Brandi Carlile Comes To The Boulder Theater 12/6

August 22
3:11 PM 2011


97.3 KBCO Holiday Concert Series will present the Brandi Carlile at the Boulder Theater on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, August 26th for $43.00 General Admission and Reserved seats.

Around the time she began getting serious about making music, Brandi Carlile would travel to Seattle's Benaroya Hall for concerts, including solo performances by Dave Matthews and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. "I watched them," she recalls, "and I wondered what it would be like to stand on that beautiful stage."Now she knows. The release of Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony marks the realization of two dreams for the acclaimed singer/songwriter: "We got to work with a world class symphony and record in this legendary venue in our hometown. The hall has such great acoustics, you can hear someone zip up their coat."

The stunning set features Carlile and her band running through a collection of her best-loved originals, including "Dreams" and "The Story," as well as a number of cover songs she has come to make her own. In addition to a 30-piece orchestra, she's joined by her stellar, longtime band featuring guitarist Tim Hanseroth and bassist Phil Hanseroth (collectively known as "The Twins"), cellist Josh Neumann and drummer Allison Miller. The thirteen selections for Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony come from Carlile's two sold-out November 2010 performances at the prestigious venue. "Almost the whole recording is the first night," she confesses. "We played a rock club in between the two shows and with all the Ramones covers we blew out our voices. The second night was fine, but the first night shined with precision."

After her first orchestra performance in 2008 (at Benaroya Hall, coincidentally), Carlile, who was named one of Rolling Stone's "10 Artists to Watch in 2005," knew a live album with a full orchestra was a foregone conclusion. "Before we started working with the symphonies, we'd thought about all different kinds of live albums like [Sarah McLachlan's] Mirrorball, where we'd record the whole tour and take our favorite songs, or a live album that we'd record at a famous venue like Massey Hall. There has to be some kind of cohesiveness. But after our very first symphony experience there was no discussion."

Indeed, anyone who's ever attended one of Carlile's shows will recognize the magic captured within. Unlike many albums that claim to be "live" but are full of studio fixes, "Live at Benaroya Hall" is pure, unadulterated Brandi. "We did some really, really minor things in post-production, mostly volume stuff like we'd decide the symphony needs to be louder or we wanted to turn up the violas," Carlile says. "But anyone who was there would tell you this is exactly how it sounded."

Tickets are on sale at Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.
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