Brandi Carlisle - The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY 2/16/23
Updated: Mar 20
It’s not often that you have the opportunity to see an artist at the absolute peak of their career in a small venue - but somehow that’s what’s happened here. Fresh off winning three Grammys, including Best Rock Performance, Brandi is everywhere. EVERYONE wants to collaborate with her. She spearheads seemingly every tribute concert, and leads every comeback. Brandi’s magic is not just her voice, or the power of her lyrics, but also her beautiful soul. She thrives on lifting others up, and she wants nothing more than to share the love and respect she has for her peers. She could be at much bigger venues. But instead, she’s at THE CAP, for 1,800 lucky fans, to play a solo gig.
Even when you are a superstar, standing in front of a crowd, alone, with just your instrument and voice is not for the faint of heart. Especially when you are used to a great band behind you. Saying that she wanted to do something to scare herself after the glitz and glamor of the Grammys, Brandi confessed to the crowd that she was “suitably terrified”. Whatever fears she had prior to the show, she quickly conquered them. Alternating between guitar and piano, and using a drum machine foot pedal, she ran through a setlist of new and old material that couldn’t help but wonder how one person can be so talented, and so relatable. She shared the meaning behind many of these songs with funny and poignant stories of their origins. If you have children, you understood her descriptions of her daughter during the intro to “The Mother”. Her wife Catherine joined her on “I Belong to You” and “You and Me on the Rock”. She closed with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You”. As a fan when you left the theater, you knew something special had just happened.