well into their fourth decade in the music business. One of the most successful folk duos in modern history, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have sold more than 15 million copies of their 16 albums, and brought a hugely dedicated fan base along with them. (You know who you are.)

They’ll no doubt see a sizable chunk of their local contingent when they hit the Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park this August for an outdoor concert celebrating their latest album, “Look Long.” Released in spring of 2020 — back when concerts weren’t a thing — it found Ray and Saliers at their most unabashedly nostalgic and engagingly exuberant.


Awash in the perfect harmonies and infectious guitar jangle that launched their careers way back when, the album stands as one of the most likable albums since their ’90s heyday and a true return to form for the duo.

As for getting back on the road, it’s something the Indigo Girls say they’ve relished after months of isolation and livestreams. “I don’t know how much longer we could go without playing gigs and still feel that thread in our lives to the music and the connection to what we do,” Ray told Orlando Weekly.

Odds are, what’s sure to be a happy outdoor crowd will feel their own connection to that thread in Lowell this August.

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