The Indigo Girls play the Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Indigo Girls will always be one of Atlanta's favorite hometown success stories, and their music is ideally heard outdoors on a warm summer night. It's hard to imagine a more ideal setting for the Girls to play than the Atlanta Botanical Garden, with its lush beauty and fantastic topiary creatures. They will be performing as part of the summer concert series, on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19. The Saturday show is already sold out, but there are still tickets available for Friday's show, at $51.50 (or $49.50 for members of the garden). Amy and Emily will be performing songs from their new album, Beauty Queen Sister, in addition to their greatest hits like "Galileo" and "Closer to Fine."

The Concerts in the Garden series has been a fixture of the Atlanta summer scene for twelve years now, and this year promises an extensive lineup of fan favorites, from Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson to Creedence Clearwater Revisited. All shows start at 8 p.m., with the gates opening at 7, and they take place rain or shine, so you may want to bring an umbrella. Parking in Atlanta is always an issue, but the Garden has an on site lot with spaces available for $7. If you have a discounted multi-visit parking pass for the Garden, you can use it on concert nights, so this may be a worthwhile purchase if you plan on attending several shows.

The concerts take place on the Great Lawn, in front of the orchid house. Your best bet is to bring a blanket and plan to relax and enjoy the evening that way, but you can also bring a lawn chair, provided that it has a low back and legs shorter than ten inches, so that you will not obstruct the view of other concert-goers. Don't expect to light up, as no nicotine products (including e-cigarettes) are permitted to be used on site. Also, do not bring your pets, and the Garden requests that you do not take photographs during the concerts. The general admission policy allows you to easily meet up with friends without needing to buy tickets seated together as you would in a more traditional venue.

The Blossom Garden Cafe on site is available for those who wish to eat or drink during the show, and you can even pre-purchase your meal to make everything go smoothly. Bringing outside food and drink to the concert is not permitted.