Brandi Carlile + Ray Lamontagne & The Pariah Dogs at The Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego

I love when a plan comes together at the last minute.  Lucked into the Tuesday night concert at Copley Symphony Hall – Brandi Carlile and Ray Lamontagne.  What a great bill.  I love Brandi Carlile’s music and getting to like Lamontagne’s stuff more and more although he was a bit stand offish at the show (more on that later).  Let’s focus on Brandi’s set first.  Clocking at just under an hour … way too short.  The audience was left wanting more.  But since she wasn’t headlining, it was understandable.  The Copley hall is one of the finest venues for music that I have ever experienced.  The hall itself is majestic, great acoustics and good seats all around.

She opened with a tune that was a group vocal with her band (no instruments).  She played Dreams next with her band full on and then switched again to pure acoustic (no mikes).  So she sings to the crowd with no mike and backed by her band playing acoustic guitars.  There was hush silence and this was a testimony to the acoustics at Copley.  The song was pulled off brilliantly.  Other hits followed by way of Keep your heart young, The Story and an amazing finish with a solo rendition of Hallelujah.  Nobody does this song as well with the exception of the late great Jeff Buckley!

After her set, Brandi decides to hang around and meet fans and sign autographs. I get my copy of Live At The Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony signed.  How cool is that!

Here’s my prized vinyl autographed …

Headliner Ray Lamontagne cruised through most of his hits through the set.  He has a powerful voice and a great band to back him up.  New York City, Trouble, Jolene all performed flawlessly and well received.  My only beef with Ray … the dude goes through the motions of performing with zero crowd rapport or banter.  I don’t particularly care for artists that don’t engage with their audience. Oh well, at least his music doesn’t suck!  Overall a great night of live music.

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