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Brandi Carlile Was a Perfect Portrait of Cool at The Anthem

Brandi Carlile performs at The Anthem on March 21, 2024. (Image by Marc Shea)

Early last 7 days, the Library of Congress honored Elton John and Bernie Taupin with the Gershwin Award. Section of the ceremony was an all-star live performance with performances by Joni Mitchell, Annie Lennox, Garth Brooks, Metallica, and Brandi Carlile.

So even though she was in city, Brandi decided it would be cool to do a present at The Anthem as properly! It was these a great concept that they experienced to increase a 2nd demonstrate!

The full night was unusual from the beginning at The Anthem for the initially of Carlile’s displays on March 21. The displays werent aspect of a tour. Brandi experienced not too long ago wrapped up a series of demonstrates that ended up primarily protect tracks. But these two dates ended up one offs (two offs?). So there was no new album to assistance, no hurry to get on phase or off phase.

There was also no opening act stated, but we have been shocked when Brandis bandmates, Tim and Phil Hanseroth arrived out to open up the clearly show with their very first solitary (which was available when the clock struck twelve that night time) and a number of other music they had composed for an prospective forthcoming Hanseroth Twins album. They also talked about the present honoring Elton John and Bernie Taupin. One particular of their preferred reminiscences of the function was when Metallica walked by so close they could scent them. That drew a large amount of laughter as they started out their last music. The duo played for about 25 minutes right before departing the stage briefly.

A small after 9pm, the dwelling lights dimmed and the group arrived to daily life. Brandi appeared on phase accompanied only by Tim and Phil Hanseroth. In advance of she jumped into the new music, she took a several moments to communicate about the clearly show we have been about to share. The team planned on enjoying some new and previous stuff and some things that they hadnt played in a extended time. The clearly show started off with “Follow,” the initial music from their to start with album. About 20 seconds into the song, they flubbed it and started out laughing. But, no harm, no foul. Its the 1st track of the night. Just start around!

After the present acquired rolling, Brandi and company squandered no time getting into issues. Just before she commenced the second tune, “The Items I Regret,” she experienced to have a tech arrive out and change a mic in the vicinity of the floor. She advised all people she wasnt heading to quit stomping so they experienced to make sure the mic would continue to be put!

The third song of the night was the just one that introduced me (and millions of other individuals) to Brandi, “The Tale.” If anyone in the viewers wasnt standing still, they undoubtedly jumped up for this one particular.

Check out the formal tunes video clip for “The Story” by Brandi Carlile on YouTube:

Soon after enjoying “The Eye” a few tracks afterwards, Brandi began to convey to the backstory to the music Mama Werewolf when another person in the group called out Just Young ones. Brandi mentioned that was these types of a deep lower that she experienced to perform it. So she did, kind of. She sang the first verse and refrain just before relocating on to “Mama Werewolf.”

When Brandi introduced “You And Me On The Rock” a few of tunes afterwards, she released the crowd to the duo SistaStrings. Thats Chauntee and Monique Ross on violin and cello, respectively. They have a history of touring with Brandi, and it reveals! They ended up presented numerous times to shine on their have and they took full edge on songs like the Joni Mitchell music “Carey.”

Tales perform a massive function in Brandis reveals. She has develop into a masterful storyteller in her songs but also during her are living performances. Just like the Hanseroth twins, she talked about the Elton John/Bernie Taupin celebration. She spilled the beans that Annie Lennox was not only at the all-star live performance the night just before, but she was also in attendance that night time at The Anthem, and it manufactured her a little anxious! She also instructed the twins they had been odd for sniffing Metallica.

Brandi and the band then broke into the set they played the day right before for Elton and Bernie. They carried out an intense version of “Madman Across The Water” adopted by Skyline Pigeon.

For the duration of a crack among tunes, somebody identified as out “Pride & Joy.” Brandi replied that she was likely to play that a person, but not yet. It took 4 music, but she finally created excellent on her assure indicating that The Anthem seemed like a put in which you could engage in lengthy and no a single would care.

Following “Pride & Pleasure,” the band thanked absolutely everyone and exited. A several minutes afterwards, there was a bustle up in the to start with amount of balconies. A highlight shone on the group in the balcony and lo and behold, it was Brandi, Phil, and Tim huddled all over a single microphone. They sang “Beginning To Experience The Years” with just a ukulele. It was a little something I had never witnessed right before and I loved it!

Just after the track was about, interest shifted back to the stage exactly where SistaStrings reappeared and performed a beautiful medley of music they call “Sista Jam.” Brandi and the twins returned and said they had been likely to perform a track but the lyrics could possibly not be the type you can create nowadays. They proceeded to rip into a killer variation of Queens “Fat Bottomed Girls” adopted by her possess tune “This Time Tomorrow.”

This show was a person of those that youll always recall. It was the definition of a one particular-off, even even though it was two dates. But the overall band sounded peaceful and like they were being just up there, possessing fun. And that sensation fed the crowd which, in convert, fueled the band. Brandi even commented how the twins experienced been actively playing for three hours by the conclusion of the exhibit but no just one preferred it to end. But it did. Thankfully, we have some pictures and stunning recollections to carry us again to that night time.


  • Observe
  • The Factors I Regret
  • The Tale
  • Broken Horses
  • Suitable On Time (In The Canyon Haze version)
  • That Wasnt Me
  • The Eye
  • Just Youngsters (partial)
  • Mama Werewolf
  • The Mother
  • You And Me On The Rock
  • Carey (Joni Mitchell address) 
  • No matter what You Do
  • Madman Throughout The H2o (Elton John include)
  • Skyline Pigeon (Elton John address)
  • Sinners, Saints, And Fools
  • The Joke
  • Occasion Of Just one
  • Pride & Pleasure


  • Commencing To Sense The Yrs
  • SIstaStrings Jam
  • Excess fat Bottomed Women (Queen go over)
  • This Time Tomorrow

Listed here are some extra pics of Brandi Carlile executing at The Anthem on March 21. All images copyright and courtesy of Marc Shea.