Riding her recent hot streak, the singer-songwriter unveils plans for a big home-state show at the Gorge Amphitheatre next year.
If anyone has a reason to party right now, it’s Brandi Carlile. Fresh off last week’s Grammy nomination coup, the Seattle-area folk star has announced a big show at the Gorge Amphitheatre next year.
Scheduled for June 1, which just so happens to be Carlile’s birthday, the concert dubbed Echoes Through the Canyon will mark her first headlining date at the beloved Washington venue — a milestone worth celebrating with personalized sheet-cake and rock ‘n’ roll. We can only speculate about the singer-songwriter’s frosting preferences, but we do know that Carlile will lead an excellent lineup featuring Emmylou Harris and fellow Washington great Neko Case, who recently delighted a packed Paramount Theatre.
Tickets go on sale to the general public 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14. A VIP package presale quickly sold out Wednesday morning, though another round of presales through Live Nation and other parties will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday. Using the password “BRANDIBIRTHDAY”, fans can tap one of those Thursday presales through Carlile’s webstore, which lists reserved seats at $85 and $125, although it appears general admission tickets will also be available.
Big spenders can get in on “Brandi’s Birthday BBQ” ($425), which includes a primo seat during the show, soundcheck access and a chance to sing happy birthday and share some cake with the homegrown star before the show.
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For local fans, the Gorge concert will be a more accessible destination gig than the festival Carlile’s throwing in Mexico later this winter. Her Girls Just Wanna Weekend, partially inspired by the lack of women performing at some of the mainstream American festivals, hits the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya from Jan. 30 through Feb. 3. Carlile heads an all-female lineup that includes rising country star Maren Morris, Indigo Girls, Margo Price, KT Tunstall and others.
Carlile was recently nominated for six Grammy Awards, trailing only Kendrick Lamar and Drake. Her noms in three of the four biggest categories — album, record and song of the year — was one of the biggest stories to unfold during the announcement.