The stage is set with guitars, a bass, keyboard, cello and drums. Willow branches cast shadows on flowing red gauze which makes for a dramatic backdrop. As the lights go down the band walks on stage but, they don’t arrive at their musical instruments. Instead they circle one microphone and begin singing in the most perfect, haunting harmony. Your heart pounds and your spirit soars. This is Brandi Carlile and now you are officially a fan.
Together with her band mates (twins Tim and Phil Hanseroth, cellist Josh Neumann and Allison Miller on drums) Brandi takes you on a fantastic ride of feel-good rhythms and emotional lyrics. She is completely engaging and makes you feel like you are at an intimate showcase, even though you are in a concert hall. She blows you away with her powerful voice, moving from a quiet solo “That Year” to the passionate, rockin’ tune “Dreams”. She generously showcases her band mate’s talents, which endears my feelings toward her as a performer all the more.
This show was terrific.
I’m so glad I can push a button on my MP3 player and listen to her latest cd release “Give Up The Ghost“. That will have to tide me over… until she visits us again.
(**** Thanks so much One2One Network! ****)