Brandi Carlile has the kind of voice that makes you lean in. Slightly raspy, a little Nora Jones-ish, dense with charisma. And she also has the kind of voice that makes you go back over the Super-8 videos in your mind’s eye.
Carlile will take the stage at the River Run base of Bald Mountain in Ketchum at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, launching the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ Summer Concert Series.
Not sure who she is? Sample “Keep Your Heart Young,” on the website in her name and see if that doesn’t have you imagining the sun setting behind Bald Mountain, hippie skirts swinging happily along.
The young singer-songwriter with five albums to her name never doubted her worth.
“If you start a band with me, I’ll get us signed and on the road within a year,” goes the legend of the then 22-year-old’s sales pitch to twin brothers and collaborators since then, Phil and Tim Hanseroth.
Now, almost 10 years later, the band has released five albums, opened for Ray LaMontagne, the Dave Matthews Band, the Avett Brothers and Maroon 5, and regularly plays to sold-out venues.
Fans have come to expect a relationship between performer and audience.
“The Center’s summer shows are known for their great performers who create amazing connections with our audience, and Brandi Carlile’s show will be no exception,” said Kristine Bretall, marketing and performing arts director at The Center. “Her star is on the rise and she’s headlining all over the country, including at Wolf Trap, Red Rocks Amphitheatre (where she played Saturday, July 13, to a sold-out crowd) and Floyd Fest.”
Whether she is rocking out with her full band or standing quietly at the edge of the stage singing “a cappella,” Carlile brings a riveting intensity to her shows. Her clear and powerful vocals and her signature mix of rock, folk and alt-country should resonate well in the Sun Valley setting.
Tickets are on sale now. Tickets for regular entry time at 6:15 p.m. cost $45 for Center members and $55 for non-members. Tickets for kids 12 and under are $20 for both members and non-members. This show will have an early-entry access at 6 p.m., which means that some people will have the chance to grab their favorite place to set up before the crowds arrive. Early-entry-access tickets are $85 for Sun Valley Center members, $95 for non-members.
The Center’s shows encourage picnics and low-backed chairs. Sun Valley Co. will have food and drinks available for purchase.
Coming Aug. 14 is Idaho native Josh Ritter, a singer-songwriter-guitarist with six albums (and a novel) under his belt and fans who love to sing along with his heartfelt folk-rock anthems. Ritter was named one of the 100 Greatest Living Songwriters by Paste magazine. Ritter will bring his lineup of talented backup musicians, the Royal City Band, with him to the River Run base of Bald Mountain. The Milk Carton Kids, an up-and-coming Americana duo that relies on the time-tested elements of beautiful harmony, acoustic guitars and great songwriting, will open the show.
Visit www.sunvalleycenter.org or call 726-9491, ext. 110, to purchase tickets, or stop by The Center in Ketchum.