Saturday, June 29, 2013

Brandi Carlile Green Bay Concert Review and Setlist

It was a night of fantastic music in Green Bay last night, as Brandi Carlile and band rocked the Meyer Theater.  

But before the headliner rocked it, the warm up knocked it out of the park.  

Akin to what the Lumineers did in opening up for Brandi last year in Door County, The Lone Bellow was in-freaking-credible.  Their harmonies were true, voices strong, musicianship and stage presence evident, and their performance memorable.  I fully expect much bigger things from this band, and in the very short term.

Highlight of the opener's set was a song that is currently unreleased - Watch Over Us.  Fortunately, someone snapped a YouTube video of it on a recent tour stop, which I'll share here:

The song had me bawling like a baby, and actually went out between sets as the band was selling their wares, hugged Brian Elmquist (the singer of the tune), and thanked him for stirring me so.  

Something tells me in a month or two, when this band explodes, I won't ever get another chance to be hugging any of them.

Onto the headliner, where just like the did in Door County last year, Brandi and the Hanseroth twins knocked it out of the park.  Great crowd interaction, great musicianship, and great backing musicians keep the set rolling and ending long before it felt it was due.  

Simply put - it was one hell of a show.  Here's the set list to the best of my recollection (and I know I'm missing a couple):

Hard Way Home
Raise Hell
What Can I Say
Keep Your Heart Young
A Promise to Keep
The Chain
That Wasn't Me
The Story
In the Morrow
Nothing Compares 2 U
Pride and Joy
Folsom Prison Blues

The highlights of the evening?  The covers, and it was not even close.  The Chain sounded like Fleetwood Mac in their absolute prime, Nothing Compares was truer to the Prince interpretation and was incredible, and the Johnny Cash closer brought the house down to the ground.  Brandi and the twins are extremely talented songwriters, but as show people and as musicians, when they're armed with an incredible song, they can make absolute magic.  That was certainly the case with the covers they chose.  Pure magic.

And that's what we had in spades last night.  From the opener's first song to the headliner's close, it was a magic night of music in Green Bay last night.

What a fantastic concert.

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