Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins, Francine Reed to perform at Party at Ponce benefit

Three days before their 14th studio album “Beauty Queen Sister” hits stores this fall, Atlanta acoustic duo Indigo Girls will preview some of the project’s 13 brand new compositions at the first-ever Party at Ponce fundraiser. Amy Ray and Emily Saliers will headline an evening of music at the city’s forthcoming Ponce City Market transformation of the old City Hall East building on Ponce de Leon Avenue. The evening will benefit the Atlanta BeltLine and Georgia Organics. The benefit marks the final public event at the two million square foot brick structure before developer Jamestown Properties begins its massive mixed used redevelopment project this fall. And yes, due to demand from fascinated Atlantans who have never stepped foot inside the massive facility, Intel has learned that guided tours will be held for attendees throughout the night.
Ray recalls the building well. Her mother worked inside the structure back when it was the Sears, Roebuck and Company headquarters. “Indigo Girls always love to play events that bring the community together and this is a very special one,” Ray explains. “We’ll get to play in a historic building and we’ll be benefiting two awesome organizations that are all about community building — the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and Georgia Organics.” The Indigo Girls’ old Trackside Tavern performing pal Shawn Mullins and Atlanta’s First Lady of Song Francine Reed are also on the bill.
Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring an appetite. Included in the $85 ticket price? Some of the city’s finest chefs will be whipping up the eats at the event. Atlanta chefs, including Bacchanalia’s Anne Quatrano, Rathbuns’ Kevin Rathbun, Yeah! Burger’s Shaun Doty, JCT Kitchen’s Ford Fry, 4th & Swift’s Jay Swift, Restaurant Eugene’s Linton Hopkins, Empire State South’s Hugh Acheson, One Flew South’s Duane Nutter, Ritz-Carlton Atlanta’s Brian Jones and Watrshed’s Joe Truex will all be serving up food at the event. Did we mention that some of the city’s most popular food trucks will also be rolled in for the occasion?
Tickets are now on sale through Empire Tickets and updates can be found at the Party at Ponce website and on the Ponce City Market Facebook page. Oh, and for you diehard Indigo Girls fans who simply cannot wait until this fall to hear the beloved duo’s new material? Here’s a link to download “Making Promises,” the first released track from “Beauty Queen Sister.”