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Brandi Announces Summer Tour (With Queerific Supporting Acts)

When she’s not hanging out with friends like Elton John and Joni Mitchell, Brandi Carlile has kept busy promoting her recent In These Silent Days album. Her summer tour in support of the LP – dubbed “Beyond These Silent Days” – is shaping up to be the queer tour de force of upcoming musical events.

In the wake of five new Grammy nominations (adding to her six previous wins), she’s expanding the trek to include newly announced dates at the Santa Barbara Bowl, Austin’s Moody Amphitheater, Dallas’ Dos Equis Pavilion, Salt Lake City’s Vivint Smart Home Arena, and Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts, among others. The new dates, highlighted in bold below, go on sale this coming Friday, February 25.

From the onset, Carlile has been announcing an impressive roster of special guests for each night of the tour, which oozes #QueerCountry and #GirlsJustWannaWeekend appeal—practically every city will have a different lineup than the last. In Portland, Maine and at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, she’s joined by Indigo Girls. In Nashville, she’s got Indigo Girls with Brooklyn’s Lucius and Celisse HendersonKatie Pruitt joins the bill in Kansas City with more guests to be announced. Brittany Howard will appear for the Boston and New York shows. Allison Russell is Carlile’s guest for one of the Colorado dates (along with Indigo Girls) and also in Philadelphia. Ani DiFranco is her guest in Chicago, while other gigs will feature Sarah McLachlan and Lake Street Dive. And we can expect more names to come as the kickoff date, June 11, grows closer.

This tour celebrates a triumphant period of time for Carlile, who’s emerged as a queer leader, straddling the musical worlds of Americana and folk-rock with her indelible vocal style and gift for storytelling. The latter took a surprising turn with last year’s #1 New York Times Best Selling memoir, Broken Horses. In turn, the writing of Broken Horses inspired much of In These Silent Days, which was conceived while quarantined with longtime collaborators, Phil and Tim Hanseroth.

Since its release last October, In These Silent Days has garnered near-universal acclaim, landing on year-end Best Of lists at NPR Music, Variety, SPIN, Stereogum, and Rolling Stone, among others. Carlile ended 2021 with a sold out Carnegie Hall performance of Mitchell’s Blue, in its entirety. She’d done it once before, pre-pandemic in Los Angeles, with Mitchell in attendance. Of the 2021 show, Billboard gushed, “an extraordinary concert… who better to take on this homage but Carlile, who has taken up Mitchell’s still brightly burning torch, as one of the finest songwriters and singers of this era.” High praise, indeed.


A Honky-Tonk of Our Own


BOLD = on-sale Friday, February 25 at 11:00am local time. Tickets available here.

April 22—Miramar Beach, FL—Moon Crush 2022

April 29—Indio, CA—Stagecoach Music Festival

June 11—George, WA—Gorge Amphitheatre*

June 21—Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl

June 24—Los Angeles, CA—The Greek Theatre†

June 25—Los Angeles, CA—The Greek Theatre=

July 6—Kansas City, MO—Starlight Theatre×

July 8—Nashville, TN—Ascend Amphitheatre‡

July 9—Nashville, TN—Ascend Amphitheatre‡

July 15—Austin, TX—Moody Amphitheater

July 16—Dallas, TX—Dos Equis Pavilion

July 30—St. Paul, MN—Xcel Energy Center+

August 5—Milwaukee, WI—Fiserv Forum¤

August 6—Chicago, IL—Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island#

August 11—Salt Lake City, UT—Vivint Smart Home Arena

August 18—Columbia, MD—Merriweather Post Pavilion§

August 19—Bethel, NY—Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

August 20—Philadelphia, PA—The Mann Center for the Performing Arts**

August 30—Lenox, MA—Tanglewood††

August 31—Portland, ME—Thompson’s Point††

September 9—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre~

September 10—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre§

September 25—Bridgeport, CT—Sound on Sound Festival

October 21—Boston, MA—TD Garden^

October 22—New York, NY—Madison Square Garden^

*with special guests Sarah McLachlan and Lucius and featuring Celisse
†with special guest Lucius
=with special guest Celisse
×with special guest Katie Pruitt and more to be announced
‡with special guests Indigo Girlsand Celisseand featuring Lucius
+with special guests Lake Street Dive and Celisse
¤with special guest Lake Street Dive and more to be announced
#with special guests Ani DiFranco and Celisse
§with special guests Indigo Girls and Allison Russell
**with special guest Allison Russell and more to be announced
††with special guest Indigo Girls
~with special guests Lucius and Allison Russell
^with special guest Brittany Howard